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MONEY: TOP DRAWER CYBER FIRM; Award for animators.

Byline: COLIN CALDER

THE company behind Ananova, the first cyber newsreader, have been named Scotland's fastest growing hi-tech firm.

Just a year ago, Digital Animation were on the brink of going bust over a cash crisis.

But the creation of the sexy digital anchorwoman - who has become an icon - helped them bounce back with a record 3701 per cent sales growth in just three years.

The blue-haired cyberbabe is now set to deliver breaking news over the internet and mobile phones following Digital Animation's recent lucrative deals with the Press Association and Orange.

The firm created the "28-year-old girl about town" - modelled on Kylie Minogue, Posh Spice and Carol Vorderman - after asking viewers to come up with the ideal newscaster.

Their latest creations include a virtual pop star called TMmy and a virtual version of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

Yesterday's success was a far cry from the severe cash flow problems last year which forced Digital Animation, based in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, to suspend trading on the Stock Exchange.

They were rescued by a pounds 700,000 cash boost from digital firm New Media SPARKS and venture capitalist 3i.

Yesterday, delighted boss Mike Hambly said: "Success is about finding the right people and at Digital Animation we have a team of great quality employees."

Forres firm Scotland Electronics International Limited came second while Edinburgh-based Torridon - formerly known as Memory Corporation - were third.
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Date:Feb 9, 2001
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