Wolverhampton’s W3 Insights Calls for Entries to ICT Excellence Awards
08/20/2009

W3 Insights is urging local technology companies to follow in its footsteps and enter the 5th ICT Excellence Awards sponsored by the Advantage West Midlands ICT Cluster. The awards honour the best technology companies region wide, and with an abundance of local talent in Wolverhampton, the area has a good chance of success.

Online PR News – 20-August-2009 – – W3 Insights is urging local technology companies to follow in its footsteps and enter the 5th ICT Excellence Awards sponsored by the Advantage West Midlands ICT Cluster. The awards honour the best technology companies region wide, and with an abundance of local talent in Wolverhampton, the area has a good chance of success.

Wolverhampton’s W3 Insights was honoured in the 2008 awards twice where it secured Best Private Sector Project Award and received a Highly Commended recognition in the Best Innovative Service Award category for its Cassandra service to education.

W3 Insights has a formidable list of clients including schools and local authorities across most of the UK including Northern Ireland. W3 Insights provides education establishments with online systems to measure and change student attitudes to learning as well as sampling the views of parents and teachers. The company is the UK market leader - at any one time working with more than 3,000 schools and 100 local councils. Its work has been internationally recognised as making an effective contribution to raising student attainment, attendance, aspiration and mental health. The development of its recent award-winning "Cassandra" technologies has allowed it to diversify into supporting schools in integrating their data systems to extract meaningful information from a wide array of data sources including attitudes, attainment, attendance etc.

Dr Glen Williams, CEO of W3 Insights encourages local companies to enter: “Benefits include greater exposure, the value of the independent recognition for new, original work which can "open doors" in terms of new commercial opportunities and increased motivation and morale for staff. Other companies could enjoy similar benefits but also find the experience of preparing and presenting before the
Advantage West Midlands judging panel a challenging, constructive and supportive process”.

The free to enter IT awards recognise top technology companies for outstanding achievements to the industry. The winners will be announced at the evening ICT Excellence Awards event following the annual ICT Conference on 10th November 2009, which is being held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Bickenhill, Solihull.

Categories in this year's IT awards are the ICT Excellence Award for Best Innovative Product, Best Innovative Service, Best Added Value Product, Best Added Value Service, Best Added Value Project, Best Knowledge Transfer Project and Most Improved Business. An overall champion will be selected from the winners of each of the seven categories and receive a cheque for £2,000. An additional award, the Technology Strategy Board’s Special Award for High Growth Potential Business 2009 is also being introduced this year.

Nominations for all categories must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 28th September.

The 2009 Award Entry Forms, Rules & Criteria and FAQs can be accessed online from the West Midlands ICT Cluster website: http://www.wmictcluster.org/events/2009/awards2009.

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Notes to Editors:
About ICT Cluster

The ICT Cluster is one of thirteen clusters established by Advantage West Midlands as part of its economic development strategy. These clusters have been chosen on the basis of their current strength in the region and their potential to create jobs and economic growth.

Advantage West Midlands is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England whose role is to provide leadership and action to create more, better jobs and to improve the standard of living for all in the West Midlands.

The ICT Cluster will be hosting the Annual West Midlands ICT Conference and ICT Excellence Awards on 10 November 2009.

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