One business that secured its place is intelligent building design integrator Vanti: inclusion in the 2017 Innovation 50 was the flying start to a period of impressive growth for the Birmingham-based tech company.
The bright idea
Founded in 2013, Vanti help the property and construction industry, bring designs for intelligent buildings on the cutting-edge of occupant well-being, sustainability and efficiency to life. The firm brings together safety and security systems, communications and IT, climate and light, meeting spaces and services, into responsive, data-driven interfaces – enabling smarter resource allocation and significant cost savings for its clients. Its specialist team of solution architects, engineers, developers and project managers optimise office buildings and resources for clients across the world, from London to Qatar, with past projects including Canary Wharf’s Southbank Place and Birmingham’s own multi-million pound library regeneration.
A year to remember
Placing in the Innovation 50 kick-started a year of record growth for Vanti, with the firm achieving a 60% increase in headcount in the last 12-months.
Vanti also secured a collection of high-profile competitive work for clients, including the complex technology fit-out of Birmingham City University’s new £57million Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. This involved Vanti catering to highly-specific light and acoustic requirements, creating an award-winning solution that was crowned West Midlands Project of the Year 2018 by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), as well as winning the Education category of the 2018 InAVation Awards. Vanti also won Small Tech Company of the Year at the Silicon Canal Tech Awards 2017 – a testament to its growing presence on the regional, national and international tech scene.
Ahead of this success, the Innovation 50 award was a clear indicator, both internally and to stakeholders, that Vanti was on the right track, with Chief Operating Officer Faye Pressly commenting:
“The Innovation 50 came along at exactly the right time for Vanti, forming a crucial part of our growing momentum and helping to put us on the map. We regularly use the Innovation 50 in client pitches, as shorthand for our innovative ethos. The 50 also proved Birmingham as the ideal location for our headquarters, as well as further investment in future: we are proud to be based in a city so firmly on the forefront of tech innovation.”
What does the future hold?
Vanti has continued to push boundaries and drive change in its sector, most recently in designing and developing its own tech integration platform called Smart Core. It is purpose-built to be the technology backbone in buildings, allowing the creation of consistent user experiences through the use of inconsistent systems and technologies. Vanti is releasing Smart Core as a product and has already secured its use in the upgrade of London’s smartest building, 240 Blackfriars Road.
Business success has fuelled a rebrand – with Vanti currently in the process of developing new messaging, website and service lines all based around ‘Technology in the Built Environment’, reflecting its move beyond its Audio-visual and IT roots and to ensure it is primed for significant planned growth in future.