last night crowned an exciting year online with a gong at the prestigious Association of Online Publishers awards.

The website, led by web editor Iain O’Neil, won the award for best business editorial team of the year against tough competition from publishing houses Dow Jones, Emap and Reed Business Information.

The judges said: ”Investment in editorial and analysis alongside R&D set off their creativity. They demonstrated an appetite for experimentation in a difficult year.” was also short-listed for the business website of the year and O’Neil was short-listed as digital individual of the year.

“It was a fantastic achievement for the whole team who have transformed themselves from print news journalists to a truly multimedia newsroom,” said O’Neil.

“It is all the more fantastic given that we were being judged on what is now our old website. I feel confident that our new website may well have us in the running next year as well. “