Sophos selected as finalist in company of the year award

October 29, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Sophos makes shortlist for 2001 Real Business/CBI Growing Business Awards

Growing Business Awards 2001

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has been shortlisted as one of the five finalists for the Company of the Year category at the 2001 Real Business/CBI Growing Business Awards. Sophos has made the shortlist due to its business performance, ambition, potential and management quality. The award is backed by the CBI and Real Business, the leading magazine for UK entrepreneurs.

The independent panel of judges, comprising leading figures in both industry and academia, will make its final decision on December 6th, 2001. Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation and one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, will be delivering the keynote speech at the awards ceremony.

"Our focus on providing anti-virus protection to corporate users has brought us great success in the last year," said Peter Lammer, co-founder and joint CEO of Sophos Anti-Virus. "Being shortlisted for this award is yet another important endorsement for the work we're doing at Sophos."

Sophos has been enjoying strong financial growth in recent years, profit before tax for the year ending March 2001 was £7.8 million, 65% more than for the previous year. The company is also building a new £32 million research and development centre in Abingdon, creating 160 new jobs for the area.

About the Growing Business Awards

The Growing Business Awards, launched in 1999 by Real Business Magazine in conjunction with the CBI, recognise and celebrate the UK's entrepreneurial talent, as well as those companies that have shown substantial growth year after year. The presence of the world's greatest business leader, Bill Gates, keynote speaker, plus Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Digby Jones, Director General of the CBI truly demonstrates the stature of these Awards and the continued growing spirit of entrepreneurism in the UK.