Can You Represent the Best of British Innovation?

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched a competition to find the most innovative products, processes and concepts in Britain.

The competition, Make it in Great Britain Challenge, is part of a wider campaign to change the perception of modern manufacturing by calling on inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers and the general public to submit pre-market innovations.

The winning entries from each category will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at theMake it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which will coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite entry. The winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibit. So not only is this an exciting opportunity, with the potential exposure to a wide and varied audience it’s a great way to create impact.

Mark Prisk said:

“The Make it in Great Britain campaign is all about transforming the image of modern UK manufacturing, and raising awareness of its importance to our nation’s economy.

“This Challenge creates the perfect platform to celebrate the most innovative and creative manufacturing minds out there today, while showcasing their skills to potential investors, employers and peers who could help kick-start their ideas into real commercial ventures.”

Will Butler-Adams, Managing Director of Brompton Bicycles and one of the campaign Industry Champions, will form part of the judging panel. He added:

“The Make it in Great Britain Challenge will remind us how many fantastic things we make across the UK. I hope it will inspire Brits to put their thinking caps on and rise to the challenge to put forward their very own creative ideas.

“I love to know how things are made; seeing wild ideas move from the back of a scrap of paper to a real product that a customer can enjoy. I hope to have a chance to see some really innovative pre-market initiatives bubble up from established companies as well as brand new talent.

“It will be a privilege to be a member of the judging panel and I have no doubt that the products that come out of this Challenge will be some of the most exciting parts of the Make it in Great Britain exhibition.”

To find out more about the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, please visit

The deadline for entries is 5 April.