11 Jul 2014
Briggs Automotive Company has scooped the top prize at this year's Merseyside Innovation Awards, beating fellow finalists Pulmorphix and Ultromex. The car maker will now receive £10,000 in cash and the two runners-up will share £4,000 worth of legal, business, PR, accounting or design consultancy as well as advice from leading business advisers.
The trio presented to a judging panel which included BBC North West Tonight correspondent Jayne McCubbin; Mike Houghton, divisional director of Siemens Industry; BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Linda McDermott; and Neville Freeman, creator of last year's winner Nanoflex.
The awards were open to individuals or companies with fewer than 50 employees and were set up to recognise and reward the use of innovation to boost growth and profitability. Insider was once again proud to act as a media partner.
The other sponsors were BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners, Kenyon Fraser, Unilever, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool LEP, NatWest, University of Liverpool Management School, MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, Village Software, Butters Innovation, WP Thompson, C-Tech Innovation, Trustech Smart Healthcare Ventures and the North West Fund.
Briggs Automotive Company: The Speke-based company is the creator of road legal single-seat sports car the BAC Mono. The car, which has a £110,000 price tag, has a top speed of 170mph and can go from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds. The business is run by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs who first unveiled the car in 2011. Since being launched, the BAC Mono has been named Car of the Year by Top Gear's The Stig, featured at Liverpool's stand at MIPIM and is to star in forthcoming racing game Driveclub on the PS4.
Pulmorphix: A Liverpool John Moores University-spin out which has developed a device that replicates the conditions deep in the human lung. Its invention will give drug developers a reliable way of understanding how drugs will behave when inhaled so that more medicines can be produced in powder form. Although traditionally respiratory illnesses such as asthma are the main conditions treated by orally inhaled medication, many other diseases and infections could also benefit from treatments taken in this way.
Ultromex: Based in Bromborough, the company has designed a chemical process to help with the recycling of cathode ray tubes from old televisions. Its innovation removes the harmful byproducts traditional methods create and processes for the recycling of flatscreen TVs and computer motherboards are now in development. It was founded in 2011 and secured backing from the North West Fund for Energy & Environmental in early 2013.