Truancy Call Ltd shortlisted for 'business Oscars'

Truancy Call Ltd has been short-listed for technology and innovation at the 2009 Growing Business Awards

[UKPRwire, Tue Oct 27 2009] Birmingham-based telecommunications company Truancy Call Ltd ( has been short-listed for a 2009 Growing Business Award in the ‘Technology and Innovation’ category. Having been selected from almost 200 entries, Truancy Call Ltd has been recognised for its effective implementation and use of information and communications technology to transform its overall performance in the past 12 months.

The short-list for the 2009 Growing Business Awards spotlights extraordinary UK businesses thriving despite the downturn. Now in their eleventh year, the awards – organised by the CBI and Real Business magazine – identify and honour innovation, international expansion, customer excellence and new product development among the UK’s finest small and medium-sized businesses.

Led by Managing Director Stephen Clarke, Truancy Call is an automatic parent notification system which allows schools to instantly contact parents of absent pupils and parents in general through email, text message and automated phone call. Stephen was inspired to produce the technology in December 2000 after reading a news article about two primary school children that went missing after not arriving at school that morning. Since its inception, Truancy Call has grown and is now used in over 1000 schools in the UK, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Truancy Call Ltd also provides a plethora of other solutions using SMS technology to address wider issues. These include Call Parents - enabling schools to keep parents informed of their child’s school activities such as school trips, detentions and parents’ evenings; Text Someone - encouraging pupils to report incidents of bullying, and Term Time Tracker - enabling Local Authorities (LAs) and schools to monitor term-time absences; E-mentoring – allowing secure and monitored communication between pupils and their mentors by text message, the secure website and forums.

Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Truancy Call Ltd, enthused: “We are delighted to be recognised for our innovative use of technology. The implementation of our services and continuous success throughout the UK over the past nine years is helping schools to take a proactive approach in tackling issues such as truancy, bullying and parental communication.”

Russell Griggs, Chairman of the CBI SME Council and a judge at the Growing Business Awards, said: “The sheer diversity of business ideas impressed me most about this year’s Growing Business Awards shortlist, particularly during these difficult times. The most successful businesses are fiercely customer focused and have a broad reach, seize opportunities with both hands and make great use of new technologies, such as the Internet.”

Winners will be announced at the Growing Business Awards ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Thursday November 26 2009.

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