E-commerce minister Mike O’Brien has launched the seventh annual DTI/InterForum E-Commerce Awards.
Sponsored by BT, the awards recognise ICT innovation for improving business performance among SMEs and in the public sector.
On 6 October one UK SME will be awarded the national title of "E-Champion 2005" and receive a £50,000 cash prize.
O’Brien said, "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. Winners can also show how their use of ICT has improved their overall efficiency, productivity and competitiveness."
The awards are open to any UK business with up to 250 employees. They are run on a regional and national level and recognise areas in which organisations can demonstrate business transformation.
This year, several new categories reflect the changing face of e-business: best use of broadband, best use of teleworking, best use of mobile and wireless technology, best sales and marketing online, best customer care online, and the most integrated business.
Larger enterprises and organisations in the public sector can also enter the new National ICT Innovator Awards.
This set of awards is open to individuals or groups of people within any UK organisation who can demonstrate innovative use of ICT in the following areas: safe online transactions, environment, health, transport, education and learning, export and e-government. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 6 October.
Applications for free entry are via an online form at: