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Smart Awards operates as a National Awarding Organisation predominately dedicated to the telecommunication, construction, digital, and utility sectors. We are approved by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation to offer regulated qualifications in England and Scotland and approved to deliver End Point Assessments across a number of apprenticeship standards.

We work closely with industry, offering a range of ground-breaking regulated and non-regulated qualifications. Our qualifications offer a route to increase learner employability providing the necessary skills to carry out job roles safely that align with today’s industry standards.

We also operate the Network Operative Passport Scheme (NOPS) on behalf of the telecoms industry. The scheme assesses an operator’s competence to carry out work safely on the network and is designed to:

  • Provide an industry compliance benchmark for training and accreditation.
  • Establishing minimum standards
  • Provide and maintain a robust record of all trained and competent operatives.
  • Provide a basis for continuous improvement.
  • Reduce overall costs for the client and supplier.
  • Ensure all qualifications, training and assessment that are undertaken within the scheme are fit for purpose and
  • meet national Health and Safety standards.
  • Maintain a network competency register.
  • Workforce data accessible via Smartphone and Tablet devices
  • 65000 operatives are registered on the scheme and over 1200 employers.

Background to Smart Awards

Smart Awards is a private company limited by shares and was incorporated 10th June 2014 (registration number 9079735) and (VAT registration number 216 7632 08). The company is a legal entity and a subsidiary of the Swedishbased Hexatronic Group AB (PUBL).

Hexatronic is a group that develops, markets and delivers products, components and system solutions with the focus on the fiber optic market. Hexatronic offers a wide range of innovative system and product solutions mainly for passive fiber optic infrastructure with global trademarks like Ribbonet®, Micronet(TM), Drytech(TM), Lightmate®, FibreHub(TM), Matrix, Viper, Stringray and Wistom®.

The Group has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has sales offices and/or subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, China, New Zealand and the US. The Group is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under the ticker HTRO.


Gold Exhibitors

The fibre telecoms sector delivers vital services that each one of us rely on everyday.

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Your Trusted Partner

Founded in 2019, Cable&Things was established to address the unique challenges faced by Alt-Nets and other network providers in the telecommunications industry. Cable&Things is a trusted distributor, specialising in sourcing and supplying high-quality PIA approved cable and connectivity products.

With strong connections to over 20 leading manufacturers worldwide, we offer tailored solutions that strike the perfect balance between quality, cost-effectiveness, and lead times.

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Our Vision
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ProGARM Limited is the leading provider of high-performance arc flash protection solutions, dedicated to safeguarding workers in hazardous environments. With a commitment to innovation and safety, ProGARM has emerged as a trusted global brand, delivering premium protective garments that meet and exceed industry standards.

Our extensive range of products is meticulously designed using cutting-edge technologies and the highest quality fabrics to ensure maximum protection, comfort, and durability. ProGARM’s comprehensive range of arc flash PPE clothing, caters to diverse industries such as energy, utilities, manufacturing, and more.

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