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Business Innovation Awards

3rd Annual BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards

Wednesday, April 25 • 6:30pm • Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

300 South Doheny Drive • Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Buy TicketsPlease join BritWeek and UK Trade & Investment in recognizing UK-California companies making outstanding innovations in Design, Technology, Service Provision, Philanthropy and Marketing & Communications. Meet our Sponsors

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Sir Ken RobinsonWith keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson

Brilliant and humorous, Sir Ken Robinson is one of the world's leading speakers. Videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries. His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. Click here for bio and TED video

Frank MotekFrank Mottek, the voice of business news in Los Angeles, discusses the 2012 BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards with BritWeek Chairman Bob Peirce on the January 17th edition of the KNX Business Hour.

On February 3rd, Frank Mottek discusses the Eurozone, business synergy between the US and UK and the Business Innovation Awards with the Honorable Danny Lopez, Director General of UKTI and British Consul General in New York.


DESIGN | Air New ZealandThe MillTaylormade Racing, Inc.
TECHNOLOGY | Fusion-ioGilead Sciences, Inc.Yammer, Inc.
SERVICE PROVISION | brightsolidChaucer FreightAeroScout
PHILANTHROPY | Broadcom FoundationCinemagicManchester City / UAE Embassy
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS | Cognito AnalyticsiBAHNRocket Fuel, Inc.


Businesses with joint operations in the UK and California will be recognized for their achievements in innovation before an audience of elite international commercial players, as well as the wider California business community. Each applicant must submit an essay of no more than 1000 words, illustrating how the nominated company has improved products, experiences and/or services in one of the five (5) categories of innovation.

Applications will be judged by a panel of renowned innovators and experts, including:

Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International (click to open and close)

Andy BirdAndy Bird
Chairman, Walt Disney International

As Chairman of Walt Disney International, Andy Bird is responsible for targeting new businesses, growing and increasing penetration of Disney's existing businesses in developed markets such as Western Europe and Japan, and leading the development of business and operations in emerging markets, including India, China, Russia, South Korea and Latin America. Reporting to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Andy works with all of Disney's business unit leaders around the world, coordinating and overseeing growth opportunities for The Walt Disney Company outside the United States.

Since he joined The Walt Disney Company in 2004, Andy has overseen Disney's acquisition of Hungama TV in India and investment in India's UTV, led the drive to localize content through TV and film ventures, and reorganized Disney's international structure and leadership ranks as Disney transforms itself into a truly global enterprise.

Prior to joining Disney, Andy spent nearly a decade with Time Warner, joining in 1994 as senior vice president and general manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. He rose to president of TBS International in 2000, and became responsible for all TBS broadcasting outside of the continental U.S. He started his career with Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, England, as breakfast show producer. After that, he moved to London to join the Virgin Broadcasting Company working at Music Box, a Pan-European music channel. Later, Virgin asked him to help launch and program a satellite-delivered national radio service called "Radio Radio." He became head of programming for the service, producing radio shows for leading comedians and television presenters.

Between 1989 and 1994, Andy held a number of positions in radio and television in Europe, including helping to start a music channel, producing and directing a popular London-based morning TV program, and producing a Saturday morning children's TV show. In 1992, he was tapped by Unique Broadcasting, the largest independent radio production company in the United Kingdom, to start up and operate Unique Television. A native of the United Kingdom, Andy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1985.

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Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar (click to open and close)

Ian CallumIan Callum
Design Director for Jaguar

Ian Callum was born in Dumfries, Scotland and studied Industrial Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Upon graduating, he enrolled in the Automobile Design course at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Ford recruited him immediately, and from 1978 he spent 12 years working in the company's design studios in Britain, Japan, the US, Australia and Germany. He was then appointed Design Manager responsible for the Ghia Design Studio in Turin before returning to the UK to join TWR in Oxford as Chief Designer in 1990.

During his time with Ford, Ian worked on both the exterior and interior design of the Fiesta, Mondeo, Ford RS200 mid-engine sports car, Escort RS and the Cosworth. While with Ghia in Turin, he played a major role in the Via design Concept for a mid-engine sports car utilizing a fiber optic lighting system and was responsible for the design and development of the Ghia Zig and Zag compact 2- seater sports car and mini van vehicles.

