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Liz Clifford, nCipher Corporation Ltd, +44 1223 723600, email:

Peter Rennison, PRPR, Tel: +44 1442 245030, email:

Alex van Someren, 35, who founded the Cambridge-based Internet and e-commerce security company nCipher with his brother Nicko, has won the regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Ernst & Young, Citibank, The Times and Vodafone. The East of England Award was presented last night at The Birmingham Metropole Hotel by Ian Mason of ntl. Alex van Someren now moves on as a finalist to compete for the national Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

This prestigious regional, national and international annual award scheme recognises the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs within successful and dynamic businesses and their contributions in terms of job creation and the development of intellectual property.

Over 80 people, who were nominated across the five regional finals took part in a demanding selection process that looked at growth in turnover, profits and employees as well as innovative approaches to production, marketing and selling. The process also included on-site interviews and those short-listed went in front of a high-level judging panel.

"I am delighted to have won the award on behalf of all the people at nCipher who have contributed to making the company a global leader in the field of Internet and e-commerce security," said Alex van Someren. "Entrepreneurs cannot succeed on their own and their most important role is to communicate and instil an entrepreneurial spirit, vision and drive into the teams around them."

Established in 1996 by the van Someren brothers, who even as children used to send each other encrypted messages, nCipher has developed a powerful range of hardware and software security solutions for the growing e-commerce market and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) applications. nCipher's family of products facilitate private Internet transactions on some of the most heavily used web sites. Ultimately the security provided by these products helps to establish a level of trust between online customers, vendors and service providers which leads to increased competitive advantage for nCipher's customers.

nCipher's customers include some the world's leading e-businesses - spanning a variety of industries from financial services and retailing to technology - including Abbey National Bank, Egg, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft and the Sun/Netscape Alliance. With offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston, MA; New York, NY; San Mateo, CA; Paris, France; and Hamburg, Germany; nCipher serves customers and partners around the world.

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