We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation and in recognition of this, have been presented a number of prestigious awards by our industry peers. This is testament to our world leading technologies and the in-house talent and expertise we have here at SI.

Leeds Apprenticeship Recognition Award 2012


SI was awarded the Small/ Medium Employer of the Year at the Leeds Apprenticeship Recognition Awards in acknowledgement of its successful apprenticeship scheme.


The event, which was held at Leeds Civic Hall, celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.



SI apprentice



At the time of the award, SI had 10 apprentices taking part in the scheme, which involves them participating in 10 week placements in 5 different areas of the business including quality, product development engineering, machine shop, assembly and injection moulding.

At the end of their third year of study, the area which they will work in is selected with input from the apprentices and team leaders.


The scheme gives apprentices the chance to earn and learn at the same time, as well as gain practical skills in a specialist industry. For SI it provides the opportunity to train apprentices to company standards and helps towards combatting the skills shortage throughout the manufacturing industry.

SI works closely with local organisations including Leeds City Training and and with local schools to promote apprenticeships in the region.


Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2011


SI wins Queen's Award 2010

SI was delighted to be awarded the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious award for outstanding innovation and business performance.


The award, under the Innovation category, acknowledges the technical and clinical excellence they have achieved with their pioneering YelloPort+plus® - a port access system which acts as a channel into the body allowing surgeons to carry out delicate keyhole procedures.


Princess Anne visits SI as a result of the Queen's Award


Announced on the Queen’s birthday (21 April), the awards are made each year by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of the Prime Minister.


Speaking about the award Graham Bowland, Chief Executive Officer of Surgical Innovations, said: “We are delighted to win such a prestigious ‘royal’ award for our contribution to the healthcare industry.


“We were one of the first companies to develop flexible but rigid laparoscopic devices and have since have gained a worldwide reputation for developing and manufacturing innovative devices.  This award acknowledges this commitment and also the dedication made by every single one of our employees from design through to production and also acknowledges Yorkshire’s cutting edge Healthcare Technologies industry.”


Chairman Doug Liversidge CBE, added: “The Board would like to extend its congratulations and say a personal ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in this achievement and their contribution towards the overall success of the Company.”


The YelloPort+plus® device combines both reusable and disposable elements (a concept that the Company named Resposable®) as a way of offering surgeons and hospitals around the world a cost effective but high quality solution.

SME Manufacturer of the Year 2011 - Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards


Winning this prestigious award means SI has been recognised for outstanding contribution to manufacturing and as one of the region’s most successful businesses.


The award highlights SI’s commitment to investment in machinery and infrastructure as well as the hard work of the SI team. This is the second time that the Company has won SME Manufacturer of the Year and the third nomination by the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.


Graham Bowland, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are proud of our in-house manufacturing facility which is testament to our growth strategy, as is our continued investment in innovative product development. It is a fantastic achievement to win this prestigious award and we are delighted to have been recognised by the region’s business community.”

Best Technology category - AIM Awards 2011


In 2011 SI was shortlisted in the Best Technology category for the AIM Awards 2011, a nomination which reflected the outstanding innovation in technology.


Graham Bowland, Chief Executive Officer of SI, said: “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised both regionally and nationally by nominations for the AIM Awards and the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards. These nominations are testament to our strategy for growth through continued investment in ‘added-value’ in-house manufacture underpinned by innovative product development.”


This is the second time SI has been honoured at the AIM Awards as last year Colin Glass, a Non-executive Director of Surgical Innovations won Non-Executive Director of the Year and Chief Executive Officer Graham Bowland was shortlisted for Chief Executive of the Year.


The awards recognise excellence among high-achieving AIM companies, as well as companies quoted on the FTSE 350. They also celebrate the role entrepreneurs and management teams have played to drive forward success within their own companies.

Innovator of the Year 2011 - Medilink UK


The Innovation award at the Medilink UK Awards 2011 celebrates the latest technologies across the UK Life Sciences sector and was presented to SI in recognition of YelloPort+plus®.


Chief Executive Officer Graham Bowland said: “It is a great honour to receive such a prestigious industry award. Our design and manufacturing teams are among the best in the world and I am proud to say they work for Surgical Innovations. The YelloPort+plus® device has led to huge cost savings for surgeons around the world and has ensured that hospitals, with financial budget constraints, don’t have to comprise on quality.  Having reusable elements within the device is also better for the environment helping to reduce the amount of clinical waste hospitals have.”


Tony Davis, Medilink UK Chairman, said: “Winning a Medilink UK Award is a huge professional honour and these companies are the ones that will help the UK economy thrive once again, pioneering new technologies that can meet the healthcare needs of our society in the future.”


Medilink UK is a networking organisation that stimulates collaboration between public and private sectors for Life Science companies across the country from their offices in the Midlands and the North, including Sheffield, supporting healthcare companies across the UK and internationally.


In 2010 SI was also named winner of the Innovation award at this year’s Medilink Yorkshire and Humber Healthcare Business Awards 2010.

Innovator of the Year 2010 -


In 2010 SI’s Chief Executive Officer Graham Bowland won the Yorkshire Innovator Award at the Yorkshire Business Masters, voted for by readers.


Speaking after the awards, Graham said: “It is an honour to have won such a prestigious award and to be recognised for the impact SI is having on the region’s healthcare industry.”


The award recognises the Company’s pioneering Resposable® laparoscopic instrumentation range, which combines both reusable and disposal elements to offer surgeons a cost effective solution and is proving a great success with surgeons and patients globally.

Individual of the Year 2010 - Yorkshire Productivity Award


This award was presented to Assembly Supervisor Barrie Jackson at the 2010 Yorkshire Productivity Awards.


The annual awards recognise manufacturing excellence and acknowledge the significant steps that have been taken to improve productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.


Barrie was nominated for his hard work and everyday contribution to the Assembly Team, as well as his commitment to a number of courses which have run in conjunction with Yorkshire Productivity and SI.