Unicorn wins outstanding learning company of the year!
Unicorn Training has been named Outstanding Learning Organisation at the 2013 e-Learning Awards in its 25th anniversary year.
Making it a year for a double celebration, Unicorn was unveiled as the award winner at the annual e.learning Age gala dinner, hosted by Angela Lamont and Alan Dedicoat, at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on 7 November.
The Outstanding Learning Organisation Award recognises organisations that have achieved considerable success, including strong, continuous results over a sustained period in the learning, development and technology industry.
This year Unicorn celebrates 25 years of continuous and profitable growth. Having started life in 1988 as a partnership comprising the company’s three founders with one computer between them, Unicorn now has over 75 full-time employees with offices in Bournemouth and London and satellite operations in the USA and India.
Yet while Unicorn is now a bigger and more complex company than when it started, it chooses to remain a small business in terms of its culture and it is proud of its history and contribution to the development of technology-assisted learning.
Peter Phillips, co-founder and CEO, said: “I’m delighted Unicorn has been honoured by our peers with this award. We have a great team, who make it a pleasure to go to work each day, and this award is recognition of their hard work, professionalism and commitment to maintaining Unicorn’s unique culture in a fast changing world.”
Meanwhile, for the second year running, Unicorn sent the awards ceremony quackers with the ‘The Great Duck Race’ – devised and designed by Unicorn as the awards’ official Game Sponsor.
Following the success of the inaugural race in 2012, The Great Duck Race returned, this year set in the in little known desert state of Qakar, with the ducks having to contend with stygian caves and vertiginous waterfalls, making for the most, exciting, challenging, bill dropping race yet.
This year’s winning duck was Brian designed by Anthony Watkins from Jaguar Land Rover, attending as a guest of Redware. Anthony’s duck had a particularly effective design combining speed, stability and bags of luck. Anthony is donating his £500 charity prize money to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Unicorn’s guests at the ceremony included senior learning and development specialists from AIG, the Chartered Insurance Institute and Fitch Learning.
Unicorn Senior Instructional Designer, David Gristwood, was also shortlisted in the final six for the E-learning Designer of the Year Award.