HydroGarden is celebrating after being crowned champion in this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. Despite some tough competition from across the UK, the hydroponic specialist took gold in the Innovation Award. “Manufacturers are amongst the most prolific and successful innovators in the UK, so to win this award is a great accomplishment and compliment to our team,” says managing director Jonathan Aldridge. “It reaffirms our position on the map as a modern and innovative company.” Judges were impressed with how HydroGarden innovated in its drive to achieve sustainability and its ambition to become carbon neutral through V-Farm. V-Farm is a fully controllable vertical farming concept completely bespoke to the needs of the end-user. HydroGarden was also praised for its innovative approach to engaging customers that helps educate them about products in a way that also increase sales. Judges described the level of innovation to be “inspirational” in a number of areas. For more info, visit hydrogarden.com.