Who exhibited at FAB 2016?

Who exhibited at FAB 2016?

In alphabetical order, the following companies exhibited at FAB 2016.

A1 Security Print

A1 Security Print work in close partnership with Denote Print to provide secure examination printing solutions to the educational sector.  Our strong alliance spans 20 years, and together we currently provide secure documents to over 100 UK institutions, as well as many international organisations.  

Whether it’s the printing and personalisation of secure certificates and diplomas, the printing of examination question and answer papers, or the accurate production of OMR and ICR forms, we provide a secure, dependable and flexible service that meets the individual requirements of awarding bodies and exceeds their expectations.

Our strict verification procedures guarantee the integrity of your data throughout the whole production process, and our highly efficient variable data printing processes and finishing solutions ensure that your time critical projects are delivered on time to the high standards that you demand.

In addition, our bespoke software solutions include real time reporting and even document verification applications.

Phone: 0121 554 0044 or visit our website www.a1securityprint.com

Adare SEC

Adare SEC specialises in the design, production, personalisation and mailing of secure documents. We provide certificates, examination papers, and plastic cards to a number of leading UK and international awarding bodies and education establishments.  

To combat the growing problems surrounding certificate and qualification fraud, Adare has developed a secure certificate and examination printing solution. Trusted by leading awarding bodies, we work with our customers to design and produce high quality, secure certificates at our purpose built secure facility. 

Our unique certificate personalisation capabilities and expertise enable us to handle data and manufacture certificates that are fully protected against fraudulent tampering. 

Our vast experience and proven ability to deliver complex, time-sensitive projects makes us a perfect partner for your certificate and examination printing needs. 

In addition, if your organisation has members, we can improve the quality, cost and efficiency of your membership communications through our plastic card production and fulfillment services.

Visit our website www.adaresec.com

Advanced Secure Technologies

Awarding Organisations issuing eDocuments, such as eCertificates and eTranscripts are delivering new services for their centres and learners, improving customer experience, enhancing learner employability, reducing costs and supporting membership recruitment.

Advanced Secure Technologies supports these initiatives with our Digital Certificates system that allows AO’s to issue both print and digital qualification documents, in an efficient and secure in-house process.

eCertificates -  At the FAB Conference we’ll be demonstrating how the Digital Certificates solution is enabling Awarding Organisations to deliver eCertificates for their Training Centres, Learners, and Employers through a secure online portal.

Secure Certificates - Advanced Secure Certificate Papers offer unique, high level and patented security features that are currently protecting the awards of more than 120 Awarding organisations & Universities.

We look forward to discussing eCertificates with you at FAB 2016.

Phone: 029 2077 6800 or visit our website www.advancedsecure.co.uk 


AlphaPlus is an education consultancy specialising in the design, development and deployment of qualifications and their underpinning assessments, and the evaluation of their performance and impact 

AlphaPlus offers a wide range of support services for Awarding Organisations ranging from qualification and assessment development through to support for HR and recruitment. Our work with AOs dates back over a decade, and our team comprises people with senior experience in running AOs and specialist skills in areas such as assessment design, and policy and regulation. Our work is customised to AOs' particular needs, and designed to work alongside existing teams. Our approach is collaborative, and all our clients are treated with discretion and confidentiality.   

Core services include:

  • Qualification and standards design and development
  • Examination assessments development
  • Portfolio and work-based assessments development
  • Training and capacity building in assessment and qualifications
  • Technology-based assessment development
  • Assessment Performance Management

For more information on any of the above services please contact Gillian Whitehouse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Aptech Systems Ltd (ASL)

April 2017, and the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships will be here before we know it. In preparation, ASL has developed a new software suite called ADS (Apprenticeship Delivery System) for anyone who is or wants to be a training provider or End Point Assessor.   

ADS compromises two modules. Firstly, an e-Portfolio system for knowledge, skills and competency assessment delivery and secondly a 360 behavioural assessment system for 360 degree assessment delivery. 

This second module has behavioural assessment for team work, communication skills etc., from self, employer, assessor, training provider, manager, peers etc., grading/marks with average score per assessment area or topic and many more features.  

Here at Aptech we are very excited about the forthcoming opportunities arising from the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Framework, and we are ready for it.  Are you ?.............

Visit our website www.amcofm.co.uk 

British Council

The British Council delivers over 3 million exams every year. We work with over 150 UK awarding bodies and institutions and are helping a growing number of clients realise significant opportunities overseas. 

With highly trained and experienced staff operating in 95 countries, we offer worldwide access to markets and the ability to run exams under secure conditions across the globe. We meet a variety of awarding body standards and have our own quality and compliance standards which our centres are audited against on a regular basis.

Our services cover these main areas: guidance on local market opportunities; support for business development; counselling and registration of candidates; identifying and securing suitable venues; secure exam delivery; distribution of results and certificates; guidance and support for awarding bodies transitioning to computer based testing; computer-based testing facilities worldwide; secure printing of question papers in country; scanning of scripts.

Phone: 020 7389 4864 or visit our website www.britishcouncil.org

BTL Learning & Assessment - Surpass, the Assessment Platform created by BTL Learning & Assessment

BTL is proud to be working at the heart of the awarding market in the UK. Our assessment technology is used by organisations big and small because it can be trusted to handle an extremely sensitive and essential part of your business.  

Over 11 million exams have been delivered in more than 10,000 centres in the UK and abroad. Surpass has an excellent reputation amongst training providers for its reliability and ease of use.

Surpass’s secure and flexible delivery options mean you can reach learners regardless of whether they’re at a centre, on the road or at work. Be it on paper, onscreen or on tablet, Surpass will work for you.  Plus, with connections to providers like Creatio, Parnassus and Quartz, you don’t need to learn the hard way. Do it right from the start and reap the rewards early.

Phone: 01274 203250 or visit our website www.btl.com


BWB is a professional services consultancy, combining a top legal practice with impact, advisory and compliance advisory services. The firm works with a wide range of clients, large and small, across a variety of sectors – from established businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovative start-ups and high-profile individuals.

Understanding awarding organisations (AOs) and Ofqual regulation is a specialist area of law. BWB is one of the few law firms with a dedicated team providing legal services to bodies on Ofqual’s Register of Regulated Qualifications, including several chartered institutes and sports governing bodies. We understand the business behind providing and developing prestigious vocational qualifications. As a full service firm, we advise AOs on a broad range of commercial, regulatory, property and litigation issues. Particular specialist advice includes Ofqual regulation, including obtaining regulatory opinions; centre agreements; disputes between awarding organisations and centres; and merging Ofqual-related organisations. 

The regulation of qualifications being provided overseas is a very current issue for AOs and Ofqual. BWB has advised a number of AOs on their operations outside of England & Wales and have guided AOs through the dos and don’ts of operating overseas, including which learners are and aren’t regulated.

For more information about the work we do for Awarding Organisations, please contact Emma Dowden-Teale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Calibrand, the currency for talent® specialises in providing e-assessment solutions that assess, monitor, measure, benchmark, track and test people during periods of employment and training. We deliver assessments and learning for qualifications, licensing, certifications and tests.

In 2016 we are celebrating a birthday - we have been established for over twenty-five years! This year also sees us pass the landmark of delivering over ten million online assessments. 

In addition to our software solutions at FAB we want to talk to Awarding Organisations about how we can help with three main things;

  • Driving more business to your Awarding Body – our virtual centre model.
  • Trailblazers, we’re getting ready, are you?
  • Fair, valid and reliable – as regulators tighten up around test and item statistics are you prepared? Prevention is better than cure!

Come and see us on the first floor by the seminar rooms or visit us at www.calibrand.com 


Cirrus Assessment is an international provider of cloud-based e-Assessment solutions. With headquarters in the Netherlands and offices in the UK, USA and Norway, we are passionate about education and its ability to empower people across the globe. 

Harnessing the power of the cloud, the Cirrus Platform supports educators and learners throughout the entire assessment process. It has been designed with ease of use in mind and has intuitive interfaces, common sense workflows and easy navigation. 

Our users have the freedom to focus on creating the best possible assessments for their learners. As the Cirrus Platform is cloud-based, our customers always have the latest version of the system available to them. Regular updates and new features are seamlessly delivered directly to users. No more weighty user manuals or waiting around for software updates, just simple, straightforward assessment solutions!

Phone: 01727 800296  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.cirrusassessment.com


Our experienced team bring together expertise in assessment development, exam administration, instructional design and eLearning development with a deep understanding of how to future-proof technology so as to provide flexible, scalable and sustainable solutions.

We have helped all sizes of organisations with our easy to deploy, fully managed solutions including: awarding organisations; training providers; certification bodies; professional bodies; third sector; organisations; government departments and corporations.

Our assessment platform – XAMS – is used by many of the UK leading awarding organisations and has delivered examinations to large numbers of students – online, offline and on paper – across the world.

At FAB 2016 we will be also be demonstrating our new learning portal which provides timely and affordable access to over 400 eLearning vocational learning titles, from a wide range of publishers, covering all sectors. 

Visit our website www.coelrind.co.uk 


Creatio provides a wide range of services to Awarding Organisations (AO):

  • Consultancy services from independent audits, on-going regulatory advice and support, AO recognition and extension applications to sitting on committees as a regulatory advisor.  To date none of our audit clients have received a negative regulatory report or sanction and we have gained AO recognition for seven organisations under the General Conditions and therefore have an excellent understanding of regulatory requirements and expectations.

  • The creatiogreen system – an intuitive centre and AO focussed workflow solution that is configured to meet an AO’s needs and underpins their Governance, Qualification Development, Centre Management and Learner Registration/Certification processes. It’s fully aligned to the new conditions, grading and Apprenticeship developments, can interface with other systems and has a range of unique feature such as offline EV forms.

Visit us during the conference to find out more.

Phone Alan Long on 07985 193 541, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.creatio.org.uk.

Digital Assess

Digital Assess is a leading supplier of evidence based assessment product that empowers learners to evidence the application of their acquired knowledge through demonstrable skills,

be this in the classroom or work place.  Our assessment technologies are used by centres, training providers and accreditation bodies to support the delivery, assessment and verification of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships across the UK and internationally.

We are changing learning for the better and making evidence based assessment more reliable, easier to validate, more authentic and simpler to manage. Assess better. Engage more fully. Improve learning.

Phone: 0203 176 0391 or visit our website www.digitalassess.com 

eCom Scotland

eCom Scotland delivers customised learning technology solutions for international companies, charities and professional awarding bodies. Our accessible integrated solutions cover the full learning life-cycle, from eLearning, eAssessment, evidence portfolios, CPD accreditation tools and badging, through to learning, competency and membership management systems. 

We have a strong belief in client partnership, demonstrated by our long-standing client relationships.  We help organisations such as SJIB, Chartered Banker Institute and RNIB to make gains in efficiency, scale and quality, whilst improving the lifelong learning, apprenticeship and assessment programmes for their learning communities.

eCom Scotland are running a fringe session on 20 October and a short film about it can be found here.

Visit the eCom Scotland stand or www.ecomscotland.com to hear more on our apprenticeship, learning and assessment solutions.


There has been a huge increase in online courses and now courses can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Qualification management needs to support this change by enabling awarding bodies greater flexibility, better control and increased security. We built Ecertsecure with this in mind, providing online certificate creation, remote printing, digital distribution and secure validation from anywhere in the world.

Whether issuing traditional paper secure certificates or digital certificates, Ecertsecure provides a bespoke platform, built around your processes, with automation and compliance at its heart.

With technology borrowed from the passport industry, Ecertsecure is at its best when generating and distributing secure digital certificates – easily created and automatically emailed to each candidate with your own personalised message.

If you are personalising certificates in-house, Ecertsecure is a powerful tool for generating overprint documents en masse via simple data upload, while adding security features.

Or why not completely outsource your certificate process, with Ecertsecure as the control platform.

As the world becomes increasingly globalised, it’s important that your certificates are able to meet the demands of students on the move. 

Visit our website at www.ecertsecure.co.uk

The EU VET Initiatives

The UK is involved in the promotion and implementation of several European Vocational Education and Training initiatives that support lifelong learning and help people to work and continue their education and training at home or in other EU countries. These initiatives help to ensure that training, skills and qualifications are trusted, valued and recognised across the European Union. There are five main European tools in the field of vocational education and training that are being used in the UK including:

  • European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • European Credit Transfer System for VET (ECVET)
  • European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET)
  • European Skills Competencies Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO)
  • Europass

The use of these tools in the UK will be even more important for learners, workers, jobseekers, employers and careers advisors in the event of our exit from the EU.  Visit the EU VET Initiatives exhibition stand to find out about these tools, how you can use them and their benefits for key stakeholders.

FE Week

FE Week is the only dedicated newspaper reporting on today’s FE sector. Five years on, it’s the go to news source, publishing lively, engaging and challenging news. Expert insight and interpretation of complex issues and policies have won its expert journalists’ plaudits and national awards. FE Week continues to be the sector’s first choice for news, comment and recruitment advertising.


ForSkills is the one of UK’s leading providers of on-line and app based e-portfolio software for the post-16 sector.  At the FAB conference we are launching our “Powered by ForSkills” partnership programme” which uniquely offers all Awarding Organisations the opportunity of establishing their own branded version of SkillsPortfolio, pre-loaded with all their own qualifications that can be sold direct.  

The Powered by ForSkills programme is designed to increase customer value, and provide AO’s with the opportunity of acquiring their “own” e-portfolio without substantial investment and on-going support.  

Phone Jonathan Wells on 07753 822393 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Gordon Associates

Do you need a new management system for your awarding organisation? A cloud-based system which allows centres to register learners online? 

Parnassus from Gordon Associates is the market-leading portal-style AO business management system which fully embraces RQF, QCF & NQF and any other qualification structures. The system supports the core business functions of an awarding organisation, ie learner registration through to certification. 

Parnassus is a portal-style solution - which can be hosted on a web server or installed on an AO’s internal servers - so that internal staff can use it but any function can be used across the web by centres, EV’s, examiners and other external users – even learners. Parnassus is a flexible, customisable solution that can be used immediately after installation or it can be customised to your organisation’s business processes. 

For further information come to our stand or see www.parnassusonline.com 

Phone: 01242 529820 or visit our website www.gordonassociates.co.uk

Hague Print

Certificate fraud is on the increase and it is becoming easier to buy fake certificates online for less than £10 each. Certificate fraud can damage an Awarding bodies’ brand and jeopardise their reputation as providers of high quality qualifications. 

With over 30 years’ experience, Hague has a strong reputation within the Education sector. We supply secure certificates and transcripts to over 200 Universities and Awarding bodies worldwide. Working closely with our customers, we offer flexible solutions tailored to their needs whilst helping them fight the risk of fraud and protect their brand. 

Our certificates carry the most secure features available in the market including bespoke holograms, covert security inks & electronic tagging, making them virtually impossible to replicate. 

We also provide a secure certificate infilling service, certificate display folders, secure web verification, an electronic document delivery solution and a wide range of IT software to improve the student experience.

We look forward to catching up with you all at the 2016 FAB Conference.

Phone: 01924 244555 or visit our website www.hagueprint.com

Identity Papers - Security paper solutions

Against many predictions, paper remains an essential part of our lives; its use has evolved and so have the technologies that make and print it.

Even in this digital age, paper documentation in its different formats retains its position as the leading embodiment of secure information adding authenticity and security to protect against fraudulent activities.

Identity Papers specialise in security paper solutions and with an extensive portfolio of products under one supply route we will work with you in strict confidence to ensure the right elements are selected to accomplish your goals.

Today, Identity Papers advanced watermarking techniques enables organisations of any size to add image, prestige and security to their paper documents. Furthermore, Identity Papers are at the forefront of nano-technology and deliver a range of additional security features that are built into your paper from simple yes/no response to fingerprint identification.

Maddison Media 

Maddison Media is an exciting creative events, conference and media design collective that delivers the expertise, resources and specialist skills to ensure your event is a complete success.

From simply organising conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and product launches we can provide you with as much or as little as you need. We work closely with our clients to understand

their story, goals and requirements. With a clear focus on the client’s message, we then create the right impression to ensure an unprecedented impact is achieved.

Phone 0121 208 1853 or visit our website www.maddisonmedia.co.uk.


The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

We maintain standards and confidence in GCSE, AS and Level qualifications, taken by learners in schools and colleges throughout England. We also regulate vocational qualifications in a wide range of different occupational sectors. 

We’re independent of government and report directly to Parliament.

We’re responsible for making sure that:

  • Regulated qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding students have demonstrated
  • Assessments and exams show what a student has achieved
  • People, including employers, have confidence in the qualifications that we regulate 
  • Students and teachers have information on the full range of qualifications that we regulate

Phone: 0300 303 3344 or visit our website www.gov.uk/ofqual


Each year millions of people around the world take an exam with Pearson VUE. Chances are you, or someone you know, has recently tested with us. Your neighbour, the computer programmer ... your dad’s nurse, children’s teacher, real estate agent or college grad who wants to go to business school ... all demonstrate their knowledge, skill and commitment when they test with Pearson VUE.

More than 450 test owners across the globe choose Pearson VUE to help develop, manage, deliver and grow their testing programmes. From online practice tests to high-stakes, proctored exams that require the industry’s most secure testing environments, Pearson VUE is the leader in computer-based-testing — and much more. 

Visit www.pearsonvue.com to learn how computer-based testing can benefit you. 


Quartz is the market-leading IT system chosen by over 30 Awarding Organisations. It is a uniquely comprehensive system supporting: registrations, award, certification and AuthentiQual© eCertification; qualification development; business development, sales and marketing; centre approval and centre management; compliance and quality assurance; automated work-flow management; and support for AAO’s.

Quartz supports a wide range of registration, enrolment and assessment models, including centre and external assessment models, including examinations. This reflects the flexibility Quartz provides to meet diverse and changing local needs, delivered through unrivalled depth and breadth of functionality. Quartz provides multiple data input options, and tightly integrates with eAssessment and Finance systems, and with the PLR and LRS, and includes A2C compliance.

Quartz includes a centre portal, AO-administration module, candidate portal, and extensive business reporting. “On-line analytical processing” (OLAP) provides senior management with key information; ad-hoc and standard reports meet operational, management, and marketing needs; and Quartz provides centres with self-service information.

Visit our website www.porticoconsulting.co.uk 


ProctorU provides distance invigilation services for institutions that offer examinations online. The service allows examinees to test anywhere in a secure environment using only a computer, webcam and a high-speed Internet connection. Live, person-to-person, real-time monitoring is provided to more than 900 colleges, universities and certification organizations worldwide. 

Visit our website www.proctoru.com 


Questionmark assessment and portal solutions enable organisations to measure knowledge, skills and attitudes for certification, channel expertise, workforce learning and regulatory compliance. Questionmark’s assessment management system, available OnDemand or for on-premise deployment, enables collaborative, multilingual authoring; multiple delivery options including mobile devices; trustable results and comprehensive analytics.

Questionmark enables learning and assessment professionals to create, deliver and analyse surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. Questionmark’s translation management features and multilingual interfaces streamline localisation and delivery of multilingual assessments. Delivery is optimised for accessibility to accommodate participants with disabilities. Flexible APIs and support of major industry standards ensure effective integration and interoperability with a variety of enterprise systems. 

Questionmark OnDemand, a scalable, rapidly-deployable SaaS solution, offers 99.9+% uptime, available 24/7 support and the peace-of-mind of a secure, ISO acredited European based datacenter.

