Innospace Businesses Recognised in Innovation 100

A hundred of Greater Manchester’s most innovative firms have been recognised with the publication of the first Innovation100 report.

Created by Business Growth Hub and BQ, who celebrate and inspire entrepreneurship to help businesses succeed and grow, through their quarterly national magazine, digital services and events.  Innovation100 Greater Manchester is designed to shine the spotlight on some of Greater Manchester’s most forward thinking small and medium sized businesses.  

Innospace, Manchester Metropolitan University’s business incubation space for pre-start, early stage and growing businesses houses and supports six businesses featured in this report:

Dwelle - sustainable and well-designed customisable homes
Moola Student Banking - ePayment system designed to save students and universities money
Nothing But Epic - digital agency focused on delivering ROI to its clients 
Padoq - community focused network platform launching in Q2 2018
Qbots - accelerate renewable energy adoption while lowering the costs of energy to businesses
The Insights People - market intelligence company of the future, providing real insights in real time.

Louise Kenworthy, Innospace Manager, said: “It’s exciting that so many businesses based within Innospace are featured in the top 100 innovative companies in Greater Manchester.  I am looking forward to continuing to work with and support these businesses to help them to inspire others to innovate and achieve growth.”

Innovation is at the very heart of helping businesses to succeed and grow. It is key to building a sustainable and growing economy, and can be recognised not just in products and services but also across management processes and business operations.  Firms recognised come from right across the Greater Manchester region, and represent sectors as diverse as food & drink, manufacturing, healthcare and digital.

Chris Greenhalgh, head of innovation at the Hub, said:  “What the Innovation100 companies underline is that while innovation can often be related to products, it can also apply to developing disruptive business models, applying new processes and delivering new services. Innovation is across many different facets of business, across different sectors and different sizes of companies.”

Across Greater Manchester alone, Innovate UK has provided funding for over 600 innovation projects since 2004 and the North West is home to a highly innovative business community that are contributing to new discoveries every day.

BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: “We’re delighted to give companies the chance to see some recognition for the hard work they put into innovation in their businesses.

“Innovation is the key to unlocking future growth, job creation and prosperity for the region, and what these businesses are already doing is incredibly impressive in lots of ways.”

The report was also supported by the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking GroupCataxDehnsInnovate UKIntellectual Property Office and the University of Salford.

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Below is more detailed information about the Innospace businesses featured in the report:

Innospace: Manchester Metropolitan University’s business incubator for pre-start, early stage and growing businesses.  We provide a supportive environment to help the businesses grow and develop and offer a range of advice and support which they can access.  We also run our flagship programme – the Business Start Up Boot Camp twice a year which is designed to give participants all the building blocks they need to start a business. (

Dwelle – using our factory made modular timber panel system, we are able to offer a full turn-key service to provide extremely sustainable and well-designed customisable homes.  Our range includes affordable micro-homes through to 3 or 4 bedroom townhouses.  The buildings are equally suited for commercial use.  (

Moola Student Banking – Tom Atkinson set up his business after finishing a mathematics degree at MMU.  He has developed an ePayment system designed to save students and universities money simultaneously, while also benefiting local businesses.  Tom says he has found an innovative way to use a captive audience while benefiting all parties involved.  (

Nothing but Epic – Nothing but Epic is a digital agency focused on delivering ROI to its clients.  Since being formed by co-founders Craig Tomkins and Mike Anderson in 2015, it has won awards, grown to a team of 10 and won national clients.  The team deliver transformative workshops with the Business Growth Hub.  (

Padoq – Padoq is a community focused network platform launching in Q2 2018, founded by the team behind award winning Manchester based digital agency Nothing But Epic.  The platform focuses on delivering an effective solution for organisers to better engage with and manage their communities.  (

Qbots – Qbots aims to accelerate renewable energy adoption while lowering the costs of energy to businesses, through smart energy management utilising energy storage systems and batteries from Electric Vehicles.  Q-PLUS system uses artificial intelligence based control algorithms with IoT technologies for optimising energy usage on-site, while creating localised efficient energy network. (

The Insights People – The Insights People is the market intelligence company of the future, providing real insights in real time.  Kids Insights and Parent Insights are the most comprehensive and dynamic form of market intelligence.  Clients include: Penguin, Turner & Warner Bros. Bee Industrious provides bespoke research solutions.  Clients include: Brookson and SuperAwesome.  (


Article Posted: March 8, 2018
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