IBM ANNOUNCES HIGHLAND SUPPLIER WINNER OF E-BUSINESS OSCARS Wednesday 24 January 2001 PDF Print IBM today announced that Maclachlans Highland Supplies http://www.bagpipes2000.com has won the IBM e-business Award at the Parcelforce Worldwide Small Business Awards. The award was presented at a ceremony in London last night by Julian David, IBM's Small Business Manager for EMEA. Maclachlans Highland Supplies company is designed to offer, via mail order, an efficient service for Pipe Bands, Solo Pipers and customers requiring anything Scottish. The company fought off strong competition to meet the judging criteria set by a panel from the University of Durham Business School and IBM. The criteria was for a substantial proportion of income to be generated by e-business and that a company's e-business plan is viable. As Drew Crawford, IBM Global Small Business Manager, explains: "Maclachlans Highland Supplies demonstrated that not only was their e-business model effective in delivering value to its customers but that they had developed a website which offered incentives to encourage loyalty and repeat business." Maclachlans Highland Supplies beat a number of nominations in this new category and will receive, as a prize, a complete review by IBM consultants of its e-business strategy and new hardware to the value of £3,000. "With only 12 per cent of UK small businesses currently making full potential of the Internet (Durlacher 2000) Parcelforce Worldwide and IBM are committed to helping the UK's small businesses reap the rewards that e-business can bring. This new e-business award is an opportunity for IBM to acknowledge an exemplary small business that is exploiting the potential of e-business at this, the ninth annual Parcelforce Worldwide Small Business Awards." said Drew Crawford. In addition to the e-business award, IBM has contributed £6,000 of products and services to Fenn Tool, the national winner of the Parcelforce Worldwide Small Business Awards and a further prize of £2,000 to each of the eleven regional finalists. Patricia Hewitt MP, Minister for Small Business and E-Commerce, commented: "Government doesn't create wealth. Small firms and entrepreneurs do. That is why I am committed to supporting them and schemes like the Parcelforce Worldwide Small Business Awards, which celebrates their success. We are continuing to build a new enterprise culture in the UK through the Small Business Service. The SBS is championing the needs of SMEs, through its advice and support service, and in its attack on unnecessary red tape. "And we are providing £25 million through UK online for business to help our small firms succeed in the knowledge driven economy. The challenge is not just getting connected but succeeding online using the new ways of working that e-commerce and new e-business practices bring. Half a million of our small firms have recognised the opportunities that the internet offers and are now trading online. I want to see this double to one million small firms trading on-line by 2002." Notes to Editor 1. From the Durlacher Quarterly Internet Report, SME Edition, August 2000 Durlacher surveyed over 800 companies in its latest UK SME research. Full details can be found at www.durlacher.com The Parcelforce Worldwide Small Business Awards are in their ninth year. The awards sponsors are IBM, VISA International and Viking Direct. About IBM IBM is a world leader in providing end-to-end business solutions for small and medium sized businesses. Through its Global Small and Medium business organisation, IBM offers a host of cross-industry and industry-specific solutions designed to meet the real-world needs of growing businesses. IBM is also the leading provider of electronic business solutions and is dedicated to helping customers, Business Partners and developers exploit the potential of network computing across a wide range of businesses and industries. For further information on IBM please visit http://www.ibm.com/smallbusiness/uk Ref: 00/009 Parcelforce Worldwide Small Business Awards 2000 National Winner - Fenn Tool Ltd (East Anglia winner) Special Commendation Winner - Somerford Mini Specialists (South Winner) Export Winner - Peter Beales' Roses Business Efficiency Winner - Active Information IBM e-business Winner - Maclachlans Highlands Supplies (Greater London) Viking Customer Service Winner - Paul Adler Optometrists Other Regional Winners North East - Yorkshire Game Ltd North West - Sterling Events Ltd Northern Ireland - McGimpsey Brothers (Removals) Scotland - Loch Insh Watersports and Skiing Club East Midlands - Gusto Construction Ltd South East - Shrinking Earth.net Midlands - IRL Computer Systems Ltd Wales - Graig Farm Organics This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.