Shoreditch based children’s orthotics wins Trailblazing Newcomer Award in 2015 NatWest SE100 Awards
Andiamo wins £5k prize money in national awards
Andiamo, a social enterprise printing 3D fully customised orthotics for children with disabilities and long-term conditions, has been recognised as a leading business, winning the Trailblazing Newcomer Award in the 2015 NatWest SE100 Awards.
The NatWest SE100 Index is an online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact. Each year the NatWest SE100 Awards recognise social enterprises on the Index who have demonstrated some of the best business practice within the sector, celebrating the growth, impact, ambition and resilience of social enterprises in the UK.
Andiamo’s mission is to meet the massive gap in demand and capacity that currently exists and is growing in the field of orthotics. Orthoses are any externally applied device that modifies the neuromuscular or skeletal system- ranging from insoles to leg braces to supports for those with conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida.
Naveed Parvez, Co-Founder and CEO of Andiamo put it into context: “There are 2.1m people in need of orthoses through the NHS, with only 250 qualified orthotists. This growing gap exists worldwide, as qualified professionals are retiring faster than they are being trained, and demand increases 6% each year. This market is already worth nearly £4.2 billion and it is both inefficient and underserved for most of the world. By Using 3D printing, we are revolutionising the healthcare system for young people, with a service designed around families that significantly decreases wait times, means better outcomes for children, and cost savings for health services”.
Naveed R. Parvez, CEO and Founder, Andiamo, said: “I’m really proud that our work has been recognised especially amongst so many incredible companies on the SE100. We are a very young organisation with huge ambitions for global impact, this award is great validation as we grow and expand. There are 1 billion people with a disability and we need the think about how we create the infrastructure, services, and skill bases that can solve problems at a global scale.
Andiamo is building this for orthotics right now but we’re confident our approach will be applied to many other health arenas across developed economies and in the affordable healthcare contexts. We’re building towards positively impacting at least a billion people.”
Marcelino Castrillo, Managing Director Business Banking, NatWest, said: “I want to congratulate all this year’s winners, not just on their success in the awards, but on the profound social impact that they are having on our society. NatWest is proud to have supported the SE100 since the beginning and we are committed to unlocking and nurturing entrepreneurial talent through access to finance, markets and expertise.”
Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society said of the NatWest SE100: “Social enterprises occupy a crucial place in our society. These organisations help tackle social challenges while contributing to economic growth. The SE100 Index is an important benchmark for the sector and I would encourage all social enterprises to sign up so we can build a truly compassionate society.”
— NatWest Business (@NatWestBusiness) October 19, 2015
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