Signal AI named as the Fujitsu AI Pioneer of the Year at the National Business Awards

News Release - November 14, 2018

Signal AI won the inaugural Fujitsu AI Pioneer of the Year Award at the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards presented last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The Fujitsu AI Pioneer of the Year Award was introduced in 2018 to acknowledge and reward businesses paving the way in artificial intelligence innovation ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of the technology’s evolution and adoption.

Fujitsu Chair and National Business Awards judge Dr David Snelling said: “I am delighted to be involved in judging the inaugural Fujitsu AI Pioneer of the Year category at the National Business Awards. This year confirmed for me that the UK and Ireland is a fertile landscape for planting and growing AI based businesses, using it to solve real challenges. All the finalists had strong business models and sound technology, with several very outstanding. With a vibrant mix of entrants coming to a final decision was difficult, but I have been excited to see how all finalists this year have pushed the boundaries to seek potential of what emerging technologies can bring.

Signal takes a customer-centric, research-led approach to solving real business problems using AI. The research team develops and deploys machine learning, text mining, natural language processing and information retrieval techniques to process large-scale content and datasets. Accepting the award, Signal’s Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist Dr Miguel Martinez said: “It’s great to be recognised in the area of artificial intelligence, which is paving the way in the UK and the world. Winning the award means recognition for all of the work we have done since we started back in 2013 to push the boundaries of AI’s capabilities as far as we can.”

This is the second year in a row that Signal’s contribution to UK business has been recognised with a Lloyds Bank National Business Award having won in the category of New Business of the Year in 2017. This year’s winners were announced at an awards dinner at The Grosvenor House Hotel attended by over 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and journalists to celebrate the creme de la creme of British business. The event was hosted by Naga Munchetty of BBC Breakfast with a keynote speech from the BAFTA winning actress, author and activist Joanna Lumley.

This year’s winners are:

The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year: Gas Tag
NEW FOR 2018: The Experian Data Excellence Award: Cleveland Police
The Vonage Business Enabler of the Year: Rotaready
The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year: Margot Cooper – Limbs and Things
The ELITE London Stock Exchange Group Scale-Up Award: Nexus Vehicle
The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year: Shopper Media Group
The Digital Business of the Year: minicabit
NEW FOR 2018: The Fujitsu AI Pioneer of the Year Award: Signal AI
The Customer Focus Award: Close Brothers Retail Finance
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year: Ross Harper – Limbic Limited
The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award: The Daily Sparkle
The Innovation Award: M Squared
The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year: Vision Support Services
The Employer of the Year: UK Fast
The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year: Net World Sports
The Leader of the Year: Jayne-Ann Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money UK
Outstanding Contribution to Business: Dame Helena Morrissey, Founder, 30% Club

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About The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its 17th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and networking events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme.

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world.

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