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The finalists in the Breaking Boundaries category at the Norfolk Business Awards 2018

PUBLISHED: 11:57 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:30 17 October 2018

The Norfolk Business Awards 2018 will be held at the Norfolk Showground Arena on November 22. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography.

The Norfolk Business Awards 2018 will be held at the Norfolk Showground Arena on November 22. Picture: Simon Finlay Photography.

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Introducing the finalists in the Breaking Boundaries category of the Norfolk Business Awards 2018, sponsored by Lovewell Blake – and what our judges thought of them.

• PlantGrow

PlantGrow is a new type of fertiliser and plant food made from 100% plants. Produced from a renewable energy process and chemical free, PlantGrow was launched in 2016 to the horticultural market and has gained the attention of gardening experts and retail outlets across the UK. PlantGrow is available in over 30 stores in Norfolk plus being stocked in over 350 stores nationwide. PlantGrow proudly supplies The Royal Parks in London and is endorsed by Alan Gray.

Judges’ comments: The judges were impressed by the ingenuity in taking existing infrastructure and processes and taking them to the next level to produce a class-leading plant product that has the potential to turn the marketplace on its head. As a new product upsetting the status quo, it’s difficult to see how this product won’t break geographical boundaries very soon.

• Panel Graphic

Panel Graphic is a manufacturer and supplier of enhancement plastics aiding the readability of digital information displays across a wide spectrum of products and industries; from domestic appliances to automotive car interiors and large format airport information displays. Founded in 1998, the business now employs a dedicated fully trained team of 42 staff at purpose-built premises in Loddon. It has recently won a £20m contract for Porsche Germany.

Judges’ comments: With the continued growth of technology-based displays, this company has broken boundaries in securing its products, which are used for visual displays in some of the world’s most prestigious luxury cars. With a local highly skilled and engaged workforce, the company is set for continued expansion in a market previously uncharted for Norfolk businesses.

• PBD Biotech

Identification of live bacteria is fundamental to disease control as well as food safety. Current gold standards to detect live tuberculosis bacteria can take eight to 12 weeks to complete. PBD Biotech has now developed a new technique which is highly sensitive and specific but delivers results within six to eight hours. This technique is transforming understanding of mycobacterial disease and is already being successfully applied in the field.

Judges’ comments: PBD Biotech’s bacterial infection detection of bovine tuberculosis has already started to break into overseas markets. Its commercial application and wider detection of bacterial infections give PBD the opportunity to grow exponentially in the coming years.

• FXhome

FXhome is a technology company based in Norwich with 3.2 million users across 160 countries. It develops industry leading software including “HitFilm” - now the fastest growing video editing software in the world. Since being founded in 2001, FXhome’s team of 20 talented developers and marketers have broken down boundaries for young and emerging creators worldwide by offering powerful software at accessible prices, and an invaluable creative community.

Judges’ comments: The company’s rapid expansion of its product range in the film making and editing software market demonstrated the company was breaking boundaries. Its range of products spans novices to experts at affordable prices. With over three million users in an engaging user community FXhome is clearly well placed to continue its success.

MORE: Revealed: The finalists for the Norfolk Business Awards 2018

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