Press Releases 2014-2015

Businesses Celebrated at University's iSustain Awards Ceremony

21.04.2015

The region’s successful SME’s were celebrated recently at the inaugural Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) iSustain Awards, hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Swansea.

iSustain AwardsISD is a pan-Wales initiative that helps businesses to help themselves. By encouraging and supporting innovation through design, ISD drives businesses to gain competitive advantage from within and, in turn, become more sustainable.

The ceremony showcased a selection of the success stories of the ISD project and the awards shortlist was selected by an illustrious panel of judges comprising leading academics, researchers and knowledge transfer specialists. The winners were chosen following a further round of judging chaired by the Head of Knowledge Transfer and Commercialisation at the Welsh Government.

The awards ceremony took place in the city’s iconic Round Reading Room, formerly Swansea’s Central Library but now a part of UWTSD’s refurbished Alex Design Exchange campus.

The winners are as follows:

Commercialisation

  • HOS Civils Ltd

Also shortlisted were Caffle Brewery, Mark Hunter Ltd and My Smart Idea.

Product Innovation

  • Zeal Ltd

Also shortlisted were Cerebra, Beate Gegenwart and Maxstim Ltd.

Most Sustainable Graduate Spin-Out

  • ChaosTrend

Also shortlisted were Mee Creative and Voicebox.

Environmental Improvement

  • EEE Safe

Also shortlisted were Njork and Mark Hunter Ltd.

Social impact

  • VocalEyes

Also shortlisted were Cerebra and Waterside Laundry.

Special Award for Jobs Growth

  • Mark Hunter Ltd

Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of the Swansea School of Art at UWTSD and ISD Project Director, said: “The awards mark a significant milestone in UWTSD’s mission to support the economic development of the Swansea Bay City Region. Hosting the awards in the recently restored historic library in the heart of Swansea is a further demonstration of the strong partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the City and County of Swansea in fostering the regeneration of the city’s Arts Quarter.”

Hand-picked from academia and industry, the ISD advisors bring the very latest research, development and innovation in design to the worlds of engineering, life sciences and the creative industries. Business Innovation is the 'profitable exploitation of new ideas' and the team at ISD help businesses to respond to change, improve competitiveness and ensure their future success.

The team comprises business, design and technical advisors who work together to transfer the knowledge of the University and assist businesses through the iterative process of concept generation and development; product testing and prototyping; and manufacturing and implementation.

ENDS

Notes to the editor

 

The Award Winners

Commercialisation Award - HOS Civils Ltd

Since 2008, HOS Civils has expanded to become one of the largest formwork contractors in the Wales and West region. Specialising in civil engineering and formwork throughout the UK, HOS has embraced innovative products and ideas, using research and development to create new techniques and take new opportunities.

They approached the Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) for assistance with developing an approach to designing and making custom-made moulds for large-scale in-situ concrete casting. Working with ISD enabled them to assess different approaches to design and CAD modelling as well as different materials and processes for the production of the product.

The success of the project enabled HOS Civils Ltd to take the research and development findings and apply them on a ‘live’ project at Barry Island sea front, working with subcontractors for elements of the production process.

http://www.hosconstruction.com/

Product Innovation Award – Zeal Ltd

Designer, aeronautical engineer and keen cyclist Professor Neil Barron has invented a revolutionary new bike lock, ‘Litelok’ that is lightweight, flexible and super secure.

With cycling on the rise – both for pleasure, fitness and work travel – bikes sales are not only rapidly increasing but bikes are becoming more expensive and more prone to theft. According to BikeOff, ‘Theft’, 2014, one bicycle is said to be stolen every minute. It is not uncommon for cyclists to lose multiple bikes to theft.

After years of research and development, Litelok is now ready to launch on the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, with the aim of raising £20,000 to help bring the project to life.

http://litelok.com/

Most Sustainable Graduate Spin-Out Award - ChaosTrend

ChaosTrend is an award-winning software developer and passionate game development studio that was setup in 2008 by several Swansea Metropolitan University (UWTSD predecessor institution) graduates. They specialise in interactive software and work with local and global companies to create industry-acclaimed software. Previous software projects include bespoke driver software for medical equipment, interactive E-Books for special needs children, a member’s app for the Unite Union and most recently the official app for UWTSD. ChaosTrend have developed and released many games in the seven years they have been in business, with their last game Super Jetpack Penguin amassing over 1.5 million downloads.

http://www.chaostrend.com/mainsite/

Environmental Improvement Award – EEE Safe

LocalitEEE is a Cloudbased Sustainable Living Community Resource Hub. As a Social Network it operates National or Multiple sites model, to raise funds for hub operators and reports on Waste Prevention and Social Outcomes.

