Flying the innovation flag for the South West, Neighbourly, Storm Consultancy, and its spinout CiteAb, have been awarded a 2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country with only around 7,000 winners since its inception, and the innovation category recognises businesses that demonstrate strong commercially successful innovative products or services.

Neighbourly

Employing 70 people, Neighbourly was set up in 2014 as the first solution of its kind, with the aim of connecting businesses with local vetted good causes across the UK and Ireland to make a positive and measurable impact in our neighbourhoods.

The platform now has over 20,000 registered charities and community causes, giving companies such as M&S, Lidl, Heineken, Aldi, RSA and B&Q unrivalled access to community projects that they can support through financial donations, volunteering programmes and surplus product redistribution to achieve and measure their CSR and ESG goals.

Steve Butterworth, CEO at Neighbourly says, “It’s an absolute honour for Neighbourly to have been recognised with a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

“The last few years have been incredibly tough for local communities and businesses alike. To have been able to grow a technology solution that has helped organisations to have a positive impact at a local level during this time is testament to a changing world in which being a successful business is being one that is a force for good.”

Storm

Founded in 2009 by University of Bath graduates David Kelly and Adam Pope, Storm Consultancy is a leading South West digital technology agency that works with startups, scaleups and innovative corporations to design, develop and bring their ideas to life on the web.

One such success story in which the founding pair have invested is the internationally acclaimed CiteAb – a joint venture between Storm, the University of Bath and Dr Andrew Chalmers. Launched in 2014, CiteAb is now a world-leading market data provider for life science suppliers and tool for researchers to find products that work for their experiments. As well as being highly successful in its own right, CiteAb is estimated to save the Life Science industry well over $1bn a year.

Just last year Storm became the third company and first digital agency in Bath to become B-Corp Certified. Now thanks to the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, they are the first digital agency in the UK to hold both B-Corp certification and a Queen’s Award.

Speaking to Storm’s CEO David Kelly, he says “To be recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the UK through the Queen’s Award programme is fantastic. It is testimony to the incredible hard work and dedication that our team has put in over the years. We are also indebted to the multitude of entrepreneurial individuals and organisations who have entrusted us to bring their ideas to market and then innovate alongside them as they grow.”