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BT eBusiness Innovation Awards, FT Awards Announced

Two major sets of Internet awards were announced in the U.K. this week: the seventh annual BT eBusiness Innovation Awards and the third annual Financial Times Business Web Site of the Year awards.

At the awards ceremony sponsored by BT, the overall winner of the 1999 award for eBusiness Innovation went to M.A.R.S. plc, for its Multi-media Archival and Retrieval Service.

Among the other winners were Eyretel plc, Market Harborough Building Society, UPS, and, gaining the public sector award, Mid-Staffordshire General Hospitals Trust and the Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

At Tuesday's FT sponsored ceremony, IBM was the winner in the Large Organisation category for its online gateway to corporate information and e-commerce capabilities. Samsung was runner-up.

Terra Nova won the award for the Finance category, for its site featuring online insurance products.

In the Small to Medium Enterprise category, the winner was ComponentSource, an online one-stop shop for software components.

The BBC Natural History Unit took the prize for the Public Sector, for its online picture library service.

"Each year these awards reveal another landmark in the fast evolution of the webs economic impact," said Peter Martin, editorial director, Internet Activities, Financial Times.

"1999 is no exception and marks a watershed in how the Internet is used with more people online doing more business online in more countries. As our own success online shows, the FT and its readers continue to be very much at the heart of a revolution that looks like sprinting far into the next century."

A special prize for the Web Site of the Decade was voted by FT readers, and was awarded to Yahoo and its MyYahoo.com service.