Merseyside Innovation Awards 2013 Finalists Revealed - Sponsored by MC Vanguard


A trio of innovative small businesses have made the final shortlist for the 2013 Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA), sponsored and organised by Mitchell Charlesworth's Corporate Finance division - MC Vanguard Corporate Finance.

Merseyside Innovation Awards 2013

The three companies will now go head-to-head to see which will be crowned the overall winner of the MIAs which recognises companies with fewer than 50 staff and which are developing innovative products or processes to support their growth.

Entries to the MIAs have been taken during the first part of 2013 with a series of winners chosen and profiled by Insider before judges met to decide the final three.

The successful triumvirate for 2013 are CNC Robotics, Big Heritage and NanoFlex.

Liverpool-based CNC Robotics was founded in 2011 by Jason Barker who had previously worked as a set designer for pop stars such as Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé Knowles.

His company has developed software which enables industrial robots to be used in a host of new ways and applications including building 18-inch replicas of London landmarks out of chocolate to display in Hyde Park during the Olympics.

Bromborough-based Big Heritage uses Merseyside's rich history to engage private sector companies with modern day issues by highlighting how problems were solved in the past.

Founder Dean Paton told Insider he was planning to expand the business across the UK using a franchise model.

NanoFlex is headquartered on Sci-Tech Daresbury and manufactures high performance electrodes for electrochemical research.

Electrochemistry affects all aspects of life and NanoFlex is the first company to introduce a commercial nanoelectrode through the CAVIty ARray Electrode (CAVIARE) system with all CAVIARE products designed to be used with standard electrochemical equipment.

Brian McCann, Mitchell Charlesworth Partner and Director of MC Vanguard said: "Merseyside businesses seem to get more and more innovative every year.

"This year, the range of different types of innovation and businesses coming forward was wider than ever before.

"The future success of the Merseyside economy is dependent upon our businesses continuing to develop great ideas."

The final takes place on 11 July at Liverpool's Crowne Plaza where the winner will receive £10,000 and £4,000 worth of consultancy services on legal, business, PR, accountancy or design matters as well as adviser support and publicity.

Other sponsors of this year's awards are: Plus8, Brabners, C-Tech Innovation, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, NatWest, the North West Fund, Kenyon Fraser, University of Liverpool and WP Thompson. Insider is once again acting as media partner with the BBC.

This story first appeared in Insider North West on Monday 24th June 2013 and can be found here.

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