Local IT Specialists Shortlisted for a Business Award after supporting Keele University during the Pandemic

Nov 18, 2020Press / Media0 comments

Local IT Specialists Shortlisted for a Business Award after supporting Keele University during the Pandemic

A Keele University based IT firm has been short-listed for an innovation award for creating a platform that allows smaller firms easy access to high quality video streaming.

Hixon Group, which is based at Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park, has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Breaking the Mould awards in recognition of its work to create the inclusive service.

With more firms establishing, or enhancing, an online presence as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, Hixon’s video streaming service meets these demands head-on by giving smaller businesses what they often need most – reliable, high quality video streaming that can be used across the world.

The service is now due to be launched nationwide after having been tested and developed in collaboration with Keele’s Business Gateway, Smart Innovation Hub and the university’s senior management team.

Now Hixon Group has been announced as a finalist in the Breaking the Mould Collaboration of the Year Award, which honours the most productive partnership between Keele University and an enterprise.

To be considered for the award projects must work to build resilience to the challenges of climate change, enhance social inclusion, recognise growing healthcare needs and embrace rapid technological change.

Nick Gostick, director of the Smart Innovation Hub and head of Keele’s Science and Innovation Park, said: “We are delighted to be able to name Hixon Group as one of the shortlisted companies for the Collaboration of the Year Award.  They are an example of a company, based on our Science and Innovation Park, which has truly supported us in helping us to rethink our offer to businesses during the changes that have taken place in 2020.

“Our Breaking the Mould Awards look to recognise companies like Hixon Group in how they have innovated, especially during such stretching times that we have seen this year. We wish Hixon Group and all shortlisted companies the very best of luck in the online awards event.”

As well as creating a single destination to stream content, Keele Azure Live also provides registration, management, discussion and participation features to broaden its reach and functionality.

It offers effective broadcasting and the ability to receive high quality  content from different geographical locations without the need for expensive studio equipment.

After undergoing beta testing in April, the Keele Azure Live product is now market-ready.

Jonathan Lawton, director of Hixon Group, added: “The video platform has the potential to deliver benefits globally and has placed us and our collaboration partners in a firm position to prosper in the future and be more resilient, so we couldn’t be happier with the outcome and the award shortlisting.”

The online awards will take place on Wednesday, December 2 and will be hosted by award-winning TV presenter Anita Rani.

To find out more about Hixon Group, please go online to www.hixongroup.com 

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