Success in business can often come down to the introduction of a new product, process or project that boosts profits and aids production.
The second South Holland Business Awards, organised by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, wants to celebrate firms that innovate in order to accumulate and accelerate.
Last year’s winners were West Elloe Pharmacy of Spalding and Pinchbeck who, in 2006, installed two dispensing robots to speed up stock replenishment and prescription provision.
Speaking to the Guardian in December 2012, pharmacy director Ryszard Cygan said: “We have always been quick to embrace new technology and we had two of the first dispensing robots in the UK.
“They have automated arms which, between them, can be set to collect six separate orders from our stock at the same time.
“The robots are quite remarkable to watch at work and they speed up the time it takes is to dispense and enable us to carry more stock so our customers never have to wait for anything to be ordered.”
West Elloe Pharmacy took its innovation instincts one stage further by introducing a machine which allows customers to collect prescriptions 24 hours a day.
After winning the 2013 Business Innovation Award, Ryszard said: “Quite a lot has happened since West Elloe Pharmacy opened in 1996, but this is the first time we’ve won an award for innovation.
“We’re quite a big employer in Spalding but everything we do is based on meeting the needs of our patients.”
A statement from the award judges said: “We were very taken with the pharmacy’s use of German-developed dispensing robots to speed up the prescription process.
“The addition of a further robot, after the initial one was installed in 2006, helped to double capacity and improve stock levels.
“Care in the Community patients were able to be better served with their pre-packed medication and, later, the installation of a 24-hour prescription collection point which extended the level of service to all patients.”
The search is on now for the next big business innovator in South Holland and to request an application form, email enquiries@Lincs-Chamber.co.uk and return it before the deadline of October 3.