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Innovators will lead the post-pandemic renaissance

As the economy revives, innovation matters more than ever

Innovators will lead the post-pandemic renaissance
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So much has been changed by Covid. Science and entrepreneurship have combined brilliantly to mass-produce life-saving vaccines. Working from home, video communication and online retail have become the new normal — perhaps heralding a permanent shift that will leave office towers and city centres searching for new roles. And the responsibility of every business as a corporate citizen as well as a profit generator has come into focus as never before.

In 2021 and beyond, innovators have a huge opportunity to make our lives better again. In bioscience and healthcare.

In logistics, data analytics and every kind of digital technology. In sustainable housing, transport and agribusiness and all the ways in which entrepreneurs can help address the dangers of climate change. In fact, in every niche of industry, commerce and human interaction.

Which innovative companies will help build this post-pandemic world? The Spectator and our sponsor Charles Stanley Wealth Managers have joined hands to celebrate creative UK entrepreneurship. Charles Stanley is both one of the oldest independent wealth managers in the City of London and one of the most innovative in online services for investors; it also has an extensive regional network, making it the perfect partner in our search for great innovators from every corner of the UK.

The Spectator’s prestigious Economic Innovator of the Year Awards, now in their fourth year, are widely recognised in the entrepreneur and investment communities. Potential winners are passionate about their products, determined to make a positive contribution to wellbeing, financially resilient and capable of scaling up nationally and internationally. We’re looking for five regional winners — with high-profile judging panels in each region to help us choose — and one overall winner. We’ll also make a special award for a venture that’s outstanding in its approach to Environmental, Social and Governance issues.

Winners will be named at an awards ceremony in November and will benefit from the extensive media coverage that these awards generate.

If you’re an entrepreneur-led company whose product or service is radically changing its marketplace, please nominate yourself via our simple online entry form.

If you’re an investor or customer of a business that fits the bill, please encourage it to enter.

We can’t wait to meet you and hear about the impact your business is making.

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Closing date for entries: Thursday 1st July 2021.

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