Issue date: 18 July 2014
UWE Bristol's Research, Business and Innovation department is celebrating its selection as a finalist in the prestigious 2014 National Business Awards. UWE is the only University shortlisted for one of the awards, the winners of which will be announced in November.
UWE is in line for the BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year, one of seventeen categories.
The finalists were selected by a panel of leading business figures, including Simon Feary, CEO of the Chartered Quality Institute, who described UWE as, “A real business enabler across a broad range of initiatives. UWE mines its rich vein of talent really effectively, showing what can be done to benefit business when intellectual capital is combined with commercial nous.”
Tracey John, Head of UWE's Research and Business Development Team, said, “We are particularly proud of being shortlisted, as many of those competing for the awards are outstanding businesses in their fields.
“Enabling businesses to innovate and grow is core to our strategy and ethos, so we are delighted to be getting national recognition for this. Our unique approach allows us to work with businesses of all sizes across all sectors. Some examples of how UWE supports enterprise and economic growth in the region include hosting European-funded innovation projects such as iNets South West and UWE's Innovation 4 Growth programme, which saw £4m of innovation funds distributed to South West businesses."
Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of Judges for the National Business Awards said: “These finalists represent some of the most innovative and inspiring businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises the UK has to offer. In my role as Chair of Judges I'm always interested to see what the finalists are doing differently to stand out in their fields, and this year we have some fantastic examples of success. I'm looking forward to seeing them through the 'Dragon's Den' style judging events.”
Finalists will make live presentations to a multi-disciplinary panel of judges who will decide the overall winner for each award category, to be announced at the National Business Awards ceremony in November.
The National Business Awards supports The Prince's Trust, a charity that offers practical and financial support to young people who need it.