Birmingham-based telecommunications company Truancy Call has received an award for its Best Use of Technology at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2009. Selected from over 200 entries, Truancy Call Ltd won the award for achieving outstanding business growth through innovative use of technology. Presented by Adam Shaw of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the awards ceremony took place at the London Marriott on Wednesday 18 March.
Led by Managing Director Stephen Clarke, Truancy Call Ltd provides an automatic parent notification system which allows school staff to implement first-day contact with parents of absent children by email, SMS text and voice calling. Stephen was inspired to produce the service in December 2000 after reading a news article about two primary school children that went missing after not arriving at school that morning. Since its inception, the service has grown and is now used in over 1000 schools in the UK, Australia and Republic of Ireland.
Truancy Call Ltd provides a plethora of additional telecommunications solutions using the same technology to tackle bullying and term-time absences, as well as providing e-mentoring for educational establishments and appoinment reminders for hospital patients.
Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Truancy Call Ltd, enthused: “We are delighted to be recognised as one of the country’s most successful growing businesses, especially in this time of recession. This achievement is testament to the innovative technology we have created to tackle issues such as truancy, now used by over 1,000 schools across the UK. Our plans for 2009/10 include international expansion for which the flexibility and versatility of our services will prove vital.”