At this year’s AV Industry Awards, it is the education technology providers that are set to create a storm and lead the way in terms of innovation and development. Kevin and Nigel Batley, founders and directors of Sahara Presentation Systems plc, better known to the education sector as the manufacturer of Clevertouch, have both been recognised in the Outstanding Achievement category. This is due, in no small part, to the way in which UK schools and colleges are paving the way over other sectors as the early-adopters of new technologies.
Sahara has also been shortlisted for Manufacturer of the Year and Distributor of the Year and Clevertouch, the interactive front of class touchscreen manufactured by Sahara, has been shortlisted for Product of the Year. The winners will be announced at the AV Awards 2015 on 25th September.
Kevin and Nigel have been instrumental in positioning Sahara as the forward thinking and innovative AV provider within the education sector. They recognised early on the trend for the education sector to be outward focused in their approach to selecting new technologies within the classroom. Young people are natural early adopters and as such many head teachers, teachers and school boards are keen to ensure their pupils are able to take advantage of the very latest in technology hardware.
Through their work with schools and colleges, Kevin and Nigel realised that it’s not just the power of hardware that is required to engage pupils and improve the learning environment. The creativity and availability of software and apps is of equal importance. Sahara has spent the past 12 months developing the recently launched Cleverstore App Store, available for free on the Clevertouch Plus screen, which gives teachers instant access to leading educational digital and collaboration tools.
Shaun Marklew, Sales & Marketing Director, Sahara Plc says “Over the years I have had some fantastic mentors; and Kevin and Nigel are no exception. Their dedication to the business and the education sector is second to none. I’m very proud to be working for Sahara at this exciting time, and working with such inspirational colleagues makes it very rewarding.”
Clive Couldwell, Editor, AV Magazine comments “It’s a great personal pleasure to recognise companies that have been part of the backbone of the AV industry over such a long period, and have behaved with such integrity.”