Espresso Education was recently acquired by Discovery Communications, whose Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12. The Espresso team also won the award for ‘ICT Company of the Year – over £10m turnover’ and was a finalist in Primary Digital Content for Espresso Coding and Espresso Primary: Grammar & Punctuation categories.
These BETT awards come just a few months after Lewis was honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to Education’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2013.
A former Editor of Blue Peter, for which he won a BAFTA award, Lewis co-founded the innovative Espresso Primary service in 1997. In the 16 years since then, and as digital education becomes the standard in classrooms around the world, Espresso Education has become a leader in e-learning, transforming the way students learn through a blend of visual media and interactive resources throughout the U.K. market. The company is now the UK leader in digital education services and is available in almost 11,500 schools, with brands including Espresso Primary, Clipbank and Channel 4 Learning. It specialises in taking educational concepts and applying a “real world” context to support understanding through a combination of video and multimedia resources. Following its acquisition by Discovery Communications in 2013, Espresso Education is well placed to continue its mission to transform education by encouraging the true integration of technology into classroom instruction through the use of powerful and compelling digital content.
Lewis was presented with the award by Dominic Savage, BETT founder and Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association at the 16th annual BETT Awards dinner at The Brewery in London last night (January 22nd). Hosted by comedienne Jo Brand, around 600 guests gathered to recognise the most innovative ICT products and companies in the education sector. The outstanding achievement award is chosen by a team of key figures in the ICT education world for outstanding service to ICT education and a contribution over time which has impacted upon the development of ICT in UK schools.
“Nothing could bring me greater pleasure than to give Lewis this well deserved award,” said Dominic.
“Lewis has been involved in children’s education throughout his career. After starting off at the BBC as the Producer of Newsround and the Editor of Blue Peter he turned his attention to pioneering the use of digital video and e-learning in schools. The innovative Espresso Primary service has consistently set the standard for the use of digital materials in the classroom and is used every day in schools across the UK.”
Commenting on his award Lewis said; “This is a proud moment for me, and for Espresso Education. I must thank the whole team at Espresso whose efforts have built our business– they share this award with me.”
"To be recognised by his peers is the ultimate honour and this prestigious award validates Lewis’ significant contribution to the UK digital Education sector," said James Rosenstock, President of Discovery Education International.
For further information on Espresso please visit http://www.espressocoding.co.uk/