CITF announces new award for IT teams who excelled during coronavirus lockdown

London, 01 June 2020 – A new award “ Best IT team during Covid19” was announced today which aims to celebrate the impressive contribution of IT teams to business continuity during the coronavirus lockdown. Launched by membership organisation CITF, submissions are invited from today until 30 June and the winner will be announced at CITF’s Real IT Awards which will be held online on 17 July.

Technology departments have been one of the unsung heroes of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. In a matter of days after the 23rd March lockdown announcement, IT teams in organisations of all sizes and across industry swung into action and provided the technology and services which allowed their colleagues to keep being productive. Thousands of businesses have managed to transition to an entirely new way of working thanks to the efforts of technology teams.

Running since 2004, the Real IT Awards are the UK’s most prestigious independent technology awards, and every year they aim to celebrate outstanding technology projects, teams, and innovations. To acknowledge that IT teams have played an invaluable role in smoothing business response to the lockdown, CITF chose to create a new award category this year to recognise IT teams that have gone ‘above and beyond’ when it comes to helping their organisations keep working in unprecedented conditions.

IT departments and business leaders are invited to submit or nominate applications via the Real IT Awards website before the 30 June deadline. CITF’s panel of peers and senior technology and business leaders will then review submissions. Judges will be looking for impressive stories supported by solid metrics that show:

• What the team did that delighted customers (internal or external)
• How the team rose to these unprecedented times and delivered solutions that helped their company to continue working seamlessly
• How they fostered extraordinary teamwork to accomplish everything they did

The final winners will receive a Real IT Awards certificate and recognition from industry peers.

Joanna Poplawska, CEO of CITF explained why the new award was created: “The fantastic work that technology teams do often goes unrecognised, and this is especially so during the coronavirus lockdown. IT teams have pulled out the stops to keep their organisations working, and so we wanted to celebrate the impressive work that they have done”.

Poplawska noted that a wide variety of submissions will be considered: “We are open to submissions from any industry or sector and are interested to hear about all kinds of response to the lockdown. Our judges are looking for examples of responses that had a measurable impact and which tell a compelling story”. She added that “we’d love to hear about creative responses to the lockdown or examples of technology departments whose work was especially impactful”.

The Real IT Awards will be happening virtually this year and will be hosted on the Real IT Awards website from 13 – 17 July from 4 pm each day. In 2020 the award’s charity partner is the NSPCC.

To contact CITF:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7052 1894
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Award Winning HR Software Platform, Complygate, to Launch New Version 1.3 on May 14, 2020

The UK, May 14, 2020: Complygate, a UK-based award winning HR software and Tier 2 Sponsor compliance platform, known as the only Immigration Compliance tool commercially available to SMEs in the UK, this week announced on May 14, 2020, they will be launching a new version of their software tool, known as Version 1.3.
The newer HR software release will include improved UI, bug fixes, and a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, for employee self-service, Complygate is launching a new website with a dedicated help section, statutory holiday entitlement calculators, and plenty of freebies.

“We are always working to make the process of HR as seamless and intelligence as possible, embedding artificial intelligence into our software tools and solutions,” said Mr. Rajiv Ranjan, CEO of Complygate. “Our software helps clients reduce complexity in admin jobs through automation, reduce time spent on projects through user friendly workflows, and leverage the advantages of cutting edge technology, available at our fingertips. That’s why we are so excited to be announcing this update in the coming week.”

Following May 2020’s update, Complygate stated they are planning for an August 2020 update with AI-powered ID verification for passport and driver’s licenses for the EU, EEA, Canada, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Australia. This new system will be able to verify whether the document has been digitally altered or not.

Lastly, this new feature will be included in the subscription price.
Before the close of 2020, Complygate also stated they are preparing for a November 2020 update to the current system, enabling them to offer new payroll features that will be free for existing customers.

“We are encouraging those considering our software to jump on board at this time so they can benefit from our free, future updates,” said Ranjan. “Our agile team is always working to create the most beneficial HR software tool possible today, which is why we want as many SMEs as possible to consider the time, money, and frustration saved with this kind of automated solution.”

Complygate’s new website platform makes use of minimalist graphics, interactive features, and easy-to-follow page layouts, like the features section that covers recruitment, timesheets, leave, employee self-service, onboarding, expense, Tier 2 sponsor compliance, and analytics. The website will also include more information about Complygate’s services that assist infrastructure, email notifications, automation tools, simplistic dashboards, deadline reminders, and lastly, drag and drop functionalities for creating multiple folders at once.

