Andy Barr, left, with the other winners at the Innovate UK Awards.

2016 has been a busy year for the Barrnon team and we’ve recently collected three prestigious awards in recognition of the work we’re doing in the nuclear decommissioning industry.

First up was the London Business School’s Real Innovation Awards which are supported by the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Management Today magazine. They awarded us the ‘Alexander Fleming Serendipity Award’ for the way we repurposed our scallop fishing gear to create our suite of nuclear sludge clean-up tools.

We were also celebrating at Innovate UK’s SME Innovation Awards as winners of the ‘Innovation leading to new markets’ category. In this case, we were recognised for the way we’ve taken our revolutionary tools to international markets in the USA and Japan where we’re helping to tackle major nuclear decommissioning challenges.

The Innovate UK Awards also meant a trip to the Houses of Parliament to collect our award alongside other category winners, Dearman (inventors of a liquid nitrogen engine), Transvac Systems (who’ve invented a system for trapping gas that would otherwise be wasted at source) and Saturn Bioponics (whose 3D growing system can quadruple crop yield).

Finally, our Bladecutter device won the ‘Best Nuclear Decommissioning Project’ at the Innovus Awards. That award was sponsored by Sellafield who will be applying the device as part of the decommissioning at the site.

“It’s great for us to be recognised al all of these prestigious events,” said Andy Barr, MD. “This recognition once again shows that we’re making great progress as a company and inventing cutting edge, specialist tools that are in demand worldwide.”