Thames Valley Tech Awards – hat-trick for Aker Systems

The region’s top tech businesses have been unveiled at the 2020 Thames Valley Tech Awards. Aker Systems was voted overall Thames Valley Tech Company of the year and also picked up the Emerging Tech Company and High Growth Tech Business awards.

Two awards each went to KYMIRA (Tech SME of the Year and the Science & Technology Award) and Volume (Innovative Tech Company and Tech Employer of the Year). Content GuruAmito and Amberjack were also winners.

The third annual awards – held virtually for the first time – welcomed back television presenter Vernon Kay to host a live interactive event from a studio in Reading. Judges appeared online to unveil the winners in each of the 10 categories.

A Tweet Wall ran during the one-hour event for finalists and guests to share comments. A half-hour of online networking before the awards ceremony and a networking chat facility available throughout the event gave guests and sponsors the opportunity to link up.

Vernon Kay began proceedings by emphasising the contribution technology makes to the region. “Tech is, of course, synonymous with the Thames Valley. The region is home to many technology companies – from global market leaders to start-ups,” he said. “In fact, the largest cluster of digital businesses outside London is right here in the TV – contributing tens of billions of pounds to the UK’s digital economy.”

The awards are organised by The Business Magazine to recognise the outstanding achievements of The Thames Valley’s tech companies. Headline sponsors are Westcoast and Marsh Commercial. The other sponsors are BarclaysBDOBlake MorganCroweEYHaysIncloud SolutionsLDC and Verlingue. The media partner is Jargon PR.

And the winners are…

Tech SME of the Year – Sponsored by Crowe

Winner    –    KYMIRA

Other finalists:

  • Amito
  • CREAT3D
  • Solutions Shared
  • Volume

Emerging Tech Company – Sponsored by Barclays

Winner    –    Aker Systems

Other finalists:

  • CREAT3D
  • Zegami

High Growth Tech Business – Sponsored by Verlingue

Winner    –    Aker Systems

Other finalists:

  • Amito
  • CIPHR
  • NewCMI
  • Invenio Business Solutions

Innovative Tech Company Sponsored by LDC

Winner    –    Volume

Other finalists:

  • Oxford nanoSystems
  • CV-Library
  • Epoq IT
  • KYMIRA

Science & Technology Award – Sponsored by Blake Morgan

Winner    –    KYMIRA

Other finalists:

  • Hypha Discovery
  • Ultima Business Solutions
  • Zegami

Communications Company of the Year Sponsored by LDC

Winner    –    Content Guru

Other finalists:

  • Ultima Business Solutions
  • Epoq IT

Sustainable Technology – Sponsored by EY

Winner    –    Amito

Other finalists:

  • Laser Learning
  • Oxford nanoSystems

Tech Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Hays

Winner    –    Volume

Other finalists:

  • Amito
  • AND Digital
  • Dynamic Planner
  • ESP Global Services
  • Imaginera

Tech Leadership Team – Sponsored by LDC

Winner    –    Amberjack

Other finalists:

  • Invenio Business Solutions
  • KYMIRA

Thames Valley Tech Company – Sponsored by BDO

Winner    –    Aker Systems

Other finalists:

  • Amito
  • Imaginera
  • Invenio Business Solutions
  • KYMIRA
  • Volume