The WCIT Entrepreneurs Forum has announced the winners of the fifth annual WCIT Enterprise Awards. The awards, which were presented at a celebratory dinner held at The Plaisterers’ Hall in London, recognise the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated vision, growth, innovation, funding, use or resources, strategy, execution, ambition and determination to succeed.
Simon Gordon – who founded Facewatch back in March 2010 when he decided that he needed to do something about the problem of pickpockets stealing from customers in his family-owned London business Gordon’s Wine Bar – was bestowed with the prestigious Judges Award.
John O’Connell, chairman of the WCIT Enterprise Awards, commented: “Winning an award is always noteworthy. Winning a WCIT Enterprise Award marks the winner out as someone special. Simon Gordon is an entrepreneur who exemplifies the qualities our Judges were looking for including vision and passion for his subject. I wish Simon and Facewatch every success in their quest to create a ‘Global Champion’ which the WCIT Awards are designed to recognise.”
From its inception as a simple crime reporting tool, Facewatch has now evolved into a multi-functional crime reporting platform that enables businesses, the police service and members of the public to work together when it comes to reducing high volume, low-level acquisitive crime (such as handbag, wallet or mobile phone theft).
Functionality of the Facewatch solution includes data sharing and analysis tools, CCTV and image capture (including facial recognition software from partners), crime analysis tools and secure communication within groups.
Developing at a rapid pace
Simon Gordon, who’s also chairman at Facewatch, told Risk UK: “This award is a great personal honour, but more importantly it recognises all of the hard work, effort and support that I’ve received from everybody associated with Facewatch. In particular, I would like to thank Guy Rigby from Smith and Williamson for his help and support to Facewatch over a long period of time and for nominating me for this award. The company is now developing at a rapid pace and we’re extremely excited about achieving our vision and making a really positive social impact.”
This year’s WCIT Enterprise Awards were held in association with tech UK and sponsored by The Sage Group plc, TechMarketView, Cobalt Corporate Finance, GFT and Smith & Williamson.
The event also featured a keynote speech from Stephen Kelly, CEO of The Sage Group plc. Kelly’s a passionate champion of entrepreneurs and small businesses and promoting their role in driving economic growth.
Also attending the awards ceremony were several other key industry professionals including Steve Garnett (chairman for the EMEA region at salesforce.com), Mike Tobin, the co-founder of Telecity and Richard Holway (chairman of TechMarketView).