Wheatley Win the First Innovation Martlesham CompetitionApril 17, 2015
(Pictured above, back row, left to right: Paul O’Brien, BT, Jane Bromley, Wheatley, Mike Ward, Wheatley, Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, UCS, front row: Jeremy Goulding, CEO Wheatley and Ian Buxton, Chair of IM)
The first Innovation Martlesham (IM) Competition was run in January this year in association with BT and Suffolk County Council and we are delighted to announce Wheatley as the winner of this inaugural competition. Many congratulations to them.
Wheatley pitched to a panel of experts from SCC, BT, UCS and IM offering their ideas to help tackle the issues of how to support people longer in their own homes. Wheatley will now have the opportunity of working with SCC, UCS, BT and IM to develop their ideas. Ian Buxton, Chair of Innovation Martlesham said: “Wheatley are well deserved winners of our first competition and I am glad that a local company can work with us and our partners to progress an idea which will help reduce pressure in the health and care sector”.
Chris Bally, Chief Information Officer of Suffolk County Council, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the passion and energy shown by the representatives of Wheatley. They had taken a very broad brief and clearly thought about it deeply and tested concepts within their organisation. We look forward to working with them in the coming months to develop something which helps to address the growing pressure on the health and care system in Suffolk. It is great that a Medium Sized Suffolk Company has come forward with such an innovative proposal and it just goes to show again the quality of the companies we have on our own doorstep”.
“Wheatley are an agile and innovative Suffolk-based software company. Their excellent submission, Senior Service, addresses a key need in our society and is both an innovative and practical approach to enabling care in the community” says Paul O’Brien, Head of Business & Operational Transformation Practice, BT.
Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, Head of the Department of Science and Technology, Faculty of Health and Science, UCS said: “This type of initiative is what the region needs to stimulate innovation. I would like to congratulate Wheatley for putting together a winning project proposal and am delighted to contribute to the Research and Development Support being offered to the winners”.
“Wheatley are delighted to have been selected as winners of the Innovation Martlesham ICT competition” says Jeremy Goulding, CEO, Wheatley. “We are looking forward to working with the competition sponsors to develop our idea to maximise its potential and meet real user needs. Wheatley are well known in in the utility metering sector, but have recently begun to look at how we can apply our software skills and expertise to develop solutions for other markets. The opportunity with Innovation Martlesham is therefore a fantastic boost for us in achieving our goals for long-term growth.”
Wheatley will now become part of the IM business incubator – part of the growing IM cluster of high-tech ICT Companies, based at Adastral Park, BT’s Global Research and Development Headquarters.