Essex’s most innovative businesses are revealed

Published: 27 October 2016 at 15:00

The Lord Ashcroft Building on Anglia Ruskin

‘Innovation 50’ is a collaboration between Essex Innovation Programme and Anglia Ruskin

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Research carried out by Anglia Ruskin University and the Essex Innovation Programme has revealed 50 of the most innovative businesses in the county.

Innovation 50, which aims to celebrate and support local business growth, is a joint initiative between Essex County Council’s Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) and Anglia Ruskin.

The list of 50 small and medium sized businesses reads as a “who’s who” of Essex’s brightest, most up-and-coming companies, and those businesses will now be able to proudly display the Innovation 50 symbol on their website, stationery and marketing materials.

The list includes businesses as diverse as video games developers, a lampshade manufacturer, and even a company which delivers afternoon tea to your home.  

To help them continue to grow, the companies will be offered support and advice from EIP and academic expertise from Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Partnerships at Essex County Council, said: 

“This initiative has shown that Essex is true a hotbed for innovation and entrepreneurship with a huge range of businesses, all of them ripe for development and poised for growth. 

“The sheer number of applications we received, and the range of businesses applying, shows that it is truer than ever that Essex means business.  We are committed to supporting our businesses and help them grow and prosper.”


Innovation 50 is enabling EIP to learn how companies have used innovation to achieve success, such as developing state-of-the-art technology or deploying creative ways of serving customers, and the project is already providing useful data.  

The research has shown that 85% of companies which applied to take part in Innovation 50 see their future as positive and feel that they benefit from being based in Essex.

Dr Rob Willis, Reader in International Business at Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School said: 


“The support and enthusiasm for the programme that has been shown by small and medium sized enterprises has been outstanding. 

“We have collected a vast amount of data already and our survey work continues.  From this important piece of research, I hope we can build on the successes and strengthen the support available for our business community to grow further.”


Andrew Hayman, the Innovation 50 research lead at Anglia Ruskin, added: 


“Innovation 50 has shown how Essex is a very exciting place to do business.”

To see the full list of Innovation 50 companies, visit Essex Innovation Top 50