Innovation Awards

Celebrating the diverse, innovative and growing businesses in our districts

The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Awards celebrate the many diverse, innovative and growing businesses in our districts. Held every other year, the 2022 event was the first in person ceremony following the pandemic. The awards are designed to celebrate innovation in business from those changing the way they work, integrating new technology or thinking outside the box.

The Innovation Awards were hosted by Tim Robinson from Tech East, with key note speeches from CJ Green from Brave Goose and Jan Stringer from Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

22 businesses from across the districts were shortlisted in 8 categories, with the winners revealed at a gala dinner at Wherstead Park.

The headline sponsor of the Innovation Awards was LDH (La Doria), a leader in sourcing and delivery solutions for a broad range of innovative, sustainable, healthy, and quality products from around the world.

Enzo Lamberti, LDH (La Doria) commented:

“LDH is proud to sponsor the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Innovation Awards. The awards are an excellent opportunity to bring businesses together and celebrate innovation across a number of sectors and I look forward to meeting the finalists and presenting the Business Innovator of Year award.”

You can support all the generous sponsors and speakers by visiting their websites in the Useful Links section at the bottom of this page.

Innovation Awards, all winners on stage


2022 Innovation Awards – Winners and Finalists

Business Innovator of the Year (Sponsored by LDH (La Doria))

Queue Technology

The evening culminated with the “Business Innovator of the Year” award, presented to Long Melford based Queue Technology. Headline sponsor LDH (La Doria), who selected the winner, commented that Queue Technology not only demonstrated innovation throughout the pandemic but also made a real impact to local communities in the districts.

Shooting Star (Sponsored by Brave Goose)

Recognising businesses demonstrating successful innovation developing new opportunities and ways of creating value in a national and international arena.

Winner: Queue Technology


Events under Canvas

Sniffe & Likkit Ltd

Softwood Self-Publishing


Rising Star (Sponsored by HSBC)

Recognising young people (16 – 25) who demonstrate outstanding innovation within a learning or workplace environment. This could be a new product, way of working or use of technology.

Winner: Helen Su – Modece Architects


Ella Gill – Fox Yard bar Ltd

Josh Partridge – Sell Beyond


Tomorrow’s World (Sponsored by University of Essex)

Recognising emerging and enabling technologies across all sectors of industry and areas of research, recognising inspirational solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

Winner: Natural Building Systems Ltd


Aquagrain Ltd

Queue Technology


Customer Service Innovation (Sponsored by Mid Suffolk District Council)

Recognising businesses that demonstrate the best application of new methods, practice and technology to improve the customer experience.

Winner: Events Under Canvas


Breakout Long Melford

West View IT


High Street Innovation (Sponsored by Babergh District Council)

Recognising the successful implementation of innovative strategies, products, procedures, or technology to promote trading on the high street.

Winner: Breakout Long Melford


Baked by Humphries

Queue Technology


Sustainability Innovation (Sponsored by Sackers)

Recognising businesses that demonstrate a contribution to sustainability or energy-saving technologies that lower their carbon footprint.

Winner: DXB Pump & Power Ltd


Aquagrain Ltd

Burland Technology Solutions Ltd


Healthcare Innovation (Sponsored by University of Suffolk)

Recognising research, development or businesses using emerging technology within the animal and human health sector.

Winner: Virtually There Studio CIC


Therapy Gyms Ltd

James White Drinks Ltd


Construction Innovation (Sponsored by Burland Technology)

Recognising innovation in construction projects, materials or systems, putting in place creative solutions that result in sustainable homes, workplaces and infrastructure for the future.

Winner: Natural Building Systems Ltd


Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd

Modece Property Ltd

Obee CIC (Orchard Barn Environmental Education)