DriverNet wins Merseyside Innovation Awards 2019

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St Helens-based DriverNet has won this year’s highly contested Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA), hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Liverpool.

Since 1996, the awards have recognised and rewarded companies and individuals in Merseyside who use creativity to fuel growth and profitability. The awards aim to help them turn great ideas into great businesses and contribute towards the region’s economic development.

After deliberation from the expert panel of prominent Merseyside business leaders from across the commercial spectrum, including Rachel Clacher – Moneypenny, Dr Paul Colbon – Liverpool Chirochem and Keith O’Connor – Fleetsolve Ltd, DriverNet won first Prize and received £10,000 cash. The Judges commended the company’s innovation, research and commercial capabilities.

The mobile workforce management platform connects mobile operatives, on site management and clients together via mobile apps, web portals and SMS messaging. Removing the need for paper based systems and manual operations.

Founded in 2016, DriverNet was established to provide a swifter, more sustainable and safer mobile workforce operating systems. Since its inception, the company has gone from strength to strength with their mobile workforce management platform.

DriverNet CEO, Ant Chisnall, said:

“It’s incredible to have won the MIA 2019 Award. We are in the process of expanding our team in the Merseyside region and are in talks with Merseylink to help digitalise their mobile workforce operating systems”

Brian McCann, MIA Chairman , said:

“Congratulations to DriverNet. Their innovative smart mobility platforms can help a wide range of clients from specialist fleets, healthcare services and bus operations to name a few.

“The high level display of innovative projects by the three finalists was outstanding and made choosing a winner a challenge. The quality and calibre of innovation in Merseyside gets stronger and stronger each year and we can’t wait to see what 2020 brings.”

MIA Prestige Winner 2019: Roger Phillips, Greg Sikorski, Joanne Phoenix, Steve Harris

Last night’s runners-up finalists included PIN IoT and ORCHA. Both finalists won a cash prize of £2,500. Elsewhere, leading IT services company Polymorph received the 2019 MIA Prestige Award, recognising businesses with a turnover of £1m-£25m who are investing in innovation and employment in the Liverpool City Region, on a larger scale than the main MIA award contenders.

Runcorn-based, Polymorph’s Mercury software enables naval forces, countries and intelligence agencies to securely share information in real-time and has successfully protected World Food Programme vessels in delivering 1.7 million tonnes of food and reducing the number of hostages taken from 237 (2011) to zero in 2017.

Mercury’s success has also directly generated £3 million of revenue for Polymorph and allowed the company to expand and invest in the infrastructure of its local IT team.

For further information about the Merseyside Innovation Awards, please visit: merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk

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