Calling all Wakefields Tech firms!...... One week left to enter Northern Tech Awards 2019

Entries for the Northern Tech Awards 2019, which recognise and celebrate the fastest growing tech companies in the North of the UK, are set to close in one week's time. Firms will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous winners from Yorkshire.

The annual Northern Tech Awards, hosted by GP Bullhound aim to find, recognise and celebrate the biggest tech success stories across Northern England and Scotland, to be unveiled in the annual Northern Tech 100 League Table.

Companies featured will be ranked by revenue growth over the last three years, with the Top 100 invited to receive an award at the invitation-only ceremony on Thursday 28 March 2019 at Manchester’s Albert Hall, in the presence of CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders across the region’s digital economies.

The deadline for entries is Friday 22 February.

Previous winners include Yorkshire-based Sky Betting & Gaming, who were ranked 40th in 2018’s Northern Tech 100. Meanwhile, The Car Buying Group were crowned the Fastest Growing Company at the Northern Tech Awards in 2017, and went on the be ranked 20th in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100. In 2015, Blue Prism was listed as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies, before floating on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market in 2016 and seeing a 145% increase in revenues and a £1.2bn valuation in 2018.

David Moss, co-founder of Blue Prism, commented on the importance of the Northern ecosystems in Blue Prism’s success, said: "Leeds and the North West as a whole, has an enormous wealth of talent, both in terms of business skills and technical skills. The North has really strong peer networks that offer advice and guidance to help small but ambitious tech companies grow. This deserves to be recognised and celebrated – something the NTAs does with huge passion.

"At Blue Prism, we got involved with the Northern Tech Awards to give back to the ecosystem that helped us establish ourselves and grow. The Northern Tech Awards were a huge boost for us, an ambitious and aspiring tech firm in Manchester – the NTAs meant recognition that we were serious. We really benefited from strong peer networks in the North, and we want to maintain our part in that."

The Northern Tech Awards also announced the addition of Ian Brown, chief executive of BookingGo, to the judging panel. BookingGo is the ground transport division of Booking.com, operating across multiple brands, including headquarters in Manchester.

The expert panel of judges also includes Founding Editor of WIRED, David Rowan; President of TechUK Jacqueline de Rojas CBE; Head of M&A at Moneysupermarket Mark Gracey, serial entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE and other high-profile members of the tech community.

The panel will select seven companies worthy of special Judges’ Awards, to be presented at the event. The judges will also select an overall winner from the Region’s Top 10 ‘Northern Stars’ – to recognise the very best early stage technology companies in the North