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16th July 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the inaugural Tees Tech Awards, organised by Tees Business to recognise firms and individuals working in the region’s fast-growing digital sector.

And we’re even more pleased that the award we’re nominated for is the Tech Partnership, for our work with Absolute Antibody, which is currently undertaking vital work in the fight against coronavirus.

The firm is a high-tech manufacturing company, founded in 2012 and based in the Wilton Centre, Redcar, with further facilities in Oxford and Boston in the US.

We worked with the firm earlier this year to create software that would convert Excel spreadsheets into a web app, in order to assist in the customer journey and laboratory activities, as well as stock control.

Our first job was to conduct an IT audit, before analysing the processes the firm had in place and proposing potential solutions to increase efficiencies.

From the resulting report, we were able to recommend a bespoke solution that worked for the business, increasing profit on each order and allowing staff to work on other projects because of greater automation.

Sapere director Paul Drake said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised for our work with Absolute Antibody, especially since they’re doing such important work researching into the fight against Covid-19.

“The software solution we created was built off the back of an often-unavoidable situation many companies find themselves in. Spreadsheets are an easy way to capture, share, manipulate and report on large data sets but they aren’t very good at delivering business workflows.

“The project was an excellent example of taking a really complex set of spreadsheets and other data sources and creating a bespoke solution with better workflow, greater automation and massively increased security and efficiencies for Absolute Antibody.”

The Tees Tech Awards were originally due to be held on April 27th, but, due to the lockdown, will now be held virtually with a small number of guests at Teesside International Airport on August 20th.

The event – which was launched in partnership with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital – will be screened live on YouTube for thousands of virtual ‘guests’ to enjoy online.