USSP Supports Test Valley business

25 March 2018

On Friday 16th March, the 2018 Test Valley Business Awards scheme was launched in the beautiful surroundings of The Greyhound on the Test at Stockbridge.

The annual awards scheme is well established as the platform for businesses in the area, especially new and smaller enterprises, to gain the recognition they need to grow while celebrating their achievements to date.

One category that draws a great deal of attention is the Innovation & Technology Award, which is once again sponsored by the University of Southampton Science Park.

Peter Birkett, CEO of the Science Park, commented on why he believes that the innovation and technology category is such an important award. He said: “Our region is a hotbed of talent, innovation and entrepreneurship: I witness this here at the Science Park daily across all areas of commerce and industry. I see it transforming traditional sectors like healthcare and forging new paths in up and coming ones like machine learning. The diversity of expertise here never ceases to inspire. And it’s not just the corporates either: we mustn’t underestimate the power of SMEs. Often it is the smaller companies that have the drive, adaptability and imagination to innovate and compete effectively when large corporates cannot.
That’s why awards such as these are extremely important in bringing these companies into the limelight; to champion small, regionally-based businesses. I, for one, can’t wait to see who will enter this year because I know that being recognised in this way is a springboard to further success.”

The 2017 awards attracted nearly 200 entries from businesses across the region and this year’s awards are expected to be equally hotly contested. The Innovation & Technology Award is open to any company able to demonstrate success through the innovative application of new ideas, technology or practices.

To find out more or to enter, visit