Search for stars of innovation [Evening Gazette (UK)]
(Evening Gazette (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WE are aiming to champion new products and services in our 2014 Business Awards category for Innovation.
Last year it was Hartlepool's Durable Technologies that lifted the Teesside crown. But is was Amble-based QuestUAV that took the top North-east crown, after first being named Tyneside and Northumberland's winner. And 4th aspect, based at Rainton Bridge Business Park in Sunderland was Durham and Wearside's winner.
Supporting the catetory for the 2014 awards are Northstar Ventures, Newcastle University Business School and the North East Business & Innovation Centre.
Northstar Ventures, the Newcastle-based venture capital company is once again sponsoring the Innovation Award at the Tyneside and Northumberland dinner.
Director Alasdair Greig said: "We are delighted to continue to support the North East Business Awards, by sponsoring the Innovation Award. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all those that have entered the best of luck."
Northstar is currently investing two funds from the Finance for Business North East programme - the Pounds 25m Accelerator and Pounds 15m Proof of Concept Funds. Prior to this, Northstar has invested three other funds in the technology and creative content sectors. To date, Northstar has invested Pounds 75m in more than 400 North-east-based businesses. Thanks to the investment into these companies, over 1,600 jobs have been created in the region.
Northstar has invested in a number of innovative companies over the years, including IBEX - a developer of advanced X-RAY detectors, ievo - the UKs largest biometric system integrator and Palringo - a group instant messaging platform. Visit www.northstarventures.
co.uk The Finance for Business North East Funds are backed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank Newcastle University Business School says it is proud to once again support and celebrate the region's innovators through these awards; companies that have demonstrated creativity and technological capability, embracing changes in their environment.
"But it isn't just corporates that need to harness the power of innovation," it said. "Reputable universities like Newcastle need to be more innovative than ever in how and what we teach and research. We understand that innovation is a pathway to gaining competitive advantage, and ensure that innovation, enterprise, and entrepreneurship are part of our research, teaching, and engagement activity.
"The Business School remains committed to supporting North-east businesses. Our 2013-2014 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise, Roy Sandbach, has been working closely with the LEP, advising how innovation can assist regional growth strategies.
"Many academic colleagues work with regional businesses on cutting edge, research-informed, open innovation strategies that produce measurable growth. Our students are taking on regional placements and internships providing regional employers with energy, enthusiasm, and fresh perspectives.
Awards like these give us all a chance to commend the achievements of some of the hardest-working and most inspiring business minds in the region, and therefore the UK."
The North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC) is delighted to be sponsoring the Innovation Award category at the Durham and Wearside awards.
The BIC is committed to supporting businesses from across all sectors with their innovation plans. The Innovation Programme provides access to advice and guidance, industry experts and suppliers and up to 40% project funding. The Innovation Team is already working with firms in the renewable energy, manufacturing, environmental, software and digital sectors on a range of projects including product developments and improvements to business processes. They'd love to see some of these companies among the awards entrants, setting the benchmark for what can be achieved by doing something different, smarter or better. Last year's overall winner, QuestUAV, took the coveted prize due to its developments with Unmanned Aircraft, work with universities and scientists, and project results coming from as far away as Antarctica and the deserts of Chile. It stood out as a leader in its field, beating more established, higher turnover companies to the sought after prize. It's important for businesses to stand out from the competition to succeed in today's economic climate, and by embracing innovation companies can really unlock their true potential.
Call 0191 516 6021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the Innovation Programme or BIC.
The awards The sponsors >>The awards are sponsored by a whole host of companies and organisations. The sheer quality and the blue- chip nature of the sponsors adds to the prestige and gravitas of the awards.
The judging >>Each award has a separate judging panel with an appropriate chairperson, nominated by the award sponsor. The decision of each judging panel is final and, while every effort will be made to give feedback to entrants, no specific correspondence will be entered into.
The dinners ? Durham and Wearside - Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham - March, 6, 2014.
Tyneside and Northumber-land - Hilton Hotel, Gateshead - March 20, 2014.
Teesside - Olympia Build-ing, Teesside University, Middlesbrough - April 3, 2014. Regional Final - Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield - May, 1, 2014.
The categories ? Company of the Year - spon-sored by Deloitte, Sunderland City Council, FW Capital & Business Durham Newcomer of the Year Award - sponsored by Virgin Money Small Business Award - Sponsored by Bernicia Export Award - sponsored by Port of Tyne, UK Trade & Investment Innovation Award - spon-sored by Newcastle University Business School, North East Business and Innovation Centre, Northstar Ventures Internet & ICT Award - spon-sored by Teesside University ? Heart of the Community Award - sponsored by Derwentside Homes and TTE Training Manufacturing Award -sponsored by Business Durham, ABB Consulting, FW Capital, South West Durham Training Services Award - sponsored by Newcastle International Airport tal and Corporate Responsibility Award - sponsored by Port of Sunderland, Middlesbrough College, Sunderland University Apprenticeship Award - sponsored by Tees Valley Unlimited, Accenture Best Creative Business Award (Regional Final only) Opportunity to Sponsor Not For Profit Organisation of The Year (regional final only) - Sponsored by Gentoo For remaining awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sue Coulson, head of regional events on 0191 201 6072 How to enter >>Companies and organisations can enter a maximum of three separate categories. Entries must relate to activity during 2013.
Awards are open to companies of all sizes and organisations with a significant presence in any of the sub-regions.
The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday, December 13, 2013. For sponsorship details and general queries contact Sue Coulson, head of regional events, ncjMedia Ltd, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1ED, call 0191 201 6072 or email email@example.com Nominations and more information at: www.nebusinessawards.co.uk
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