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Keele University’s Breaking the Mould awards return for 2023

The achievements of organisations across Staffordshire and beyond are being recognised by Keele University’s annual Breaking the Mould awards.

Taking place on Thursday 19 October, this year’s awards are being hosted by one of television’s best-loved broadcasters, Natasha Kaplinsky.

In keeping with the theme of celebrating innovation and “breaking the mould”, the evening promises to leave behind the traditional awards ceremony format, celebrating the creativity and collaborative spirit of the area’s business and enterprise community, with performances and entertainment adding to the spectacle.

Since 2016, Keele has provided around 1,000 support interactions with local businesses, enabling the delivery of new products, services, innovations and jobs. If your organisation has collaborated with Keele in some way, then you are likely to be eligible to enter the Breaking the Mould awards.

All nominations are free, but must be submitted by 11.45pm on Monday 4 September 2023.

Award categories:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Cultivating Talent
  • Social Inclusion
  • Digital Futures
  • Going for Growth
  • Enterpreneurial Student of the Year
  • Leading Innovation
  • Science and Innovation Park Company of the Year
  • Collaboration of the Year

More information on the awards, including category descriptions and the online submission form, is available at

Watch snippets from last year’s ceremony


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