CAMBRIDGE’S VISUALPLANET CROWNED BRITAIN’S BEST EXPORTER IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Visualplanet in Cambridge has won the national Best Exporter category in the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. The Business is GREAT Britain campaign launched the competition in November 2014, in association with BT Business, to find the most innovative and exciting UK businesses. It drew to a close today with an awards ceremony at the BT Tower in London.
Named Britain’s Best Exporter, Visualplanet impressed both the national judging panel and the public, with a high number of online votes cast in its favour. Winners were selected by a combination of the public vote and national judges’ scores. They received their award from Danny Longbottom, Managing Director of BT’s UK SME Business. A full list of national winners and the regional shortlist is available at: www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition.
Cambridge-based Visualplanet manufacture the touchfoil, which is a large format, clear film touch sensor that turns any non-metallic surface into a tablet-style touch screen. Visualplanet moved the business forward by supplying the touch sensor as a component to specialist integration partners and their network now spans over 85 different countries. The judges were impressed by “the simple but incredibly effective solution that Visualplanet has created, and how it has enabled sustainable growth by expanding internationally.”
Vernon Spencer, founder and Managing Director of Visualplanet said:
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been crowned a national winner of the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. Winning this award truly sets us apart from the competition in our field, and we hope we will inspire other small businesses everywhere to foster their success. We would strongly recommend any small business owner to visit www.greatbusiness.gov.uk to access the wealth of support and advice available from the Government to help your company grow.”
In total, four awards were presented at the GREAT Faces of British Business competition ceremony: Britain’s Best Exporter; Most Innovative Small Business; Best Growth Story, and the top Grand Prix prize. The Grand Prix prize winner will receive a bespoke creative advertising campaign worth £30,000, along with an iPad Air and complimentary unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months, courtesy of BT Business. Each of the three national winners will also receive an iPad Air and complimentary unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months.
In addition, the winner will also receive a package of export support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). UKTI works with UK businesses to help them succeed in international markets and supports the Business is GREAT Britain campaign, with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).
Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:
“We’re backing the entrepreneurs and the innovators who run the small firms driving our economic recovery. The GREAT Faces of British Business competition is all about celebrating their successes.
“Following the public vote, Extreme Low Energy in the North West has been named Most Innovative Small Business. They are an inspiration to other businesses across the country looking to innovate, and are the living proof that there has never been a better time to start and grow a business in the UK“.
Steve Rathborne, Director of Sales, BT Business said:
“As an organisation, BT Business wants to help and support small businesses to succeed. Great Britain has a pedigree of producing innovative and successful businesses and leaders, and the national winners that have been selected accurately reflect the quality of British business and its excellence across industries.
“That’s why we’re supporting the Business is GREAT Britain campaign in order to discover and champion the entrepreneurial talent that’s out there and to give businesses an opportunity to boost their fortunes even further through a marketing package and business support from BT Business and UKTI.”
The Business is GREAT Britain campaign aims to celebrate and inspire small businesses and is run by BIS and UKTI. It provides relevant advice and information for small and medium sized enterprises looking to grow, hire, export, lead and access finance. There is a single place for all businesses to go for help: www.greatbusiness.gov.uk.
About the Business is GREAT campaign:
The ‘Business is GREAT Britain’ campaign aims to build confidence amongst small businesses by showcasing inspirational examples of similar sized businesses. It encourages businesses to plan, hire and export as drivers to future business success.
The ‘Business is GREAT Britain’ campaign has three key strands:
INSPIRE – encouraging small businesses to take a step back from the day-to-day and consider the full potential of their businesses, and plan for long term growth
HIRE – encouraging businesses to take on new talent and fresh ideas to drive business growth
EXPORT – encouraging businesses to consider new, foreign markets for their goods and services