From all of the products awarded the Design Council’s Kite Mark for Quality the Design the Council with Association of Fashion, Advertising and Editorial Photographers compiled and published the book: The Best of British Design and Photography. The Valiant Turtle was one of three educational products included.
The BETT Show is the largest educational technology show in the World. It takes place every January in London an has an attendance 29,000 compared with 17,000 attending NECC.
The BETT Awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding innovative technological products and services that are proving to be effective in the education sector. The Roamer won the inaugural award for Best Primary Product in 1999.
What is satisfying is that, unlike today where judges make the decisions, the original awards were decided by popular vote from teachers. It is a great feeling to know you have created a design that is appreciated by so many people.
Valiant CEO and Roamer Designer
Millennium Product Awards
To celebrate the start of new Millennium the British Government launched the Millennium Product Award initiative. Open to products from any industry the 1012 products were selected by the Design Council for their Innovation. Valiant received the award for two of its products: Roamer and Inventa.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair congratulated the awardees when he met them at a ceremony held at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich , London .
"I am delighted that Roamer and Inventa have been announced as Millennium Products and are going to form part of our collection of the most innovative products and services created in Britain for the new millennium."
Valiant CEO Dave Catlin and Valiant USA's Marketing Manager Nancy Kokat with Major Owens Congressman for Brooklyn at the House of Representatives, Washington DC presentation of the Congressional Partnership Award