Complygate clients have stated some of the biggest benefits of working with the software includes: the creation of positive work culture, easy decision making based on data, cost reduction through automation, agile usage of technology, simplification of often complex HR processes, and total digital transformation from the bottom up.
Complygate is on a mission to help SMEs everywhere, especially as they emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Avenue51 Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade

London, UK – April 21, 2020: Avenue51, the global eCommerce platform, was today honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade, for outstanding growth in overseas sales during the last three years – with sales growth of nearly 50%.

Avenue51 offers a unique opportunity for European brands to trade directly with consumers around the world via its cross-border technology platform built around three key features of:

• Share: Marketing & Social Media Share
• Shop: Online Retail & Payments
• Ship: Fulfilment & Storage

These services have been designed to work individually or together to provide an end-to-end solution. For retailers wanting a fast route to the Chinese consumer market, Avenue51 also provides online listing across a network of more than 50,000 online retailers used by shoppers in Mainland China.

Avenue51 co-founder, James Hardy, comments: “Winning the Queen’s Award is a great honour for us and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. We have seen huge growth during the last three years including an increase in sales of 50% and launching our technology and services in the French and Nordic markets.”

“Now more than ever we believe our eCommerce platform is vital for European retailers looking to create or expand their eCommerce offering to reach some of the largest consumer markets in the world.”

Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are among the most prestigious business awards in the country and are awarded for outstanding achievement at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

About Avenue51
Avenue51’s complete global ecommerce platform enables more than 100 British and European consumer brands including Waitrose, Aspinal of London, ThisWorks and Optibac to generate and fulfil over £50 million of orders from shoppers and online retailers in Mainland China each year.

Our team is based in offices around the world including London, Birmingham, Beijing, Shanghai & Hangzhou are endlessly integrating our solution into the business models of the world’s most progressive brands.

For those brands simply seeking fast access to shoppers in Mainland China, Avenue51 offers the opportunity to list products within a network of more than 50,000 online retailers used by shoppers in Mainland China. This network includes a number of highly successful online stores operated by Avenue51 under license (Laposte and Royal Mail Tmall flagship stores) or directly (51bestuk, 51Taouk).

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Metricell Ltd. Wins 2020 Queen’s Award for Innovation

Telecommunications specialists Metricell – software and service supplier to government, enterprise and network operating clients worldwide – are celebrating a 2020 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the category of Innovation.

Since 2007, Metricell has helped those working in communications better understand the performance of mobile and fixed-line broadband, and drive greater connectivity between service providers and their customers.

Metricell’s Innovation Award is recognition of how their crowdsourcing technology is helping customers around the world measure and monitor network performance: from WiFi hotspots to mobile coverage. Not only does this approach help to improve networks, but it also serves to address the continuing challenge of breaking down the digital divide and ensuring connectivity for all.

“We are immensely proud to be have been chosen as a 2020 Queen’s Award recipient. Winning this award for the third time is testament to the commitment our staff show to being first-to-market with best-in-class products. It is also recognition of the faith our customers place in us and their willingness to invest in leading-edge technology .” Tom Staniland, Managing Director of Metricell.

Metricell will celebrate the award win at a Buckingham Palace reception later this year.

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James Moore & Co and First Class Watches Receive Three Award Nominations Following Store Refit

Warwickshire, UK – James Moore & Co, based in the heart of the historic Kenilworth, has recently completed a transformation of their high street jewellery and watch store. After closing for a week in late October, the store opened its doors again on the following Monday with a refreshed design and complete refit. This is the biggest revamp the store has undergone since it opened it 1998.

“We are thrilled with the finished design and have already seen the impact the refurbishment has had on the local community,” said Jamie Brown, the director and owner of James Moore & Co and First Class Watches. “Now we can showcase our brands in-store better than ever before.”

The store refurbishment is comprised of an all-glass shop front which exhibits the warm and inviting environment as well as several interactive screens, a full-length wall lightbox and seating area, which promotes a comfortable shopping experience.

This is not the first time the company has rebranded themselves. Back in 2017 they also transformed their website, in keeping with the luxury and sophisticated brands they supply online and in-store.

Since the news of the store redesign, James Moore & Co and First Class Watches have been shortlisted for three awards at the UK Jewellery Awards 2020. The categories they are shortlisted for are Store Redesign of the Year, Watch Retailer of The Year and Multi-channel Retailer of the year. The event will take place at the Tower of London on the 2nd of July.

