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- 1999-12-01

by Andrew Bibby

Pioneers Rewarded

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<EM>Pioneers rewarded

There was deserved recognition for the pioneering initiative which has successfully brought
teleworking employment to the Scottish Western Isles at this year's European Telework
Awards ceremony, held in Brussels on November 5.

Donnie Morrison of the Western Isles ICT Advisory
Service Work-Global was awarded one of the six
Awards, in the category for best telework example in a
small or medium-sized enterprise.

At the event, Donnie explained how workers in the
Hebridean islands were now undertaking publishing
services, abstracting, SGML editing and web site development
for a range of clients, including companies in
Germany and the USA.

A further 33 people were now employed for an Internet service provider
based in Stornoway which it was
hoped will eventually employ 100, he added.

Elsewhere in the Telework Awards, British entries were rather less successful this year after winning three awards last year. Both Manchester-based Toucan Europe and the Periphera consultancy were shortlisted for work supporting telework development among disadvantaged people, but the award eventually went to a Danish local authority.

The magazine All About Working From Home from Brighton publishers Partridge Publications was also shortlisted in a third category, that of best contribution to public awareness of telework, but here again a Danish entry, TeleDanmark took the award.

Other awards were won by France Telecom, the Naples city administration and (a third success for Denmark) the insurance firm Danika. The awards, sponsored by the European Commission's Information Society directorate-general (previously DG XIII), were the culmination of this year's European Telework Week, held in the first week of November.

Peter Johnston of the European Commission congratulated all the finalists, and told his audience that nine million Europeans were now engaged in telework- type new working practices. "This is not something just for the technological elite," he said.

by Andrew Bibby