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Liverpool business hailed in 2024 North West StartUp Awards

Heatio has been named ‘Equity-Backed StartUp of the Year’ in a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Liverpool cleantech company, founded in 2022 by Simon Roberts and Thomas Farquhar, won the title at the 2024 North West StartUp Awards.

Heatio has developed an app called Heatio Flexx, a home energy platform connected to its virtual power plant that optimises and manages renewable technologies in people’s homes, benefitting consumers and the national grid.

Working with energy suppliers, manufacturers of renewable energy technologies and mortgage lenders, they are changing the energy sector; giving people greater and more affordable access to clean energy.

The Equity-Backed StartUp of the Year category recognises businesses who illustrate that strategic partnerships and substantial funding are key ingredients for entrepreneurial success, enabling them to grow and make significant impact.

This is the second year Heatio has been celebrated by the awards – last year, the company was named StartUp of the Year.

Passion

Simon Roberts, chief executive of Heatio, said: “To receive such recognition is a testament to the continued hard work and passion of the whole Heatio team who are all dedicated to improving accessibility and incentivising the adoption of low-carbon technology in UK homes, as well as our investors who continue to show us unwavering support and confidence.”

As a regional winner in their category, Heatio will now progress to the national UK Startup Awards in September.

The UK StartUp Awards were established to highlight the success of startups across ten UK nations and regions, including the North West, and to celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs in all sectors of the economy.

More than 85,000 new firms were created in the North West in 2023 and according to professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, creator of the awards, this demonstrates the growing importance of entrepreneurs to the regional economy.

He is also excited that the awards are, yet again, recognising the best new firms from the region and celebrating the amazing entrepreneurial talent from every corner of the region.

He said: “Start-ups are the life of any economy and that is especially true in the North West where new businesses are contributing to job creation, innovation, and prosperity across the whole of this entrepreneurial region. It’s been an honour and a pleasure to read the stories of those founders who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risk to launch their own venture. All of the winners in the North West have demonstrated that they deserve to win their categories and I’m looking forward to having the ‘best of the best’ from the region competing at the UK final later this year.”

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