Breaking the Mould finalists announced

Keele University is delighted to announce the finalists for the inaugural Breaking the Mould awards.

Almost 70 nominations were received across eight categories from businesses that have collaborated with Keele through the University’s Business Gateway.

The winners will be revealed on 17 October 2019 as part of the Breaking the Mould awards celebration.  Taking place in the University’s brand new Smart Innovation Hub*, the evening will be hosted by award-winning journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter Naga Munchetty.

Stephen Roberts, Business Gateway Manager at Keele University, said: “We have had an overwhelming response to these awards.  The University is working with some very exciting businesses and the high calibre of the nominations received has made choosing our finalists extremely difficult.  I would like to thank all the businesses who submitted an application, and to congratulate those who have made it onto our list of finalists. 

“I would also like to thank our sponsors for supporting the event, particularly headline sponsors Siemens UK and award reception sponsors Engie UK.”

The Breaking the Mould awards evening will see 250 guests from the local business community and partner organisations come together to celebrate the achievements of those businesses and enterprises that have benefitted through their collaborations with Keele University.


Health and Wellbeing - sponsored by Cobra Biologics

  • Caudwell Children
  • dDeaflinks Staffordshire
  • Nutribox Health  

Sustainability - sponsored by Cadent

  • Grid Edge Estates
  • Noreus
  • Synetica Limited
  • The Globe Foundation
  • The Unified Water Label

Social Inclusion - sponsored by Synectics Solutions

  • Bitjam Ltd
  • dDeaflinks Staffordshire
  • Henson Editorial and North Staffordshire Press

Bringing Learning to Life - sponsored by Dains Accountants

  • Hardy Signs
  • Skill Supply Ltd
  • Stapling and Nailing Supplies
  • Stoked Ventures

Cultivating Talent - sponsored by we are aspire

  • Beeston Shenton Solicitors Ltd
  • Berners Marketing Ltd
  • Prism Ideas Ltd
  • Technical Solutions Ltd
  • WJ Group

Leadership - sponsored by Caja

  • Haughton Design
  • Plinkfizz Ltd  
  • SyTech IT

Future Enterprise - sponsored by Staffordshire County Council

  • Grid Edge Estates
  • SociApex
  • Sunset Lighting Systems Ltd
  • ZenaMed Ltd

Collaboration of the Year - sponsored by Siemens UK

  • Hardy Signs
  • Solisco Ltd
  • Thea Pharmaceuticals

To find out more about the Breaking the Mould awards, please visit

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SIH funder logos *The Keele University Science and Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub (Ref No: 32R17P01691) / Innovation Centre 6 which has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the England Growth Programme 2014-2020, the Midlands Engine and Staffordshire County Council with support from the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.