Awards and Achievements
Award winning company:
The British Safety Council said “this achievement clearly demonstrates a strong commitment by System Concepts to maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees through good health and safety management”.
We have been finalists in the Health, Work and Wellbeing Award for Small Business category for three years, recognising our continuing efforts to improve the wellbeing of our staff.
We were finalists in the Most Effective Sickness Absence Management Strategy in 2010 and the Most Effective Healthcare and Wellbeing Strategy category in 2009, demonstrating our own commitment to the best practice we recommend to our clients.
We won the "Best Absence Management Strategy" category, again demonstrating that we practice the policies we recommend to our clients.
Investors in People since 1999
In 1999 we were awarded the Investors in People (IIP) National Standard for excellence in business development through people. The award was renewed in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011.
Our last assessment said " This review was a genuine pleasure to undertake, due to the very high levels of commitment to people development at every level within the business. Everyone had nothing but praise for the learning and development opportunities afforded to them and for the positive leadership that makes it all possible."
The report highlighted our particular strengths as:
- Learning and development opportunities are available
- Talent is grown
- Inclusive approach and opportunities for staff to put forward their own ideas
- People's contribution is recognised and valued
- Continuous improvement
Award winning consultants:
Kevin Heywood, health and safety consultant at System Concepts, is the winner of the SHP IOSH Awards 2009, Consultant of the Year category for his work providing on-site support to one of our key clients, Ernst & Young (EY).
The Ergonomics Society 2007, Hywel Murrell Award
Catherine Cooper, consultant with System Concepts received the Hywel Murrell award from the Ergonomics Society for her undergraduate project on the use of probes to enhance insight into the user experience.
British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Award for Training Programme Presenter of the Year 2002 and 2003
Christine Critchley, senior consultant with System Concepts, has won the prestigious British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Award for Training Programme Presenter of the Year, one of twelve categories in the BIFM 'Investors in Excellence' Awards Programme for 2 consecutive years, in 2002 and 2003.
Fellow Award from the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2003
Tom Stewart, Managing Director of System Concepts has received this award in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to the field of ergonomics worldwide, particularly his key role in the development of international standards.
Tom has won many other awards over the years including:
- Otto Edholm Award 2000, Society Annual Lecture Medal 2001 (Ergonomics Society)
- Leon Gaster Medal 1980 (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers)
- Auerbach Award 1975 (British Computer Society)
Award winning clients:
The BBC's Something Special website Finalist in BETT Awards 2012
We provided in user research, usability and accessibility testing throughout the building of this website. You can watch a video case study about it here.
MCA Gold Award 2005 and Computing Awards for Excellence 2004 for Transport Direct
Transport Direct is a unique new travel information and journey planning web site for Great Britain. System Concepts have been involved since the start of the project, providing expert guidance on usability and accessibility on behalf of the Department for Transport. In 2004, the website won 'Public Sector Project of the Year category of the Computing Awards for Excellence 2004 and in 2005 it won Gold Award for Electronic Trading presented by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) and Management Today magazine.
BBCi Accessible Design Award 2003
System Concepts conducted a research project for BBCi, reviewing and testing websites, interviewing experts and users and generated a series of recommendations and guidelines to feed into the BBC's accessibility initiative. BBCi have subsequently won an award for accessible website design.
2002 Service Excellence Awards: Overall Winner & Financial Services Nationwide Building Society
System Concepts provides on-going usability support to the Nationwide usability centre and has made a significant contribution to the advancements made by the centre. The role of the Usability Centre "where trained staff observe customers' reactions to new technology which is an example of the lengths to which Nationwide will go to discover and meet customer requirements" was identified by the judges as a key contribution to their success in winning this award.
Millennium Product for Marks and Spencer
Tom Stewart directed a project for Marks and Spencer to design a new refrigerated display case, ensuring ergonomics was kept at the centre of the design process. The design was selected as a Millennium Product for its innovation in energy efficiency, ergonomics and accessibility.