Queen’s Award for Innovation goes to MCL for its anti-fraud system, Hunter

MCL Software, an Experian® company, has joined in celebrations for The Queen’s 80th birthday after winning The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious award for business performance. This was officially announced today (21 April 2006), The Queen’s personal birthday.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise has been awarded to MCL in recognition of its outstanding achievement in Innovation. The design, development and delivery of advanced anti-fraud solutions through its Hunter software captured the judges’ attention for its continuous success in intercepting fraudsters that would have exposed the financial services, insurance, telecommunications and public sectors to £billions worth of fraud losses.

Over 100 UK and international organisations, both public and private sector clients, including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and HBOS, use Hunter to respond to the threat of fraud. In 2005 alone, MCL’s clients confirmed that Hunter successfully prevented fraud that would have had an impact of over £1 billion in losses on their business.

Gavin Snell, General Manager for MCL Software, an Experian company, said:
“Winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation is an incredibly proud moment for us all. The award recognises the achievements and talent of everyone at MCL and also the support of Experian in enabling us to continually push the boundaries in terms of innovation. It’s also important that we recognise the contribution that our valued clients and partners have played in this success.

“The Queen’s Award will further enhance our reputation and provides independent recognition of the contribution we are making to reduce fraud both in the UK and globally. We are expanding across all continents and are committed to further growth and investment in both our solutions and our people. The Award will further attract the best talent to our business.”

Hunter is a fraud detection system that screens applications and claims for potential fraud. It is used extensively in the financial services, insurance, telecommunications and public sectors to identify a range of fraudster ‘types’ such as identity theft, collusion and fictitious insurance claims. MCL has also established data exchange communities that share fraud and application intelligence in the banking and insurance sectors.

MCL Software, which is based in Southport, will be presented with the award on 24 April 2006 at the Queen’s Award ceremony hosted by The Princess Royal at Whitehall. This will then be followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace on 10 July, hosted by The Queen.

The company employs 86 people within its custom-built site, which opened in 2005 following a £2.3 million investment by Experian. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows hot on the heels of other awards presented to MCL, including the Inward Investment into Merseyside Award from The Mersey Partnership and the Excellence in Information Communication Technology Award presented at the Sefton Excellence in Business Awards.

MCL Software is part of the global information solutions company, Experian, which has created more than 12,000 jobs worldwide, including 3,500 across the UK, and has built a global business with offices in 31 countries and clients in more than 60, making it an important contributor to regional and national economies. Experian acquired MCL Software in 2002 following a period of part ownership stretching back to 1996.

For more information on MCL Software visit: www.mclsoftware.co.uk.


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