The Lancaster Hotel saw the Channel sparkling last night at one of the best nights out in the calendar year, the Comms Business Awards! The evening was full of drinks, great food and fantastic entertainment from compere Debra Stephenson. With nearly 600 people eagerly waiting to hear the results of the awards Debra treated us to some impersonations along with a bit of gentle ribbing of certain members of the audience! Debra’s uncanny talent had the audience in stitches as she delivered faultless impersonations of Katie Price, Anne Robinson, Miranda Heart, Hilary Devey and many more.
History was made when two organisations, Excell Group and Virtual1, managed to walk away with three awards each for the first time ever! Virtual1 managed to win ‘Internet Service Provider of the Year’, ‘Wholesale Service Provider of the Year’ and MD, Tom O’Hagan, took home ‘Channel Entrepreneur of the Year’. All three of the awards were met with rapturous applause from the Virtual1 table and by the third award Tom must have been thinking he will be need a bigger cabinet to put them all in!
The Bar was bustling as members of the Channel set about networking over a few drinks…and then some more! The Photo booth, sponsored by Blabbermouth, proved popular as ever and we are all eagerly waiting for the pictures to make their way into the office!
We would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible, it’s a great night and the Awards themselves come with great prestige and are very well respected within the industry. Congratulations to all the winners, you can see a full list of the winners below.
Enterprise Convergence Solution (Over 500 employees) – Excell Group
Channel Sales Person of the Year – Tracie Wilkes of Frontier Voice & Data
Channel Product (Cloud Based Solution Deployed) – Outsourcery
Internet Service Provider of the Year – Virtual1
Network Operator of the Year Award – Gamma
Overall Reseller of the Year Award – Excell Group
Wholesale Service Provider of the Year – Virtual1
Emerging Channel Company of the Year – tIPicall
Distributor of the Year – Trust Distribution
Channel Entrepreneur of the Year – Tom O’Hagan of Virtual1
SMB Convergence Solution (For customers with up to 250 employees) – alwaysON Ltd
Reseller of the Year – Small (For companies with a turnover of up to £2.5m) – M12 Solutions
Reseller of the Year – Medium (For companies with a turnover of £2.5m – £7.5m) – Communicate Better
Reseller of the Year – Large (For companies with a turnover of over £7.5m) – Excell Group
Channel Product of the Year – Overall – Outsourcery
Mid-Market Convergence Solution (251-500 employees) – Britannic Technologies
Channel Product (Hardware) – Sennheiser UK
Channel Product (On Premise Software Application) – Oak
Channel Product (Professional Services) – Cirrus
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