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Birmingham's Perinatal Institute wins Queen's Awards for Enterprise

Health body is among 25 companies from across the West Midlands which have been recognised in the annual list of business excellence

Professor Jason Gardosi (centre) founder of The Perinatal Institute with his team
Professor Jason Gardosi (centre) founder of The Perinatal Institute with his team

A life-saving Birmingham organisation which was born out of NHS cuts during its last re-organisation has been recognised in the Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

The Perinatal Institute was founded by Professor Jason Gardosi in 2013 and has received the award for developing a safer method of monitoring the growth of babies during pregnancy.

Its innovation relates to the 'Gestation Related Optimal Weight' (GROW) chart which predicts a baby's growth in the womb, after adjusting for pregnancy characteristics.

Previously, a one-size fits all approach resulted in over three quarters of babies at risk due to growth problems not being recognised.

The computer-generated GROW app aims to increase the confidence of clinicians when monitoring the growth of a baby during pregnancy, meaning they can intervene more quickly when there is concern.

The company is based in Edgbaston at Chamber of Commerce House where it is also a member of the business body for Greater Birmingham.

Prof Gardosi said: "This is a welcome recognition of the efforts of many hard working and forward looking midwives and doctors who are seeking to provide a personalised and safer service for expectant mothers in their care."

He added the recognition would help to highlight the need for commissioners and providers of the health services to maintain a focus on prevention and for continued enhancements in the quality of maternity care.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise recognise business excellence across four categories - innovation, international trade, sustainable development and enterprise promotion which is given to individuals.

Another winner from the West Midlands is Olton-based CNG Services for advancements in the so-called biomethane-to-grid market.

This is a process whereby biomethane, a renewable green gas, is injected into the UK's gas grid to give the country a highly flexible and efficient source of sustainable energy made from organic material such as food waste.

Founder and managing director John Baldwin said: "I hope it will make more people aware they can now get green gas for their central heating and cooking and companies can use it in manufacturing or to fuel trucks.

"Biomethane is now seen as the UK's leading renewable heat technology and is a major part of our long-term energy future."

Now in their 50th year, 254 Queen's Awards have been given out in 2016 across the UK with five companies being double winners while two divisions of Staffordshire-based manufacturer JCB have received three awards.

This brings the total handed to the Rocester-based company to 24 since their inaugural award in 1974.

There are 25 recipients in total from across the West Midlands region - 13 for innovation and 12 for international trade (see full list below).

All of the winning businesses will be able to use the Queen's Awards emblem for the next five years, are visited by a Royal representative armed with a crystal bowl to mark the achievement and invited to attend Buckingham Palace reception in July.

West Midlands winners for innovation

ATP ATRS, Cannock

CNG Services, Olton

Dawson, Alcester

Flexmort, Birmingham

G&P Group Holdings, Birmingham

Global Heat Transfer, Stafford

Greenlighting, Worcester

Majestic, Birmingham

PCA Predict, Worcester

Perinatal Institute, Birmingham

Pike Signals, Aston

TF3, Birmingham

The Training Foundation, Coventry

West Midlands winners for international trade

Dermal Technology Laboratory, Keele

Holland & Barrett, Nuneaton

Hoshizaki Europe, Telford

JCB Compact Products, Stoke-on-Trent

Kudos Blends, Cleobury Mortimer

Lock Stock & Barrel Grooming Company, Birmingham

MCP Management Consultants, Solihull

Orchard Valley Foods, Tenbury Wells

Portmeirion Group Sokte-on-Trent

The Binding Site, Edgbaston

The JMB Partnership, Wellesbourne

Winsted, Bromsgrove

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