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Innovations Excellence Awards 2024 Shortlist Announced

The best of the Communications and Content industries are announced in the prestigious annual Innovations Excellence Awards shortlist.

Expert judges at The Stationer’s Company have now whittled down their top picks of the brands going above and beyond in six categories, ranging from Start-Ups to Education Technology.

The ultimate winners will be announced at a champagne reception and lunch on 11th October 2024, at the historic Stationer’s Hall in London, where key figures from the communications and content industry will come together to find out who has been honoured with a coveted trophy from the Innovation Excellence Awards, now in their 10th year.

Judges review a rigorous set of criteria, including how the innovations improve customer experience, how the innovation meets an unmet need in the market, strength of customer response, and scalability for start-ups. This ensures the brands that make the shortlist are the best in their field.

This year the judges also looked closely at how brands are performing when it comes sustainability and introduced a new category – Education Technology – to acknowledge the increasing contribution this area is making to the whole industry.

The six categories are Business Process, Communications including Marketing, Customer Experience, Education Technology, Product Design, and Start-Ups: categories designed to complement existing industry awards.

The awards are a unique opportunity for businesses and individuals to celebrate innovation and excellence in their fields, and to raise awareness for their company or brand. The awards enable the Stationers’ Company to recognise the key role the communications and content industries play in the UK economy, highlight outstanding innovation in the sector, and offer the opportunity to share best practice.

Vida Barr-Jones and Kate Howell, the awards co-chairs, said:

“The Innovation Excellence Awards celebrate the best of the Content and Communications industry in the UK today.

Innovation is distinct from invention, as it does not necessarily entail the creation of something entirely new. Instead, it focuses on introducing novel ideas or enhancing existing ones to meet the needs of customers, industry demands, and societal changes.

Innovation is a vital means for organisations to remain relevant, competitive, and responsive in their respective industries and we want to celebrate it.

We want to extend a huge congratulations to all the shortlisted brands and companies – they should be very proud of themselves.”

Shortlist in full by category and in alphabetical Company order:

Business Process

  • Bloomsbury
  • Confederation of Paper Industries
  • Epic Print Ltd - Cupround
  • Parkside Flexibles
  • Xerox

Communications including Marketing

  • Barley Communications
  • Message Matrix
  • ShimmrAI

Customer Experience

  • Message Matrix
  • Metaverse Learning Ltd
  • MX Reality
  • Pearson
  • Prima Business
  • Springer Nature

Education Technology

  • Dot Dot Fire
  • Metaverse
  • Pearson
  • Perlego
  • UCAS

Product Design

  • Dorling Kindersley
  • Epic Print Ltd - Coffee Notes
  • Kolbus UK Ltd
  • Offset Print and Packaging
  • Reflex Group
  • Springer Nature
  • Sun Chemical


  • Confederation of Paper Industries
  • Epic-Print Coffee Notes
  • Perlego
  • ShimmrAI

The 2024 awards are sponsored by Pearson and Picon.