Inaugural South Coast Tech Awards finalists announced

A very strong line-up of the region’s top tech companies has been announced in the first ever South Coast Tech Awards. Over 80 entries demonstrated the strength and breadth of the region’s technology innovation.

The awards take place on 5 December at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. The evening’s host will be technology presenter and computer scientist Spencer Kelly, who has reported on tech issues from around the world for over 20 years.

The awards are sponsored by Aura Technology, Onecom, Sanderson, Wilkins Kennedy, BDB Pitmans, Irwin Mitchell, Smith & Williamson, University of Southampton Science Park, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, and Carswell Gould.

“An awards night highlighting the importance of technology businesses in the south coast economy is long overdue,” said Peter Laurie, head of client relations at awards organiser The Business Magazine.

He added: “We are delighted with the high number and quality of entries, from small start-ups with brilliant ideas to well-established companies offering world-beating technologies. Our finalists fully deserve their places on the shortlist for what promises to be a fantastic awards ceremony.”



Tech Employer of the Year


Netpay – Impressive growth while maintaining a family feel, where employees from 16 nationalities enjoy opportunities to work on a variety of product areas.

ITDev – Very strong business culture based around flexible working and wellness with support from managers at the top of the organisation, who encourage and support staff to upskill.

Digi Toolbox – Invests in its people and hires to train them up rather than bringing in skills, they offer plenty of incentives and a real drive to get everyone working closely together.

Apps In The Sky – A company that wants to be best at what it does by growing its own talent, with plenty of employee support and lots of CSR activity.

Benefex – You get a real sense of everyone having a voice, where there are lots of opportunities for learning and career progression.


Tech Start-Up


AudioScenic – Amazing immersive 3D sound technology that replaces the need for headphones from a business with strong potential and a lot of customer prospects.

Threat Status – Really good cybercrime technology that searches billions of data sets for compromised passwords or usernames, and they’re offering a free starter version to SMEs.

Liberati – They are developing data translation technology that will transfer a company’s applications from one platform to another and have funding to take it to the next stage.

Red Volcano – Creating a novel use of data mining and automation from a business growing by generating revenue from its customer base.


Tech Leadership Team


Apps In The Sky – A team with a lot of focus that also has a lot of fun who are growing the business through partnerships, apprenticeships, and by encouraging self-learners.

Zylpha – The team has devised a clear, well-thought-out turnaround strategy focused on its target market and is selling an impressive number of client software licences.

Onecom – Having recently completed an MBO, the team has shown persistence and built trust as they deliver on a strategy that embraces agility and an entrepreneurial spirt.

Benefex – We liked the way the team has engendered a culture of ambition and enthusiasm that translates into service delivery, with leadership objectives that everyone engages in them.


High Growth Tech Business


Cobweb Solutions – Really impressive turnover growth and a high net promoter score from this high-performing Microsoft 365 and Azure distributor.

Agile Network Systems – We were impressed with their revenue growth, a recent move to larger offices, and opening subsidiaries in the Republic of Ireland and Singapore.

Cybrid Solutions – They expect to double turnover this year by increasing work from customers and funding expansion from profits, rather than chasing growth.


Innovative Tech Company


jisp – Using near field communication technology in an app to make shopping and paying for goods easier and provides retailers with customers’ browsing histories.

Innovative Physics – Great potential using sensor technology and AI for radiation monitoring that they’re now applying to healthcare with cancer detection trials.

NetPay Solutions – Integration technology that allows merchants to take customer payments from different platforms, they have a track record and a growing order book.

Threat Status – A company with growing revenue that is focusing on SMEs with free advice and consultancy using their innovative cybercrime service.


Science & Technology Awards


Ilika Technologies – This well-established AIM-listed company’s battery technology is proven in the automotive sector and now in healthcare.

Utonomy – Impressive and innovative technology for reducing CO2 emissions and methane leaks in the gas industry that has important environmftriallinental benefits.

Tonic Analytics – Very impressive growth and profitability using proprietary data analytics technology with applications in a wide range of industry sectors.

Cybrid Solutions – Combining new and existing technologies that haven’t been designed to work together to improve how organisations work.


Marine Tech Company


Spinlock – Impressive personal safety products and a remarkable success story developing technology for sail monitoring and management.

Forty1 Kitesurfing – A classic engineering solution by using hydrofoil technology to create an innovative product for kitesurfing boards.


South Coast Tech Company


Innovative Physics –Ground-breaking technology from pioneer in radiation detection that is trialling its product in healthcare for early cancer detection.

Signly – Highly innovative technology providing online sign language assistance for deaf people that already have Lloyds Bank as a customer and is attracting growing interest.

Tonic Analytics – We were very impressed with their data analytics technology that is enabling the business to grow organically with a focus on exports.

Silver Lining Convergence – Innovative cloud infrastructure for creating bespoke, secure converged IT solutions from a company that invests significantly in its workforce.

NetPay Solutions – Impressive growth from card payment platform innovator developing technology for handling complex, large-scale processes.