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Pictured left to right: James Dobson, marketing director, Gareth Allen, operations director, John Dobson, CEO, Fraser Mitchell, technical director and Martin Cheek, managing director

SmartSearch wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award for innovation

Anti-money laundering pioneers SmartSearch have won Britain’s most coveted business award. The Ilkley-based firm has joined an elite group of companies after being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The award recognises businesses which have excelled in international trade, innovation, sustainable development or promoting opportunity and is the highest award for British businesses.

SmartSearch has been recognised in the innovation category for developing a world-leading Anti-Money Laundering (AML) verification platform.

The companies unique AML solution brings together individual and business searches for the UK and International Markets with automatic Worldwide Sanction and PEP screening. It is already used by more than 3,000 businesses across the world with around 50 new clients coming on board each month.

SmartSearch has already won five awards for its innovative technology, and last month was named one of Yorkshire's fastest growing businesses following a 1,450% increase in turnover in just five years.

As a result of its success, the company has also seen staff numbers grow from 7 to 90 and it has recently located to a new office; new build scheme in Ilkley.

SmartSearch’s Marketing Director James Dobson, said: “We are extremely proud to have been given The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation; it is such a prestigious honour.

“SmartSearch is having a fantastic couple of months been named one of Yorkshires fastest 50 growing companies, moving into our new home at Mayfield house Ilkley after a million-pound fitout and now winning the Queens award, the most coveted business award in the UK.”

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