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INNOVATIVE high-tech companies in the West Midlands are being urged by industry leaders to step forward and take part in the prestigious 2008 ICT Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands’ ICT Cluster.

The free to enter technology awards are designed to recognise the talents and achievements of the growing ICT (Information Communication Technology) sector. They will be announced and presented during an evening drinks reception following the annual West Midlands ICT Cluster Conference on 20 November 2008, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Bickenhill, Solihull. Categories in this year's awards comprise ICT Excellence Award for Best Innovative Service, Best Innovative Product, Best Added Value Product / Service, Best Added Value Project and Best Knowledge Transfer, with an overall champion selected from the winners of each of the five categories receiving £2,000.

The deadline for entries is 3 October 2008 and the Award entry form, rules & criteria and FAQs can be accessed online from the West Midlands ICT Cluster website: http://www.wmictcluster.org/awards2008.

A showcase for the industry's high-fliers, the 2008 awards are expected to attract a record number of companies eager to be crowned overall champion.
Hosted again this year by Stuart Linnell the awards are considered as the calendar event for the region's ICT industry.

Since the launch of the event in 2005, the winners of previous ICT Excellence award ceremonies have benefited from an increased portfolio of clients, improved marketing exposure, recognition from peers in the industry and offers of funding. Fledgling and successful small to medium sized businesses looking to expand and promote their products and services are being urged to submit an application before the end of the summer and put their business in contention for regional recognition.

Mike Musson, ICT Cluster Manager urged competitors not to leave it too late. ”The competition this year promises to be stiff as our region’s technology sector develops and innovative companies spring up in all sectors including wireless, software, e-business, photonics and open source. We welcome all entrants and encourage all technology based SMEs to participate to gain valuable recognition for the incredible work done in this region."

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About ICT Cluster

The ICT Cluster is one of thirteen clusters established by Advantage West Midlands as part of its economic development strategy. These clusters have been chosen on the basis of their current strength in the region and their potential to create jobs and economic growth.

Advantage West Midlands is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England whose role is to provide leadership and action to create more, better jobs and in improve the standard of living for all in the West Midlands.

The ICT Cluster will be hosting the Annual West Midlands ICT Conference and ICT Excellence Awards on 20 November 2008.

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About the 2008 ICT Conference The ICT Conference is orchestrated by Advantage West Midlands to give SMEs the opportunity to better understand the benefits ICT can make to a business. The conference programme will provide access to technology partners, thought leaders and business innovators and opportunities to hear from organisations from the West Midlands SME sector sharing their successes and failures. There will also be a practical session focusing on Business Innovation through ICT which will look at real technology application for business success.

Sponsorship packages are available for this conference, for further information please contact kylie.smith@ncc.co.uk.

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