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Regeneration specialist, St. Modwen is toasting the success of one of its Longbridge Technology Park tenants after Zybert Computers scooped a prestigious award.

Based out of the Park’s Innovation Centre – which is owned and managed by St. Modwen – data security specialist Zybert Computing collected the top prize in their category for Midlands Innovation of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards 2011.

Zybert was handed the prestigious prize for their Security Portable Office Key (SPOK) security solution, which provides secure remote connections to a school’s internal systems and removes the need to use USB hard drives to transfer data.

Andrea Bolton, Innovation Centre Manager at Longbridge Technology Park, said: “We are extremely pleased for the team at Zybert. This is a richly deserved award and I hope that through their relationship with the Innovation Centre, they can continue to develop new products, collect further accolades, and really fulfil their potential as a business.

“The Innovation Centre is currently at around 90 per cent occupancy, with around 40 different companies in the building. However, with the recent opening of Two Devon Way adjacent to the existing spaces, we have been able to move some of our tenants over to the new building, providing them with further room to develop and grow while still remaining on the site.”

Using high-performance encryption and authentication software, SPOK enables pupils and teachers to access a school’s administration or curriculum servers via their own firewall, ensuring that data never leaves the school’s network.

Michael Lucas, Managing Director of Zybert Computing, said: “There are often stories in the press of occasions when laptops or memory sticks containing sensitive information are lost or stolen. Our system completely removes this risk, by allowing remote IT users to securely access their office systems directly from anywhere, using a fast encrypted connection that is compliant with the Data Protection Act.

“We are truly thrilled at having been recognised for our work. The team at the Innovation Centre has offered us a really professional service and has been a great help in assisting us through our busy schedule. Our location at Longbridge is ideal, putting us within easy reach of road and rail connections that makes face-to-face contact with our customers a breeze.“

Situated off the A38 Bristol Road South, the Innovation Centre and recently-completed Two Devon Way form the first phase of the £100 million Longbridge Technology Park, which has been designed specifically to attract a nucleus of high technology businesses to Longbridge.

Longbridge Technology Park forms part of the £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge, which will transform the 400 acre site of the former MG Rover works into a sustainable community, creating around 10,000 new jobs and up to 2,000 new homes.

The area is served by excellent public transport links, with Longbridge Train Station within short walking distance. Birmingham city centre is eight miles away and the M5 (junction 4) and M42 (junction 2) motorways are three miles away.