Wolverhampton University’s IT Futures Calls for Entries to ICT Excellence Awards
08/20/2009

IT Futures 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 – – Wolverhampton’s IT Futures was honoured in the 2008 awards where it was awarded Best Public Sector Project Award for its e-Business Adoption Project.

IT Futures is based at the University of Wolverhampton and provides independent IT advice, training and consultancy to small and medium sized businesses to help them adopt and get the most out of e-business technologies. Funded by Advantage West Midlands, IT Futures has worked on a number of projects assisting businesses in the region. One such project, the e-Business Adoption project which was launched in January 2007, was recognised in the ICT Excellence Awards for its support in helping tourism and leisure businesses adopt IT.

Diana Thompson, business director, encourages local companies to enter: “Entering the ICT Excellence Awards has helped to raise the profile of IT Futures - not only did we get some great publicity but also an award at the end. We have been recognised for our work in helping local businesses and as a result been able to work with Business Link West Midlands on its IT Advisory Service.”

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 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 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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