The Queen's Awards Magazine 2018

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SmartSearch UK Ltd SMARTSEARCH is a multi-award winning anti- money laundering company based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The family owned rm has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for developing a world-leading anti-money laundering (AML) verication platform. The founders of SmartSearch developed one of the very rst electronic individual AML services 14 years ago, in response to the 2004 Money Laundering regulations. Back then, regulating bodies and nancial organisations did not recognise electronic identication as a viable alternative to documents such as passports, driving licences and utility bills. But today, electronic verication is widely recognised as the most reliable, secure and ecient source of information for identity solutions. As a result, SmartSearch’s unique AML solution is fast becoming the rst port of call for

accountants, solicitors, nancial advisors and estate agents across the UK. SmartSearch launched its current AML platform in 2011. Its principal data partners are global information services companies, Experian and Equifax, while SmartSearch’s automatic sanction and PEP screening is supported by Dow Jones data. SmartSearch’s world- leading platform is already used by more than 3,000 businesses across the world,

The online AML platform.

including 25% of the UK’s top law rms and one in three top UK accountancy rms. Around 50 new clients are coming on board each month. The company has already won ve awards for its technology, and the 20-fold increase in turnover in just six years means SmartSearch was named one of the Yorkshire Fastest 50 growing companies for 2018, by the Yorkshire Post . As a result of its success, the company has seen sta numbers grow from seven to 90 and it has recently relocated from its premises in Guiseley to a new, purpose-built modern oce in Ilkely. Martin Cheek, MD of SmartSearch, says: “With fraud on the rise, there has never been a time when AML services have been in greater demand and by such a wide range of business sectors. “Traditional AML searches are time-consuming

and not always accurate, which is why there was a need for an online solution. “Six years ago, we created a platform that makes it quick, easy and cost-eective for companies to conduct the most robust range of searches in the UK not only on individuals but also on companies too. “Over the past few years, our platform has become one of the leading electronic AML verication services, and now, it has been recognised by a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. This is such a prestigious honour and we are extremely proud to receive it. “SmartSearch has grown so fast over the past two years. The Queen’s Award recognises that commercial achievement and is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our sta.” SMARTSEARCH UK LTD Mayeld House, Lower Railway Road, Ilkley LS29 8FL Tel: +44 (0)113 2387660 • n SmartSearchUK Z @smartsearchuk F smartsearch

Collette Allen, head of client services, congratulates her team for their excellent performance.

Pictured left to right: Fraser Mitchell, technical director, John Dobson, CEO, Martin Cheek, managing director, Gareth Allen, operations director and James Dobson, marketing director.

SmartSearch was named one of the Yorkshire Fastest 50 growing companies for 2018 by the Yorkshire Post.

Queen’s Awards Magazine 2018


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