With bright prospects for the future and evidence of their changes already making an impact within their sales online and in-store, James Moore & Co and First Class Watches are hoping that their transformation will promote success within their business for many years to come.

Launched in 2005 by high street jewellers James Moore & Co, First Class Watches is a family owned and operated business that have used the power of internet retail to reach customers from all corners of the globe. More than ten years on, they are one of the UK’s largest independent watch retailers with hundreds of thousands of happy customers. Using their responsive website customers can browse a stock of over 10,000 watches and more than 150 watch and jewellery brands at their leisure. First Class Watches uses self photographed 360-degree imagery, click and collect, interest free credit, product reviews, price matching, and free watch adjustment to allow customers to make an informed and quick purchases while receiving the same service and warranty they would expect from a retail store.

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Liverpool hairdresser scoops top salon award for second year in a row

Liverpool independent hairdresser Andrew Joseph Manion has scooped the award for Best Local Salon of the Year award at the English Hair & Beauty Awards for the second year in a row.

This is the 9th award for the international session stylist who photoshoots and weddings take him around the world. The  criteria for winning the award was a salon who provides outstanding service and Andrew sent in 400 5* reviews from their clients.

Andrew started his career in a salon in Woolton Village, Liverpool, where discovered his love of hair. Training as a head colourist within the salon he worked in, he spent 4 years mastering the art of colour before moving into styling and cutting

He then moved to France for three years. returning to the UK he set up a mobile hairdressing business on a scooter before he became so in demand he required permanent premises and so AJM Hair was developed. His salon is now based on Aigburth Road.

Andrew has been Creative Head Stylist at Liverpool Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week London Fashion Week 2019

He has had work published in Italian Vogue and on the front cover Trend Prive Global Magazine.

Upon winning his award Andrew said, “This is such a huge honour and I am absolutely thrilled to win. We were up against tough competition so it was a big shock to win. I am immensely proud and would like to thank my team and customers for all their support. I love hairdressing, it’s always been my passion.

The next big thing for me is focusing on entering more competitions as a salon and raising our profile even more, on a personal level I am focusing on raising my profile as a makeup artists as well as a hairstylist! “

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A newly appointed energy and sustainability expert to strengthen TEAM’s multi-discipline Consultancy service.

Highly experienced energy project manager, Sam Arje, has joined TEAM Energy to help customers realise their energy management needs and sustainability goals through their growing suite of consultancy services.

Sam has over 15 years’ experience in project management; with 7 of those years dedicated to driving down energy consumption and carbon emissions for UK based holiday organisation, Bourne Leisure. Whilst here, Sam established sustainability strategies across the group’s three brands, managed their £45m utility spend, and implemented energy projects for the group, including their company-wide internal energy management platform, and ESOS auditing as the internal lead assessor.

His professional successes include a 25% reduction in electricity consumption and a 45% reduction in carbon emissions during his tenure at Bourne Leisure. He also won the Energy Managers Association awards for the “’Best Energy Reduction Project through Organisational Behaviour Change 2017”, “Energy Management Team of the Year 2016” and Runner up “Energy Manager of the year”, Private Sector 2019.

Commenting on Sam’s appointment, Tim Holman, Head of Operations at TEAM said:
“Sam’s sustainability achievements as an energy manager are remarkable. They represent many of the goals that our customers are working towards. His in-depth energy management insights, experience with budgeting and reporting, knowledge of up to date legislation, and general understanding of energy markets will bring many benefits to existing and new customers. “

“As a sustainability champion, we’re delighted to have Sam on board. He will be playing a key role in the development and expansion of our consultancy portfolio, adding notable value and ensuring the breadth of energy services meet the needs of the industry.”

In addition to his extensive career in project management, Sam is an experienced data analyst, market and social researcher. He previously worked as a Lead Analysis Programmer for TNS, part of the WPP group. He also has experience in offering consultancy and advice regarding trend analysis, working with customers, and business development,

“As someone who has thrived from delivering positive change through progressive energy projects, I will offer a great understanding of energy compliance, best practice and behaviour change for TEAM customers, while supporting the development of climate action within the services portfolio” said Arje.
Sam went on to add:

“TEAM is a highly ambitious company driving sustainable change, seeing its strong reputation within the energy management industry continue to grow.
“Businesses in the UK are waking up to the government’s net-zero challenge, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with TEAM’s customers to help them implement successful energy and sustainability strategies and amplify their contribution to significant environmental change.”

