ONE of Belfast’s global companies was named yesterday as one of the UK’s most innovative businesses in the country.
HeartSine Technologies, based near George Best Belfast City Airport, has been shortlisted for the coveted Orange Innovation Award, in the 10th annual National Business Awards.
The firm has been shortlisted because of its innovative approach to the design, development and manufacture of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
The technology within HeartSine’s leading-edge cardiac defibrillation products means it competes successfully in the global healthcare market.
The Orange Innovation Award recognises businesses that have gone beyond the ordinary in their development and implemented cutting edge innovation in terms of products, services or company culture. The company will now prepare to make its presentation in person before an independent, expert judging panel in October before the winners are announced at an awards ceremony in November.
The business was founded in 1997 but its experience in out-of-hospital defibrillation dates back more than 50 years. It is currently competing successfully in the healthcare market with multi-national companies. With a customer base ranging from rescue organisations to schools, offices and sports teams the company employs over 50 people in Belfast and has just reached a turnover of £11.8 million – a 37 per cent increase in the previous 12 months.
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Orange Innovation category,” said HeartSine CEO Uel McChesney.
“As a UK company competing globally the innovative technology within our products is what differentiates HeartSine. The recent launch of the samaritan® PAD 500P with its unique CPR advisor has been key in positioning us as a leader in cutting edge defibrillation technology and to have it highlighted here is a tremendous vote of confidence in our commitment to developing new technology which ultimately saves lives.”
In total, more than 152 of Britain’s top public and private sector businesses have been announced as finalists across all award categories.
Announcing the finalists, Martin Stiven, vice president of business at Orange, part of Everything Everywhere, said: “Orange believes that innovation is central to all business growth and we support businesses to achieve this goal.
“If the UK is to regain its role as a world leader of innovation, we firmly believe that British companies must embrace a new way of thinking and invest time and resource into doing this.
“This year’s finalists demonstrate exceptional innovation and are a testament to pioneering UK business.”
Sherry Coutu, Investment Committee, NESTA, who sat on this year’s National Business Awards shorlisting panel, said: “Heartsine is an impressive example of a company achieving innovation by working closely with universities to solve difficult yet vitally important problems.”
The awards will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Tuesday, November 8.