Recognising the best places to work in IT

Selected from 500 nominees, the shortlisted IT departments for Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT 2003 awards represent...

Selected from 500 nominees, the shortlisted IT departments for Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT 2003 awards represent leading-edge thinking on how to create a positive workplace. Look out for coverage of the awards in our 10 February issue.

The finalists       

Fewer than 250 employees

Central and local government 

East Lothian Council

Education IT Team, Stoke-On-Trent Council  

Perth and Kinross Council

Banking and finance

Barclays Bank, Enable, ServicePoint

Firstplus Financial

Retail, wholesale and distribution 


Hyundai Car (UK

IT software,  hardware and services 

Data Connection

IT Resource Management

Kingston Technology Europe


Media, hospitality, leisure and entertainment      

Earls Court Olympia 

FireFly PR

Unique Pub Company

Other public sector and non-profit organisations

Comic Relief 

The Food and Drink Federation

The Woodland Trust  

Manufacturing and engineering

Eli Lilly and Co

Global Marine Systems

The BWB Partnership

More than 250 employees    

Central and local government

 Hampshire County Council 

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Leicestershire County Council, ICT Services   

Banking and finance

Birmingham Midshires  

Friends Provident 

Retail, wholesale and distribution 


Holsten (UK)

Avon Cosmetics  


IT software,  hardware and services 

Computer Associates 

Compuware Corporation  

Mastercare PC Service Call 

Media, hospitality, leisure and entertainment

Carlton Television 

Scottish and Newcastle Retail 

Universal Music   

Other public sector and non-profit organisations

Ashbridge Business School 



Manufacturing and engineering

BAE Systems  


Smiths Aerospace Wolverhampton   

Unspecified company size  

 Utilities and communications

Virgin Mobile  

Economy Power

Construction and agriculture

Hanson Aggregates

BAA Terminal 5 Project

Arup Group

 Business services 


Mason Communications  

The Corps

The sponsors
Huxley Banking, Madison Black, New Wave Resourcing, Progressive, Huxley Engineering, Harvey Nash, ComputerFutures, Real IT.

The judging panel

Ruth Spellman, Investors in People UK

Angela Baron, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

David Clarke, British Computer Society

Jonathan Exten-Wright, DLA

Karen Price, E-Skills UK

Andrew Davies, Cranfield School of Management

Jane King, Personnel Today

Ceri Diffley, Work Foundation

Peter Scargill, Federation of Small Businesses.

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