Premier Communication Electronics (PCE) is celebrating its win of the Small Business of the Year award at the 2012 Express & Echo Business Awards.
PCE beat off competition from fellow finalists Crowdcube and Simpleware to collect the award at a glittering ceremony attended by 300 local businessmen and women at Sandy Park in Exeter on Friday, April 27.
PCE had submitted an entry based on a profitable year that had seen the Sowton-based radio experts grow contracts with existing customers while securing new deals, including digital radio solutions for Stagecoach South West and Torbay Hospital.
In addition, PCE demonstrated its use of new products, such as lone worker and vehicle tracking systems, to delve into new markets while developing a new product of its own, an electronic control module called Rite-In to operate rampsand lifts in disabled wheelchair accessible vehicles, to illustrate its innovative flair and engineering expertise.
PCE’s managing director Karen Langley said: “We were so proud to win this award. I believe it is testament to the collective hard work and talent of our small but perfectly formed team that has enabled us to survive and thrive in the current economic climate and to obviously catch the eye of the award judges.”
Mrs Langley added: “The awards evening was not only thoroughly enjoyable but was also a clear illustration of the quality of business expertise and innovative talent that exists in Exeter and Devon. It would be great to see these businesses and others use their success to employ more local people and to reinvest their money in South West to ensure our local economy can continue to flourish.”
One of the judges, Pete Tomlinson from Eclipse Internet, said: "This is a small business that's making a big difference to some of the largest public and private sector organisations in the area.
"Through helping them communicate more effectively, they are growing by helping them to succeed."
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