Travis Perkins Innovation Awards: Now Open!

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There have been some iconic and life changing innovators throughout history; from Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb and has over 2,000 patents. Bill Gates who is one of the greatest businessmen and philanthropists of the last century and Steve Jobs, who founded Apple and has revolutionised how technology influences our everyday lives.

Everyone has a bright idea, but finding something unique that will truly add value to the way we work and live, whilst improving performance and helping the way we function, can be a challenge and involves taking a chance.

Travis Perkins Plc is looking to take that chance. With over 200 years experience in the building industry and operating over 21 businesses across the UK, Travis Perkins Plc has launched its very first Innovation Awards.

The Travis Perkins Innovation Awards (TPIA) are looking to unearth the next big thing, whether that be a product innovation or a solution to an industry wide problem – you could be in for the chance to receive up to £10,000 in financial support, the opportunity to trial your product within the Travis Perkins Group and all the commercial and business support you need to get your bright idea off the ground.

Travis Perkins Plc are at the forefront of innovation in the building industry, constantly looking at how they can make changes for the better, today and in the future. John Carter, CEO of Travis Perkins Plc commented:

“For any company to stay relevant to its customer needs and stay ahead of its competitors, it is vital that it demonstrates a devotion to ‘innovation’ in its truest sense”.

The company also has a dedicated Innovation team, Elizabeth Gilbert, Group Innovation Manager commented:

The Travis Perkins Innovation Awards are a great opportunity for anyone with a product innovation that is relevant to the construction industry to get their ideas heard. If you see yourself as a bit of a puzzle-solver you can also have a go at coming up with a solution to some of the problems regularly faced in our industry.

The Awards are open to all and submissions can be anything from an idea on the back of a napkin to a product already on the market. The prizes will be tailored to the Awards winners but will include anything from financial support, to business mentoring and networking across the Group’s supply chain network. So get your thinking caps on and get innovating!”

Applications are now open and close on Thursday 30th June, with winners announced at the end of September 2016. Click here to apply or visit for more information.