Hull firms team up to recognise the work of unsung heroes

Mike Isherwood of APD Communications

Two neighbouring Hull-based technology companies have teamed up to recognise and reward the life-saving work of personnel in emergency and critical control rooms.

The APD Control Room Awards, launched by APD Communications, are the first national awards to publicly acknowledge the unsung heroes within critical control rooms and a variety of public and private sector organisations across the UK.

Based at Newland Science Park, next to the University of Hull campus, APD Communications specialises in mission-critical solutions for the emergency services.

APD’s market-leading software protects the public and emergency services personnel and ensures the efficient, continuous operation of services vital to public safety and security.

Neighbouring business Seed Software has signed up as Bronze Sponsor of the Control Room Awards and will sponsor the Young Achiever of the Year category.

Part of the University of Hull, Seed Software provides dependable frontline, mission-critical software solutions for fire and rescue services in the UK.

Originally founded to give students industrial software development experience and provide internship opportunities, Seed is now a leading player in the development of software for the public and private sectors, with a strong focus on research and development.

Alan Dalgairns, Manager at Seed Software, said: “We felt it was a natural choice for us to support the APD Control Room Awards and sponsor the Young Achiever of the Year category.

“We’re very familiar with control rooms and spend a lot of time at fire service organisations discussing and enhancing control room software to better serve their needs.

“We work with many fire and rescue services around the UK, so have first-hand experience of the amazing work done by control room personnel on a daily basis. These operators are one of the first to take the call from distressed individuals and deal with very difficult situations in a timely fashion.

“When you step into a control room the standard of professionalism is evident and the shift of adrenaline in the room when a call comes through is palpable.

“These awards will recognise the humbling and dedicated achievements of all the unsung heroes in emergency and critical control rooms across the UK.”

Mike Isherwood, APD Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to announce Seed Software as a Bronze Sponsor of our Control Room Awards.

“Momentum is really gathering pace for the awards and we’re pleased to see so many worthy nominations coming through. These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the hard-working, dedicated and highly-skilled people who work in critical control rooms around the UK.”

Seed Software has joined heavyweight tech companies telent Technology Services and Sopra Steria in backing the APD Control Room Awards, while the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (British APCO) has come on board as Media Partner.

The Control Room Awards ceremony will take place on March 8, 2018, at the De Vere Orchard Hotel in Nottingham when finalists and a select group of guests will enjoy an evening of celebration, reward and recognition.

Guests will be treated to a three-course dinner, followed by live entertainment. The cost of shortlisted nominees’ tickets will be covered, making it possible for all finalists to attend.

Nominations for the Control Room Awards are open until January 18, 2018, with the awards shortlists scheduled to be revealed on February 1, 2018.

To nominate an individual or team for the APD Control Room Awards, visit