Exciting New Look for Top Awards; Ne Business Awards 2008 in Association with Business Link

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Exciting New Look for Top Awards; Ne Business Awards 2008 in Association with Business Link


THE worldwide web was only invented 18 years ago but its effect on the way people communicate and how they do business has been revolutionar y.

The North East, perhaps because of its geographical isolation from London and the Continent, has been quick to take advantage of the opportunities it has provided.

This region is one of the best in the UK at developing new technology and finding new ways to use internet and information communication technolog y.

And the nebusiness awards, which are organised by The Journal and Evening Gazette in association with Business Link in the North East, rewards the creativity and ambition of companies at the heart of the IT sector and those in other sectors who can show they have used the technology effectively.

The Internet and ICT Award 2007 went to online home entertainment business the Plasma Centre in Washington which 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 manufacturing to Slovakia four years ago.

The business was originally set up as a television parts manufacturer after securing two Philips contracts that were too complex to move abroad. It is now a web-based television and television 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 plasmacentre. …

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