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And the 2021 PrintIT Award winners are…

CORPORATE AWARDS 

Hardware Distributor of the Year Sponsored by Lexmark On the shortlist: 

  • Ingram Micro 
  • Tech Data
  • VOW Wholesale

WINNER: Tech Data.  Tech Data’s entry met all of the award criteria, included excellent testimonials and clearly demonstrated excellent levels of success working with partners and vendors in the past 12 months. The judges considered this a standout submission and a clear winner.

EOS Distributor of the Year Sponsored by EveryonePrint 

On the shortlist: 

  • Data Direct 
  • Ingram Micro 
  • VOW Wholesale 

WINNER: Data Direct.  Data Direct was the clear winner in this category, with judges recognising the breadth and depth of its offer. The company provided a detailed submission, with lots of information backed by testimonials from its suppliers and customers.

EOS Manufacturer of the Year Sponsored by Asolvi 

On the shortlist: 

  • Katun 
  • DCI 
  • Effective Consumable Solutions 

WINNER: Effective Consumable Solutions.  ECS was praised for quality, performance, reliability and consistency. The firm remanufactures its own products in the UK using modern and innovative techniques in line with industry benchmarks and guidelines, as well as taking into consideration the demands of its partners.

Logistics & Installation Services Provider of the Year Sponsored by Asolvi 

On the shortlist: 

  • TecServ 
  • Relay Technical Transport 

WINNER: TecServ . Judges commended TecServ for its investment in a portal to enable customers to book work etc. Safe Contractor status and its focus on carbon offsetting were also deemed to be important differentiators. The entry included excellent supporting information as well as customer testimonials.

Finance & Leasing Provider of the Year Sponsored by Smart Office Solution 

On the shortlist: 

  • Ingram Micro 
  • BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions 

WINNER: BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions.  BNP Paribas is a long standing and well respected finance provider to the sector. Judges applauded the breadth of tools and systems to support partners including lease offers, FollowMyDeal and Lease Esign. A simple pricing structure provided upfront to dealer partners, tailored pricing for large deals and support in winning large deals were also cited as examples of the company providing a value-add.

RESELLER/DEALER AWARDS

Reseller/Dealer of the Year (Turnover up to £5m) Sponsored by Epson

On the shortlist:

  • Highland Copiers
  • CMYK Digital Solutions
  • SOS Systems
  • Anglotech Group
  • Logixal
  • Smart Office Solution

WINNER: Logixal Logixal has achieved strong organic growth and made a strong statement about its 3/5 year growth plan. The Investors in People accolade and investment in ISO and ITIL training are to be applauded, alongside its success in forming new partnerships to support plans to diversify in an ever changing market.  HIGHLY COMMENDED: CMYK Digital Solutions

Reseller/Dealer of the Year (Turnover in excess of £5m) Sponsored by HP Inc. 

On the shortlist: 

  • Apogee 
  • ASL 
  • Ethos 
  • Aura 

WINNER: ASL.  In the last 12 months in tough operating conditions, ASL ensured that service levels did not decrease despite the financial demands that COVID-19 put upon the business. It continued to develop new opportunities in print, as well as IT services and unified communications, and launched ASL Flex, a product that enables customers to scale their fleet up and down as they gain a better understanding on what the new hybrid office looks like. Judges also applauded its strong focus on employee wellbeing.

E-tailer of the Year Sponsored by HP Inc. 

WINNER: E-buyer.   E-buyer was a standout winner in this category. The company provided a very comprehensive and well thought justification of each of the entry criteria. Of note was the firm’s success in achieving record-breaking sales across the business, (including almost £10m on printers and inks) and the introduction of a raft of new measures to make customers’ life easier, such as easier payment systems and better credit terms via Klarna. 

MPS Solution of the Year Sponsored by ECI 

On the shortlist: 

  • Aura 
  • SOS Systems 
  • Banner 
  • Ethos 
  • WDS 

WINNER: Banner.  Banner helped Worcestershire County Council realise a 40% reduction in print costs, reduce waste materials by 75%, lower energy costs by 61% and reduce paper by 20% – a total saving of 9.6m sheets or 1,161 trees. Judges said the entry was comprehensive, well described and included customer testimonials.  HIGHLY COMMENDED: WDS

PEOPLE AWARDS 

Account Manager of the Year Sponsored by Develop 

On the shortlist: 

  • Tim Winstone, Sharp 
  • Beki Bowers, Data Direct 
  • Joe Hughes, Sharp 
  • Gary Stevens, Lexmark 
  • Gary Risley, Sharp 

WINNER: Gary Risley, Sharp.  Gary has been involved with new dealer recruitment for 16 years, and has recruited over 30 partners, his performance has significantly contributed to the success of the indirect sales division and the wider business. He works closely with his dealer accounts to bring new ideas to the table, an achievement endorsed by a number of partners.  HIGHLY COMMENDED: Joe Hughes, Sharp

Distribution Marketing Team of the Year Sponsored by HP Inc. 

On the shortlist: 

  • Data Direct 
  • DSales 

WINNER: DSales . DSales was a clear winner in this category, with judges noting that their marketing was consistent, channel focussed and powerful.

OEM Marketing Team of the Year Sponsored by VOW Wholesale

On the shortlist: 

  • Sharp 
  • HP Inc. 

WINNER: Sharp .  Judges applauded Sharp for launching a number of new initiatives to help partners navigate the changes as a result of the pandemic, including: investment in new digital platforms, creating a series of webinars and howto videos, as well as the development of best practice guides.

Service Team of the Year Sponsored by Develop 

On the shortlist: 

  • Sharp 
  • Apogee 
  • Highland Copiers 
  • Ethos 
  • Ar Graff Cymru 

WINNER: Highland Copiers. The entry clearly demonstrated Highland Copiers’ commitment to excellence in customer service. Supporting documentation showcased the company’s ethos and dedication to delivering a first class service. Their response to the pandemic was exemplary, customers are not locked in to minimum volume or tie-in deals, staff were trained to provide remote assistance, and they provided some great examples of going above and beyond, especially supporting a new client late at night.

PRODUCTS & SOLUTIONS AWARDS

MFP Line of the Year Sponsored by Ingram Micro 

On the shortlist:

  • Develop ineo iSeries 
  • HP A3 LaserJet MFPs 
  • Epson WorkForce Enterprise line 

WINNER: Epson WorkForce Enterprise line.  Epson submitted a compelling and professional entry. The submission clearly showcased the ranges’ environmental credentials, included a well presented customer case study, and provided evidence-backed claims. Judges applauded the WorkForce Enterprise line for fast speeds, higher yield consumables and reduced service intervention.

Desktop Printer Line of the Year Sponsored by VOW Wholesale

On the shortlist: 

  • Toshiba e-STUDIO400AC series 
  • HP A4 Desktop Multifunction devices 
  • Lexmark small workgroup MFP i-series

WINNER: HP A4 Desktop Multifunction devices.   HP’s A4 print offering is comprehensive, with output speeds from 28 to 75 pages per minute. HP stands out for its focus on security, even at the entry level, print quality, and reliability. For partners, the ability to remotely manage devices leads to lower service costs.

Light Production Print Device of the Year (70ppm+) Sponsored by Smart Office Solution 

On the shortlist:

  • Develop ineo+ 4080 series n
  • Konica Minolta AccurioPress C4080 Series 

JOINT WINNERS: Konica Minolta AccurioPress C4080 Series and Develop ineo+ 4080 Series

Scanner of the Year Sponsored by Kofax 

On the shortlist: 

  • Kodak S3000 Series Scanner 
  • Brother DSmobile range 
  • HP ScanJet Pro N4000 snw1 
  • Epson WorkForce DS-730N 
  • Canon imageFORMULA DR-S150 

WINNER: Kodak S3000 Series Scanner.  S3000 Series Scanners benefit from enterprise security featres. Judges said this range provides resellers with a fresh opportunity to target customers looking to embark on or advance their digital transformation strategies. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brother DSmobile range

Device Management Solution of the Year Sponsored by PCL Direct 

On the shortlist: 

  • MyQ 
  • Tech Data OpenMPS 
  • UTAX U.FS 
  • Data Direct PIPS 
  • MPS Monitor 
  • ECI Software Solutions 

WINNER: MPS Monitor.   MPS Monitor’s entry was comprehensive and met all of the entry criteria. The platform was praised for its security focus and commitment to continuous innovation. HP SDS integration was also cited as a key differentiator, along with recognition from the analyst community.

Cloud Print Management Solution of the Year Sponsored by MPS Monitor 

On the shortlist: 

  • PaperCut Hive 
  • MyQ Roger 
  • EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform n
  • ThinPrint ezeep Blue 
  • Printix 

WINNER: EveryonePrint Hybrid Cloud Platform.   Hybrid Cloud Platform has some interesting angles to its development. Of note is the platform’s easy integration with most OEMs, as well as cloud authentication providers such as Microsoft Azure AD, Okta, Google and Ping. Providing enterprise size scalability, HCP enables end-users to reduce infrastructure complexity, lessen the load on IT and provide endusers with seamless access to print.

Security Solution of the Year Sponsored by Apogee 

On the shortlist: 

  • Toshiba Managed Security Services 
  • PaperCut MF 
  • HP Enterprise LaserJet and PageWide MFPs 
  • Lexmark Full-Spectrum Security ecosystem 

WINNER: PaperCut MF.  PaperCut’s holistic security approach sees it offering modern solutions brimming with security features that keep print, documents, information and, ultimately, businesses secure. PaperCut looks at security before, during and after the print process. PaperCut MF embodies all of its security values, while delivering on its promise to make print easy to use while minimising waste. HIGHLY COMMENDED: HP Enterprise LaserJet and PageWide MFPs

Mobile Print Solution of the Year Sponsored by Sharp 

On the shortlist:

  • MyQ Roger 
  • Brother 
  • PaperCut Mobility Print 
  • HP Smart app 
  • EveryonePrint Mobile 

WINNER: MyQ Roger . The MyQ Roger digital workplace assistant was designed from ground up to be mobile-first, helping users to transition from the traditional workplace to today’s hybrid and distributed workspaces. Judges commended the solution’s ease of deployment, ease of use, comprehensive feature set, secure storage and competitive pricing. 

Best Workflow App 

On the shortlist: Sponsored by PAE Business

  • MyQ Roger 
  • Kofax ControlSuite 

WINNER: Kofax ControlSuite.  Kofax ControlSuite is a fully integrated solution for transforming document capture, print management and mobile workflows, to extend the value of infrastructure investment. With ControlSuite, companies are able to drive agility and efficiency, and extend the value of their MFP inventories by using them to intelligently capture information from digital and physical documents and then process and disseminate that information where it is needed organisation-wide.

GENERAL AWARDS 

Print IT Award for Marketing Campaign of the Year Sponsored by MyPhones 

On the shortlist: 

  • HP Inc. 
  • Toshiba Tec 
  • MyQ 
  • Brother 
  • Katun 
  • MPS Monitor 

WINNER: HP Inc. Judges described the HP Instant Ink marketing campaign as innovative, relevant, useful, memorable and entertaining. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brother UK

Print IT Award for Sustainability Sponsored by Digital Wholesale Solutions 

On the shortlist: 

  • Toshiba Tec 
  • PrintRite Pelikan 
  • Lexmark 
  • Epson 
  • HP Inc. 

WINNER: Lexmark.  Lexmark provided a solid submission with lots of statistics backing its claim that sustainability is part of Lexmark’s DNA. The submission showcased Lexmark’s focus on sustainability is consistent and forward-thinking.

Print IT Award for Best Partner Programme Sponsored by Canon 

On the shortlist: 

  • Sharp 
  • DSales UK 
  • HP Inc. 
  • Lexmark 
  • Intuitive Business Intelligence 

WINNER: Sharp .  Sharp submitted a very professional entry that clearly demonstrated its performance against all entry criteria. Judges noted that the company had gone to great lengths to incentivise and support its partners to achieve market growth, and unanimously agreed it was a clear winner in this category.

Print IT Award for Employee Experience Sponsored by Vantage Resourcing 

On the shortlist: 

  • Apogee 
  • Brother 
  • HP Inc. 

WINNER: Apogee.   A great entry that showcased how Apogee has completely transformed its approach to employee engagement and the experience delivered over the past 18 months. An inaugural employee engagement survey helped define key areas of focus in the short, mid and long term – these included ‘communication’, ‘development’ and ‘processes’. The firm appointed a specialist communications manager, created a clear strategy and built an environment and culture where employees have a voice and are heard

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A3 MFP Vendor of the Year Sponsored by Ethos Group 

On the shortlist: 

  • HP 
  • Develop (DSales) 
  • Canon 
  • Kyocera n
  • Lexmark
  • Sharp 
  • Xerox

WINNER: Canon

A4 Printer/MFP Vendor of the Year Sponsored by Ingram Micro 

On the shortlist: 

  • Kyocera 
  • Develop (DSales) 
  • Lexmark 
  • HP 
  • Canon 
  • Brother 
  • Epson 

WINNER: HP

SPECIAL AWARDS 

Judges’ Special Award Sponsored by Brother UK 

WINNER: Lexmark Cloud Print Infrastructure as-a-service  Judges felt the submission within the Cloud Print Management Solution of the Year category was a well detailed presentation with the platform’s scope and evolution in line with customer and market needs impressive. As the only OEM in the category, the judges applauded the entry as one which stood out and deserved recognition.

Industry Leader of the Year Sponsored by Digital Wholesale Solutions 

WINNER: Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive of Xeretec . Steve made sure Xeretec went above and beyond to support its customers and ensure they could continue to conduct business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With print volumes falling off a cliff, he led the initiative to support customers with extended finance terms – a move that for many, was the difference between success and failure. He also led a programme of ramped up service and support for those in particular need, to ensure customers kept up and running. Steve also worked closely with print industry trade association, the IPIA – as it lobbied the Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for the expansion of business support packages and specifically the evolution of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). He drafted a comprehensive thesis explaining how money flows through the channel and supply chain, and strongly advocated for change within the CBILS grant scheme to support the print sector. This thesis was used a key piece of market analysis by BEIS and directly influenced the evolution of the scheme.