National recognition for Paul

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INTERNET entrepreneur and publisher Paul Buist has received national recognition for his web business, The Construction Index, based at March.

According to independent website audit company Experian Hitwise, Paul’s website dominates the UK construction search market. The website attracts more than 2.4 million visitors a year, viewing more than 16 million pages of construction-related information.

At an awards ceremony at the Building Centre in London, the business was recognised for its contribution to social media in the built environment sector by Be2camp, an association that seeks to promote best use of latest web 2.0 technology.

Paul collected the award for Best Old Media/New Media for “a publication that has best adapted to the opportunities delivered by social media” reflecting “the changing nature of the publishing world”.

Paul said: “Winning is a real honour and gives recognition to our team here who are building something that millions of people want to use, making the industry more accessible.”

In the next 12 months, Paul hopes to take the website to more than 5 million visitors.

* The business is an active sponsor of Premiership side Aston Villa Football Club and locally Wisbech St Mary’s Under 7s. The Construction Index arranged a special day out for the Wisbech St Mary boys to Aston Villa on January 24 for their fourth round FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers.

The boys were given a full tour of the grounds, met some of the first team players and club manager Gerard Houllier. Some of were presented with the match programme by Spanish defender Carlos Cuellar, while others presented the official match referees with the match ball.

At half time the boys took part in a penalty shoot out on the pitch. They were also entered into a draw to be the club mascot for the day and the lucky winner was Callum Campbell.