Innovator awards 2023

Economic Innovator of the Year Awards 2023

In partnership with Investec

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Widely recognised in business communities for highlighting some of the greatest innovative ventures across the UK, we're proud to support these awards for the second year running. An entrepreneurial spirit has always been a tenet of our culture. We strive to encourage it inside our organisation and support it outside.

The awards celebrate innovation from around the UK, with regional categories including; London & South East, Scotland & Northern Ireland, North East, West & North West, Midlands and South West, in addition to one overall Economic Innovator of the Year winner and one special award-winner for excellence in sustainability.

The Finalists

London & South East

Revenue above £3 million:
Bike Club
Comply Advantage
Cheeky Panda
Revenue up to £3 million:
Kheiron Medical


Scotland & Northern Ireland

Revenue above £3 million:

Good Loop
Locate a Locum

Revenue up to £3 million:

Celtic Renewables

North East

Revenue above £3 million:

Ethoss Dental

Revenue up to £3 million:

The Friendly Chemical Co.
Picture News
Cascade Cash


Revenue above £3 million:

Nature Space
Igloo Vison

Revenue up to £3 million:


West & North West

Revenue above £3 million:

Networld Sports
Pets Purest
Legal Vision

Revenue up to £3 million:

Graphene Innovation
Aqua Metreology

South West

Revenue above £3 million:

Huboo Technologies
Lovat Parks

Revenue up to £3 million:

QLM Technology



What does entrepreneurship mean to us?

At the age of 12, Investec CEO Fani Titi was about to drop out of school to become a farm labourer, until fate stepped in. His remarkable journey took him from the Free State to the hallowed halls of the University of Berkeley, California and back to South Africa where he became a captain of industry and Investec’s group chief executive.


A bank and wealth manager created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. We understand that as a business owner or an entrepreneur, your circumstances can be demanding and unconventional. You want to speak to someone who appreciates this and ‘gets you’. As a founder-managed business, the spirit of entrepreneurship is in our DNA. 

Michelle White
Michelle White, Investment Director, Private Office

We were founded by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Our founders’ entrepreneurial spirit still drives us in everything we do. We’re proud to have joined forces with The Spectator to celebrate creative UK entrepreneurship.

Out of the Ordinary solutions for businesses and entrepreneurs

We offer a range of products and services to help business owners and entrepreneurs create and manage wealth. We share your passion and motivation. We work as hard as you to protect and grow what you have created. As your business evolves, the demands on your time become greater. That’s why we keep things simple, to offer you a unique, efficient, high-touch banking and wealth management experience, tailored to your exacting needs.

We are your trusted partner as the only full-service bank for the UK mid-market. We take a uniquely holistic view of your business and its financial and advisory needs. And if you need support with your personal finances, including wealth planning and investment, we can help you navigate life’s journey and unlock more opportunities, so you’ll know where your money can take you.


Our services

Wealth Management

Depending on your circumstances, there may be times when money is tied up in your business, you may need more support with your personal finances. We’ll give you personal wealth planning and investment advice to ensure the wealth you’ve worked hard to build up is maximised and protected. 

Important Information: The value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount invested. Your capital is at risk.


In times of complex borrowing requirements, we offer flexible, exclusive mortgages. At the heart of your service is a dedicated private banker to guide and support you through the process to make it as seamless as possible. Whether you’re buying your first home, looking to invest in residential property or even building your next home, talk to our experts to find the mortgage that’s right for you. 

Private Capital

We’re committed to understanding your individual circumstances and your personal ambitions, not just your business requirements. Flexible capital solutions tailored to the needs of established entrepreneurs, business owners, high net worth individuals and key private corporate decision makers.

Banking and finance solutions

As your business evolves, work with a banking partner who goes the extra mile to understand your needs and helps you achieve your growth ambitions. Every strategy or solution we offer is built upon years of solid expertise in banking, lending, or advisory, and the experience and insight into your specific sector.

Everyday private banking

Designed for ambitious individuals, access bank accounts and deposit accounts, a foreign exchange service, and flexible lending solutions designed with your needs in mind. We’re a private bank built to service a small number of clients, so we can offer a unique banking experience. 

Blue economy

Investec is partnering with leading businesses and entrepreneurs to support the Blue Economy: the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth.

Discover the awards

To learn more about the awards and the award categories, visit The Spectator website.