Economic Innovator of the Year Awards


As the economy revives but faces new challenges, innovation matters more than ever.

The Spectator’s prestigious Economic Innovator of the Year Awards, now in their fifth year, are widely recognised in the entrepreneur and investment communities. Potential winners are passionate about their products, determined to make a positive contribution to society, financially resilient and capable of scaling up nationally and internationally. We’re looking for six regional winners — with high-profile judging panels in each region to help us choose — and one overall winner. The regions are: London and the South East; Scotland and Northern Ireland; North East; West and North West; Midlands; South West. There will also be a special award for Excellence in Sustainability.


This year we’re expecting to meet ventures from all over the UK that are hastening the transition to net zero; boosting UK energy security and food production; making healthcare delivery more efficient and accessible; revitalising city centres; helping to hold down the rising cost of living for consumers; and innovating in many other fields besides.

Entrants may be at the cutting edge of bioscience and digital technology, or simply finding better ways to make familiar products. Last year’s finalists ranged from developers of low-emission fertilizers from industrial waste and of artificial intelligence applications in medical diagnostics to makers of natural soap and honey.

Which innovative companies will help build this post-pandemic world? The Spectator and our sponsor Investec have joined forces to celebrate creative UK entrepreneurship.

Investec, the internationally connected banking, wealth and investment group with an extensive UK regional network that will bring its own entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to the Awards.

Winners will be named at an awards ceremony in November and will be invited to join The Spectator’s elite private dining club of business leaders, as well as benefiting 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 hear all about the impact UK entrepreneurs are making in 2022.

Once you begin, you will not be able to save your entry. If you would like to review the questions prior to entering, or if you would prefer to submit your entry offline, please click here to download a PDF version. Once completed, please email your entry to

Closing date for entries: Monday 4 July 2022.

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Please complete the entry form in full. Incomplete entries will not be processed.

If you experience any problems entering the Economic Innovator of the Year Awards 2022 please email detailing the problem and we will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.

The Economic Innovator of the Year is awarded to the company that the judges feel has shown outstanding innovation in its marketplace. The judges’ decision is subjective and final.

Economic Innovator of the Year 2022