I think it is the quality of our British-made product which made us stand out to the judges. I'm very proud, but couldn't do it by myself, so I owe this to my loyal employees.Neal Sands Managing Director, Sands Agricultural Machinery
Future50 One to Watch Sponsored by NWES
Now in its second year, the One to Watch Award aims to identify the leading innovators and businesses that have excelled in the last 12 months. Last year, Norwich-based Intelligent Fingerprinting was selected as inaugural award winner, its combining of research ideas with business brains, proving a classic example of a successful university spin off with the potential to produce world leading products.
Kevin Horne, NWES chief executive, said: “We have been involved in the EDP Future 50 campaign since its launch and deem it an integral part of our business development strategy and something which links directly to our mission to ‘encourage enterprise’. The ‘Future 50 – One to Watch’ category at the EDP Business Awards identifies a business that has excelled during the past year.
“At NWES we believe that it is essential to nurture our innovators and entrepreneurs – our economic health depends on enterprising individuals making their mark. Over the last five years we have helped about 2,500 new businesses to start trading.
“We are keen to see more people set up on their own – in a sustainable way. It has been proven that with our support businesses survive longer, grow faster and are more profitable.
“This year, once again we look forward to reviewing the entries to compile a shortlist of those companies that are blazing a trail in our region with the potential to make the maximum positive impact on our local economy.
To complement its sponsorship of the EDP Future 50, sponsors NWES are looking for a company within the Future 50 family of businesses able to demonstrate a pioneering approach to business and with the potential to flourish and deliver impressive results.
This category is about recognising an early stage business which shows the promise to become a success story of tomorrow. Judges will look for drive, impact, vision and potential. Above all, the winner of this category will be able to show a dedicated effort to drive their business forward.