Rewarding local innovation at the Guildford Innovation Awards

You can apply online for the Guildford Innovation Awards. Information supplied on the application form will be used to shortlist the entries. The deadline for submissions is noon on 31 October.

Cllr Gordon Jackson, Lead Cllr for Innovation and Transformation says: “Guildford is an innovative borough and we are excited to see all the entries for this year’s Guildford Innovation Awards. If you, your company or someone you know has come up with something really innovative this year, we’d love to hear from you to help showcase the creativity our local residents and companies have to offer.”


1. Innovation in Retail – sponsored by Experience Guildford
This award highlights businesses demonstrating successful implementation of change through innovation in retail strategy, products, procedures or technology.

2. Sustainability Award – sponsored by Dunsfold Park
Open to all innovations in the fields of engineering, science and technology that demonstrate a contribution to genuine sustainability or innovation across a number of sectors including but not limited to – the rural environment; energy-saving technologies; improving the quality of urban life.

3. Innovation in Healthcare
This award recognises research and development within animal and human health.

4. Innovation in the Voluntary Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility
This award is for an innovation by or for the voluntary sector, either designed or delivered by an organisation based in Guildford Borough, that addresses a genuine social need.

5. Innovation in the Creative Industries Sector – sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys
Open to organisations whose primary function is the delivery, development or production of the arts or creative services. This award will recognise the contribution the Arts industry makes to the economy and includes but is not limited to music, gaming and entertainment.

6. Emerging Technologies ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – sponsored by InterFocus
This award focuses on emerging and enabling technologies across all sectors of industry and areas of research. This is the category for inspirational solutions for tomorrow’s challenges, recognising the best of a ‘work in progress’.

7. Young business of the Year – sponsored by University of Surrey Student Enterprise
This new award recognises companies trading for less than 24 months by the closing date of the Awards. It highlights the most inspiring launch and early development of a technology, product or service.

8. Young Innovator of the Year (25 and under) – sponsored by Gold-i
As the name suggests this category focuses on the innovative creativity of young people up to and including 25 years of age.

9. Most outstanding innovation
This award cannot be entered into: it will be given at the discretion of the judges to an individual, company, project or technology that in the judge’s opinion most successfully demonstrates creativity and innovation.