Future50 One to Watch

This award category is only open for entries to businesses who are already a member of the EDP Norfolk Future50

The popular One to Watch Award category seeks to identify the leading innovators and businesses that have excelled from among the Future50 family of business.
Kevin Horne, chief executive of sponsor Nwes said: “At Nwes we want to see more people setting up their own, sustainable, businesses because we know the benefits this can bring to a community, region and country.
“We also support innovation in existing businesses; stimulating growth and offering some of the best advice available to help them reach their goals.
“Encouraging enterprise is at the heart of everything Nwes does and we are proud to be supporting
the One to Watch category
because we value innovation and pioneering spirit, and the success they bring.”
“Nwes is a firm supporter of the EDP Future 50 and young businesses, because we know it is essential to nurture our innovators and
entrepreneurs – our economic
health depends on enterprising individuals making their mark.
Last year’s winner was Thorpe-based Eco-Classrooms, which impresses judges with a business model that had capitalised on a niche market.
Mr Horne added that it was a great example of the kind of business Nwes was keen to support.
He added: “Across the East of England, Nwes is providing the advice and finance to turn dreams into reality and is empowering those with the vision to grow an existing business.
“This provision helps businesses in the region to create jobs, generate investment and develop a thriving sector.
“We are proud of our contribution to the local economy not only through our clients and business finance, but also by managing commercial premises which house businesses that are important to local communities.”


Award Criteria

To complement its sponsorship of the EDP Future 50, sponsors Nwes is 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.


Gnaw chocolate products made in Norfolk. Photo: Bill Smith Gnaw Chocolate

This year has been key in the success of Gnaw Chocolate as its array of creative products and thirst for innovation caught the imagination of retail heavyweights and secured lucrative contracts to drive the business forward.

International expansion has always been a fundamental part of the business, and it continues to bolster its presence in Canada and Europe, while breaking into new markets in the Far East.

Its workforce has grown in Norwich with new managers joining the business to free up time for the founders to concentrate on its strategic direction.

Gnaw is creating an exciting social media strategy to capture a greater slice of the market, while staying true to its values as an independent manufacturer of handcrafted products.

Seneye pic Seneye

Fusing technological innovation with knowledge of the aquatics market, Seneye has undercut the competition to create an affordable product which keeps fish healthy.

Based in Horsham St Faith, the global appetite for its technology is strong. Thousands of people from as far a field as New Zealand have been buying their water monitoring systems, which send email alerts to customers when the environment in their tank changes.

The founders have already expanded the business to create a number of manufacturing jobs in Norfolk, while exploring the possibility of moving into new premises to meet their growth ambitions.

Diversification remains at forefront of its strategy for success, with a number of strong ideas for expanding the company into new markets

idea concept Cornwall Energy

Cornwall Energy has turned its expertise in market intelligence into a strong business with clear avenues for growth.

Boasting an impressive list of clients, the company has become a trusted source of information for government, big business and national journalists – a testament to its growing stature.

Diversification has been a fundamental part of the firm’s expansion, adding training and events to its well-regarded analysis and opinion.

Its founders have kept a close eye on the needs of the business and have moved to add senior managers to ensure its long-term success.

Its strong ties with the University of East Anglia have seen the company transform newly-qualified graduates into experts within their field, creating quality jobs within Norfolk.

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"We are very clear that these awards are about broadcasting far and wide the message that our business community has plenty to offer and contribute to our economic success as a region and the wider economic good."Shaun LowthorpeEDP Business Editor