British companies scoop prizes at European cleantech awards
Over half of the 2012 Cleantech Connect 2012 Awards go to UK companies
UK cleantech companies have been recognised at the Cleantech 2012 Awards, receiving over half of the prizes on offer. Organised by technology investment bank GP Bullhound, the awards celebrated the fastest growing and most innovative European businesses aimed at solving environmental issues. Titles were awarded to 10 cleantech businesses from four different countries, with six prizes going to companies in the UK. Southampton-based water pressure management service i2O Water was named a leading contender in all categories, including Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Global Potential and Unique Leadership. Furthermore, the four awards for Unique Leadership all went to UK businesses; energy solution provider AlertMe, solar micro inverters developer Enecsys, leather recycling business E-Leather and electricity network operators and solutions provider Smarter Grid Solutions each took home an award for this category.
The fourth annual Cleantech Connect Awards also considered UK cleantech business’ future potential, naming London-based waste water treatment developer Bluewater Bio as the One to Watch. Andre Shortell partner at GP Bullhound commented: “The cleantech industry is becoming less standalone and incorporated into main line industry as strategic players such as GE, BP, Siemens and BASF progressively continue their efforts to become more resource efficient and profitable at the same time.
“To be successful, technologies can’t just be green, technologies need to function better, cost less and have a mass adoption potential.”