The Business Magazine’s annual Southern Tech 100 private dinner and awards held at Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke, recognised the region’s outstanding technology businesses.
The wide-ranging tech sector includes IT innovators, science and bioscience companies, hardware suppliers, cloud service providers, telecoms business and tech-focused manufacturers. Five winners were selected from a very strong line-up of 20 finalists.
“These businesses are helping establish the south’s digital economy,” said The Business Magazine’s publisher David Murray. “Our awards recognise some of the successes in a sector that contributes so much to our economy.”
Barclays, Blake Morgan, Moore Stephens and Roc Search sponsor the Southern Tech 100 campaign.
The evening’s guest speaker Jeremy Nash, CEO at Centerprise International, described how the Hampshire-based IT provider is undergoing major organisational restructuring while maintaining an impressive growth trajectory. Centerprise grew revenues and margin by 25% in its last financial year and has already grown sales by 30% in the first half of its current financial year.
The winners are:
- Emerging Technology Company of the Year: Blue Earth Diagnostics
Formed in 2014, Blue Earth Diagnostics is a molecular imaging diagnostics company. It focuses on developing and commercialising novel PET imaging agents to support clinical management and guide care for cancer patients. The company’s first approved and commercially available product is used in the US and European Union to detect and localise prostrate cancer.
The other finalists were Immunocore, QiO Technologies and Volume.
- Innovative Tech Company of the Year: NewVoiceMedia
Basingstoke-based NewVoiceMedia’s award-winning cloud contact centre solution for sales and service supports over 700 customers worldwide. Its flexible, scalable and highly reliable solution helps businesses build personal relationships with customers and prospects.
The other finalists were Cloud Distribution, Immunocore and TSL Systems.
- Best Use of Technology: ESP Global
Based in Reading, ESP offers innovative IT support services to help companies around the world, in a wide range of industries, streamline their business operations. Through its network of global offices, ESP’s services are delivered with the efficiency and personalisation of a local service.
The other finalists were Rebellion, ByBox and European Electronique.
- Software Developer of the Year: NewVoiceMedia
The other finalists were Atcore, Neural Technologies and Iris Software
- Business Leader of the Year: Lee Biggins, MD, CV-Library
Lee Biggins set up the Fleet-based business in 2000 when he was looking for a job after leaving his father’s carpet fitting business. The company is the UK’s leading independent job board, with over 12.5 million CVs on its database. It hosts over 171,000 jobs across all sectors. CV-Library has regional offices in London, Manchester and Birmingham, with a sister company in the US.
The other finalists were Chris Sykes, CEO & head of AI and robotics at Volume, Richard Crawley, CEO at Greentech Distribution, and Julian Spector, director at Switch Concepts.