First Monthly Winner of Merseyside Innovation Awards 2014 Announced!

The first monthly winner of the Merseyside Innovation Awards 2014, sponsored and organised by MC Vanguard, Mitchell Charlesworth's Corporate Finance division, has been unveiled. Osiris Subsurface Detection Systems (OSDS) has been named as the January winner of the Awards.

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The cable and pipework repair company, based in Woolton, have devised a method of digging up road surfaces that reduces the time and cost of making repairs.

Director Stephen Dunmore said the inspiration from the project came from the National Grid.

"They were looking to adopt a technique from the USA where gas leaks were repaired by carving a ‘keyhole’ in the surface of the road," he said.

The process was an improvement on traditional methods of getting under the road surface but it required two vehicles – a diamond coring vehicle to cut into the surface and a vacuum excavator to remove the loose sandy debris underneath the tarmac.

"I began thinking about the possibility of putting the two together and creating one vehicle to do the whole job, extracting the hard top surface and the softer material underneath."

Dunmore has developed seven prototype vehicles, which are now in service with Scotia Gas Networks and local authorities are showing interest in the vehicles.

He is also working with Northern Gas Networks to test the combination of his vehicle with an acoustic camera that can visually detect pipe damage and ‘hear’ leaks.

The 2014 Merseyside Innovation Awards, which officially launched this week, is now in its 19th year.

The judging panel will continue to select a monthly winner from the entries received.

At the end of the entry period applicants will be whittled down to three finalists who will be invited to give a presentation to the judges at the final, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool in July.

The winner will receive a prize of £10,000 in cash while the runners-up can win specialist business support worth up to £2,000.

To find out if you or your company are eligible to enter the awards, or to submit an entry, visit

MC Vanguard Corporate Finance is once again proud to support the ceremony. The other sponsors include Insider, BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners, Kenyon Fraser, Unilever, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool LEP, NatWest, University of Liverpool Management School, Insider, Village Software, Butters Innovation, WP Thompson, C-Tech Innovation and the North West Fund.

This story first appeared in Insider North West on Friday 24th January 2014 and can be found here.

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