It is unique in that it embeds a Digital Social Currency called EEECoins, which are earned through volunteering or can be purchased for Cash. The online shop offers a fixed price or shared revenue auctions, allowing purchase of goods, prevented food waste and services using the currency or cash. LocalitEEE adds Coins to the bank automatically from Online Sales.

The shop is underpinned by EEESafe’s Appliance Safety Register and helps prevent the transfer of Product Recalls and Fire Risks on Electrical Reused Products. These can be intercepted when uploading an Electrical Appliance for sale, or in its Classified Ads.

The Platform promotes Business Engagement with Communities through its Sustainable Business Directory, which is uniquely linked to a forthcoming APP. Through the Directory, Businesses can offer local deals in exchange for EEECoins. This not only promotes local regeneration for businesses, but encourages more Volunteering to strengthen local communities and engage them in environmental and local social development.

Amongst other features are Bartering, Resource Sharing, Community Library and Skills Development to help create more local jobs.

www.eeesafe.com

Social Impact Award – VocalEyes

VocalEyes Digital Democracy provide an advanced digital decision-making and participatory crowd-sourcing web-based platform that systematically shares innovative, entrepreneurial projects across all similar stakeholder communities to positively tackle climate, fiscal and democratic challenges.

As a result, they empower future generations to become active citizens; tapping into the wisdom and agreement of the ‘crowd’ to take forward tangible, positive outcomes and inform decision-making.

VocalEyes is unique in that it:

Provides a clear process of turning good ideas into action, starting with collective decision making to govern priorities through to crowdsourcing projects creating new community owned enterprises

Integrates into local traditional forms of media and enlivens local publications making them interactive

Automatically places people into their geo-political communities as they engage through their own communities of interest

Aims to integrate a “Liquid Democracy” process empowering ordinary people to gain reputation and following for their specific expertise and share their wisdom with relevant communities

Enables the sharing of topics and ideas across different groups to create scalable projects.

https://www.vocaleyes.org/

The Special Award for Jobs Growth – Mark Hunter Ltd

Mark Hunter Ltd is a successful milk bottling facility based in Haverfordwest, West Wales. The company currently bottles 40,000 litres of milk per week and distributes throughout South Wales using a fleet of lorries covering individual deliveries to shops, garages, care homes and small supermarket chains. In addition articulated lorries transport full loads to Swansea and Cardiff on a daily basis.

The company also has a small fleet of lorries collecting milk from local farms and transporting via articulated tanks to the West Country and West Midlands.

Over the last three years the company has grown rapidly, now employing forty-four full-time staff with an annual turnover of £6.5 million.

The quest for growth will continue with the broadening of the product range and expansion of the bulk milk haulage. They are now starting to develop a real identity for the business, with their own brand “Totally Welsh” to be launched later this summer.

Their long-term aim is to add value to Welsh milk in Wales, keeping the benefits in the local economy, providing the employment in Wales and cutting the environmental cost of moving so much milk to England for processing and shipping back to Wales.

Note to Editor

The Award Winners

Commercialisation Award - HOS Civils Ltd

Since 2008, HOS Civils has expanded to become one of the largest formwork contractors in the Wales and West region. Specialising in civil engineering and formwork throughout the UK, HOS has embraced innovative products and ideas, using research and development to create new techniques and take new opportunities.

They approached the Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) for assistance with developing an approach to designing and making custom-made moulds for large-scale in-situ concrete casting. Working with ISD enabled them to assess different approaches to design and CAD modelling as well as different materials and processes for the production of the product.

The success of the project enabled HOS Civils Ltd to take the research and development findings and apply them on a ‘live’ project at Barry Island sea front, working with subcontractors for elements of the production process.

http://www.hosconstruction.com/

Product Innovation Award – Zeal Ltd

Designer, aeronautical engineer and keen cyclist Professor Neil Barron has invented a revolutionary new bike lock, ‘Litelok’ that is lightweight, flexible and super secure.

