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Begbroke Science Park celebrates innovation & creativity at the 2015 Cherwell Business Awards
Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd and Bicester Green were among the winners at the 2015 Cherwell Business Awards. The awards, now in their 4th year, once again shone the spotlight on the ingenuity, dedication and achievements of many talented individuals and businesses in the local business community. Zeta Specialist Lighting scooped Begbroke Science Park’s Innovation and Creativity Award, whilst Bicester Green picked up both the Charity and Community Award and the prestigious overall Cherwell Business of the Year Award.
The finalists in the innovation & creativity category, sponsored by Oxford University Begbroke Science Park, had to show how a recent product or service innovation had made a real and tangible difference to customer satisfaction; improved production processes or broken new ground in the industry in which they operated.
Hunts’ SKIM App image recognition technology was lauded for its ability to augment print, bringing it to life. The judges praised Hunts’ focus on delivering extra value for its customers by revitalising a traditional promotional method through the use of new technology. Oxford University spin-out Oxford Photovoltaics (OPV), last year’s winner, were again in the running with their perovskite-based solar cells which will bring transformational change to the building-integrated photovoltaic industry, turning skyscrapers into power stations. OPV’s CEO and co-founder, Kevin Arthur, was also shortlisted for the Business Person of the Year award for his inspirational leadership and strategic skills, growing OPV in just four years from a one-man band to a team of 30 scientists leading the world in the commercialisation of their breakthrough technology. However, the Innovation & Creativity award went in the end to Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd, whose export sales and proven ability to embrace technology to stay ahead of the market impressed the judges.
Dr Caroline Livingstone, General Manager of Begbroke Science Park, commended all the finalists, saying “Once again, it was a tremendously difficult decision to pick one winner from such a strong field.”
The award winners were feted at a gala dinner held in the spectacular grounds of Sibford School on 15 May, hosted by well-known local entrepreneur Adrian Lockwood MD of Intergration Technology. All the short-listed finalists are also automatically entered to the Oxfordshire Business Awards later this year.
Read the full report on the evening and the award winners