With this latest investment in talent, TEAM is enabling genuine growth in their Energy Services portfolio, developing an expansive suite of services, to support organisations in reducing carbon emissions and realise their sustainability goals. As an experienced energy and sustainability manager, Sam understands the operational and strategic challenges TEAM’s customers face. His appointment affirms the organisation’s commitment to build energy partnerships with their customers, deliver successful energy management, and drive positive climate action.

Notes to Editors
For further information, please contact:
Pauline Scoins – Marketing and PR Executive

TEAM Energy
Phone: +44 (0)1908 690018 Ext 204
EDW House, Radian Court, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PJ

About TEAM
TEAM Energy is a leading supplier of carbon and energy management solutions. We specialise in energy management software, energy bureau services and energy consultancy.
TEAM’s customers come from the private sectors including retail, transport and banking, and public sectors such as education, government, NHS and the emergency services. Public sector organisations can also benefit from TEAM’s services under various pre-tendered government frameworks.

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The Berchtold Group’s Brett Berchtold Wins Sitecore Most Valuable Professional Award

Elite distinction awarded for commitment and dedication to the Sitecore community.

ST. LOUIS, MO — January 31, 2020 — The Berchtold Group today announced that Brett Berchtold, President, has been named a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Strategy category by Sitecore®, the global leader in digital experience management software. Brett Berchtold was one of only 46 Strategy MVPs worldwide to be named a Sitecore MVP this year.

Recognizing professionals within the Sitecore community who actively apply their talent and expertise to help others best utilize Sitecore products to deliver premier customer experiences, the MVP program is now in its 14th year. Of more than 13,000 certified developers and over 24,000 active community participants, the 316 MVPs are truly an elite group. This year’s MVPs were selected for the quality, quantity and impact of the contributions they made in 2019, including the sharing of product expertise and mastery of the Sitecore platform to support both partners and customers.

“I am truly honored to have been recognized by Sitecore for my contributions. Sitecore is so uniquely positioned in the market to meet the needs of organizations seeking to accelerate growth and deepen customer relationships. This award reinforces our dedication to delivering those solutions on the Sitecore platform and our passion for expanding the Sitecore Community,” said Brett Berchtold, President at The Berchtold Group, and Strategy MVP.

The Berchtold Group is a Sitecore Affiliate and specialized in delivering growth-solutions enabling Experience Platform™, Experience Commerce™, and Content Hub.

“One of our greatest assets is the highly collaborative Sitecore community, where members share technical knowledge and insights across numerous channels and at events to help each other build greater digital experiences for their organizations and customers,” said Pieter Brinkman, Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Sitecore. “Sitecore MVPs stand out as leaders within the community for their passion and willingness to invest their own time with contributions ranging from educational blogs, videos, podcasts and speaking engagements to community engagement and support on social media and forums. They are an invaluable resource and important part of the Sitecore user experience, for which we are truly grateful.”

“Sitecore MVPs are always at the top of the list to get access to the latest developments and offerings from Sitecore, and we will rely on them heavily when we introduce the new Software as a Service offering later this year. I am looking forward to working on this together with this incredible group.” added Brinkman.

Sitecore’s SaaS offering will make it much easier and faster to build digital experiences while maintaining the flexibility for Sitecore partners and customers to create differentiated experiences. Once a user is on Sitecore’s SaaS platform, they will always have the most current version of the product with the ease of automatic upgrades.

More information can be found about the MVP Program on the Sitecore MVP site:

About The Berchtold Group
The Berchtold Group enables growth-focused B2B and B2C companies to leverage the marketing optimization capabilities of the Sitecore digital experience platform.

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The Shortyz entry period extended to January 31 – Award nominations continue to be accepted

London: International Hospitality Media’s inaugural Shortyz Awards nomination period has been extended until January 31 2020.
ShortTermRentalz news editor and Shortyz head judge, Paul Stevens, said: “There has been such a high volume of nominations for our first awards ceremony in the short-term rental space, so we have decided to extend the nomination deadline until 23.59 GMT on January 31 2020.”

The Shortyz features 13 award categories and is completely FREE to enter. The categories include 11 that will be won by companies and 2 to be won by individuals who have made a significant contribution to the short-term rental industry, namely the Rising Star and Pioneer categories.

