5 October 2021

On Friday evening, we were delighted to once again attend Medilink UK’s awards. This time to find out how #ConnectEP, shortlisted for innovation, would fare at the national level.

We’d been delighted to be awarded Medilink South West’s award for innovation in March, but now we were competing against companies from across the UK that had all been developing innovative products in the healthcare setting.

Due to COVID-19, the awards were held online, and were hosted by comedian Stuart Goldsmith, who injected some humour into the proceedings from the outset, with some rapid drawing competitions based around different dance styles. Then following this welcome light relief, the awards proper began.

In our category, we knew we were up against some very strong contenders, and ultimately, the winner of innovation for 2021, Abingdon Health was a hard act to beat, having spent the year under huge pressure to develop lateral flow tests to diagnose COVID-19 – so a justified winner during a pandemic, and we were proud to receive a highly commended award in the same category!

We’re very proud of our success in the award, and had great fun online again this year, but we’re now very much looking forward to our next awards! These will be our first in-person since February 2019 – when we attend the Sparkies in our hometown of Bristol on October 14th. This is organised by our Engine Shed neighbours TechSparks, and we’re looking forward to finally meeting some members of the Bristol Tech community in person!