A Llandeilo entrepreneur has won an international innovation award

Digital Learning Associates Limited (DLA) co-founded by Llandeilo based ed-tech entrepreneur, Adam Salkeld, beat off competition from 45 countries to win an international award for innovation English language teaching from the British Council.

DLA’s “Ready to Run” video based digital learning resources were judged the best in the world in the category of Innovation in Learner Resources in the British Council’s ELTons.

The award was presented in a ceremony in London by the poet and writer Dr Benjamin Zephaniah.

The ELTons are the British Council’s awards celebrating original courses, projects and platforms supporting English language teachers and learners around the world.

DLA’s work was selected by the independent judging panel as one of five category winners from 150 entries spanning 45 countries.

Adam Salkeld said: “We are all delighted to be recognised for the effort and creativity that goes into developing new approaches in English language teaching. DLA is a digital enterprise that works in the cloud with teams all over the word. Llandeilo’s fibre broadband enables me to run the company effectively.

"I can work with clients in Brazil, team-members in Barcelona and suppliers in India as if I was in a room with them. We have a global product and a global approach, but I still get to look at at wonderful views of the Towy Valley.

“The award will help our relatively new company get noticed in key markets like China and Latin America.

"It comes at an important time as we are launching a series of new product lines that will be rolling out during the second half of this year."

The ceremony brought together more than 300 industry leaders in language resources at the Institute of Engineering and Technology on London’s Embankment.