BlackStar beats UK and US to win award

Belfast dot com BlackStar has been named the top customer-friendly company in a cross-Atlantic survey.

The survey was carried out by a Silicon Valley-based and reviewed 100 websites in the UK and US.

BlackStar was described as “cream of the crop” beating retailers like WH Smith and Marks and Spencer and online competitors such as Entexpress. BlackStar was formed in 1997 and has become a market leader in online DVD and video retail.

The company is expected to float on the London stock market within the next six months with an expected valuation of between £250 and £300 million.

One of the co-founders, Jeremy Glover, said the company had set out to be international retailers long before the “baby boom” of dot coms.

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