The first Thames Valley Tech Awards took place last night at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at Reading’s Madejski Stadium.
Nearly 400 winners, finalists and guests attended the event, which raised over £1,700 for Byte Night, the tech industry’s national ‘sleep-out’ event. Byte Night is Action for Children’s main annual fundraiser.
Headline sponsors were two of the Thames Valley’s tech sector powerhouses, Westcoast and Sage. The other event sponsors and supporters were Austin Fraser, Barclays, Blake Morgan, Boyes Turner, Centerprise, ConnectTVT, Grant Thornton, Howbery Business Park, Lambert Smith Hampton, LDC, Moore Stephens, Penningtons Manches and techUK.
The awards were organised by The Business Magazine to recognise the outstanding achievements of The Thames Valley’s tech companies.
David Murray, publisher of The Business Magazine, noted: “The region is home to a cluster of technology companies from global market leaders to start-ups. The area has the largest cluster of digital businesses outside London – contributing tens of billions to the UK’s digital economy.”
The awards were presented by writer and broadcaster Angela Lamont. Guest speaker Peter Cochrane, a futurist, entrepreneur and engineering adviser to international industries and government, discussed change and the future effects of change on corporations.
He talked about his involvement in various tech success stories, including online travel agency ebookers and music recognition app Shazam. Explaining that he can predict technology for the next 15 years, Cochrane said attention is focusing on a sustainable future that will rely on biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics and AI.
Ultima Business Solutions won both the Innovative Tech Company award and was named Thames Valley Tech Company of the year.
Scott Dodds, CEO at Ultima, said: “It feels amazing to have won, we are absolutely delighted. It’s tremendous recognition for the company and an absolute privilege to be one of the first winners of the awards. Being among some incredible companies in our peer group makes it even more exciting.”
He added that Ultima’s success is based on four key factors. “We have great people and innovative robotic process technologies that really enhance our own business and which we take to our customers. We also work closely with many vendor and technology company partners, particularly in the Thames Valley. And we work in the community with local schools and colleges to recruit people through our apprenticeship programmes.”
WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Winner is: Serelay
Second: Donate The Change
Highly Commended: EcoSync and Limbick Labs
Emerging Tech Company
Winner: Open Cosmos
Highly Commended: Adaptix, Fiscaltec Group and Epoq IT
High Growth Tech Business
Winner: Southern Communications
Highly Commended: ESP Global Services, In Cloud Solutions and Redstor
Innovative Tech Company
Winner: Ultima Business Solutions
Third: Oxford nanoSystems
Highly Commended: FliteTrak, ScopeMaster and Siyona Tech
Science & Technology Award
Winner: Lein Applied Diagnostics
Third: P1vital Products
Highly Commended: FliteTrak
International Tech Company
Winner: MCS Rental Software
Second: G-SMATT Europe Media
Third: Cloud Factory
Highly Commended: HR Wallingford
Telecoms Company of the Year
Second: STL Communications
Third: Southern Communications
Tech Employer of the Year
Second: Ultima Business Solutions
Third: STL Communications
Highly Commended: InfoSum and Squared Up
Tech Deal of the Year
Winner: Roc Technologies – investment by BGF and acquisition of CCM
- Contego Fraud Solutions investment by NVM and Maven
- Hunter Macdonald sale to Netcompany
- Redwood Technologies investment by Scottish Equity Partners
- SecurEnvoy sale to Shearwater Group
- Sophos acquisition of Invincea
Thames Valley Tech Company
Winner: Ultima Business Solutions
- Southern Communications
- Squared Up