About the Mills & Reeve Innovation 50

The Mills & Reeve Innovation 50 is a biennial campaign that celebrates the Midland’s R&D royalty, industry groundbreakers and rising stars.

The report, ranking 50 the most innovative businesses as selected by a panel of regional leaders, highlights a diverse range of success stories of firms of all shapes and sizes from all over the East and West Midlands. This year’s campaign categories are Business intelligence and performance; Communication; Development and inclusivity; Healthier, safer lives and Place and environment.

The first Innovation 50, launched in 2017 with great success, shone a spotlight on 50 amazing Midlands businesses across sectors including manufacturing, retail, social enterprise and creative and digital. A testament to their continued success, some have retained their place as a Midlands Innovation 50 business in the 2019 index. 

A select group of business leaders from across the East and West Midlands were part of the expert panel that selected the final 50 from this year’s applications, with a 10% increase in entries compared to the inaugural campaign in 2017. The panel judged entrants on both their originality and impact, with the 50 highest-scoring businesses securing their place in the report.

The 2019 Innovation 50 report is now live. To read, download and share it, please click here. 

Watch our showcase video below on the 2017 Innovation 50 to hear more from the businesses featured in our inaugural report.

To follow the campaign, please visit the Innovation 50 Twitter and LinkedIn pages, or follow updates as they happen by searching #MRInno50

Innovation 50 Twitter

A huge opportunity: profile, network building and new business.

Far-reaching recognition | The 2017 Innovation 50 businesses got widespread and long-running recognition for their innovation. See some of their success stories.

A unique index | This is the Midlands’ only innovation-focused ranking system.

Simple to enter | You choose the format for your submission - it’s brief, informal and lets you show your work how you want it to be seen.