Commended Best Exporter and Highly Commended Best Business for Innovation – Minesoft – Ann Chapman, Co Founder & Director

We were shortlisted for two Richmond Business Awards in 2015 – Best Exporter and Best Business for Innovation – and we were thrilled to receive a Commended and Highly Commended Award respectively in those categories. Minesoft has been in business in Richmond Borough since Ann Chapman and husband Ophir Daniel set up the company over 17 years and it was great to receive this recognition as a local enterprise. We have a close-knit though widely spread – both geographically and culturally – team of dedicated, multilingual staff who drive forward sales and new product development with energy and passion.

Although well-established and respected within our industry, Minesoft is little known by the general public because our software-based products and services lie in the highly specialised area of patent documents and searchable patent data, covering all fields of science and developing technologies. We create a massive database of published patent documents, covering European, US, Japanese and Chinese patents and many more countries, which contain the world’s scientific and engineering-oriented innovative ideas in detail. We are known in our niche area of business internationally and it is very satisfying to be recognised at home, in the UK and in our local Borough, where all our products and services are dreamt up and created.

Minesoft develops software and technology solutions to drive innovation, providing organisations with insights into trends and competitors through patent information. We have extensive experience in working with large collections of complex data to create innovative patent search tools and other Intellectual Property information services. We have a highly-skilled in-house development team who work closely with product development managers to build innovative solutions that make it easier to research, analyse and monitor new inventions published globally. Despite our modest size in comparison to far larger established players in the industry such as Thomson Reuters, we have a very strong foothold in the Intellectual Property information marketplace and we have the freedom to innovate and respond more quickly to evolving customer needs. Being highly commended in the Best Business for Innovation category in 2015 was welcome recognition of our ongoing quest to build innovative software solutions to further innovation here and abroad.

Almost 90% of Minesoft’s annual revenue is generated outside the United Kingdom, with a client base ranging from very large corporations who invest heavily in Research and Development to single inventors looking to protect their inventions. Fast overseas growth and success earned Minesoft a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2009 and again in 2015. In 2014 we received the Best Exporter Award at the Richmond Business Awards in further recognition of this success, and the commendation in 2015 acknowledges our strong and growing presence in overseas markets.

We look forward to increasing business inside and outside the UK in 2016, as well as broadening our services with exciting new chemical information products. We will continue to play an active role in Richmond Chamber of Commerce, which offers excellent networking, business training and mentoring opportunities for local