Innovative Cambridge-based business David Ball Group PLC has been awarded £30,000 by Shell to help develop a pioneering idea that could put it at the cutting-edge of the UK’s new low carbon economy.
David Ball Group PLC is a research-led company specialising in developing and manufacturing specialist cementitious products for the construction and building industry and was announced as a Regional runner-up in the annual Shell Springboard Awards in Edinburgh this week.
Run by Shell, the high profile programme aims to find the next big idea in low carbon enterprise and innovation by small and medium enterprises.
David Ball Group PLC saw off more than 120 companies to secure a place at the Edinburgh final of this year’s competition and impressed the judges with its cement-free concrete, Cemfree.
Now in its eighth year, Shell Springboard has awarded over £2.25 million to 62 small businesses that have developed new ways of cutting CO2. According to the Confederation of British Industry, low carbon products and services are now worth more than £120 billion a year to the UK economy, 8% of the UK’s GDP.
Dr Martin Liska, Research and Development Manager at David Ball Group PLC said: “We are delighted at this award and recognition at the Shell Springboard Awards that Cemfree is acknowledged as an innovative and viable solution to reducing the carbon legacy of the world’s most widely used construction material.”
Angus Gillespie, Vice President for CO2 at Shell added: “Shell Springboard celebrates the inventiveness of small companies in the face of big challenges from climate change and the rising demand for energy. David Ball Group PLC embodies this idea to the core. I congratulate them on their success and wish them the best of luck.”
L-R: Angus Gillespie (Vice President of CO2 at Shell), Dr Martin Liska (David Ball Group), Prof Peter Hewlett (David Ball Group), Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP.
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