Since returning to the UK in 1990, Ian has worked on TWR programs for GM's Australian subsidiary – Holden, together with projects for Aston Martin (DB7 and Vanquish) Ford (Puma) Volvo (C70) Nissan (R390 Le Mans) and Mazda, Range Rover and Rover. His brief for the DB7 was to carry through the design theme of Sir David Brown's world famous DB series, the last of which was manufactured in 1971, while taking full advantage of modern materials, components and manufacturing techniques.

Ian joined Jaguar in 1999, vased at Jaguar’s design studios in Whitley, Coventry. He immediately set in place a program to define a new design language for Jaguar, as well as heralding an exciting new era for the brand – the first evidence of which came in the R-Coupe, unveiled at the 2002 New York Motor Show. Elegant yet imposing, the R-Coupe looked firmly to future yet remained instantly recognizable as a Jaguar.

The first all-new production car under Ian’s leadership was the highly-acclaimed all-alumium XK, followed by the XKR and, at the Geneva Show in early March this year, the purposeful XKR-S – the fastest Jaguar in a generation. The XK has been joined by the XF saloon and, more recently, the XJ luxury saloon – each taking the design theme further and once more establishing Jaguar as a creator of 'fast, beautiful cars.'

Representing the latest evolution in Jaguar design, the C-X75 concept vehicle took the Paris Motor Show by storm in 2010. A thoroughly modern supercar that combines subtle styling elements inspired by Jaguars from the past, the CX75 was awarded ‘Car of the Show’ and received sustained acclaim from the media. Ian continues to lead a highly talented team of designers at the Jaguar

design studios in Coventry as the exciting new era for the brand continues.

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Sir Ken Robinson, Internationally Recognized Creativity Expert (click to open and close)

Sir Ken RobinsonSir Ken Robinson
Internationally Renowned Creativity Expert

Recently counted as "one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation" by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken was ranked among the 2011 Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers. He works with governments, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural institutions. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the U.K. government called All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, known as The Robinson Report. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore government for its strategy to become the creative hub of Southeast Asia and was the central figure in developing a strategy for cultural and economic development as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

For twelve years, Sir Ken was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama; Birmingham City University, Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Art and Design and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States and the Gordon Parks Award for achievements in education.

In 2005, Sir Ken was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN's Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times Best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a radically updated 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley 2011). The very embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, his now famous 2006 and 2010 TED Talks are the most downloaded in TED history and have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in 150 countries.

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Business Innovation Awards Sponsors

Business Innovation Awards Platinum Level
Platinum partners will receive a speaking slot at the awards dinner, one full-page advertising space (inside front or back cover) of the awards dinner program, their logo or corporate video on the awards presentation screen, as well as a table for 10 guests.

Gold Level
Gold partners will receive a full page advertising space in the awards dinner program, their logo or corporate video on the awards presentation screen, as well as a table for 10 guests.

Silver Level
Silver partners will receive a full table for 10 guests at the awards dinner and a half page advertising space in the awards dinner program.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For pricing and details, please contact us at

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact:

Chris McDonald
Business Development Associate, UK Trade & Investment
11766 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1200 • Los Angeles, California 90025
Tel: +1 (310) 481 2914 • Email

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1. Agreement to Official Rules for the 3nd BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards Contest (“Contest”): The winners of the Contest will be announced at the 2012 BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards Dinner hosted by the Four Seasons Beverly Hills on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.  By participating in the Contest, all entrants agree fully and unconditionally to these Official Rules and that all of the Organizers’ (that is BritWeek and UKTI) decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.  All entrants must fulfil all the requirements set forth herein.

2. Eligibility: The Contest is open only to Companies with legal entities or operations in both the United Kingdom and California at the time of entry.  However, a California or United Kingdom Company will be eligible if it is doing business in both locations.

3. Timing: The Contest ends on March 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PT (the "Contest Period"), unless otherwise extended by the organizers.

4. How to Enter: During the Contest Period, visit and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the nomination form following the instructions below. Complete the Application in its entirety, including the name of the Company you seek to nominate, its address, a contact at the Company, a brief description of the core business or services it offers, your name, your title or role, your applicable contact information, and the category for which you would like to submit an Essay nominating the Company. The categories are: (1) Design, (2) Technology, (3) Service Provision, (4) Philanthropy, and (5) Marketing & Communications.

