Knowledge Catalyst

Sponsored by Adnams

The Knowledge Catalyst award is presented to Neil Ovenden and Donna Dembicki of DJB Instruments (UK) by Duncan Cardwell of Adnams, right. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

This award is aimed at businesses and organisations whose growth strategies are underpinned by a strong focus on ideas and innovation.

This could be through a commitment to R&D and developing knowledge, or through implementing schemes such as leadership programmes.

Corporate knowledge and staff know-how can be one of the most valuable assets within a business, and the judges were looking for entrants able to demonstrate how this is utilised to best effect to promote the strategic aims of the company or organisation.




DJB Instruments (UK)

DJB Instruments (UK) is the UK’s only manufacturer of test and measurement accelerometers, cables and instrumentation, primarily for the R&D market within all industry sectors.
Originally founded in 1974 it is now enjoying a resurgence in sales growth from both UK and export business, in addition to leading global development of piezoelectric accelerometers though innovation and research with university partners such as Loughborough University.
The judges said: “There was a very clearly defined strategy to actively seek knowledge from outside of the business, and embed it into the organisation as a catalyst for not only short term growth but to achieve long term market differentiation to drive sustainable success, and growth. It was very clear that this deliberate strategy to harness knowledge as a catalyst for growth has had a visible positive impact on all steps of the production process.”

The runners-up


The Aponic vertical soilless growing system has been developed over six years with great help from the National Institute for Agricultural Botany.
A huge body of unique knowledge has grown with it which the company has utilised to educate the teachers in the UK and other countries who can learn and benefit from the ability to grow plenty of clean consistent food in a truly sustainable and environmentally friendly manner using just rain water and solar power.
The judges said: “Innovation and knowledge share is baked into the culture of this organisation; the judges were impressed with the emphasis on education and knowledge share through the customer journey.
“From the initial contact all the way through to working with established customers, knowledge share is at the heart of their growth strategy.”


Founded in 1999, two10degrees is known as a business that operates right on the bleeding-edge of emerging technologies.
It has grown year-on-year thanks to a deep-rooted, innovative culture and collaboration with a global network of partners.
Its software platform GAP has developed from a dedicated solution that helped the RNLI save lives at sea to a globally delivered service that connects, tracks and protects people and things across the globe.
The judges said: “We were impressed by the obviously well established culture of driving innovation through continuous internal learning and knowledge share, with employees actively encouraged to seek new knowledge and bring it back into the business to drive first innovation and then growth.”