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Since the awards were established in 2004 we have had over 1000 regional winners and over 100 national winners. Take a look back at our previous winners.

Harland Corporation – Winner of Innovation Through Technology and Outstanding Business Achievement Awards 2010

Introduction

Harland Corporation (formally Hair X-Tensions Ltd) established 5 years ago is the internationally renowned hair and beauty company that owns and operates multiple worldwide ecommerce stores attracting millions of unique visitors in the massive £6.4 billion hair and beauty industry. They own some of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious domain names, including www.hairextensions.co.uk, which was one of the largest domain name purchases in UK internet history. Harland holds number 1 spots in Google for some top level key words including hair extensions and has ambitious plans to become the Amazon of the hair and beauty world. With 11 awards won in just over 12 months, including  1 national award, they are a prestigious multi-award winning company.

The Winning Entry:

Harland impressed the judges with their innovative use of internet technology which has helped them to become one of the largest online companies in their industry. By using cutting edge web technology they were able to achieve a 100% increase in turnover and have gone from working from home to a 7000 Sq Ft warehouse in just under two years.

Without the use of technology we wouldn’t have a company full stop. We also wouldn’t have been able to create 6 jobs with a further 3 advertised vacancies? says Darren Williams company director, who at the age of 29 is one of our youngest overall Outstanding Business Achievement Award winners.

Life after the Awards

Harland Corporation will use their third place winnings of £10,000 to invest in researching new markets and to become a true worldwide player in the massive global hair & beauty market.

Our ambition is to become the Amazon of the hair & beauty world and become a top 100 website in the next 5 years. The prize money will enable us to explore new markets and dramatically increase our exporting and we aim to put the UK on the map when it comes to famous worldwide brands. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of an exciting new chapter not only in our company but also in the internet revolution.

Darren Williams
Company Director