UK National Business Awards names Cloud computing company iomart as finalist

The iomart Group plc, one of the leading hosting and cloud computing services companies, have been named on the shortlist for one of the most prestigious business awards in the UK. In the 2011 National Business Awards, the company is a finalist in the category of small to medium business of the year.

The corporate banking director of strategy and market development at Santander Stephen Dury, spoke about the award which his company sponsors and he himself helps to judge. He said that iomart were operating in a hugely competitive market and have shown the courage to become market leaders through expansion and development and acquisition.

Iomart recently won another accolade when they were names as the Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year, and is ranked amongst the top 25 providers of cloud services in the world, as rated by Talkin’ Cloud 50. It has also been ranked by MSPmentor 100 as one of the top ten managed hosting providers.

The CEO of iomart Group plc, Angus MacSween, has said that they were all delighted that the commitment that iomart had made to innovation and sustainable growth was being recognised in the UK. He added that everyone at the company and worked long and hard to make the company a leading provider in a very competitive market and making the shortlist for these national awards showed the progress that they had made.

Announcing the finalists, Steve Pateman, Head of Santander Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking said: “Small and medium sized businesses are the drivers of the UK economy, and the National Business Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the innovation, flexibility and hard work of these companies. I would like to wish all the finalists every success both in these awards and for their future business ventures.”

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Chair of Judges, the National Business Awards, said: “The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge: it is therefore particularly encouraging that the entries in this year’s National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance. Congratulations to all finalists for demonstrating tremendous strength in their ability to adapt and innovate which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise.”

Organised by UBM plc, winners will be honoured at the National Business Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, Tuesday 8th November, where George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver this year’s welcome address.

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at Orange, part of Everything Everywhere, said:

“Reaching the finals of the National Business Awards is no mean feat and I am delighted that the calibre of entrants keeps on improving. All finalists have demonstrated exceptional drive, resilience and innovation during challenging economic conditions. Many congratulations to all finalists and best of luck with the next stage of the competition, I very much look forward to the live judging in September and October.”

Visit the National Business Awards website – www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk – for a full list of all 2011 finalists.