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11 September, 2019 - 14:34 By Tony Quested

Arm joins world-class sponsor line-up for 30th Anniversary Awards

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Business Weekly has launched its 30th Anniversary Awards with a star-studded array of sponsors whose global successes demonstrate the enduring quality of Cambridge’s – and one of the UK’s – longest-running awards competitions. Technology great Arm has joined the sponsors this year. 

Now in Japanese ownership but growing like Topsy from its revamped Cambridge HQ, Arm celebrates its own 30th anniversary next year and has proved a corporate venturer par excellence in supporting global-reach Cambridge social enterprises and tech startups in recent years.

Business Weekly launched in May 1990 and Arm just five months later as Acorn Computers bowed to shareholder pressure to spin out the then little known Advanced RISC Machines. Acorn and Arm co-founder Hermann Hauser is on the Business Weekly Awards judging panel.

Arm has won our Business of the Year title twice – in 1999 and again in 2012 – and also won the Judge Business School Cambridge Graduate Business accolade in March. 

Arm is leading the global march towards secure implementation of the Internet of Things: From providing the IP for the chip to delivering the cloud services that allow organisations to securely manage the deployment of products throughout their lifecycle, Arm delivers a complete IoT solution for  partners and customers.

The microprocessor architect’s chips are at the heart of billions of devices globally and the company has now shipped more than 100 billion chips – a staggering achievement.

AstraZeneca sponsors the Life Science Innovation category and here again there is a neat symmetry in terms of our Awards evolution.

Cambridge Antibody Technology was Business of the Year in 2005 and in under a year was acquired by AstraZeneca for $1.3 billion. TTP, a long-term sponsor, was Business of the Year in 1997.

Law firm, Mills & Reeve remains the lead forensic sponsor – visiting companies to prepare in-depth reports for the judging panel to study. 

The Awards builds a bridge between business and academia through the sponsorships of four trophies by Cambridge University. Cambridge Judge Business School backs the Graduate Business Award as well as the increasingly popular Woman Entrepreneur of the Year accolade, won in March by Darktrace’s EMEA CEO Poppy Gustafsson.

Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercialisation arm, sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Academic Entrepreneur of the Year trophy.

Global financial adviser PwC has been a partner of Business Weekly pretty much since launch – as has Barclays;  we have also enjoyed long term partnerships with sponsors Cambridge Science Park and Marshall of Cambridge. St John’s Innovation Centre, a long term sponsor, was home to Business Weekly immediately following our launch and remains our base in Cambridge.

Relative newcomers, London Stansted Airport, recruitment firm Bailey Fisher and co-working trailblazer The Bradfield Centre, add unique qualities to the judging process. And last year we further broadened the international reach of the competition by partnering with Cambridge China Centre to launch a new UK-China Award. It was won by Abcam, which continues to grow in China and worldwide.

Business Weekly’s Awards dinner will be held at Queens’ College, Cambridge, on the evening of Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The award categories are:

  • Young Company of the Year: For the most exciting startup enterprise in any sector that has made significant progress in the last 12 months.
  • Graduate Business of the Year: For a Cambridge-based company that has shown outstanding commercial potential or success over the last 12 months, either founded by a Cambridge University alumnus or which has significantly contributed to the employment and retention locally of Cambridge graduate  talent. 
  • The Michael Marshall Engineering Excellence Award: For a company or individual who in the last 12 months has added game-changing engineering to any product in any business & industry.
  • Disruptive Technology: For the company in any sector whose science or technology is deemed to be genuinely game-changing.
  • International Trade Champion: For a company in any industry that has significantly broadened its export sales or access to global markets.
  • Cambridge Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award: To recognise an extraordinary career devoted to innovation and commercial success for the benefit of society and the UK economy.
  • Life Science Innovation: For the organisation or individual who has done the most to further the cause of life science discovery for the benefit of human healthcare.
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: For a woman entrepreneur who can demonstrate outstanding achievements in the last 12 months and who inspires and nurtures other women to excel. 
  • Kate Gross Award for Social Enterprise: For Cambridge-based social enterprises creating proven social or environmental impact through business.
  • Cambridge Enterprise Academic Entrepreneur of the Year: For outstanding work by an academic as an innovator, founder or consultant in the past 12 months.

The closing date for entries is December 5, 2019. To enter visit the awards section of the Business Weekly website.

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