S.M.A.R.T Foundation UK once again a finalist at the

Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards.



FOR THE SECOND TIME, the SMART Foundation UK has been recognised for its innovation, creativity and resilience in the 2021 Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards (B.B.E.A.).

The award highlights the role of organisations in addressing social challenges and improving the communities in which they operate.

Dedicated to supporting those disadvantaged from not having access to text and campaigning for digital literacy, the SMART Foundation UK is based in the New Forest, Hampshire. Created by Ann and Nigel Dupree, both dyslexic and determined to help children that fall through the gaps of the educational system.

The SMART Foundation is a finalist in the Positive Social & Sustainable Impact category.

The SMART Foundation UK has spent the last 18 months innovating and modifying its patented software as part of their on-going Digital Eye-Health, Accessibility, Literacy, Diversity and Inclusion Campaign in 2021.

The Digital Literacy and DSE Operator Wellbeing and Visually Therapeutic Tool Kit will soon include biometrics to aid the existing A.I. driven Colour Optimisation.

The objective is to help bridge the gap in education for visually stressed and disadvantaged students which, post COVID, is now estimated to have left them at least 22 months behind their more advantaged peers with access to the internet and e-learning.

The SMART Foundation UK has set its goal to have the tool kit in every school and educational institution in addition to Universities in the UK, stating, “Accessibility and Digital Literacy should be for all”.

Nigel Dupree, Founder of SMART Foundation, said,

“Going forward future human resources will all need Digital Literacy as an essential life-skill so, in order to address the age diverse exclusion of 30% + of UK population classified as Functionally and Digitally Illiterate, a reading rate below 150 words per minute minimum for fluency and, to combat the 50% rise vision stress related Myopic and Asthenopic Disease we need to start now, immediately to mitigate the risk of half the population being effectively one-eyed by 2050.”

Event Director Sarah Austin said, ‘becoming a finalist is a very impressive accolade; all our finalists stood out as truly creative and innovative during a turbulent year for British businesses’.

Finalists will present to the judges in September, with the award ceremony to be held in November.

Notes to Editor.

Smart Foundation: Created to give children that had fallen through the gaps, due to poor access to text, and being functionally illiterate a sporting chance at life. Campaign advocates for digital health and literacy for all.

Contact Details: Nigel Dupree, nigel@smartfoundation.com          LinkedIn profile

Media contact: katie@katielknight.com

The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards is the elite business awards programme for businesses of all shapes and sizes. After the setback is the comeback: the British Business Excellence Awards is bringing some cheer back to the UK business community after the trials and tribulations of the coronavirus crisis.

The awards celebrate the resilience, innovation and creativity of British businesses, whether big or small, an innovative new start-up or an established industry player, private, public or third sector. The awards host a yearlong programme of networking events, round tables, exemplar judging processes which all then culminate in a glittering awards ceremony on Tuesday 9th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.