An air purification company in Bolton and a Liverpool firm aiming to eradicate food waste at festivals are among the finalists of the Venturefest North West 2018 Innovation Showcase competition.
Now in its fifth year, the contest was open to SMEs from across the North West and attracted 173 entries competing for awards in Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation and Innovative Established Business.
Each award comes with thousands of pounds worth of business support, provided by Greater Manchester’s GC Business Growth Hub and its partners as part of Venturefest North West.
Bolton-based Radic8 Ltd is one of three shortlisted finalists in the Product Innovation category. The air purification company has previously campaigned on the issue of air pollution in buildings and its latest innovation, the INBair O2, is the world’s first ‘recreational oxygen purifier’.
The Service Innovation finalists include Million Stars Sustainable Ltd, a Liverpool-based outdoor events company that has a five-year plan to eradicate 23,000 tonnes of waste from UK festivals by recovering and reusing it.
In the Established Business category, Middleton-based recycling equipment manufacturer Whitham Mills Engineering Ltd has been shortlisted for an efficient food waste tipping solution that has been used by Tesco.
The winners will be revealed at Venturefest North West, which will take place on 13 September at Manchester Central. For more information or to register for the event, click here.