March '10 - Babybond Ltd receives prestigious innovation award.


Babybond Ltd. has won the East Midlands Development Agency’s Most Innovative Business Award for 2010.

The award was presented to company Director Jan Steward by Rosemary Conley at the Women of Worth awards ceremony in Derby.

The company was founded by Jan Steward, a radiographer and holder of the Diploma in Medical Ultrasound since 1982, with her husband Mike Steward, a development engineer in the field of medical ultrasound. The business now has more than 30 clinics across the UK, and is dedicated to continuing its growth in range of ultrasound services and number of UK clinics. In order to expand the business, Mike and Jan received support from the emda funded Connect Midlands, which resulted in investment from the East Midlands Early Growth Fund and private venture capital.

The funding was used to enable Babybond to implement a centralised web booking system across the entire group. The company developed a bespoke fully automated e-commerce booking system to enable customers to book & pay for scans on-line, a service that is the first of its kind in the UK. Speaking about her plans for the future of the business, Jan said: “Babybond has established itself as the leader in self-pay pregnancy scan services. We plan to deliver the Babybond services to even more people in the UK and continue to innovate in our field of diagnostic ultrasound”.

Also see "I Love My Job" by Rosemary Conley

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