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One company is going close off this year on a high note whether or not it wins any of the four categories it has been nominated at this year’s Document Manager Awards in the UK.

That company is Cheshire-based Version One (news, site)  and it has been nominated in four categories, including contender for best website at the awards, which take place on October 22nd.

The other three categories include Storage Product of the Year category for Diarchic, Green Product of the Year finalist for DbAuthorise and Email Product of the Year for DbMail.

More Award Ceremonies

And if that wasn’t enough the company has also had its suite of document management products shortlisted in the U.K.’s Business Software Satisfaction Awards of 2009, which will take place on October 8th.

Even in the event that they walk away empty handed from either ceremonies -- although worth keeping in mind is the fact that they won the E-mail Product of the Year last year -- the fact that their products overall have received this amount of recognition is some comfort.

The DM Awards allow the readers of Document Manager Magazine to vote for outstanding products, suppliers and projects of the year. Last year's awards saw a record number of readers voting -- over 5000 -- and the organizers say they are expecting even higher numbers of readers to vote this year.

Recently appointed Version One general manger Julian Buck said of the nominations: “At a time when many organisations are struggling to stay afloat, we have been increasing investment into our product set to ensure that our solutions remain market leading.”

So maybe there is something in the old adage that you need to speculate to accumulate -- although in this case there’s little speculative about Version One’s products.

American Interest?

While London may all be a little bit far away for US companies to get worked up about, there is an American interest here as this is the same Version One that earlier this year announced that it was setting up shop in Florida.

In fact they are so taken with the American market that they sent Lynn Munns, the then general manager of Version One over to spearhead the campaign.

The move followed enviable end-of-year figures last March that showed the company posting a rise in pre-tax profits of UK£ 1.2 million to UK£ 1.32 million (US $1.92m to US $2.11m).

Award Voting

Putting all that aside, the awards should be of interest industry-wide. This year there will be specific vertical project awards available within both the public and private sector, and there is also a change to the way the awards are judged.

For the first time there will be a DM Awards judging panel including a team of luminaries from across the industry with representatives from independent bodies and consultants along with other expert specialists.

So if you want to have your say, cast your vote online.