Northern Tech Awards calls for entries


The Northern Tech Awards is now accepting entries for its 2016 series, with the prize giving ceremony set to take place on 23rd March at the at Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.

The ceremony, which is organised by technology investment bank GP Bullhound, will recognise the Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in the region.

This year’s judging panel includes David Rowan, editor of Wired; Sir Terry Leahy, private investor and former-CEO of Tesco; Sherry Coutu, serial entrepreneur and chair of the Scale-Up Institute; Mark Sebba, former CEO at Net-a-Porter; Claire Braithwaite, head of TechNorth; David Rasche, founder and senior non-executive Director of SSP; and Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting and Gaming.

Future billion-dollar tech firms

Hugh Campbell, managing partner of GP Bullhound, said: “If 2015 has been recognised as the ‘Year of the Unicorn’ in technology, the Northern Tech Awards aims to identify this region’s future billion-dollar tech companies.”

“This is an opportunity to showcase the digital excellence that exists in the North of England and Scotland, providing an unrivalled platform for digital entrepreneurs to make inspirational local connections,” he added.

The award categories include Fastest Growing Company of the Year (revenue under £10m in 2015), Fastest Growing Larger Company of the Year (revenue over £10m in 2015), Judges’ Innovation Award and Judges’ Award for International Success.

In 2015, the Fastest Growing Company Award went to Palringo, the mobile gaming community network. The Overall Judges’ Award went to Performance Horizon Group, which helps companies optimise the performance of their marketing campaigns.

Companies have until 19th February to enter and must be able to show three years of revenue, with revenues of at least £1M in 2013.