AN Elland firm providing tags to keep track of vulnerable people in hospitals is among 10 northern companies shortlisted for a major award.
Active Tagging, which has its registered office at Victoria Road in Elland and premises at Dean Clough in Halifax, was named a regional winners of the HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards.
Now it joins nine other regional winners competing with outstanding firms across the country for the national title of Start Up Star 2008 and a first prize of £50,000.
Active Tagging, led by business partners Christopher Bullock and Damian Mallinson, was set up in January last year to provide electronic tags to keep track of legal documents.
It has since widened its scope to provide tagging devices to protect vulnerable people, such as the elderly or new-born babies, from harm or abduction. It has systems installed in hospitals worldwide.
The firm also makes equipment for access control to high-security areas and tagging products to keep track of valuables or monitor the whereabouts of employees.
Other regional winners include a company in Goole providing waterless urinals, a Manchester firm supplying low-energy lighting for adverting billboards, a Blackburn business creating job opportunities for deaf people and a North Yorkshire consultancy developing renewable energy.
The Start-Up Star 2008 will be revealed at a gala dinner to be held on October 29 at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
A cheque for £5,000 will also go to the company showing the strongest commitment to the environment.