Alba Innovation Centre Graduate Business CIQUAL Wins Top UK Industry Award

Scottish telecoms company CIQUAL has been named Britain’s top performing company to graduate from a business incubation centre.

The company, which has revolutionised the provision of unique intelligence and data to help telecoms providers throughout the world fully understand each of their users experience when using mobile broadband, was nurtured at the Alba Innovation Centre (AIC) in Livingston.

CIQUAL and AIC jointly entered the UKBI (UK Business Incubation) annual awards in the Graduated Business of the Year Category and lifted the prestigious title. This new award was introduced to recognise those businesses who have successfully been through the business incubation process and are now flourishing outside the Business Incubator but are still engaging and contributing to it.

UKBI Deputy Chief Executive, Peter Harman, praised the CIQUAL – Alba Innovation Centre relationship as a “shining example” of the incubation process.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the company to win this award and it highlights the unique and professional support provided by The Alba Innovation Centre,” said CIQUAL Chief Executive Officer Tom Walls. “CIQUAL deliver a revolutionary solution at the cutting edge of mobile broadband communications and I am certain that AIC’s support greatly aided us to accelerate our business. I am sure that other incubator businesses in Scotland will also succeed due to the dedication, knowledge and professionalism of the AIC.”

Tom Ogilvie, CEO of Innovation Centres Scotland (ICS), who manage the Alba Innovation Centre on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Working with CIQUAL has been an honour and a delight. They epitomise the best of innovation in practice, developing a product that has revolutionised the market and a business model that is dynamic and ambitious.”

“The award also recognises the quality and scope of the support services we provide in nurturing embryonic companies to a point where they can move out of the supportive environment and succeed in the competitive business world at large.”

Jon Moore, of Scottish Enterprise, commented:” The UKBI award recognises the value of the incubation process in developing high growth potential companies like CIQUAL who are essential to Scotland’s continued economic development.”

CIQUAL was founded in 2007 by a management team with over 70 years mobile communications test and measurement experience in senior management, operations, research, development and marketing roles.

The company’s Session Insight system delivers the most accurate, real-time, dynamic view of mobile broadband service and user experience. With this insight, mobile operators can deliver an unrivalled mobile broadband service performance, assure the operation of their network and provide the superior care their customers demand.

Specifically in the UK, CIQUAL is addressing the need for mobile operators to measure the broadband improvements that are a fundamental part of the government’s ‘Digital Britain’ Initiative.

Earlier this year CIQUAL secured funding of £1.25M to accelerate product development and sales of its Session Insight System to mobile operators’ worldwide. The investment was financed by a consortium consisting of Par Syndicate and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Co-investment Fund.

AIC was established in 2007 and is part of the Innovation Centres Scotland organisation which also operates the award wining Hillington Park Innovation Centre near Glasgow. Only 2 years after opening its doors AIC has been granted UKBI’s second highest level of accreditation.

The expertise of the AIC team of business advisors is in the field of growing young technology companies which along with its modern facilities, collegiate community of young entrepreneurs and prime location attracted CIQUAL to the centre. A unique portfolio of business support assistance from funding to market intelligence has been developed under the ‘accelerator services’ brand. Access to an extensive network of high-level business contacts whose experience can be brought to bear to inform decision making and early stage planning is also made available.

CIQUAL were also able to take advantage of the ICS Wireless Innovation team’s expertise in the field of mobile communications, including their connections to leading mobile providers and vendors such as Nokia and Motorola, and access to critical marketing intelligence and research from leading industry analyst firms.

The award was presented at the UKBI 11th International Conference gala dinner in Belfast