Daniamant wins Innovation Awardoktober 18, 2011 12:00 pm
Daniamant Ltd, a major force in the survivor location lights business, has picked up the regional award for Innovation through Technology in the South East, sponsored by Dell.
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An innovative Portsmouth company will line up alongside some of the country’s most successful companies as it competes for a leading national award.
The company is now a finalist in its category for the UK title in the Chamber Awards hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce, which were created to celebrate the UK’s most successful businesses.
John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The health of the UK’s economy relies upon the confidence of our businesses to grow, invest and create jobs. That’s why the British Chambers of Commerce has been working hard to ensure government makes good on its promises to encourage enterprise, and do everything in its power to help businesses grow.
“All the good things we want to see in society depend on business and wealth creation. These awards provide a snapshot of some of the most impressive companies from across the country. Many of these business owners are working day in day out to build upon the companies they have built from scratch, creating jobs in local communities, and contributing to the economic recovery we so desperately need. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the success of these companies through the Chamber Awards.”
Defence budget cuts meant the company had to do some quick-thinking and diversify if it was going to survive as one of its main customers was the Ministry of Defence. In 2009, Daniamant invented an intrinsically safe lifebuoy light range using lithium batteries and LEDs. The company, which operates in the marine, military, civil and aviation markets, hopes to use its success and products to improve safety standards at sea.
Kevin Rough, General Manager commented: “This is fantastic news and great recognition of an innovative product range. It shows that in times of recession innovation is key to achieving competitive advantage and moving forward. Daniamant have been very successful in achieving this through the L16x lifebuoy light range and also breaking into new export markets. From design and approval through to getting the product into manufacture, marketing and distribution this has been a great success story.”
Having won a regional award, Daniamant Ltd is now in the running for the national title in its category, as well as the chance to collect the Award for Outstanding Business Achievement – with a top prize of £25,000 and runner up prizes of £15,000 and £10,000.
There are nine categories, backed by high profile sponsors including RBS and NatWest, BT Business, BT Directories, Dell, DHL Express, the British Standards Institution (BSI), AXA PPP healthcare and Westfield Health. The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on November 24th 2011.
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