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University of Huddersfield Awards Actinic Prize for Best MSc E-business Student
- Early retirement pays off for top student -

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West Byfleet, Surrey - 18 December 2006 - Top student Brian Stephenson has won the Actinic prize for overall best student of 2006 on the University of Huddersfield's MSc E-business course. The prize, which is awarded annually, was presented to Brian by Actinic product manager John Hart.

One of the UK's leading collectors of tribal art, Brian is already no stranger to the world of ebusiness and ecommerce. After taking early retirement from a varied and successful career, in 2003 he launched his first commercial website,, displaying items from his collection. In 2005, he added two additional ecommerce sites to his portfolio and in late 2006 launched an e-portal for internet entrepreneurs,

For his prize Brian chose to receive a copy of the Actinic Business software used on the course. "In my experience, it is essential that an ecommerce site is customer friendly. During my course at the Huddersfield University Business School I found Actinic to be a simple, yet flexible, 'one stop shop' solution. It allows ecommerce entrepreneurs to launch sites that are customer friendly and readily customisable, and can be used by site developers possessing only minimal programming skills," he says.

Pete Wraith, principal lecturer at the University of Huddersfield says, "We have students from all over the world studying with us, and very few are from an IT background. We work with small businesses and start-up companies, helping them to trade on the web, and in the last five years we must have built over 200 shops with Actinic. We use Actinic because it lets us examine all the issues in building and managing an e-shop, and so far, has not let us down."

"This award recognises the high level of achievement gained by a particular student in an area which is increasingly important to business," says Actinic's John Hart. "The diversity of the students on the course shows how ebusiness is spreading among the whole range of industries. The valuable knowledge that Brian and the other students have gained on the course will undoubtedly be of benefit to their future employers, and Actinic is proud to be associated with it."

For further comment contact:

Bruce Townsend, marketing manager of Actinic
Tel 0845 129 4800

Actinic PR:

Jane Lee, Dexterity
Tel: +44 (0)1273 470199
Email: jane.lee at

About Actinic:

Founded in 1996, Actinic specialises in helping small and medium retailers trade, both online and offline, using its ecommerce and electronic point of sale (EPOS) packages.

Actinic offers two ranges of ecommerce products for web designers and self-builders. These comprise web-based and desktop store-building solutions. Its solutions include Actinic Designer, Actinic Business, Actinic Catalog, Actinic Audio Store and Actinic Express, and power more UK ecommerce sites than any other company. Research shows that over 50% of SMEs using packaged software to run their e-stores use Actinic. Some of Actinic's better known UK users include the Royal Opera House, British Library, Land of Leather, Adams children's fashion, Lloyds of London, Lexmark, the Royal Navy and Help the Aged.

The Actinic EPoS hardware and software are designed by former retailers and give a comprehensive feature set that is straight forward to operate at great value prices. The range covers everything from a low cost, single till installation for the smaller store, to integrated multi-till and multi-site systems with head office functionality, for centralised product, stock and price updating and reporting.


Trademarks: Actinic Catalog is a registered trademark of Actinic Software Limited.

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