Innovation - it’s a British institution and always has been
Queenie has just turned 90 (who’d have guessed?!), and as a rather lovely tradition, every year on her birthday she announces the winners of her Enterprise Awards.
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise is for British businesses and other organisations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses- oo-er!
Being quite into British businesses & innovations ourselves we thought we’d take a brief look back at 90 years of British innovation. Quite short actually- there’s bloody loads of it!
1926 was a magical year with John Logie Baird making the first public demonstration of a mechanical television on 26 January, without having the tiniest inkling what an impact his clever little box would have upon future generations of Zombie aficionados and their obsession with The Walking Dead.
Just 4 years later and our very own Frank Whittle patented the jet engine, opening up the skies to fast & efficient travel.
The world's first electronic digital programmable computer, Colossus, begins working on code breaking in 1943.
The 50’s saw the first accurate atomic clock followed by the birth of the rather irreverent lava lamp in the 60s.
Slightly unbelievably, after all this tech that had come before, one of the most notable innovations of 1979 were tree shelter to protect seedlings, showing us that innovations can still be basic designs solving a common problem.
Then everything sped up and we rapidly jumped from early 3D gaming graphics in the 80s, texting in the 90s and a landing on Mars in the 00s. Phew!
What’s to come next? Well, that’s up to you.
If you want to be next on our list of great British innovations, give us a call on 0800 772 0800.