IN THESE testing times for businesses, savvy use of technology can mean soaring to the top of the game.

Using technology for competitive advantage and boosting customer satisfaction, as well as profits, is at the core of the criteria for the Best Use of Technology Award.

To win, judges will have been impressed by use of technology that stands out from its competitors and exceeds the expectations of clients, as well as businesses that embrace new technology to improve efficiency, levels of service and product quality.

Last year the award – sponsored by Taylor Made Computer Solutions – was scooped by Romsey-based Thinking Space Systems.

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It impressed with its use of cuttingedge computer aided design software as an integral part of its manufacturing process.

The trailblazing niche firm, based in Abbey Park Industrial Estate, makes bespoke technical furniture for control rooms.

Fareham-based Taylor Made Computer Solutions is one of the Solent region’s largest and growing IT service providers.

The firm’s managing director Nigel Taylor, who judges the award, said: “We have been particularly impressed with the standard of entrants this year; it has been great to see so many local businesses successfully using technology to improve their business performance.

“The competition is strong so we are now looking forward to the next stage of the judging process.”


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WITH Saab Seaeye underwater vehicles operating in remote locations across the world, reliability is paramount.

To meet such high standards, innovative manufacturing concepts have been introduced, including direct internet access by customers to the company’s resources.

Such innovation is vital for a world leader with markets across a range of sectors, including offshore energy and defence.

Its exports stand at more than 80 per cent of turnover and the size of its operations has doubled with recent expansion into a second 24,000 sq ft facility.

Founded in 1986, the company has a won a reputation for pioneering technology that can be trusted to work in the most hostile environments in the world.


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BOX-IT was established 25 years ago and is a specialist document management solutions provider.

Located in Winchester, it ensures a local service across the UK and Ireland through 14 regional offices.

It operates a comprehensive range of services and solutions spanning both digital and paper document (and records) management. This is facilitated through its own longestablished cloud-based product Omnidox. The services include records management, minimising risk of non-compliance, and business process management platforms designed to improve efficiency and reduce cost within the back office. Clients range from SMEs through blue chip organisations and government agencies.


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WITH more than 80 vehicle tracking providers in the UK, many with differing services and technologies, it can be difficult to decide on the best approved theft recovery tracking systems.

But Fareham-based Automatrics have honed five years product development to ensure products and services are fully compliant.

They are also the first company to successfully recover a vehicle from an underground car park.

On May 1, Automat r i c s launched their new range, including the Automatrics MTrack Proactive, the first-ever Thatcham Certified rechargeable self-powered tracker.

The firm is regarded as bench-setters in covert tracking, having supplied services to BBC Panorama for international tracking projects.


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THE Dental Confidence Implant Centre is dedicated solely to providing a comprehensive range of implant treatments using the most advanced technology available.

With state of the art facilities, Cone Beam Scanning equipment, in-house laboratory, and 3D surgery planning software, the practice provides a level of efficiency that guarantees quality, unrivalled excellence and customer satisfaction.

Such technology enables Dental Confidence to plan and perform surgery as accurately as possible, developing the ideal solution to tooth loss.

This allows patients to enter the practice with bad, broken or missing teeth, and leave on the same day, with perfect implants.