Sophos makes shortlist for 2001 Real Business/CBI Growing
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
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.