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£50K for SME e-commerce champion

Bigger than ever before, the 2005 E-Commerce Awards have been launched with a cash prize of £50,000 for the overall winner.

Bigger than ever before, the 2005 E-Commerce Awards have been launched with a cash prize of £50,000 for the overall winner.

Now in their seventh year the awards continue to recognise and reward small businesses for innovative and sophisticated use of information and communications technology. The winners will be able to demonstrate business transformation through ICT.

Any UK business with up to 250 employees can enter the awards, which are run on a regional level initially, with the winners moving onto the national stage.

To reflect the changes to ICT in recent times new categories include:

  • best use of broadband
  • best use of teleworking
  • best use of mobile and wireless technology
  • best sales and marketing online
  • best customer care online
  • most integrated business.

It is all a far cry from the inaugural awards in 1999 when “innovative use of a fax” was a category, indicating the speed at which technology is advancing and changing ways of doing business.

Also new are the National ICT Innovator Awards, which are open to individuals or groups of people within any UK organisation who can demonstrate innovative use of ICT in safe online transactions, environment, health, transport, education and learning, and export.

"The E-Commerce Awards are a tremendous opportunity for organisations to share and show innovative approaches for integrating sophisticated use of ICT into their business,” said Mike O'Brien, minister of state for energy and e-commerce. “Winners can also show how their use of ICT has improved their overall efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.”

The awards are free to enter. The deadline for entries is 29 July. Full details at:

www.ecommerce-awards.co.uk

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