Micro Focus celebrates success at The London Evening Standard Business Awards 2017

30 June 2017

London, 30th June 2017: Micro Focus's acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Business Segment was recognized as the 'takeover of the year' at the second annual London Evening Standard Business Awards, in association with HSBC and supported by Ballymore. The winners were announced at an exclusive awards dinner held last night at the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

The awards recognise companies and individuals who have stood out for achieving high standards and excellence in the past year. More specifically for the company entries, these were judged on business, financial and commercial activities in the 12 months since the 2016 Evening Standard Business Awards. This year's keynote speech was given by Facebook VP EMEA Nicola Mendelsohn who said shared insights on the UK and London as a place to build business, Facebook's support of UK business on its platform, and the power of connection and community. George Osborne, Editor of The London Evening Standard, opened the evening with a welcome address. He co-hosted the proceedings alongside Kirsty Wark, Presenter of Newsnight, and the evening included a networking session, dinner and a drinks reception.

George Osborne, Editor of The London Evening Standard, said last night: "The Evening Standard has a great history of covering business and we are proud to focus on this with our second Business Awards. We have changed some of the sectors this year to reflect developments in London's fast-moving economy and also to salute those who are working towards the future as Brexit approaches."

HSBC, sponsor of The London Evening Standard Business Awards, said: "As one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations and serving over 1 million UK businesses, we are proud to sponsor the awards in recognition of flourishing and innovative business. Our congratulations to the winners."

Speaking after her keynote speech, Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA at Facebook, said: "At Facebook we support a broad-spectrum of businesses across the UK and London business communities, from established multi-national corporations to the newest start-ups, and we've seen first-hand how innovative, growing companies create real economic impact. The businesses that have been recognised in this year's awards are testament to British entrepreneurship and innovation. Congratulations to the winners, and to The Evening Standard for providing this platform to celebrate business success."

Speaking at the award ceremony, Kevin Loosemore, Micro Focus CEO said, "I'm delighted that Micro Focus and the transaction with HPE was recognized by The Evening Standard. Receiving such a prestigious award is an indication that we are on track of achieving Micro Focus's long-term business strategy of being the most disciplined global provider of infrastructure software. The combination of Micro Focus with HPE Software will give customers more choice as they seek to maximize the value of existing IT assets, leveraging their business logic and data along with next-generation technologies to innovate in new ways with the lowest possible risk."

In full, the award winners are:

  • Tech SME of the year: POD Point
  • Tech company of the year: ARM
  • SME of the year: Fashion Enter
  • Property company of the year: Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Takeover of the year: Micro Focus - (for its deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
  • Media business of the year: Framestore
  • Financial services company of the year: Metro Bank
  • Consumer business of the year: MATCHESFASHION.COM
  • Brexporter of the year: ASOS
  • Corporate citizen of the year: Costa Coffee
  • Entrepreneur of the year: Dumi Oburota
  • Business of the year: Aviva
  • Personality of the year: Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money

The judges for this year's awards were:

  • Jim Armitage, City Editor, Evening Standard (Chair)
  • Antonio Simoes, Chief Executive, HSBC
  • Nick Varney, CEO, Merlin Entertainments
  • Viswas Raghavan, Deputy CEO and Head of Banking (EMEA), JP Morgan
  • Anya Hindmarch, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch
  • Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money
  • Sir Ian Cheshire, Chairman, Debenhams
  • Darren Westlake, CEO, Crowdcube
  • Stacey Cartwright, Chief Executive, Harvey Nichols
  • Sir Ian Powell, Chairman, Capita
  • Sacha Romanovitch, CEO, Grant Thornton

About Micro Focus
Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L) is a global enterprise software company helping customers innovate faster with lower risk. Our software helps customers build, operate and secure IT systems that bring together existing business logic and applications with emerging technologies to meet increasingly complex business demands. For more information, visit: www.microfocus.com.


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