LateRooms.com has been named IT Employer of the Year in the annual BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards.
Manchester-based LateRooms.com was founded in 1999 and has grown to a team of more than 450 in its UK head offices today. Its UK IT team is made up of more than 120 staff based in its city centre offices.
The BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards, which took place on Wednesday 14 November, provide a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence.
The IT department of LateRooms.com’s parent company, The LateRooms Group which also includes the AsiaRooms.com and MalaPronta.com businesses, was recommended for its clear structure, personal development opportunities, implementation of leading edge technologies such as Hybris and Tibco, and the introduction of operating models such as PRINCE2, Agile and ITIL.
Methods to attract and engage new talent to the business – such as the award winning Ideas Team Video and community initiatives such as the recent Hack Manchester 24 hour coding event – also impressed the judging panel, along with demonstrable staff learning and development opportunities, and innovative learning techniques such as Coding Dojos (intense coding training), Brown Bag sessions (learning lunches) and Make it or Break it sessions (problem solving challenges).
Chief Technical Officer, Ian Campbell said: “The award is a huge achievement for the business and a benchmark of excellence within the IT industry. It highlights the existing talent we already have in The LateRooms Group and recognises us as a leading employer in the UK that isn’t afraid to try new things to achieve great results!”
The LateRooms Group was also shortlisted in the following categories: IT Department of the Year, IT Infrastructure Project of the Year (for the new network frame) and IT Manager of the Year (Stuart Mills).
David Clarke, MBE, Group Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: : “On behalf of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, I would like to congratulate all the winners, those who were highly commended and those who were finalists. Our Awards celebrate the professionalism and innovation that exists in the IT profession and demonstrates the extent to which IT is the enabler in so many businesses in the UK today. To qualify as a finalist is tremendous – to win one of our prestigious Awards is a fantastic achievement.”
In total, this year’s Awards featured 23 categories which covered project, organisation, technology and individual excellence. The categories were open to organisations and individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors.