Company of the Year (more than £12m)
Classroom and student safety software provider Impero places the universal need for digital infrastructure in schools at the heart of its vision. After finding success with its Education Pro software, the company embarked on a journey to develop a more comprehensive, cloud-based solution that would prevent student safeguarding issues before they escalated. Its solutions focus on giving teachers and safeguarding staff full visibility, no matter if students are learning from home or in the classroom.
The company also recognises how fundamental this software is to schools in the age of digitalisation, no matter their financial situation. For this reason, Impero provide the management hub, Backdrop – the only free safeguarding software solution in the UK.
Following their launch in 2021, Impero’s flagship Classroom and Wellbeing solutions have generated £8.7 million in opportunities. Off the back of the company’s high-profile 2021 software launch and appearance at the 2022 BETT exhibition, Impero’s revenue for the first half of 2022 came in at £12.2 million, a 49% increase year-on-year.
IRIS Education helps good schools become great, with best-of-breed products that connect people with data, enabling educators to make informed decisions, and improving outcomes for pupils. One of the UK’s largest private software companies, IRIS leverages outstanding technology to bring best practice to its education offer. Over 12,000 UK schools and academies trust IRIS Education to support all aspects of how they run, report, communicate, and handle payments.
Constantly innovating, earlier this year IRIS Education launched IRIS Central, a powerful cloud-based tool that enables schools within MATs to supercharge critical in-the-moment decision making. This innovative approach also stretches beyond products by helping educators with challenging issues; the ‘School of Thought’ campaign delivers events and content on topics including mental health and the cost-of-living crisis.
IRIS Education is driven by the desire to improve the life chances of those in education by supporting educators. With products fit for wherever a school is on their journey, IRIS Education offers a complete solution for all stages. Doing things differently, this is a business that understands the shifting education landscape and the direction of travel, so schools and trusts have the support they need now and in the future.
LGfL not only recognises the importance of fast, secure, resilient, broadband to schools, but also that that is only the beginning of the service they need, which includes professional development for everyone, high quality resources for teaching and learning, and safeguards to promote online safety and promote wellbeing.
Our 99% retention rate demonstrates how our community of schools appreciate the service we provide, and our steady growth shows that others continue to want to join. We are clearly getting a lot right. But we are not complacent, always looking for innovative approaches to empower and accelerate edtech in teaching and learning.
We ensure that the savings available through an LGfL subscription more than cover its cost, even whilst upgrading connections and providing a comprehensive service. The procurement at scale made possible through being part of our community of schools provides even greater savings. However, there is no scrimping when it comes to the advice, resources and training on offer, as much to teachers and technicians, as to senior managers and administrators.
With a legacy spanning 25 years, Promethean has firmly positioned itself as a leading manufacturer of AV solutions that have been designed to transform learning environments for both practitioner and learner.
Driven by a commitment to education and a determination to support its two-tier distribution model, Promethean’s robust strategy is centred around delivering practical solutions that drive end-user demand and enable its channel partners to meet strategic objectives through partner programmes and innovative market initiatives.
From the evolution of its ActivPanel range to the enhancement of value-add services, Promethean has been at the forefront of delivering edtech solutions which inspire breakthroughs.
For a quarter of a century, the company’s focus has been to engage students, empower teachers, and connect colleagues, bringing out the brilliance in everyone. Promethean has been the global K-12 education sector interactive flat panel display (IFPD) market leader from 2018 to 2021 collectively, excluding China, and continues to strengthen its position as the leading brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with its latest market share at 31.5%*.
*Futuresource Consulting, Q2 2022
In these strange, post-pandemic times it can be easy to lose sight of what is most important – but at Renaissance we have always put people first. From our thousands of customers to our global workforce, we continue to broaden and deepen our commitment to those we serve. Over the past year we have supported teachers and students with free access to remote learning platforms, digital books and articles, bespoke reporting, and challenged them to think about ‘everyday’ maths through a fun competition. We have also helped to inform learning recovery using insights from our assessment-based research with EPI (Education Policy Institute) for the DfE (Department for Education) and shone a light on What Kids Are Reading with our annual report – giving away thousands of physical books in the process. We added new, and enhanced existing, products and reaffirmed our focus on customer success. All the while strengthening our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and staff wellbeing, making the most of opportunities to celebrate together, and preparing the way for significant product enhancements in the year ahead. Continuing our mission to ‘Accelerate Learning for All’.
Tes is a global education technology business that’s been supporting schools for over 110 years. As education is changing, so are we. We’ve grown to provide a wide range of software to help schools and students flourish. We work together with teachers and schools to build trusted education solutions that help them to be the best they can be. From safeguarding and compliance to staff and pupil management, our innovative and flexible software and services help teachers and school leaders worldwide to provide the best education to millions of children. Our services include:
- Staff Pulse, a platform for measuring and improving the wellbeing of teachers and other staff in schools
- Tes Timetable, market leading timetabling software
- Tes Develop, a platform for teachers’ professional development, which has delivered over 580,000 teacher training, safeguarding and duty of care courses in the last year
- Provision Map and Class Charts, our award-winning classroom management tools
- Tes.com jobs, a recruitment platform with seamless online applicant management systems
- Tes.com magazine, providing teachers and leaders with the latest education news, insight and analysis available 24/7 on any device
- Tes Resources: an online global marketplace where over 31.8 million teaching resources were downloaded last year
At Texthelp, we believe everyone deserves to understand and be understood. We create technology that helps build confidence with reading, writing and maths. We’re always thinking of innovative ways to reach educators, through engaging lead generation and brand campaigns.
We look after our existing customers too. When you purchase from us, you get more than just software. You get access to a range of training, certification and webinars. In 2022, we launched the Texthelp Academy, a library of support resources for users.
With 350+ Texthelpers across 5 global offices, we foster a diverse and inclusive work environment through our Employee Resource Groups. Innovation is ingrained in everything we do. We have processes in place to work with customers to improve what we do and discover new needs they may have.
We are all about profit with a purpose. By 2030, we will have helped 1 billion people to read, write and understand. Inclusion and accessibility is a journey and we hold ourselves to high standards.
ViewSonic is committed to developing better solutions, expanding applications, and assuming a leading role in education technology solutions. The company utilises the Ecosystem as a Service (EaaS) strategy to connect/enable individual companies’ digital transformation efforts to a digital revolution of the industry as a whole. This innovative approach stimulates collaborative efforts to spur the development of global digital education. Moving forward, ViewSonic will continue to make every effort to promote the digital transformation to various industries and to benefit more people.”
Linking Digital Transformation between Company and Industry
To help customers solve their pain points and create better user experiences, ViewSonic develops a total solution by integrating software, hardware, and services.
Education technology solutions provide various devices, covering ViewBoard interactive displays, pen displays, projectors, and monitors, to meet the demand for a wide array of usage scenarios. In terms of software, it developed myViewBoard to provide various digital teaching tools. ViewSonic introduced UNIVERSE, the world’s first metaverse for education, to solve the online interaction challenges this year. This 3D interactive virtual platform creates an immersive educational environment, setting a new milestone for digital education.