Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

INTERNET AND ICT AWARD; in Association with Business Link

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

INTERNET AND ICT AWARD; in Association with Business Link

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Winner: SDY Ltd t/a The Plasma Centre

An online home entertainment business The Plasma Centre was set up by Gary Bunt and fellow director Paul Skinner after their jobs were axed at the LG Phillips Washington factory when it moved its television parts manufacturing to Slovakia four years ago.

The Washington-based business was originally set up as a TV parts manufacturer after securing two Philips contracts that were too complex to move abroad. It is now a web-based TV and TV accessories seller, selling plasma and LCD (liquid crystal display) televisions as well as accessories such as brackets and television stands.

Despite the recent fall in demand for expensive household items, its annual sales have increased by pounds 1m to pounds 2m in the last year. The business aims to boost this figure to pounds 4m once it has launched in Europe after completing a viability study of established markets such as France and Germany. It plans to do this by converting website into other languages.

Runners-up: Skills Connection Ltd, Houghton-le-Spring., Sunderland.


Winner: Phase One DJ Solutions This DJ and disco equipment firm trades online, but also has a store in Darlington's Station Road.

From a core Teesside market, it has expanded to trade UK-wide.

Its website - - has allowed the business to buy better from suppliers, be more competitive, double the size of its shop and become an e-business.

Established in 1981, it currently employs two staff, plus a trainee.

The website was originally launched at the beginning of 2006 after being given access to the Darlington Council D2E Grant, which subsidised the site. This grant focused on providing firms that would not normally have access to grant, the time and expertise required. …

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