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Enate named one of the region's most innovative companies


The 50 logo pink and purpleA report ranking 50 of the UK Midlands’ most innovative businesses has named Enate as one of this year’s most forward-thinking industry groundbreakers.  

Chosen by an expert panel, the Innovation 50 report is compiled by law firm Mills & Reeve and highlights innovative success stories from across the region to feature 50 businesses across five categories: Business intelligence and performance; Communication; Development and inclusivity; Healthier, safer lives and Place and environment.

The panel judged entrants on both their originality and impact, with the 50 highest-scoring businesses securing their place in the report.  

Kit Cox, Enate CEO and founder, said, “With the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon us, it is imperative that we create work environments where humans and robots can work hand in hand. That’s why we’ve created Enate. Yes, technology is at the heart of the revolution, but humans are still at the core of making it happen. Especially for Enate. It’s fantastic to be recognised for our innovation alongside other prestigious companies in the region.”

Steve Allen, Head of the Birmingham office at Mills & Reeve, said: “We launched the Innovation 50 in 2017 to celebrate Midlands businesses at their most enterprising, confident and creative. Two years on, and the buzz around the region has only grown – with the quality of 2019 entries showing that we more than live up to our national reputation. From social enterprise to telecoms and business support to agritech, the 2019 Innovation 50 is leading the way with fresh ideas and standout execution. We’re proud to launch the latest report, and look forward to seeing the journeys that these businesses take in the coming years.”

Other Innovation 50 businesses include Wearable Link, winner of Colmore Tang’s £10 million “ConstrucTech” funding package, which harnesses the power of connected infrastructure to increase safety for construction workers, and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), which recently hit national headlines for its work developing the world’s first hydrogen-powered train.   

The 2019 Innovation 50 applicants were judged by an expert panel including:

  •   Paul Bassi CBE, CEO REI PLC
  •   Anita Bhalla OBE, Chair, Performances Birmingham
  •   Victoria Copestake, Business Development Manager, Enterprise Loans
  •   Andrew Dawson, Director and Co-Founder, Curium Solutions
  •   Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  •   James Fry, Partner and Head of Life Sciences, Mills & Reeve
  •   Susan Hallam MBE, Founder and CEO, Hallam Internet
  •   Mark Hipwell, Pre-Construction Manager, HS2, and GBCC Future Faces President
  •   Kath Preston, Enterprise Consultant, Aston University
  •   David Varnham, Parker, Banking and Finance, Mills & Reeve
  •   Keith Webb, Deputy Regional Manager, Corporate Banking – Midlands Region, HSBC UK
  •   Tracy Westall, Executive Chair, Curium Solutions 

To view the full 2019 Innovation 50, visit https://www.innovationfifty.com/ and to follow and share the campaign on social media @innovation_50 #MRInno50


Notes to editors

About Enate

Enate is a SaaS service orchestration platform that manages a workforce of humans and robots for simplified end-to-end processes. With Enate, you can plug and play any technology (RPA, AI, cognitive, NLP, machine learning), from any vendor, to get digital fast. The platform enables the delivery of services from multiple locations to local standards while maintaining complete visibility and control (including the automation of KPIs and SLAs), all aligned to detailed reporting of cost and productivity. Enate’s platform deploys within weeks. Enate was founded by automation industry expert Kit Cox. Customers include Capgemini, Capita, Generali and Mizuho. Enate was named a Hot Vendor 2019 by HFS Research. For more information, visit www.enate.net or follow Enate on LinkedIn and Twitter @enateLtd.

About Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise. The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in agriculture, charities, education, food and beverage, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses – from PLCs to start-ups – high net worth individuals and landowners, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations. Mills & Reeve is one of the top performing law firms in the UK when it comes to client satisfaction, according to the latest editions of Chambers UK and The Legal 500. The annual guides, which accumulate feedback from thousands of clients, place the firm in the top five law firms based on the number of top ranking practice areas. The firm has been named for a record fifteenth year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times’ annual survey. Mills & Reeve is one of only a small number of organisations nationally to have achieved a listing for 15 years running, and the only UK law firm. We have been ranked first in the UK for client satisfaction in the Legal Week’s annual client satisfaction survey. We have also achieved the much sought after Two Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm’s commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees. The firm has also achieved the Investors in People Gold Award standard for the first time. For further information please visit the website at http://www.mills-reeve.com/.

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