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Double First Ltd wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Queen's Award for Enterprise 2016

Queen’s Award for Enterprise
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Double First Ltd winning the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise has provoked me to write a post after seven months of posting silence for which, I admit, I have no excuses.

As the founder of Double First Ltd many years ago, I can’t tell you how proud I am of the staff’s achievement to have produced Engage, a School Management Information Software (MIS) which is respected worldwide by leading fee-paying schools.

How did it all start?

I’d been to see my neice in Bahrain in 2008 who was teaching at the 2,200 pupil St Christopher’s School. Whilst there, she took me see the school and during the tour I was introduced to the Principal, Ed Goodwin OBE. Having been asked what I did I was asked to come back and talk about our Engage software with the school’s IT Manager and Database Manager.

And that’s where it started. In St Christopher’s conference room, where for a number of days we unravelled why their five previous softwares had all failed and what needed to be developed for Engage to adopted.

Three stage plan

We agreed a three stage plan:

  • Stage 1 defined the capability that had to be available on the launch day
  • Stage 2 had to be achieved within 6 months, thereafter
  • Stage 3 was to be developed ‘at some time in the reasonable future’

Barry Anns, CEO Double First Ltd

Barry Anns, CEO Double First Ltd
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Sounds simple?

Well, little did we know what would be involved in exporting. Quite apart from the many financial implications, each country had its own specific requirements whether in producing government reports, using multiple languages and differing curricula and marksheets to name but a few.

And finally, but most importantly, how to support countries world-wide. In the years since 2008, all has been achieved.

Enter Barry Anns

Having retired in 2013, I left Double First Ltd in the very capable hands of Barry Anns, CEO, to whom I must extend my thanks and congratulations for guiding Double First Ltd so well and in such a focussed manner. With the skill of Paul Rastall (CTO), both Barry and Paul have enabled the staff to produce our world class Engage software which has won the prestigious and coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

For the full report ion the achievement, read here.

Thank you.

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Fleming 55

3 comments to Double First Ltd wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

  • Alan Richmond

    Nice to see you’re back.

    And congratulation on the award. Very well done.

    Tahitienne’s first trip is scheduled for 7 May. To North Brittany, all being well.

    See you soon



    Very well done

    On the official accouncement, my company Exclaimer was listed directly below yours.

    Will you be going to the palace on the 14th July?


    • Hi Andrew.

      Congratulations to you as well. No, I wonlt be at the Palace. I believe that becasue I am retired it should be Barry (CEO) and Paul (Technical Director) of Double First. The two of them are the face of Engage and ought to be there. The old man (me!) needs to allow space for them to receive the glory they deserve.

      Have fun!

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