Visit our website www.questionmark.com 

Secure and Confidential Documents Limited (SCD)

Secure & Confidential Documents Limited is recognised as a leading ISO 27001 accredited secure print and print services supplier in the educational, qualifications and membership market. We operate in a high security unit and create, print, fulfil and process many forms of confidential documents. Our customers entrust us not to fail – whether that be time, cost or security - as failure in our market sectors can have impact in terms of brand and reputation, cost and political ramifications as well as impact on the candidates education and careers. 

We have worked closely with Professional and Awarding Bodies for over 25 years and have experience of a wide range of sectors  – from National Departments of Education to International Governments to small vocational institutes and colleges to Professional Bodies. 

We provide a full solution to our exam clients relating to secure print and communication including services such as:-

  • typesetting and proof-reading
  • printing of exam question papers, answer books and all related stationery
  • fulfilment services – storage, pick and pack 
  • membership & student print and mailing services – Results, Subscriptions, Certificates
  • MCQ scanning and marking services
  • Online marking systems
  • Secure electronic distribution of documents
  • Scanning and data-capture from forms, MCQs
  • Secure document management – Archive, Retrieval, Destruction

Further details can be found on our website (www.scd-uk.com) or contact us via the contact details below.

Phone Tim Cammack on 01723 212052 or 07557 920584, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.scd-uk.com 

Smart Assessor

NEW – EPA software for Apprentice Assessment Organisations

Smart Assessor, the market leading e-portfolio have developed an exciting new software called Smart End Point Assessments which helps registered Apprentice Assessment Organisations by giving them access to:

  • Evidence up-to-date occupational experience and competence of your staff delivering EPA

  • View summative portfolio’s from Smart Assessor and other vendors

  • Document feedback from synoptic end point assessments

  • Record grading results

If you are registered as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation, or are considering registration, then get in touch with the Smart Assessor CEO Fiona Hudson-Kelly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about Smart EPA or drop by our stand at the FAB Conference on the 20th & 21st October.

Visit our website www.smartassessor.com 

Skillwise UK Ltd

Differentiate your Awarding Body from the others and make your customers’ lives easy.

Wouldn’t you like to offer your customers the convenience of your own-branded e-portfolio, pre-loaded with your own qualifications and pre-populated with your learning content and even assessment plans that have been approved by your own EQAs?

VQManager is one of the oldest, most robust, most respected, market-leading e-portfolios available. 

We can provide you with your own-branded version of VQManager, making it easy for your customers to gather and map evidence and to be confident in the quality of their entire assessment processes from sign-up to qualification. Customers who use VQManager particularly like its ability to turn data into really useful management reports – after all, you can only manage what you can see.

When your customers decide to deliver an additional qualification, they’re going to choose the one that’s already loaded into the e-portfolio they’ve come to love.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.skillwise.net

TPP Recruitment

TPP Education & Training is a specialist division within TPP Recruitment dedicated to sourcing all types of awarding and professional body employees, from Qualifications, Assessment and Product Developers, Quality Assurance professionals, CPD and E-learning specialists. Our consultants are renowned for recruiting permanent, temporary, contract or consultancy staff with an awarding or professional body related background from junior through to senior appointment level.

TPP Recruitment’s divisions cover HR & Specialist Support, Finance & Accountancy, Facilities, Senior Appointments, Fundraising & Development, IT, Digital, and Marketing & Communications. The company provides a variety of free services through its Giving Back programme including sector-specific seminars, forums and salary surveys as well as offering free use of our boardroom and free advertising for voluntary vacancies.

Visit our website www.tpp.co.uk  


At Turnitin, we want to forever change how people become better writers, and learn through writing. We aim to deliver insights to motivate and focus students; inform and support educators on how to be more effective in improving the writing ability and learning of their students; and support administrators in improving the effectiveness of their educators and programs.

Turnitin Feedback Studio is a cloud-based system which promotes academic integrity,  empowers instructors to save time and work more flexibly than ever before. It enables the provision of richer, actionable feedback to engage students and start a conversation that promotes critical thinking and improves student outcomes.

Visit our website www.turnitinuk.com