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Softwire MD on the Businesswoman of the Future shortlist

24 September 2013, by

Our MD Zoe Cunningham has been shortlisted for the “Businesswoman of the Future” category in the Women of the Future awards. These awards are a platform for successful young women in Britain today – you can read more here.

The awards will then take place on the 13th of November. Good luck Zoe – We’ve got our fingers crossed!

Zoe Cunningham wins two more awards!

11 July 2013, by

The list of awards that our Managing Director, Zoe Cunningham, has won just keeps on expanding!

Zoe has recently won another two awards: Computer Weekly’s 25 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2013, where Zoe has been selected as a ‘Rising Star’ and Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

Well done Zoe, we’re really proud of you!

Softwire MD Zoe Cunningham wins JCI Ten Outstanding Young People Award

13 June 2013, by

Zoe receiving her TOYP awardWe’re really pleased to announce that Zoe now has yet another award under her belt – a JCI London Ten Outstanding Young People award.

This prestigious award recognises outstanding young professionals who excel and create positive change in their chosen fields.

This award has previously been won by John F Kennedy, Jackie Chan and Elvis Presley so we think it’s pretty amazing that Zoe is now listed alongside them!

For more information on the awards, visit:

Well done Zoe!

Softwire in the top 20 in Best Companies to Work For Awards

10 April 2013, by

For the third year running, Softwire are in the top 20 of the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For Awards!

The announcement that we had ranked 12th was made at a glitzy awards ceremony in the Battersea Evolution, hosted by Kate Silverton and attended by Softwire employees Robynne and Todd.

The evening started with a champagne reception, followed by a three course meal, including a fancy trio of desserts to finish off!

It was a tense evening as we waited to find out where we had ranked this year, however Robynne and Todd kept the rest of us up to date throughout the night on our Twitter feed.

It was a great night and we’re all really happy that Softwire have ranked so highly three years in a row!

Zoe Cunningham shortlisted for ‘Inspiration of the Year’ award

14 February 2013, by

2013 Inspiration of the Year FinalistNot just content with being declared Britain’s Brightest woman, our Managing Director, Zoe Cunningham, has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2013 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.

 The awards celebrate the successes of the women leading the way in technology. Passion, drive and commitment are just a few of the attributes recognised in the talented finalists who are laying the foundations for future females to follow in their footsteps. The aim of the awards is to raise the profile of the innovative and talented women enjoying success and job satisfaction within technology so that others will identify it as a career well worth pursuing.

 The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 19th March. Good luck Zoe!

Students vote Softwire into the Guardian UK 300!

24 May 2012, by

Guardian UK 100 2012Following on from our success in the Sunday Times Best Companies awards, Softwire have been included in yet another prestigious list of employers – the Guardian UK 300 2012. (The book won’t come out until September, although in the meantime you can see us in the related TARGETjobs IT publication here.)

This list of the most popular graduate employers in the UK is voted for by students and graduates. We were placed 34th in the IT category – the higher ranked of only two SMEs (companies with < 250 employees).

27,000 students and graduates are each given a list of employers, and asked to choose three companies that they would most like to work for, whether they are on the list or not.

What makes our achievement here particularly impressive is that almost all the companies in the final 300 are much, much larger than us – think Google, BBC, Microsoft – and in fact we weren’t even on the list that was handed out to students in the first place. Given this, we are very chuffed that so many of the participants were so excited about applying to work with us that they actively suggested our name – ahead of many companies with much larger recruitment budgets!

As in most years, Softwire are looking to increase in size by about 20%, which means we’re hoping to take on around 12 new starters. This year, we’re looking forward to interviewing even more high quality applicants than usual – make sure you’re one of them!

Softwire up to 6th in Best Companies to Work For awards!

28 February 2012, by

Photograph by Tim Bishop/The Sunday TimesIn 2012, Softwire entered the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For awards for the second time. Our first entry, the previous year, had ranked us at 16th, making  us the best small software company to work for in the UK.

Our position was only to be announced on the night when three lucky employees (from right to left: me, Luci Apostolou and Camilla Watson), would have the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony.

We did, however, know our score, which was higher than the previous year’s, though this was not necessarily enough to guarantee we had beaten 16th. Just for fun, we held an auction sweepstake (in aid of WaterAid). The most sought after tickets were those for a finish around 9th place: better than last year.

Cupcakes - click to see larger imageOn the evening of the award ceremony, while the three of us departed for Battersea Evolution, the rest of the company prepared for an office party, featuring specially made cupcakes.

Those of us at the ceremony were welcomed with champagne before sitting down to a three course meal – with more champagne! – and a few speeches by the powers that be at the Sunday Times followed by the Top 100 countdown. All through this, we kept the office up to date through our Twitter feed and provided live coverage of the Top 100 countdown.

The results exceeded our expectations: Softwire pushed up to 6th, significantly better than the previous year and even better than the sweepstake bidding had predicted. And, for the second year running, the best small software company to work for in the UK!

Top 5 for 2013?

Softwire officially the best UK small software company to work for!

8 September 2011, by

Softwire entered the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For awards for the first time in 2011. (We had previously been ineligible because we were too small – you need at least 50 employees to enter.)

Best Companies Logo

The application process was managed by our very competent Head of New Business Andy Smart, who made sure we had all the forms filled in correctly.

We had to provide details of our policies and basic details about our company, but the main selection is through questionnaires filled out by our employees. This effectively means that we have been awarded the result by the people whose opinion we care about most!

After a few months biting our nails, we heard by email that we had won a maximum three stars, and we were given an abstract number that represented our total score.

We were then invited to attend a management event, where we learnt more about the feedback given by employees of all three star winners. At this event our wall plaque was presented to Operations Manager Zoe Cunningham (that’s me!)

However the position that we had been awarded was kept secret and revealed at a swanky dinner that 4 of our employees attended earlier this year.

Softwire attend Best Companies Awards Ceremony

As with all such events, the results were counted down from 100. Being the mathematicians and software geeks that we are, we had tried to estimate our position in advance. Best Companies had told us our score, that we had been awarded 3 stars and the “pass mark” to be awarded 3 stars and using this we worked out roughly where we expected to be placed. We were a little way off in our estimate (!) so on the night we were overjoyed as 30 went past, then 20, and we found out we were rated as the 16th best small company to work for in the UK, beating several other well known small software companies (in fact, we beat all other small software companies!)

We celebrated with a private cinema trip to see Machete, followed by a function with champagne cocktails and personalised “I heart Softwire” cupcakes.

Now we are aiming even higher for 2012!