The Essay must discuss how an innovation derived from the Company you nominated in the respective category in Paragraph 4 has improved products, experiences and/or services. Submit the completed application and one (1) Essay discussing the theme set forth above for the category you selected. Each complete Application and Essay will be deemed a nomination (the "Nomination"). You may nominate a business of you own or with which you are affiliated as a third party. By submitting your Nomination, you agree that it conforms to these Rules and that the Organizers may disqualify you from the Contest if they believe, in their sole discretion, that your Nomination fails to conform to the Rules.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • The Nomination must be in English;
  • The Nomination must be in text format; and
  • The essay portion of the Submission must not exceed one thousand (1,000) words in length

Content Restrictions:

  • The Nomination must not contain material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement;
  • The Nomination must not contain text that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libellous;
  • The Nomination must not contain text that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
  • The Nomination must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Nomination is created or submitted.

Limit: Each entrant may nominate one (1) unique business during the Contest Period. Nominations received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will, at the discretion of the Organizers, be void. Entrant must have permission from all individuals that are mentioned in the Nomination (if any) to use their name and likeness in the Nomination and to grant the rights set forth herein. If requested, entrant must be able to provide such permissions in a form acceptable to the Organizers. Uploading a Nomination constitutes entrant’s consent to give Organizers a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Nominations in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation required for Organizers or their designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Nomination.

5. Semi-Finalist and Winner Determination:After the conclusion of the Contest Period, a panel of qualified judges determined by the Organizers in their sole discretion will select three (3) nominees from each category from among all eligible Nominations received for the respective category (the "Semi-Finalists") and the potential winner per category from among the Semi-Finalists selected for the respective category based on an Application of the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):

  • Creativity (10%);
  • Grammar and mechanics (35%);
  • Fit to Contest Theme of how innovation has improved technology, business and/or service provision (55%).

In the event of a tie for either a Semi-Finalist or winner position, the Company featured in the Nomination that received the higher score in the Creativity category, as determined by the qualified judges in their sole discretion, will be deemed the applicable Semi-Finalist or the winner of the applicable award.  Organizers reserve the right to select fewer than the stated number of Semi-Finalists or winners, if, in their sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Nominations.

6. Nominee and Winner Requirements:A representative of the Company featured in the winning nomination will be notified by mail, email or phone prior to the 2012 BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 25, 2012; winners will be announced in person during the Awards Dinner. Acceptance of any award shall constitute and signify winner’s agreement and consent that Organizers and their designees may use the winner’s, name, city, state, likeness, Nomination and/or other pertinent business information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. Without limiting the generality of these Official Rules, winner shall irrevocably grant, transfer, convey and assign to Organizers the entirety of the rights in and to the Nomination and all renewals and extensions of copyright, and the right to secure copyright registrations thereto in perpetuity including, without limitation, the rights to use the Nomination for any and all purposes in any and all media whether now known or hereafter developed, on a worldwide basis, in perpetuity. Winner accepts and acknowledges that Organizers shall not be obligated to use the Nomination and that Organizers in their sole discretion shall have the right to refrain from using the Nomination. Organizers shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Organizers choose to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder.  All entrants, nominees and winners will indemnify Organizers, affiliates, agents and licensees against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of this Contest in any manner.

7. Awards: FIVE (5) AWARDS (one (1) award per category set forth in Section 4, above): Special recognition to the winning company for achievement and its contribution to business and a commemorative award. Each award has no monetary value. Awards are non-transferable and no substitution will be permitted unless Organizers, in their sole discretion, determine otherwise.

8. Release: All entrants, nominees and winners agree to release and hold harmless the Organizers and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and award suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any award.

9. General Conditions: Organizers reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Organizers in their sole discretion. If terminated the Organizers may, in their sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible Nominations received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Organizers, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to disqualify any individual or Company it finds to be tampering with the Nomination process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or those of any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated Nominations. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Organizers reserve the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Organizers’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10. Limitations of Liability: Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Nomination process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading or the processing or judging of Nominations; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Nominations or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Nomination.

11. Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any award awarded shall be resolved by Binding Arbitration through the American Arbitration Association in Los Angeles by a sole Arbitrator according to its Rules; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.

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