30 April, 2009
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29 April, 2009
A security firm, an environmental bag supplier and an online craft store are just some of the diverse range of businesses that have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at the annual North Tyneside Small Business Awards 2009.
Hundreds of guests attended the event, which is sponsored by North Tyneside Council and recognises the success and contribution of the small business community and the importance it plays in the region.
The winners in each category were as follows:
Service: 2020 Vision Systems
Retail: Funky Hand
Business start-up: Weigh Ahead
Manufacturing: Architectural Doorsets
Young Entrepreneur: The Printed Bag Shop
News Guardian People’s Choice Award: Castles in the Sky
Overall North Tyneside Small Business of the Year: 2020 Vision Systems
North Shields-based 2020 Vision Systems, which provides high-end security for clients such as Northern Rock, Newcastle University and Gentoo, was announced as the overall North Tyneside Small Business of the Year, as well as winning the Service category.
Peter Houlis, Managing Director at 2020 Vision Systems, said: “We are delighted to have won the overall North Tyneside Small Business of the Year Award.
“2020 Vision Systems has been based in the region for over 17 years and during this time the businesses has continued to grow. We now operate throughout the UK and internationally, providing the very latest in integrated security solutions for the private and public sectors. We hope that this success will continue long into the future.”
North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for Economy and Employment, Cllr Frank Lott commented: “All the winners – and all the finalists – have shown that business in the region is still strong and that there are still many success stories. We need to acknowledge these businesses and celebrate their achievements.
“A record number of entries were received this year – increasing by almost a third from last year. This is a great sign, especially considering the current economic climate, that businesses in the region are still thriving and making a big contribution to the economy.”
29 April, 2009
2020 Vision Managing Director Peter Houlis was recently invited to present a talk to the politics department at Newcastle University. The talk titled: Visibly efficient… the future of urban surveillance, looked at the technology employed and future trends, coupled with the use of CCTV surveillance in our society.
Points discussed covered emerging technology such as mega pixel cameras and artificial intelligence like facial recognition, system integration to other technologies and the move to link systems to personnel data held on data bases of various organisations. Along with the control measures of use through Data Protection, Human Rights Act et cetera.
Peter said “it was extremely interesting to discuss the benefits, hype and myths surrounding the contentious and subjective issue of urban surveillance with potential future leaders. With such a politically astute audience the talk produced some good questions and feedback and it was extremely interesting to play Devil’s advocate.”
Miss Poulatova PhD in Political Thought and Human Rights, who organized the presentation on behalf of Prof. Peter N. Jones Department of Politics, Said “Human rights and the surveillance society is a politically topical subject. It was extremely enlightening for our students to get an insight from someone so closely involved with designing and implementing systems and the use of such systems in policing life in modern Britain.”
Any group interested in a presentation should contact Peter Houlis at firstname.lastname@example.org