Congratulations to SafeToNet for wining the Best Use of Technology Award at the recent TVBMA held at the Majestic Stadium in Reading.

SafeToNet are a Reading-based company focusing on e-safety – safeguarding children from online cyber-bullying, sexting, abuse and unwelcome social media content. Its technology blocks harmful messages in real-time before they are seen and before the damage is done.

As the longest-running business awards in the region, the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards (TVBMA) was again adapting to reflect its 21st century business community, as it has done throughout its 23 years, added David Murray, founding TVBMA chairman, MD and publisher of The Business Magazine.

This slightly different ‘voice’ of the vibrant and successful Thames Valley was reflected through the two new company assessment categories – covering projects, campaigns and initiatives that focus on employee wellbeing, workforce engagement, and business’ provision of charity and community resources.

Several other ’voices’ were heard on the evening thanks to the vocal skills of guest speaker and impressionist Jon Culshaw, who also helped present all nine of the prestigious and much-coveted business awards.

The chosen charity for the evening was the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, last year’s Charity of the Year award-winner. The charity, supported by BBC Children in Need, and with Theresa May and Sir Michael Parkinson as two of its patrons, is currently building near Maidenhead, Berkshire’s first children’s hospice. Donations from the TVBMA guests raised £3,438.

What the judges said . . .

SafeToNet has developed “a true innovation that blew us away; a brilliant Artificial Intelligence system tackling the growing problem of child safety on the internet. It’s a leap in technology that goes so far beyond the off/on parental guidance incumbents. SafeToNet’s future looks to be incredibly bright.”

Our winner’s AI technology “dynamically protects children in a way that keeps parents in control, the children protected, and importantly retains the privacy and independence of the child. This always-learning technology sits on the child’s mobile phone and screens activity on the various social media apps, flagging to the parent when inappropriate material is sent or received on the child’s phone.”