Microsoft, Avon and Radiohead Among the Finalists for 2011 UK.COM Awards

By Centralnic, PRNE
Monday, February 7, 2011

LONDON, February 8, 2011 - Global leaders Microsoft, Avon, and Radiohead are among the finalists
chosen for the 2011 UK.COM Awards ( The Awards, which
recognize websites using domain names with the ending .UK.COM, also
acknowledged well-known British-based companies including Pineapple Dance
Studios, the Michelin starred restaurant Sketch, and live music venue Koko.

The 24 finalists in four categories represent some of the most inventive
business and creative endeavours that 2011 had to offer. The overall winner
will be revealed at the end of the month, receiving a GBP5000 prize for
either the business or the business's charity of choice.

An elite panel of technology, media and entertainment experts will judge
the finalists, including TV Presenter and Internet Entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny,
MyVoucherCodes Founder, Mark Pearson, BBC Click's website guru, Kate Russell,
and Managing Editor of Vitesse Media, Nick Britton.

Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, a London-based domain name registry and
parent company of UK.COM, said: "We are delighted that such esteemed
organizations have selected UK.COM domain names as the web addresses for
their smartest ideas and most creative executions. Judging from the quality
of the applicants, it seems more likely than ever that the facebooks and
twitters of the future may be germinating right here in the UK."

    The finalists are:

    Best business idea using a UK.COM domain

    Avon for
    Barking Mad for
    DS Smith Plc for
    Made for
    Sandbag for
    Tea Party for

    Best creative idea using a UK.COM domain

    Art 2 Art UK for
    Chris Weston Wildlife Photography for
    Live and Unsigned for
    Microsoft for
    More Than Words for
    Pineapple Dance Studios for

    Best design, content, functionality of a business website using a UK.COM

    &Co The Cultural Marketing House for
    Kick Fitness and Lifestyle for
    Resource Media for
    Sketch for
    Suck UK for
    UniForm for

    Best design, content, functionality of a creative website using a UK.COM

    Koko for
    Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark for
    Radiohead for its official merchandise site
    Spooky for
    Troika Art Studio for
    We Love Design for

About UK.COM

Launched fifteen years ago, .UK.COM domains ( are
continually gaining in popularity as they offer the desirable .COM ending
combined with the national identifier, UK. Currently sold through over 1500
registrars, .UK.COM is the preferred British domain extension and can be
purchased from leading registrars such as Blacknight Solutions, Daily
Internet,,, GlobalGold, Hostroute, InterNetX,
Namesco and Networking4All.

About CentralNic

The only registry to launch two new domain extensions in 2010, CentralNic
( manages a growing number of domain extensions,
including .UK.COM in the United Kingdom, .US.COM and .LA in the United
, .EU.COM in Europe, and .CN.COM in China. The longest-running global
domain registry in the world, CentralNic is the Registry Service Provider of
choice for new TLDs requiring proven secure and stable technology, global
distribution, expertise in domain sales and marketing, and even financing -
with special programs for .brand domains, IDN domains, and not-for profits,
as well as a joint venture with Network Solutions to enable new TLDs.


    Lexi Lavranos
    Marketing Director

Lexi Lavranos, Marketing Director, CentralNic, +44(0)8700-170-900, lexi at

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