CrowdControlHQ has been shortlisted by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) for the Angel Investment Awards 2014 in two categories:
-High growth team of the year
-Best early stage innovation in a disruptive technology business
The announcement comes just weeks after CrowdControlHQ celebrated being the only UK business to feature in the Forrester 2014 Top 10 review, identified as a worldwide ‘contender’ within the social media risk and compliance sector.
CrowdControlHQ has more than doubled its turnover in the last 12 months, fuelled by the accelerated demand for social media management and compliance software, following a string of high profile corporate social media blunders. Today, it stands as the UK’s leading social media risk management and compliance platform.
Clients span a range of sectors including private and public sector, with big names such as British Gas, Serco, Manchester Police and Barnet Council featuring amongst the ever growing client list.
The ‘one dashboard’ platform is now used by 25% of the police forces in the UK having built on the recognition that the platform received as a community engagement tool, used during the Birmingham riots in 2011, which was credited as a turning point in the business – marking the point when the reality and power of social media began to materialise amongst public sector organisations. A year later the system was used at London 2012 by sponsors and TeamGB to monitor and engage with large scale fans.
The Angel investors are Midlands based and include Midven, Finance Birmingham and angel investors from Minerva. Their investment has supported development of the technology to ensure that it stays ahead of the social media trends under the watchful eye of the new Chief Technical Officer – Marc Harris. Investment has also been made into the growth of a client services team to give the software users a ‘human interface’ in times of need and an overhaul of the brand to strengthen it’s positioning against international competitors.
James Leavesley, CEO of CrowdControlHQ said,
“We are thrilled to have been recognised in this way by UKBAA. It builds on a tremendously successful year and we believe that we are now starting to capitalise from a market that genuinely seeks an alternative to the US and overseas products, with a UK based customer service team to turn to in times of need. The compliance market is growing and the fact that we are UK based helps businesses overcome a number of governance and legal issues.”
The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on July 1st.