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Everybody wants to be the best – Onefile: Winner of the 2017 Queen’s Award for Innovation

OneFile Co-founders, Susannah Lawson (far left) and Chris Whalley outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Award celebration.

Everybody wants to be the best. But being the best isn’t always about claiming first prize, it’s about working hard and being the best you can be. As long as you try your best, that’s all that matters.  

This may sound like an age-old cliché, but it’s true. That’s why mums whisper it to nervous children before exams. That’s why supporters shout it along marathon routes. And that’s why OneFile has built a learning software – so people have the tools they need to be the best that they can be.  

OneFile is all about helping people reach their potential – which is why they’ve made it their mission to shape the futures of 1 million people by 2020. 

To achieve their mission, OneFile has developed an all-in-one learning platform suitable for all types of vocational training. With OneFile, everyone has the opportunity to learn in a way that suits them – whether they’re starting a plumbing apprenticeship or training to be a nurse. It’s all about making people smile when they pass that exam, hold that trophy or reach that goal. No matter where you started or where you’re going, OneFile is spurring you on to be the best that you can be. 

OneFile helps others be the best, but in many ways it is the best too. Their offline app won the Queen’s Award for Innovation this year; their eportfolio is the most advanced and most popular on the market; and their VLE is the only one in the world that maps assessment criteria automatically. This level of innovation is quite a feat, but it’s not new to OneFile. Their cofounders, Chris Whalley and Susanna Lawson, have been making waves in the education sector for over 12 years.  

It’s this kind of leadership, self-drive and passion for a great cause that recently won Susanna a Forward Ladies award. These esteemed awards celebrate the exceptional work and inspirational achievements of the UK’s best business women, so it’s a huge accomplishment for everyone involved.  

As an award-winning business owner, thought leader, and mum of two, you’d think Susanna would be looking to take a step back – but oh no. She continues to champion apprenticeships and spread the OneFile vision across the UK and around the world. 


OneFile is an all-in-one learning and development software, with more features than any other on the market. Trusted by 500,000 users worldwide, OneFile is a training eportfolio, virtual learning environment, CPD tracker, reporting suite – and winner of the 2017 Queen’s Award for Innovation.  

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