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Posted: 26/01/17

Second year win for online learning business

A prestigious national award has been awarded to a Mansfield-based company which specialises in GCSE and functional skills learning online for the second year running.

The bksb team are proud to hold the ICT Company of the Year award for companies with a £3m or more turnover

Leading online education provider, bksb Ltd is proud to hold the ICT Company of the Year award for companies with a £3m or more turnover. It was one of nine other companies who were shortlisted in this category.

Last year they scooped the award for companies with less than a £3m turnover. This year, they applied for the category designed for companies with more than a £3m turnover – and won at the first attempt.

The team collected their award last night (25 January) at the British Educational Training and Technology Show (Bett) Awards 2017, which was held at Tobacco Dock in London.

The Bett show is annual trade show which showcases the use of information technology in education and the awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding excellence in this sector.

Managing director at bksb, Harvinder Atwal, who collected the award, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as a Bett Award Winner for the second year in a row.

“I'm extremely proud that bksb supports so many education providers in delivering high-quality English, maths and ICT programmes, and this accolade is a reward for all the hard work that our team puts into our market-leading assessments and resources on a daily basis."

The judges said, ‘this FE sector based functional skills and learning resource addresses each of the qualities that we look for in such a resource in detail’.

Patrick Hayes, director of BESA and chair of judges for the Bett Awards said, “If you’re looking for evidence that the UK EdTech sector is world-leading, look no further than the fantastically innovative winners of the Bett Awards 2017. Our esteemed judging panel of educationalists faced a huge task in deciding which of the hundreds of entries should win or be highly commended.”

“Well done to bksb! With more outstanding entrants than ever before, it is a remarkable achievement. The global reputation of the Bett Awards means that bksb, indeed all the finalists, have an honour that is recognised and respected by educators across the world.”

Rachel Brodie, portfolio director at Ascential Events added: “What makes these Awards different is that they focus on the resources, services and the people that really make an impact on learning and the day-to-day work of the teachers in the classroom.

“I would like to congratulate the team at bksb; its constant determination to achieve excellence in design, delivery and support helps to ensure that the outcomes for students across the world are the very best.”

A subsidiary of West Nottinghamshire College, bksb, is based at the i2Centre, off Hamilton Way, and has seen its online learning resources used by more than 25 million people and thousands of education-providers across the world since it launched almost 20 years ago.

In the UK alone, over 88% of colleges and hundreds of schools, training providers, local authorities and employers use its solutions to improve teaching and learning.