LONDON, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
*May 9, Bakers & Cutlers Hall, Brasserie Blanc*
*How are South West Businesses Enabling World Class Innovation?*
*NESTA, Business Growth Fund and Trunki to lead debate*
The National Business Awards is holding an event in Bristol on 9 May to discuss how businesses from the South West of England are enabling innovation. The event will highlight the contribution of the region's industries and organisations to the UK's economic recovery, as well as show initiatives that are supporting businesses. The National Business Awards is holding the event to celebrate and inspire innovation by focusing on success stories from the area.
Combining national and regional perspectives, a panel including Stephen Bradley, Director of Innovation Skills, NESTA; Ann Parker, Head of Operations, Wayra Europe, Telefonica Europe; James Austin, Investment Director, South West, Business Growth Fund and Rob Law, CEO, Trunki (2012 Santander SME of the Year winner) will be joined by some of the region's other leading business figures to share experiences and insights on -
- How to build and maintain an innovation culture
- How to lead and enable innovation
- How to recognise a good idea, develop and execute it
- Options for funding Research & Development
- National and regional initiatives supporting innovation
Commenting on how he has met the challenge of innovation, Rob Law of Trunki said; "Investment in thinking time drives innovation; building a culture to think differently, not just about product development but across the business, from marketing to finance."
Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards, said: "We've seen some highly innovative and disruptive winners and finalists from the South West region over the 11 years of the National Business Awards - such as Trunki, Screwfix and Crowdcube. The event will bring these like minded business and thought leaders together to connect and share on how to lead and enable innovation. I'm looking forward to hearing the views of leaders from the South West."
Boost Marketing will also be running an Awards entry workshop alongside this event, giving businesses advice about how to maximise their chances of winning awards.
Now in its twelfth year, the National Business Awards recognises excellence, innovation and ethics in UK plc, and will celebrate a range of achievements through accolades including Leader of the Year, the Leadership Diversity Award, the Blackberry Business Enabler of the Year and the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year.
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its twelfth year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
The full list of categories includes -
The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
The New Business of the Year
The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year
The International Growth Business of the Year
The Digital Business of the Year
The Customer Focus Award
The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award
The Leadership Diversity Award
The Social Enterprise of the Year
The Innovation Award
The Growth Business of the Year
The FTSE 100 Business of the Year
The Corporate Citizenship Award
The Croner Employer of the Year
The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year
The Leader of the Year
The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the National Business Awards.
About UBM Awards & Partnerships
UBM Awards & Partnerships is part of one of the largest event companies in the world. They create, design and deliver Awards ceremonies that reach thousands of people globally across every sector. Their Awards publicly celebrate excellence, highlighting what is best, what is effective and what is valued.
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SOURCE The National Business Awards