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Simon Downing of Civica wins entrepreneur award

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Simon Downing chief executive of Civica, a market leader in specialist systems and business process services, has been recognised at the annual UK Entrepreneur of the Year awards for his entrepreneurial innovation in technology and IT services.

The independent judging panel, led by Lord Browne, Partner of Riverstone Holdings and formerly chief executive of BP, recognised that under Simon’s leadership, Civica has developed a market leading position in helping customers across the public sector to transform their service delivery and efficiency through the company’s distinctive combination of people, technology and in-depth knowledge of its customers’ business process.

Civica’s products and services are being used by more than 2,500 customers in the UK and internationally, helping more than 750,000 professionals in their jobs, streamlining service delivery to more than 25 million people and processing over £45 billion of income and expenditure.

The company has delivered a 10-year track record of unbroken growth through clear focus and a consistent strategy. The judges said: “Their services are already used by 50% of all primary care trusts in Britain, 90% of all police forces and 95% of all councils.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme supports and celebrates entrepreneurs – recognising that entrepreneurship and innovation drives the growth of the economy and plays a major role in job and wealth creation. Across the programme this year’s finalists are responsible for combined annual revenue of £18bn and have grown by 20% in the last year, in the UK and cross border.

Stuart Watson Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur Of The Year leader said: “All of the finalists are outstanding entrepreneurs driving their businesses with innovation, inspiration and commitment.

“Entrepreneurs are investing in people and ideas, creating jobs and wealth, exporting their products and services, attracting foreign investment and supporting their communities to make a real difference. In a flat economy the finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards grew revenues by 20% year on year, demonstrating what dynamic businesses can achieve.”

Civica chief executive Simon Downing said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised within the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. This award endorses the clear focus and continued development of the business as we help our customers respond to the rapid and significant changes in the delivery of public services.”

The awards hosted by Kirsty Young and attended by Lord Young, Enterprise advisor to the Prime Minister, were held at The Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

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