11th Dec 2007 - Lanarkshire firm scoops major uk business award
A Lanarkshire-based company is celebrating after it fended off competition from across the UK to land a national business award from the British Chambers of Commerce and Microsoft.
CVD Fire Protection Ltd, which is headquartered at Eurocentral and specialises in supplying the construction industry with passive fire protection services, received the British Chambers of Commerce award for "Impact of Technology on your Business (Less than 50 employees)" which was sponsored by Microsoft.
Ewan Ogilvie, Director of CVD Fire Protection, was presented with the award at a gala dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Thursday 29th November 2007 and not only was it the first time that CVD Fire had received a British Chamber of Commerce award, it was the first success for a Lanarkshire Company in the national finals.
The award recognised CVD Fire's use of technology to help enhance the overall business performance of the company. In 2006 CVD Fire employed an IT system known as iQ which was developed by another Lanarkshire firm, Quarterback Systems.
iQ enabled CVD Fire to take greater control of its business processes by integrating financial, job scheduling, business analysis and process management systems and it also played an important role in helping the company to improve its customer service.
Ewan Ogilvie said: "To be recognised on a national basis by the British Chambers of Commerce and Microsoft is a tremendous achievement and I'm absolutely thrilled for the company.
"We operate in what is a very competitive industry and are always looking at ways in which we can improve our business performance and the service we deliver to our clients. By investing in iQ we have been able to achieve this and more.
"Overall, iQ allowed us to plan, allocate, execute, and analyse our operations in a more organised, efficient and cost-effective manner, and this has directly impacted our efficiency and profitability."
Robert Epstein, head of small business sales and marketing, Microsoft UK said: "As organisations grow, the adoption of technology becomes a pre-requisite for success. For small and medium businesses, the decision to step up to a more sophisticated IT environment can be an enormous step.
"CVD Fire Protection has significantly impacted its financial success as a direct result of its IT system. The company has invested heavily in a system that has allowed it to reduce costs whilst improving flexibility, efficiency and communication with staff and customers. This has allowed management to focus on driving the business forward by developing its staff and its most profitable customers."
Quarterback's iQ software has already received a number of IT business awards including the Scottish Enterprise award for E Business and the Orange Award for best use of technology.
Quarterback has also recently secured contracts with a number of Lanarkshire-based businesses including ION Water & Environmental Management Ltd, Coneworx Ltd and DL Services.
For further information on CVD Fire Protection visit www.cvdfire.co.uk
For further information on IQ visit www.qbsiq.com