Experian®, the global information solutions company, has been named the UK’s National Business of the Year for the second time in three years. The Award, sponsored by CMS Cameron McKenna, the City law firm, was made in recognition of Experian’s record of exceptional financial performance, strong growth, innovative strategies and leadership in its sectors.

Experian is the first company to have won the Business of the Year award twice, having previously won it in 2003.

The Award was presented to John Saunders, Experian’s Chief Executive of Global Operations, by CMS Cameron McKenna Managing Partner Dick Tyler before a packed gathering of over 1,200 leading business people, parliamentarians and the press. The Awards were compered by Fiona Bruce and Declan Curry of the BBC.

Presenting the Award to Experian, Dick Tyler said:
“While the field was exceptionally strong on paper, Experian stood out from the crowd when in front of the judges. It has, quite simply, built and sustained its success globally. Experian and all its employees should bask in the glory of their ‘Oscar’ moment. It’s hard to create the kind of business that wins this award and everyone involved deserves praise.”

The Award was accepted by John Saunders, who said:
“Winning this award once was wonderful but winning it a second time makes me incredibly proud of Experian and our people. The award recognises the achievements of everyone at Experian, not just in the UK but of all our 12,000 people throughout the world, who have maintained the momentum and their desire to exceed expectations over many years. Experian’s success and reputation have been built on its record of innovation, customer focus and strong business ethics. All of us at Experian can be very proud of this Award.”

Experian reported worldwide sales growth of 29% in the six months to September 2005 (after 24 consecutive years of growth), at a time of economic slowdown in many of its markets. It operates across many business areas and geographies, focusing its growth and innovation across the entire business, which has enabled it to grow successfully in all geographies and markets for 25 years. The company is an active contributor to its local communities, taking a proactive approach to community, environmental and social responsibilities.

Experian has created more than 12,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,000 across the UK, and has built a global business with offices in 28 countries and clients in more than 60, making it an important contributor to regional and national economies. Experian has played an important role in helping the financial services industries in many countries to develop and grow as well as helping its clients to manage their relationships with customers, maintain customer loyalty, create new sales opportunities and improve their profitability.

The National Business Awards are the UK’s most prestigious independent Awards and recognise the achievements of British businesses from the newest start-up to the largest FTSE-100 and blue chip companies. They demonstrate the highest standards across every field and celebrate success, leadership and exemplary business ethics.

This press release can be downloaded from http://press.experian.com.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Peter Brooker
Public Affairs Director
Experian
Tel: (0115) 934 4548
Mobile: 07889 186022
Email: peter.brooker@uk.experian.com

About Experian

Experian is the global leader in providing value-added information solutions to organisations and consumers. It has an unrivalled understanding of individuals, markets and economies around the world.

Experian provides information, analytics, decision-making solutions and processing services. It assists organisations understand their markets and customers and helps them find, develop and manage profitable customer relationships to make their businesses more profitable.

Experian promotes greater financial health among consumers by enabling them to understand, manage and protect their personal information and helping them control financial aspects of key life events.

Experian works with more than 50,000 clients across diverse industries, including financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, retail and catalogue, automotive, manufacturing, leisure, utilities, e-commerce, property and government. A subsidiary of GUS plc with headquarters in Nottingham, UK, and Costa Mesa, California, Experian’s 12,000 people in 28 countries support clients in more than 60 countries. Annual sales are about £1.4 billion.

The word ‘Experian’ is a registered trademark in the EU and other countries and is owned by Experian Ltd and/or its associated companies.

For more information, visit the company’s website on www.experian.com.

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