A MALVERN-based technology enterprise has been placed runner-up in a top award scheme.

Innovate Malvern CIC, based at the Wyche Innovation Centre, Upper Colwall, won the accolade in the small and medium enterprises category of the STEM Inspiration Awards 2018.

The awards ceremony was held at the House of Lords on Thursday, November 1. The annual awards are designed to recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations and clubs working to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Innovate Malvern is the social enterprise behind the Malvern Science in the Park event, the Malvern Festival of Innovation, and the monthly Malvern Hills Raspberry Pi computer jams held at the Wyche Innovation Centre.

Managing director Dr Adrian Burden said: “We are really pleased that the work of Innovate Malvern and all of our generous supporters has been recognised nationally in this way.

"It is so important that the students in and around Herefordshire and Worcestershire have the opportunity to see firsthand that STEM subjects are really interesting and worthwhile, and to realise that a career making use of these of skills can be very rewarding.”

The awards had over 35 nominated people and organisations shortlisted across eight categories. Yvonne Baker, chief executive of organiser STEM Learning, said: “These people and organisations provide the much-needed spark that ignites young people’s enthusiasm for STEM. All our winners have excelled in their fields and I am delighted that we can recognise and celebrate their expertise and passion.”