THE SIX ENTRY STREAMSCELEBRATING WHERE ESSEX DOES BUSINESS WITH THE WORLD
Essex is home to some extraordinary entrepreneurial talent. To keep things simple, we’ve split the NOVO Awards into six entry streams.
Whilst the NOVO Awards will celebrate commercial success in the six streams, they also take into account how ethical the innovation’s roadmap was and what legacy it will create.
We’re looking for businesses that combine innovation in any of our six streams together with the qualities of being smart, ethical and principled.
If your innovation helps make the world a better place, then we will recognise you with a NOVO Award.
These are the
Connecting people / workers’ rights / corporate stewardship / education / supporting minority groups / equality / poverty reduction / wellbeing / ethical employment / peace and justice / Gen Z / closing generation gaps / racial tolerance / arts & culture / urban renewal.
Best use of
Business Support/ Funding/ Grants
COVID and non-COVID financial support / business growth / grants for capital expenditure / grants for consultancy / mentoring / Peer Network Programme / BEST Growth Hub support / webinars / networking.
Renewable energy / emissions / climate change mitigation / sustainable consumption / behaviour change / health and wellbeing / recycling / ecosystems / conservation / cleantech / educating Gen Z / transport.
Cutting edge / AI / AR/VR / Chatbots / IoT / Ecommerce / data / Blockchain / Geo specific marketing / voice assistants / wearable tech / medi-tech / cybersecurity / Cloud and edge computing / telecoms / drones / satellites / 3D printing / connectivity / super fast broadband.
creative & Experience
Creative expression / shifting perceptions / changing the norm / resilience / high street / tourism / destinations / venues / retail / sport / leisure / music / arts and culture / media / play / youth engagement / multi-cultural experience / diversity.
Positive and sustainable business growth / diversification of revenue streams / penetration of new markets / economic contribution to society / breaking barriers / agility and resilience / expansion of premises / workforce engagement / accessibility / ethical sales.
DOES YOUR BUSINESS HAVE NOVO STAR QUALITY?
To be a NOVO winner, you must be able to demonstrate that you have harnessed innovation in any of our six streams and be able to show outcomes that resulted in a positive impact.
Here are some examples for entries:
A business that has actively participated in a business support programme like Peer Networks or used some grant funding to finance a capital expense that has helped the business to grow (Business Support/Funding/Grants stream)
A business that has developed a new product that assists sustainability which resulted in decreased carbon emissions (Environment stream)
A business that has developed a unique way of facilitating the online connectivity of a supply chain that has resulted in the safeguarding of a job (Digitech stream).
A business that has launched a ground-breaking staff wellness scheme that has reduced staff stress levels and improved productivity (Society stream)
A business that pioneered a way to showcase local creative talent that resulted in the development of a new art gallery (Creative and experience stream)
We believe that innovation is about creating truly unique products or services or ground-breaking operational processes. In other words, you don’t need to have invented an innovative THING, but you could have invented an innovative PROCESS.
It was innovation that drove Pfizer and AstraZeneca to create the world’s first vaccines against COVID-19.
Essex has a long history of innovation as well as entrepreneurship. It’s widely known that Guglielmo Marconi was the inventor of wireless (radio) technology. Right here in Essex, he established the world’s first wireless (radio) factory in a former silk mill in Hall Street in Chelmsford in 1898, when he was aged just 23. But, who knew that Marconi’s wireless industry pioneered the early recruitment of a female workforce – blazing a trail in the early 20th century?
Essex-based entrepreneurs are ingenious and driven. Their innovative products and services revolutionise the way we think and work. But wait, surely innovation alone is pointless unless it is channelled to make a positive impact? That’s what’s truly inspiring about the NOVO Awards – we showcase your innovation as well as its great results. That way, we can all benefit from innovation – across Essex and beyond.