Electrocomponents announced as National Business Awards finalist

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Up against Groupon, Screwfix and Wiggle Ltd. for The eCommerce Strategy of the Year award.

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Competing at this level with brands like these shows how far we have come from a UK catalogue distributor to a global force in the world of B2B eCommerce.

Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has been shortlisted for The eCommerce Strategy of the Year category at this year’s National Business Awards in partnership with Orange.

Going up against the likes of Groupon, Screwfix and Wiggle Ltd., Electrocomponents will battle it out for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner held on 13 November in London.

Andrew McClelland, Chief Operations & Policy Officer, IMRG, judge for the category said: “Exploiting the collaborative and community-building aspects of the web, finalists for The eCommerce Strategy of the Year award are finding new and innovative ways to engage customers. With a massive inventory, complex products and wide range of demanding customers, Electrocomponents has gone above and beyond to keep the discerning B2B market satisfied.”

Keith Reville, Global Marketing Director at Electrocomponents, said: “Being named a finalist of the National Business Awards is a real honour and a reflection of the success of our eCommerce strategy. Competing at this level with brands like these shows how far we have come from a UK catalogue distributor to a global force in the world of B2B eCommerce.”

“eCommerce is a major driver of growth for our business and over the last year we have significantly upgraded our online presence, increased investment in digital marketing and driven record-breaking levels of traffic to our website - one of the most advanced in our industry sector. These are all key steps to achieving our vision of building a £1bn+ eCommerce business at the heart of the company,” he added.

The National Business Awards has today revealed over 150 of Britain’s leading businesses and business leaders as finalists in the prestigious awards programme. Organisations shortlisted include a range of private, public and third sector companies, including National Grid, Marks and Spencer, and London Early Years Foundation.

All National Business Awards finalists represent an annual turnover in excess of £135 billion and collectively employ over 700,000. They cover activities as diverse as digital marketing, international road haulage and logistics, water engineering and life sciences: sectors that reflect key areas of UK capability with high potential for international expansion. The diverse size of the companies entering is also huge – ranging from a business with an annual turnover of less than £50k to high growth and high value companies with multi-billion revenues.

Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of Judges said: “This year has been a challenging environment for British businesses: these finalists demonstrate how companies are succeeding in the current climate through innovation, originality and tenacity. It’s good to see a broad range of companies both in sector and size – an impressive representation of the potential British businesses have. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.

Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event.

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About Electrocomponents plc
Electrocomponents is the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of £1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.electrocomponents.com.

About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.

About Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families.

About Orange UK
Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited.

On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK’s biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161.

For more information please call the Orange Press Office 0870 3731500, or visit http://www.orange.co.uk/newsroom

Notes for editors
Awards categories 2012
Categories open to enter:

  •     The Orange Innovation Award
  •     The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
  •     The ICAEW Sustainability Award
  •     The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
  •     The Huawei Customer Focus Award
  •     The Croner Employer of the Year
  •     Transformational Change of the Year
  •     Start-up Business of the Year
  •     Small Online Business of the Year
  •     E-Commerce Strategy of the Year
  •     Business Enabler of the Year
  •     The Entrepreneur of the Year

Categories run by nomination only:

  •     The Orange Leader of the Year
  •     The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence
  •     The 3i International Growth Business of the Year
  •     The Leadership Diversity Award
  •     The Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year

The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the National Business Awards.

Editorial contacts
Lynn Webster-Scott
Head of Group PR
Electrocomponents plc
Phone: +44 (0)1865 207515
Email: lynn.webster-scott@electrocomponents.com

Rachel Branigan
PR Manager
UBM Awards and Partnerships
Tel: 0207 955 3843
Email: Rachel.branigan@ubm.com

Annelle Botha
Head of PR and Marketing
UBM Awards and Partnerships
Tel: 0207 234 8753
Email: annelle.botha@ubm.com

Further information is available via these links:

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com

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