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The e-Business Transformation Awards (eBTAs) run by London based management consultancy Charteris plc in association with the Institute of Directors has, in its third year, taken on global significance. The eBTAs are unique in using a team of industry experts to recognise projects that have delivered real business benefit. This year the range and span of entries from local to world-wide initiatives, with UK and global reach, establishes the eBTAs as a world leader in recognising, encouraging and rewarding excellence in e-business transformation. This news comes at a time when Charteris announces its own annual financial results, to reveal that once again its revenues have increased - this year by 44% to £19.1m.

With just over a month to go until the winners are announced the judges have selected 28 finalists from the 160 companies which registered to enter the competition. The awards are split into four categories - best overall project, most innovative project, most impressive newcomer and best project champion - are open to individuals and organisations of all sizes in the public and private sectors, within national or global markets.

David Mann, Chairman of Charteris, adds: "2002 has been our best year so far for the eBTAs, in terms of quality of entries. We are finding that after the boom that there are now plenty of sensible transformative initiatives underway that deserve to be recognised, from companies both large and small. The projects that we will be rewarding, as in previous years, have had to demonstrate that they are uniquely transformative and radical, and changing the way the company does business."

David is joined on the panel by 4 expert judges, all who have had distinguished careers gaining an extremely broad range of experience, which spans the field of e-business, telecommunications and IT. They are:

" George Cox, Director General, Institute of Directors,
" David Morriss, Vice President, External Relations, British Computer Society,
" Jim Norton, Executive Chairman, Deutsche Telekom Ltd, and
" David Targett, Professor of Information Management, Imperial College Management School.

The winners of the eBTAs will be announced at a gala award ceremony and black tie dinner, which will be held at the Nash Room at the IoD in Pall Mall, London, on November 27, 2002.

All people with relevant interests are very welcome to buy tickets for award ceremony and dinner. Please call Sam Broome at Charteris on 020 7600 9199