Self Trade Awards Communications Contract to iSKY

  LAUREL, Md., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Self Trade, the UK's fastest-growing 
online share dealer, has awarded a communications contract to customer care 
specialists iSKY Europe (iSKY), a division if iSKY Group.  Under the contract, 
iSKY will run a number of campaigns encouraging customers to convert their 
paper share certificates and have them stored electronically in an online 
share dealing account.  
Online stockbroker Self Trade UK (www.selftrade.co.uk) is part of the 
DAB - Self Trade Group, the largest European e-broking group.  
Self Trade is piloting a range of approaches for different types of 
customers.  Initially iSKY will carry out an activation program for four 
customer types, taking prospective clients through the benefits of online 
trading with Self Trade - immediate access to the stock market, real-time 
quotes and research tools at the click of a button, and instant paperless 
trading.  
For one specific group, iSKY customer relationship associates (CRAs) will 
help customers transfer their paper share certificates into an online 
portfolio.  
"Self Trade provides its clients with all they need to manage investments 
online," promises Gerald Bruce-Roberts, head of marketing, Self Trade.  "Gone 
are the days of shuffling paper documents and paying checks into the bank. 
The iSKY team has proved successful at testing and refining the communications 
program to make sure our approach is exactly right.  iSKY will help us raise 
awareness of how easy it is to hold shares and trade electronically."  
"We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with Self 
Trade," said Richard Hebert, president and CEO, iSKY Group.  "Many of Self 
Trade's clients and prospects have considerable portfolios with which to 
trade, and we are confident in our ability to address this audience 
professionally and provide Self Trade with exceptional value and expertise."  
  ABOUT SELF TRADE UK  
Self Trade UK (www.selftrade.co.uk) was established in May 2000 and is the 
UK arm of the German-based DAB Bank, the largest on-line financial services 
provider in Europe by assets under management.  Its overwhelming success and 
rapid growth during 2001 was confirmed when ComPeer figures showed that Self 
Trade captured 49 per cent -- the largest single share -- of all new UK 
online accounts.  
Self Trade UK has more than 55,575 accounts and charges a flat fee of just 
12.50 pounds sterling for all trades, regardless of size.  Self Trade was the 
first online brokerage to provide 24-hour call center support and is the only 
online brokerage to offer a "no quibble" refund of trading commissions on 
disputed trades.  
  ABOUT iSKY GROUP  
iSKY Europe is a provider of outsourced customer management services to 
Global 1000 companies and e-businesses seeking to maximize customer value. 
Its expertise in handling and managing communications assists the customer 
acquisition, retention and optimization processes of the clients it 
represents.  
Established in 1981, the company is based near Bristol and employs 
300 associates.  iSKY Europe's current client list includes, BMW, AXA Sun 
Life, Chelsea Building Society, Clerical Medical Investment Group, Ericsson 
and P&O.  
The iSKY Group, headquartered in Laurel, Maryland, handles nine million 
customer interactions each month from multiple communication centers in Great 
Britain, US, Scotland, Canada and India.  North American clients include 
Amazon.com, Audi, BMW, Honda, Owens Corning, Mexico Tourism Board and Sharp 
Electronics.  
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SOURCE  iSKY  
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/CONTACT:  Neil Simpkins, +1-609-450-1228, or nsimpkins@gillespie.com, or 
Jennifer Ryan, +1-609-450-1414, or jryan@gillespie.com, both of Gillespie 
Public Relations, for iSKY/  
/Web site:  http://www.selftrade.co.uk /  
/Web site:  http://www.isky.com /  
CO:  iSKY Group; iSKY Europe; Self Trade UK; DAB Bank 
ST:  Maryland, England, Germany 
IN:  MLM FIN TLS 
SU:  CON  
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