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SME innovation awards 2016: small businesses honoured

The UK’s most innovative small and medium-sized companies were honoured last night in an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

Winners of the 2016 SME innovation awards. From left, Andy Barr, Barrnon Ltd, Toby Peters, Dearman, Peter Ainge, Transvac Systems, and Alex Fisher, Saturn Bioponics.
Winners of the 2016 SME innovation awards. From left, Andy Barr, Barrnon Ltd, Toby Peters, Dearman, Peter Ainge, Transvac Systems, and Alex Fisher, Saturn Bioponics.

The awards recognise the many innovative successful projects that Innovate UK has co-funded. They celebrate the projects and companies that show the impact of innovation on business growth and the economy.

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan said:

Our small business awards showcase the stories behind some of the excellent new innovations that Innovate UK helps to get closer to market every year. They also help Parliamentarians see how vital business-led innovation is to growing the economy and any industrial strategy. I congratulate all the nominees and winners.

The 2016 innovation awards were hosted by Damian Collins MP.
The 2016 innovation awards were hosted by Damian Collins MP.

There are 5 categories – 4 specific and 1 overall award for inspirational innovation. The winners are:

Inspirational innovation award - Dearman

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation presented the awards and chose the winner of a special award for inspirational innovation. The winner, drawn from all the nominated companies, was Dearman.

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, presenting the inspirational innovation award to Dearman CEO Toby Peters at the SME innovation awards 2016.
Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, presenting the inspirational innovation award to Dearman CEO Toby Peters at the SME innovation awards 2016.

Innovation leading to business transformation - Transvac Systems

Environmental business Transvac Systems is set for major growth after developing an innovative system to capture gas that is otherwise wasted at source.

Innovation leading to new markets - Barrnon Ltd

Innovative engineering firm Barrnon Ltd is applying its technology for durable trawling gear for fishermen into a new technique for removing nuclear waste.

Innovation leading to productivity improvement - Saturn Bioponics

Horticultural business Saturn Bioponics has developed a new 3D growing system. This can quadruple crop yield and cut labour costs by 50%.

Innovation attracting investment - Dearman

Clean and cold power firm Dearman has developed a liquid nitrogen engine. The company has attracted more than £16 million in investment and could create 1,000s of jobs.

Shortlisted companies

The nominated companies for each award were:

Innovation leading to business transformation

Innovation leading to new markets

Innovation leading to productivity improvement

Innovation attracting investment

Published 26 October 2016
Last updated 28 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. Correction to description of Barrnon's technology.
  2. First published.