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-Bristol-based software company to support one of the UK’s leading skippers in bid to compete in World’s most challenging sailing event

Bristol, UK, 23rd March 2007 - Symmetry, a leading vendor of financial software, bluQube is to be a major sponsor of Steve White, Principal and Skipper of the White Ocean Racing sailing team as he prepares to compete in the famous 27,000 mile, Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race in 2008. The last event was broadcast in over 22 countries attracting over 135 million viewers. A formal announcement of the sponsorship was announced at the Solo Sailing Conference held at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club last week.

Simon Kearsley, Managing Director of Symmetry, comments, “For the last two years we were sponsors of the Global Challenge Around the World Yacht Race. This was hugely beneficial for us, generating plenty of positive brand awareness as well as providing a great hospitality vehicle, not only for customers, but also for our staff for annual events and training. Our support for Steve is an opportunity to continue with this marketing initiative but to provide an even more ‘raw’ sailing experience. The sponsorship will help further develop our client relationships, both on and off the water in an exciting, inspirational and unique networking environment”.

He continues, “We considered a number of racing teams before deciding on White Ocean Racing. We were impressed with Steve’s attitude, and felt that he was the type of individual that shared our brand philosophy of commitment, determination and teamwork. We are confident that he has that special X Factor required to compete at the highest level”.

As part of the deal Symmetry will get full branding for its bluQube financial management software on Steve White’s Open 60 yacht, “The Spirit of Weymouth” plus on-board hospitality days for up to 10 persons. Symmetry will also be able to update their clients with a regular newsletter that is sent out by the team during the build-up to races such as the forthcoming Calais Around Britain and, using a direct link to Symmetry’s web-site, live updates during the actual race itself.

Kearsley continues, “This is another benefit that these sponsorship opportunities offer over and above other events such as a hospitality box. Once the client leaves, it doesn’t end there, they can stay involved, monitoring the progress of a boat that they themselves have sailed, as it takes on the elements on the other side of the world.”

He added, “We wish the team all the best for the future and hope that other like-minded companies will support him in his ambitions to win future races including the Vendee Globe in 2008.”

Steve White operates White Ocean Racing from its base in Weymouth, Dorset. With over nine years experience as a professional yachtsman, Steve White is considered to be one of Britain’s brightest hopes for victory in the Vendee solo global race. Full sponsorship of White Ocean Racing is just one of the options available to companies wishing to get involved. Hospitality packages are available from as little as £3,000 for a day’s sailing for 10 guests. Other sponsors have included Vail Williams, leading Real Estate Advisers, and JER Partners, a global private equity real estate investment management company.
www.whiteoceanracing.com <http://www.whiteoceanracing.com>
www.bluqube.co.uk <http://www.bluqube.co.uk>

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Editor’s notes:

About Symmetry:
Established in 1996, Symmetry is a software company that specialises in the development and supply of business-to-business financial solutions within the UK. The company’s core product, bluQube, is a fully integrated financial and management accounting solution aimed at organisations ranging in size from £3M turnover to £250M turnover and with user populations from 2 to 800+ users. www.bluqube.co.uk

Press Contact: Jane Moores/Sally Minchin, TTA Communications, 0845 6580120. E-mail: jmoores@ttauk.com

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