THE vast opportunities dreamed of by hi-impact consultancy as it set out to create new ways to introduce school children to the exciting world of science and technology has led to the company being shortlisted for a major business award.

Winning the Creative Impact Award at the Liverpool Echo Business Awards is now within reach of hi-impact for its groundbreaking delivery of knowledge to scores of schools locally, nationally and internationally.

The shortlist announcement follows hot on the heels of the company's achievement in winning the Liverpool John Moores  Innovation and Technology Award at the Echo Environmental Awards which recognised the best of the region's environmental projects and the people who are striving to make Merseyside a greener place.

Seeking successful finalists for the Creative Impact category in the Liverpool Echo Business Awards - the biggest in the Merseyside region - judges were looking for evidence that creative work had led directly to improved business performance.

Set up 10 years ago with just one school client on its books, hi-impact is now embedding technology into the curriculum of education providers with its engaging experiences in the world of science, computing, engineering, electronics and telecommunications.

Whether sending 360 degree cameras into space to gain footage and data of the Earth’s atmosphere or using a humanoid robot which introduces and develops skills in programming, the hi-impact team gives opportunities to schools and its pupils – many in areas of social deprivation - that budget constraint does not allow.

From that original contract, hi-impact has experienced rapid growth, 40 per cent of Wirral's primary schools now using its services. Pupils from more than 150 schools throughout the UK and abroad – primary, secondary and in the independent sector - are today being introduced to its groundbreaking delivery of technology and models of the hi-impact operation and consultancy services being exported outside the UK.

Staff numbers have increased to 30 and turnover has reached more than £1m. This expansion has seen the business move from its original small premises in Wirral to larger offices in Birkenhead then, last year, to an even bigger site on Wirral International Business Park in Bromborough.

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Alan Thompson, managing director at         hi-impact, said: “Ten years ago, we had no idea where the business would go – but schools are such superb places of creativity and we could envisage the opportunities those early technologies offered to enrich the curriculum.

“I am incredibly proud of what we, as a team, have achieved since then and how much fun it has been getting to where we are today. Being on the shortlist for recognition of these achievements at a major event like the Echo Business Awards is wonderful news. Winning the trophy after our other recent awards success would be truly amazing.”

Winners of the Echo Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony at St George's Hall, Liverpool, on Thursday, June 22.

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