Essex County Council and Anglia Ruskin University launch search for county’s ‘Innovation 50’

David Finch, leader of Essex County Council. Picture: SU ANDERSON

David Finch, leader of Essex County Council. Picture: SU ANDERSON - Credit: Archant

The search is on for the fastest-growing and most innovative small and medium-sized businesses in Essex.

Innovation 50, a partnership between Essex County Council’s Essex Innovation Programme and Anglia Ruskin University, will not only recognise the 50 top small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the county but also provide additional support to help them continue their growth.

It is being run by academics at Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School, with companies having until June 15 to sign up.

Besides being entitled to display an Innovation 50 symbol as a mark of their achievement, the companies selected will be entitled to free support and guidance from the Essex Innovation Programme and academic expertise provided by the business school. They will also have access to mentoring, guidance in forging contacts abroad, innovation and other growth strategies and opportunties for networking.

David Finch, leader of Essex County Council, said: “Essex has some fantastic small businesses which are vital to the county’s economic growth and the programme will support them to grow and innovate.”

Dr Sandra Selmanovic, deputy head of economics and international business at Anglia Ruskin, added: “Innovation 50 will examine the factors behind a company’s success and also identify where additional support could enable them to grow even faster.”

For further details about the scheme, and to apply, visit: