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Chessington, 14 October 2003: Ideal has been short listed as a finalist for a record number of industry awards in 2003. The award categories recognise expertise in all aspects of Ideal’s operations ranging from marketing to logistics and distributor programmes.

The nominations follow Ideal’s earlier successes in winning the Fujitsu Siemens Computers distributor of the year award and the Symantec distributor of the year award for 2003 earlier this year.

Ian French, President, Bell Microproducts Europe, Ideal’s parent company, said: “To be nominated for and collect so many awards from both within and outside the traditional channel proves that Ideal’s strategy is a winner. The fact that Ideal has already won two of the major vendor distributor of the year awards shows that for both our suppliers and our customers Ideal more than delivers the goods.”

Ideal has reached the final short list in the following awards and categories.

Channel Awards 2003

Corporate Distribution Partner or the Year award finalist.

SME Distribution Partner of the Year award finalist.

Channel Network Awards 2003

Distributor Programme of the Year award finalist as nominated by resellers.

Ian French, nominated as Channel Personality of the Year.

Computing Awards 2003

Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year award finalist.

The award ceremonies take place in October and November 2003.


For further information please contact Ambrose McNevin, Transom Media Ltd, 020 8444 7649,

Ideal and Bell Microproducts Europe

Ideal is the UK division of Bell Microproducts Europe. Bell Microproducts Europe is a unique channel focused supplier of hardware and software products and services ranging from components to high-level consultancy.

Each Bell Microproducts Europe business operates in the following key technology markets:

Enterprise Solutions - Focusing on high-end storage solutions. Branded as Ideal Enterprise Solutions in UK and Bell Microproducts Solutions in all other European territories.

Systems - Focusing primarily on the Intel based server, desktop and mobile


Software - Focusing on the sales of software, primarily through its on-online licensing tool LDi (Licence Desk internet);

Mass Storage - Focusing on disk drives and storage components;

Professional Services - Storage consultancy engaging with end users to create a market for resellers.

Bell Microproducts Europe is headquartered in Chessington in the UK with operations in France (Paris) Germany (Munich); Italy (Milan); Netherlands (Amersfoort); Belgium (Brussels); and Sweden (Stockholm).

Bell Microproducts Solutions is headquartered in Almere, The Netherlands with operations in Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt) and Austria (Vienna).

Bell Microproducts Europe is part of the billion NASDAQ listed Bell Microproducts Inc, one of the world's largest storage focused IT companies operating from more than 40 locations, and employing over 1,100 people across the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Europe.

In the UK Bell Microproducts Europe owns and operates Ideal Hardware. Ideal Hardware was voted Storage Distributor of the Year at the Computer Reseller News Channel Awards 2002 for the fourth consecutive year.

About Bell Microproducts

Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with offices in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

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