Postcode Anywhere Reaches National Business Awards 2011 Finals
Software and services company among "Britain's most innovative and sustainable businesses".
- (1888PressRelease) August 04, 2011 - Worcester, UK - Postcode Anywhere, the Worcester-based software company best-known for the "what's your postcode?" technology found in ecommerce websites, announces today it has reached the finals of the National Business Awards. It joins over 150 of "Britain's most innovative and sustainable public and private sector businesses," according to the Awards judges.
As one of only 10 businesses which have been shortlisted in the Transformational Change of the Year category to identify companies which have improved their operational efficiency through strategic re-alignment, Postcode Anywhere finds itself alongside finalists such as Business Stream, Delmergate Ltd, London Early Years Foundation, RCUK Shared Services Centre, RESPONSE, ServicePower Technologies Plc., Ten Group, Trustmarque Solutions, and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
The combined turnover of all finalists this year is £96bn. If the National Business Awards finalist organisations were a country, its combined GDP would place it among the top 50 worldwide - just behind Romania, ahead of New Zealand, and almost three times that of Luxembourg.
Postcode Anywhere's managing director Guy Mucklow said: "One of the key challenges for many SMEs, particularly those that go through rapid growth, is to maintain focus on their core competencies and values. It's easy to get distracted by the multitude of opportunities out there, and end up doing lots of things reasonably well, rather than a few things exceptionally well.
"Over the last 12 months we have refocused our business and changed our internal organisation, creating smaller, more product-centric teams, with a broader set of skills and a much better understanding of customer needs. This has in turn helped to strengthen the business and, I believe, to create a far more motivated workforce. Being shortlisted as a finalist for the National Business Awards Transformational Change category is an achievement that all of our employees can feel proud of."
Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at National Business Awards partner Orange, part of Everything Everywhere, said: "The National Business Awards, now in their tenth year, embody the core principles of business excellence, innovation and ethics, all of which are central to Orange's company values.
"Reaching the finals of the National Business Awards is no mean feat and I am delighted that the calibre of entrants keeps on improving. All finalists have demonstrated exceptional drive, resilience and innovation during challenging economic conditions. Many congratulations to all finalists and best of luck with the next stage of the competition. I very much look forward to the live judging in September and October."
Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Chair of Judges, the National Business Awards, said: "The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge: it is therefore particularly encouraging that the entries in this year's National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance.
"Congratulations to all finalists for demonstrating tremendous strength in their ability to adapt and innovate, which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise."
Finalists will now prepare to make their presentations in person before an independent, expert judging panel in September and October at the offices of Coutts & Co at 30 St Mary Axe.
The judges are:
Mr Colin Cram, Director, Marc1 Ltd
Ms Jackie Keeley Director, Harthill
Mr Phil Smith, CEO, Cisco Systems Limited
Mr Charles Ward, Chief Operating Officer, Intellect
Organised by UBM Plc., winners will be honoured at the National Business Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Tuesday 8 November. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will deliver this year's welcome address. Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all 2011 finalists.
For more information about Postcode Anywhere, please visit www.postcodeanywhere.com.
Media contact for Postcode Anywhere
Jim Williams - PR Manager
jim ( @ ) postcodeanywhere dot com
+44 (0) 1905 888 562
Press centre at: http://www.postcodeanywhere.com/press
Press Pack download: http://www.postcodeanywhere.com/assets/PDFs/press-pack-2010.pdf
Contact for the National Business Awards
Henriette Svensen, Head of PR & Marketing, UBM Awards
Tel: 020 7234 8753 / 07500 917 628
Email: henriette.svensen ( @ ) ubm dot com
Notes for editors
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its tenth year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information.
National Business Awards Categories 2011
The Transformational Change of the Year; The Huawei Customer Focus Award; The Croner Employer of the Year; The Excellence in Marketing Award; The ICAEW Sustainability Award; The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year; The Orange Innovation Award; The Entrepreneur of the Year Award; The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year; The Small Online Business of the Year; The WorldPay Online Business of the Year; The Santander Small to Medium sized Business of the Year; The 3i Private Business of the Year; The Grant Thornton Mid Cap Business of the Year; Coutts & Co Large Cap Business of the Year; The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business; and The Orange Leader of the Year.
About Postcode Anywhere
Postcode Anywhere supplies software and services which improve the day-to-day operations of over 8,000 organisations worldwide. Best known as a provider of address auto-fill and verification software, the company offers a range of data-driven services, including route planning, customer profiling and bank account validation. It is now the fastest-growing reseller of Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF®) and the market leader for online address auto-fill. A multi-award-winning organisation, it has also appeared in Deloitte's European fast-growth technology company list for three years running. For more information about Postcode Anywhere, please visit www.postcodeanywhere.com.
Recent Awards and Recognition for Postcode Anywhere
Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2008/9, 2009/10 & 2010/11
Red Herring Top 100 Europe - 2010
Best Small IT Supplier of the Year - UK IT Industry Awards (finalist) - 2009
Dell Small Business Excellence Award (UK finalist) - 2009
Small-Medium Sized Business of the Year (regional finalist) - National Business Awards 2009
Orange Best Use of Technology (Midlands) - 2008 National Business Awards
Growth Business of the Year - Chamber Awards 2008
Small Business of the Year - Chamber Awards 2008
Customer Service Team of the Year (finalist) - National Customer Services Awards 2008