Sure Chill scoops Barclays’ Eagle Lab Innovation Award

22 November 2018

Sure Chill has received national recognition for innovation after winning the UK Eagle Lab Innovation category at the Barclays’ annual High-Growth & Entrepreneur Awards.

The awards celebrate entrepreneurs’ success, leadership and positive impact on society.  

Clean-tech firm Sure Chill and residents of the Cardiff Eagle Lab which opened in 2018, has developed a unique cooling technology approved by the World Health Organization that ensures a refrigerator remains completely cool during any power outage.

Its globally patented technology is revolutionising refrigeration and cooling because where traditional refrigerators need constant power, Sure Chill’s doesn’t. A Sure Chill medical refrigerator can last without power for over 12 days in temperatures of up to 43°C.

The technology was first developed to protect life-saving, temperature-sensitive vaccines in emerging countries and vaccine refrigerators with its technology estimated to have helped save millions of lives.

Now, its technology is being applied across even more industries from home refrigeration, to retail and logistics. 

The company is already selling into 47 countries across the world, turning over £2.2m and has attracted support from the world-leading Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Shell Foundation. Its customers include UNICEF, Ministries of Health, MSF and other key partners.

Last month, Sure Chill’s CEO, Nigel Saunders joined the Prime Minister Theresa May on a 4-day tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya meeting with leading businesses, policymakers and entrepreneurs. Sure Chill was one of only two Welsh companies invited by the Prime Minister on the mission representing the very best of British business in technology.

Commenting on the award win, Nigel Saunders, CEO of Sure Chill said: “The award is wonderful recognition of how far Sure Chill has come in so little time. Our technology transforms lives and is tackling the world’s most complex cooling challenges. This year has been a great year for the company. We are on an exciting growth journey and entering new markets taking our technology to all corners of the globe.”

Richard Heggie, Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs Proposition at Barclays said: “The Barclays High-Growth & Entrepreneur Awards, now in its third year, has proved to be a valuable and influential business competition for entrepreneurs and high growth businesses across the country.  Entrepreneurs are fundamental to the UK’s economic competitive advantage, disproportionately driving job growth, attracting investment, and creating the innovative products and services that shape our todays as well as tomorrows.”

Full list of Awards

Open to everyone:  

1.Start-Up Entrepreneur: for founder-owned start-ups offering innovative solutions, with growth potential  

2.Scale up Entrepreneur: for established and disruptive fast-growth businesses

3.Social Entrepreneur: for entrepreneurs who are positively driving social and environmental change with their business

4.International Expansion: for businesses who have established a trading footprint and can demonstrate export sales growth and global reach

Open to Barclays clients only:

5. Entrepreneur Icons: for entrepreneurs demonstrating ‘scale up’ growth and sustained success, as well as providing support and mentoring for other entrepreneurs

Open to tenants only:

6. Eagle Labs Award: for businesses impacting the community through digital engagement, and leveraging the latest technologies in Aided Design 

7. Rise Award: For businesses who have worked with Rise and/or the Barclays Accelerator programme that can change the way the financial industry operates