Preston firm lands ‘best digital’ accolade

Success: Dawood Fard
Success: Dawood Fard
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A Preston firm has won £1,000 after winning the Best Digital prize at the regional Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards.

Preston-based international student applications system creator Centurus took the prize for new Best Digital, which recognises a business that has demonstrated the value of digital to the business bottom line and the customer experience.

Judges said Centurus was awarded the accolade because of the remarkable progress it has made in a short period.

Its technology is now being used in over 160 universities and colleges, 950 international agencies and supporting over 30,000 international student applications.

Dawood Fard, founder of Centurus, said: “Our software is the world’s only system where universities, agents and students can all communicate on a single platform.

“We’re constantly looking to build new development resources and get our name into the market, so the prize money will allow us to get a whole new development resource to build on the software that we’ve built.”

The winner of the prize for Best Enterprise was Jigsaw Medical Services Ltd, a Tarporley-based healthcare services, training and recruitment company.

Best Start-up award went to Pure Pet Food of Halifax.

All three will also receive one-to-one local business mentoring, and will go on to compete with the winners from the other regional heats at the Grand Final on 15 October in Edgbaston with a chance to win further cash prizes.

Leigh Taylor, area director SME Banking, in the North East and Yorkshire, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The Enterprise Awards are a great indicator that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the UK today.”