The South's Most Innovative Companies

01 March 2018

Research commissioned by Barlow Robbins has identified the south's most innovative companies; the businesses which are setting new benchmarks, not just in terms of technology and product/service offering, but in setting standards in terms of delivery, human capital management, working practices, sustainability and market reach.

We bring to you part one of the innovative companies that will feature as part of the report to be published by Decision Magazine.

Ultrasonic Sciences

Ultrasonic Sciences (USL) is the only manufacturer of automated and semi-automated ultrasonic inspection systems for industrial and research applications. The range of systems produced have a variety of uses, including engineering, rail, aerospace, metals and laboratories which is reflected in their wide customer base. Chris Gartside talks about how USL are customising robots to do exactly what you want them to do here.


Minesoft are somewhat unusual in that their business is also fundamentally all about the innovation of others. They’re a global patent solutions provider, providing online products and services for patent research, archiving and intelligence, and intellectual property document retrieval. The business provides information to Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies around the world, and to specialist IP, patent attorney and search firms. Read how Anne Chapman-Daniel and Ophir Daniel believe that this very innovative area has a big future ahead of itself here.

Doyle & Tratt

Doyle & Tratt have become the leading British manufacturer of dimmer switches and decorative switches and sockets and have won two Queen's Awards for innovation - in 2006 and 2015 - as well as several lighting industry design awards. Dr Doyle says there has been a constant need to re-evaluate the dimmer switch as new technology and demand for energy-saving devices have brought new generations of light sources to the market. Read how his love for processing ideas and beating the competition has led to successful innovation here.

Craley Group

Craley Group delivers infrastructure technology whilst saving time, money and demands on the environment. It began with a basic concept of delivering cable to domestic properties without having to dig up the garden. The organisation's Chief Executive Officer, Andy Harris talks about the ways in which his firm are innovative here.


Stanhope-Seta designs and manufactures test equipment and quality control instruments which are mostly used in the oil industry. Organisation Director, Giles Verity discusses the various ways in which the organisation are branching out and innovating here.

MR Solutions

MR Solutions is the only British manufacturer of MRI scanners and one of only a few in the western world. It is a world leader in MRI technology alongside a developer and manufacturer of the world’s first range of commercial, superconducting, cryogen-free (dry magnet), benchtop MRI systems. Founder and CEO, David Taylor talks about the innovation taking place within his organisation here.

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