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Enterprise pioneers crowned at Leeds Sustainability Institute annual awards


The winners of Leeds Beckett University’s annual RISE Awards, celebrating research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise, were announced at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.

RISE awards 2017

The awards were presented by ITV Calendar’s Gaynor Barnes and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer. Eighteen awards were presented, in front of an audience of more than 120 individuals, with winners spanning an array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds.

Accolades were awarded for research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training, amongst others, with all entrants displaying the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for 21st century living.

Gaynor Barnes
Gaynor Barnes

Winners on the night included: SES Engineering Services, BAM Construction, Interserve Construction, CETEC, Henry Boot Construction and Cardiff Metropolitan University along with a number of innovative product wins for Halo Clean Tech, Arc Building Solutions and EMS Ltd. Two collaborative Knowledge Transfer (KTP) projects, managed by Leeds Beckett Enterprise Services, were also victorious. The full list of winners and highly commended can be viewed here.

The awards were a grand finale to the Leeds Sustainability Institute International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. The conference, now in its third year, explores how buildings and spaces can be designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to readdress the balance between the built and the natural environment.

Chris Gorse

Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, said: “The RISE and SEEDS events bought together industry and academia to engage in research and celebrate achievements though industrial impact. Industry innovation showcased at the RISE awards was of the highest quality and the SEEDS presentations delivered by professors and scholars, from across the globe, were thought-provoking, leading-edge and held the potential to shape our world for the better. This two-day event represents everything that is good about Yorkshire: the conference brought out the best in people, working together to achieve significant and positive impact. It was an absolute pleasure to host such prestigious events.”

Isabelle Kelly and Rajkiran Kandola at the RISE awards
Leeds Beckett project winners, Isabelle Kelly and Rajkiran Kandola

The RISE awards, organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today.

The awards ceremony also raised £634 for Kidney Research Yorkshire, thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

For more information about the RISE awards and SEEDS, please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or by email

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