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2021 Northern Tech Awards Top 100 Shortlist Unveiled.

2021 Northern Tech Awards Top 100 Shortlist Unveiled.

Manchester, 21 October 2021 - GP Bullhound, the global technology advisory and investment firm, has revealed the 2021 Northern Tech Awards Top 100 shortlist, recognising the fastest growing technology companies in the North of England and Scotland and Ireland.

For the eighth consecutive year, GP Bullhound is spotlighting the Northern tech ecosystem, recognising the innovative companies on the frontline of the region’s success. To qualify for entry to the Top 100, firms must have at least three years of revenue growth with a minimum revenue level of £500k in 2018

Software and Digital Services emerge as the dominant sectors in the list, accounting for 73% of the Top 100 companies, an increase from 67% in 2020. This trend is particularly pertinent in the North West, with representation rising from 57% in 2020 to 75% in 2021. 

View the 2021 Northern Tech Awards Top 100 shortlist HERE

The Northern Tech Awards winners and the final ranking of the Top 100 fastest growing companies will be revealed and celebrated at an exclusive award ceremony on 9 November 2021 at Leeds’ New Dock Hall – attended by entrepreneurs, CEOs and business leaders at the forefront of the region’s digital economy.

Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner at GP Bullhound commented:

“From the North East to Manchester and Leeds on either side of the Pennines – the North has now cemented its position as a major player on the UK tech scene. It is fantastic to see our Northern region thriving, as a result of the pool of fantastic talent, investment and ambition across the region. It is home to some of the most thriving tech hubs in the UK and must not be neglected – it will be a crucial cog in the engine for the UK’s post-pandemic recovery. This is why it is so important that we continue to recognise, invest and celebrate the ecosystem.”

The 2021 award categories are:

Fastest Growing Company of the Year (with revenues under £10m)

Fastest Growing Larger Company of the Year (with revenues over £10m)

Judges’ Innovation Award

Judges’ Leadership Award

Judges’ Award for International Success

Tech4Good Award

Judges’ Entrepreneur Award

Judges’ Young Entrepreneur Award

Overall Judges’ Award

The Region’s Top Northern Star Awards

Northern Star Innovation Award

Northern Star Sustainability Award

Northern Star Award for potential International Success

Northern Star Overall Judges’ Award


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About GP Bullhound GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the world’s entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999 in London and Menlo Park, the firm today has 10 offices spanning Europe, the US and Asia. For more information, please visit

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