Once the entry period closes on January 31, the panel of expert leading industry judges will be assessing all of the entries and compiling shortlists in each category.

The shortlists will be announced later in February, and it will then be the ShortTermRentalz readers, who decide who should win in each category – when it goes to a public vote on the ShortTermRentalz website.

The voting period will be open for two weeks and details will be published on ShortTermRentalz in due course.

The 2020 awards ceremony will take place as a unique boat party aboard Bateaux London on the River Thames on Wednesday 11 March 2020. This is the evening prior to the Short Stay Show at the ExCel in London and the Serviced Apartment Awards [on the evening of Thursday 12 March 2020], the latter also being organised by International Hospitality Media.

The 2020 Shortyz awards categories are as follows:
• Rising star – a promising individual with a bright future
• Pioneer award – an individual who has innovated and led the sector in its formative years
• Best use of social media
• Best App or website solution
• Best home automation solution or product
• Best ancillary services provider
• Best sales and marketing campaign
• Best corporate accommodation booking channel
• Best OTA / online accommodation booking platform
• Eco award
• Best property management solution
• Best channel manager
• Best property management company [10+ units]

Among the companies that have already submitted nominations are: Rentals United, Guesty, Sonder, NoiseAware, Lyric, HomeAway, Avantio, Furnished Quarters, Vacasa AltoVita, Avantio, Fulhaus, Price Labs, Stay Alfred, Maison Privee, Operto Guest Technologies, Stasher, Virtual Concierge Service, Lavanda, Holidu, Touch Stay, I-PRAC, Letulet, Lavanda, Travelnest, Klevio, YAYS and Veeve.

Industry professionals are also invited to join the likes of Vanessa de Souza Lage [Rentals United], Ken Brown [Furnished Quarters], Andrew Boldt and Humphrey Bowles [GUARDHOG], Avgustina Angelova [ALTIDO], Jacob Wedderburn-Day and Anthony Collias [Stasher], Charlie Marsh [JetStream Tech], Vivi Cahyadi [AltoVita], Moriya Rockman [Smiling House Luxury], Alex Allison [D. Alexander], Robertin Nunez [Co Host Expert Company], and Chris Maughan and Emma Mills [I-PRAC] in submitting nominations for either the Rising Star or Pioneer Award categories

How to submit an entry:
If you would like to nominate yourself, your company or one of your peers or colleagues for one or more of these awards, please email with a

• 90-second video entry or 200 written words per category
• All criteria and categories can be found here.

For more information on The Shortyz:

Paul Stevens, News Editor – ShortTermRentalz
Piers Brown, CEO – International Hospitality Media
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About International Hospitality Media:
International Hospitality Media is the premier specialist in online publishing; conference, exhibition and events, and advisory services for growth sectors of the hospitality industry. The company publishes three industry-leading b2b websites: and and which keep their respective sectors up to speed with news, comment and opinion.

Our conference experience spans four continents and covers high growth segments including boutique, lifestyle and hybrid hotels, serviced apartments / aparthotels and extended stay, and vacation rental. Our events are renowned for their intense focus and attract quality industry leaders, brands and independents, providing unparalleled networking and learning opportunities. We also organise bespoke educational events and investor breakfasts to bring owners, investors, operators, and suppliers together.

International Hospitality Media contacts:
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SN Travel Wins Prestigious British Travel Award

London based long haul specialist travel agency, SN Travel has been announced as the winner of the Gold Award for Best Holiday Company to the Caribbean & Bermuda in the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards. The announcement was made on 27 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry professionals.

With over 45 years in business at their London travel agency, SN Travel were pioneers in Caribbean leisure travel. Originally a Caribbean specialist, this independent travel agency has expanded into long haul holiday destinations including Maldives, Dubai and USA. Earlier this year SN Travel officially launched weddings abroad, cruise and the expansion of their business with the introduction of a homeworking division.

Sandra and Donna at BTAS 2019

Director, Sandra Dyer shared “As this award is judged solely by the amount of consumer votes received, we are absolutely elated to win gold! The Caribbean is where our heart is and it will always be at the core of our business. I feel incredibly proud of the SN Travel team and very grateful to all the loyal customers that voted for us.”

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: SN Travel is to be congratulated on winning Gold Award for Best Holiday Company to the Caribbean & Bermuda. Competition was particularly strong this year but ultimately it is the travelling public who decides the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest consumer awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade.”

The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, votes are verified by leading global business practitioners Deloitte.
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