Birmingham’s partnership of Arden Photonics and the Photonics Research Group at Aston University Calls for Entries to 2009 IT Awards
08/20/2009

Arden Photonics and the Photonics Research Group are urging local technology companies to follow in their 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 Birmingham, the area has a good chance of success.

Online PR News – 20-August-2009 – – Arden Photonics and the Photonics Research Group are urging local Technology companies to follow in their 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 Birmingham, the area has a good chance of success.

Arden Photonics and the Photonics Research Group at Aston University were honoured in the 2008 awards where they received Best Knowledge Transfer Project Award for their joint development of the ‘ModCon’ Mode Controller. Arden Photonics has a formidable list of clients including some of the largest telecommunications, aerospace and military companies worldwide. The judges said the joint development project was a text book example of successful knowledge transfer between a university and a small, local business.

Dr Kate Sugden of Aston University and David Robinson, MD of Arden Photonics encourage local companies to enter: “Other companies should enter to get their hard work recognised and promote their company by being part of the ICT Excellence Awards.”

“It heightened our profile within the photonics industry and helped to promote our achievements and credibility as a growing and innovative company.”

The free to enter 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 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 IT Awards categories must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 28th September.

The IT 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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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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