The regional finalists from the 2004 DTI/ InterForum E-Commerce Awards were announced by Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland yesterday, at a lunchtime awards ceremony held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
“The 2004 Awards are evidence of the increasingly innovative ways in which small and medium-sized businesses are benefiting from integrating technologies into their overall business strategy.
“These winners all have a very strong customer focus and have used e-business to improve their operations and customer service levels. It proves once again that Northern Ireland companies irrespective of size or location can be e-commerce champions,” commented Leslie Morrison.
The regional winners are:
E-Business Start Up
- Winner: THE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY, Belfast.
- Highly Commended: CLUB-IT, Belfast.
- Winner: NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENTS LTD, Ballymena.
- Highly Commended: PROPERTY NEWS, Belfast.
- Winner: JASON SHANKEY, Dundonald.
- Highly Commended: GAELIC GEAR, Belfast.
Best Use of Broadband (new category for 2004)
- Winner: EGSA-Connecting Adults with Learning, Belfast.
- Highly Commended: DELAP & WALLER, Londonderry.
Best Use of Teleworking (new category for 2004)
- Winner: LEGAL-ISLAND, Greystone/Antrim.
- Highly Commended: MAC-SYS LTD, Newtownabbey.
All winners receive a cheque for £2,000 and will go on to compete against champions from 11 other regions across the UK to be the national category winner. All national category winners receive a further prize of £8,000 at a gala dinner to be held in London, at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 6 October. Five category winners will then go on to compete for the title of National E-Commerce Winner 2004 and a grand prize of a further £30,000.
In addition to these prizes, there is another chance to win an £8,000 cash prize in the national innovation categories: Mobile & Wireless Technology, Advanced Supply Chain Integration and Best Rural E-Business and Community. These categories are picked from all entries across the board.
The E-Commerce Awards are part of the DTI’s Achieving best practice in your business, a key theme within DTI's approach to business support, providing ideas and insights into how to improve performance across a business. The DTI has been promoting best practice for many years as a way of helping businesses become more efficient, competitive and profitable. Now, for the first time, all this knowledge and experience is being brought together in one place - www.dti.gov.uk/bestpractice.
Set up by the DTI and InterForum, the E-Commerce Awards are the only Government backed technology awards and aim to recognise and reward organisations that have demonstrated tangible business benefits through their use of Internet and information and communication technologies. For further information on the awards and the region’s shortlisted companies, please go to www.ecommerce-awards.co.uk