With cycling on the rise – both for pleasure, fitness and work travel – bikes sales are not only rapidly increasing but bikes are becoming more expensive and more prone to theft. According to BikeOff, ‘Theft’, 2014, one bicycle is said to be stolen every minute. It is not uncommon for cyclists to lose multiple bikes to theft.

After years of research and development, Litelok is now ready to launch on the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, with the aim of raising £20,000 to help bring the project to life.

http://litelok.com/

Most Sustainable Graduate Spin-Out Award - ChaosTrend

ChaosTrend is an award-winning software developer and passionate game development studio that was setup in 2008 by several Swansea Metropolitan University (UWTSD predecessor institution) graduates. They specialise in interactive software and work with local and global companies to create industry-acclaimed software. Previous software projects include bespoke driver software for medical equipment, interactive E-Books for special needs children, a member’s app for the Unite Union and most recently the official app for UWTSD. ChaosTrend have developed and released many games in the seven years they have been in business, with their last game Super Jetpack Penguin amassing over 1.5 million downloads.

http://www.chaostrend.com/mainsite/

Environmental Improvement Award – EEE Safe

LocalitEEE is a Cloudbased Sustainable Living Community Resource Hub. As a Social Network it operates National or Multiple sites model, to raise funds for hub operators and reports on Waste Prevention and Social Outcomes.

It is unique in that it embeds a Digital Social Currency called EEECoins, which are earned through volunteering or can be purchased for Cash. The online shop offers a fixed price or shared revenue auctions, allowing purchase of goods, prevented food waste and services using the currency or cash. LocalitEEE adds Coins to the bank automatically from Online Sales.

The shop is underpinned by EEESafe’s Appliance Safety Register and helps prevent the transfer of Product Recalls and Fire Risks on Electrical Reused Products. These can be intercepted when uploading an Electrical Appliance for sale, or in its Classified Ads.

The Platform promotes Business Engagement with Communities through its Sustainable Business Directory, which is uniquely linked to a forthcoming APP. Through the Directory, Businesses can offer local deals in exchange for EEECoins. This not only promotes local regeneration for businesses, but encourages more Volunteering to strengthen local communities and engage them in environmental and local social development.

Amongst other features are Bartering, Resource Sharing, Community Library and Skills Development to help create more local jobs.

www.eeesafe.com

Social Impact Award – VocalEyes

VocalEyes Digital Democracy provide an advanced digital decision-making and participatory crowd-sourcing web-based platform that systematically shares innovative, entrepreneurial projects across all similar stakeholder communities to positively tackle climate, fiscal and democratic challenges.

As a result, they empower future generations to become active citizens; tapping into the wisdom and agreement of the ‘crowd’ to take forward tangible, positive outcomes and inform decision-making.

VocalEyes is unique in that it:

Provides a clear process of turning good ideas into action, starting with collective decision making to govern priorities through to crowdsourcing projects creating new community owned enterprises

Integrates into local traditional forms of media and enlivens local publications making them interactive

Automatically places people into their geo-political communities as they engage through their own communities of interest

Aims to integrate a “Liquid Democracy” process empowering ordinary people to gain reputation and following for their specific expertise and share their wisdom with relevant communities

Enables the sharing of topics and ideas across different groups to create scalable projects.

https://www.vocaleyes.org/

The Special Award for Jobs Growth – Mark Hunter Ltd

Mark Hunter Ltd is a successful milk bottling facility based in Haverfordwest, West Wales. The company currently bottles 40,000 litres of milk per week and distributes throughout South Wales using a fleet of lorries covering individual deliveries to shops, garages, care homes and small supermarket chains. In addition articulated lorries transport full loads to Swansea and Cardiff on a daily basis.

The company also has a small fleet of lorries collecting milk from local farms and transporting via articulated tanks to the West Country and West Midlands.

Over the last three years the company has grown rapidly, now employing forty-four full-time staff with an annual turnover of £6.5 million.

The quest for growth will continue with the broadening of the product range and expansion of the bulk milk haulage. They are now starting to develop a real identity for the business, with their own brand “Totally Welsh” to be launched later this summer.

Their long-term aim is to add value to Welsh milk in Wales, keeping the benefits in the local economy, providing the employment in Wales and cutting the environmental cost of moving so much milk to England for processing and shipping back to Wales.

Further Information

A selection of images from the awards ceremony and examples of the winning companies’ work are available. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 07872 423788or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk