We are celebrating being named as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success. We received our award for Innovation. This was in recognition of developing the Fluidata Service Exchange Platform. The platform operates by connecting ISPs to networks nationally.
About the Service Exchange Platform
The platform has been used to create a network, reaching not only urban sites but also poorly served areas, for delivering high-speed internet connectivity and choice of broadband provider. Without public funding, we have managed to build an aggregated network of individual network operators deploying fibre, satellite and wireless technologies to many ISPs. We developed software to support the integration of various carrier networks and their disparate systems. The platform offers broadband services where there were none and competition between service providers where there was none. Costs are shared between providers, so broadband is affordable both for providers and end-users. The innovation has been commercially successful; being valuable to businesses and the wider UK community.
Fluidata, the Data Delivery Network, was established in 2004 by MD, Piers Daniell. Within only 10 years, the London Bridge and Hemel Hempstead based company now employs 65 people, has been listed numerous times on the Deloitte Fast 50 and the Sunday Times Tech Track, won several ISPA awards and has an Investors in People Gold standard, as well as ISO accreditations for environment and quality. By winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in relation to the Service Exchange Platform, we would like to simplify integration between buyers and sellers of data structures and create a marketplace for all networks, the Data Delivery Network.
“We are delighted with the recognition this award provides for the good work we have been doing in helping to support the UK deliver and supply the next generation of Internet services. As an advocate of smaller network operators who are doing incredible things, we have been able to help improve returns and generate business cases to support such ventures. By bringing multiple ISPs to one network customers receive more choice while ensuring a high take-up of services making the Data Delivery Network an important part of our UK network investment.” Piers Daniell, Managing Director.
The Queen's Award
Approximately 160 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners of The Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.