The finalists have been announced for The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2019.
We are delighted DriveWorks has been shortlisted for awards in two categories, The Award for Innovation and The Award for Cheshire Business Exporter of The Year!
The Awards recognise outstanding achievements by enterprises in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. Since starting in 2006, the awards have grown to become Cheshire’s prime business awards event. Entrants are judged by a panel of senior members of the Cheshire business community on a range of criteria including enterprise, responsible business practice, innovation, development and export.
Alexis Redmond is the 2018-2019 High Sheriff of Cheshire. The Office of High Sheriff, which is more than 1,000 years old, is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The ‘Shire Reeve’ used to be responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order, but whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today.
DriveWorks has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation for demonstrating an ability to create, nurture and develop new products.
From the outset, we’ve strived to be the best in the world at automating computer aided design (CAD), specifically SOLIDWORKS, the most widely used 3D engineering and product design tool. We were the first company, and still are the only company in the UK, to be a certified SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner in the Knowledge Based Engineering category.
Using our software, companies can embrace the digital world in several ways, along with over 1000 companies around the world who are already reaping the benefits of automation!
“Our unique environment, in former agricultural barns in Cheshire, is designed to support innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.”
DriveWorks is also a finalist for the Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year Award for demonstrating significant growth in international business
through a clear commitment to the development of new export market opportunities.
We’re pleased to say that we’ve now got an established international network of resellers and customers. There are over 100 DriveWorks Value Added Resellers across 51 countries selling our software internationally to customers ranging from new SMEs to Fortune 500 companies. Over the last 3 years, we’ve achieved 20% growth from international sales, 13% of sales came from the UK, 41% from the US and 47% from other countries.
“Selling and supporting a technical product worldwide has its challenges! But today, almost 80% of our revenue comes from overseas and we’ve built a highly effective channel to do this.”
The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 28th March 2019 at Chester Racecourse. Our CEO Glen Smith and Vice President Maria Sarkar will be attending the event.