UWIC hosts major European Design Management Award 

DESIGN experts from all over Europe gathered in Cardiff last night (Wednesday 12 March) for the launch of the 2008 Design Management Europe Award (DME Award).

The competition is the first of its kind to award the management contribution to successful design, attracting the most innovative and progressive companies from across Europe.

Organised this year by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) the 2008 DME Award is a truly European award with a network of partners across all 30 European member and candidate states.

Organiser Darragh Murphy of UWIC’s National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR) said: “Last year we received entries from 227 companies from 22 countries. This year we wanted to build on that success and host a great award ceremony for all our international guests who will be visiting Cardiff.”

Yesterday’s prestigious launch and call for entries at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay was hosted by the Minister for Heritage Rhodri Glyn Thomas. He said: "The DME Awards are a great opportunity for Cardiff to host a ceremony for some of the most innovative businesses in Europe, and a great opportunity for their management to visit Cardiff. The creative industries are a growing industry in Wales, and it's great that we can award such a prestigious event."

Companies and organisations are challenged to apply for the DME Award by demonstrating how design is integrated in their strategy, management and processes to achieve commercial gains. Categories for the award cover a wide spectrum of businesses and organisations; from micro companies to multi-nationals, service and manufacturing sectors, public agencies and non profit organisations.

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
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