Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 14 Our Innovation Awards celebrate some of the trailblazing businesses in the district. We held the awards in 2020, and most recently in October 2022. On both occasions the finalists were a fantastic showcase for the talent helping to drive economic prosperity in Babergh. The awards particularly look to identify businesses using innovative solutions, approaches and technologies to reach new customers, become more sustainable or grow their business. The most recent awards were held at Wherstead Park, with the 'Business Innovator of the Year' award going to Long Melford-based Queue Technology. Headline sponsor Babergh-based LDH (La Doria), which selected the winner, said the firm not only demonstrated innovation throughout the pandemic but also made a real impact to local communities. Queue Technology also scooped the gold Shooting Star award for demonstrating successful innovation with the development of a range of solutions such as the Virtual High Street, Queue Link and Queue Pay. The award for Customer Service Innovation was presented to Events Under Canvas based in Capel St Mary for their digital first approach for customers including online floor plan designs - allowing each customer to create their own bespoke glamping experience. The High Street Innovation award went to Breakout Long Melford for the creation of a business and community hub supporting firms and cultural activities in the town. The Innovation Awards were compered by Tim Robinson from Tech East. Barry Fine, CEO of headline sponsor, LDH (La Doria), said: “The standard of entries to the Innovation Awards was incredibly high. It is inspiring to see businesses from many different industries making positive steps to embed innovation into how they work.” Celebrating innovation in our district