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An invitation for innovation

The search for the UK’s most exciting companies is on, following an invitation by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) for companies to make their case to land its inaugural Aquaculture Innovation Award. 

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Open to SMEs and large companies alike working within Scottish aquaculture or an aquaculture-related sector, the award – which will be presented at the Aquaculture UK exhibition in May – will honour one business that’s embracing innovation with tangible results.

As SAIC’s CEO, Heather Jones, explains: “With so many representatives from the Scottish aquaculture sector expected to congregate at Aquaculture UK in Aviemore this May, this key industry event seemed like the natural place to recognise the great work being done across the supply chain.”

Picking just one company won’t be easy, as Heather reflects: “Day in, day out, we’re seeing and hearing about an increasing number of innovative initiatives by industry. Everything from trialling new technologies and approaches, to equipping younger generations with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to take Scottish aquaculture forward. So our panel of judges will certainly have their work cut out for them.”

The prize will be presented at the Gala Dinner on 25 May and is just one of the activities SAIC has planned for the event. As well as exhibiting at Stand 30, the team will be hosting ‘The aquavation sessions: sharing advances, accelerating solutions’ on 26 May, showcasing the latest insights and technological advances – and how they might be applied to the aquaculture sector.

Attendees will also have the chance to have their say on the proposed Aquaculture Centre of Excellence via live polling and a dedicated, interactive session.

To enter your company for the Aquaculture Innovation Award, simply download the entry form from SAIC’s website, answer the three questions, then return to before 5pm on 16 May.