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Northern Tech Awards 2023 winners announced.

Manchester, 21 April 2023 - GP Bullhound has announced the winners of the 2023 Northern Tech Awards, held last night at the iconic Assembly Rooms in the heart of Edinburgh.

Hosted by prize-winning global broadcaster Vanessa Collingridge, with a special appearance by Keynote Speaker Calum Smeaton, Founder of Edinburgh-based TVSquared, the tenth edition of the Northern Tech Awards ceremony gathered 250 CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in the digital economy to celebrate and showcase the leading tech businesses in the North of England and Scotland. 

The Top 100 Northern Tech Awards league table revealed the ranking of the fastest-growing and most successful tech companies in the region, and the Northern Stars awards showcased earlier-stage companies considered to have the most potential to be the tech successes in the coming years.

The full list of the 2023 Northern Tech Awards winners:

  • Fastest Growing Company of the Year: Burendo
  • Fastest Growing Larger Company of the Year:
  • Judges’ Innovation Award: Shot Scope
  • Judges’ Award for International Success: CurrentBody
  • Judges’ Leadership Award: Opencast Software
  • Judges’ Tech4Good Award: Cognassist
  • Judges’ Entrepreneur Award: Neville Roberts, Planixs
  • Judges’ Young Entrepreneur Award: Will Crandle, Horsefly
  • Overall Judges’ Award: CurrentBody

  • Northern Star Innovation Award: Sticky
  • Northern Star Leadership Award: UMA
  • Northern Star Award for potential International Success: GigPig
  • Northern Star Overall Judges’ Award: Recast

Read more about the awards and view the Top 100 league table ranking here.

Javed HuqExecutive Director at GP Bullhound, commented: “It was an honour to recognise and celebrate the fastest growing technology companies across the Northern tech ecosystem at last night’s awards in Edinburgh. 2022 proved to be an outstanding year for the Northern tech sector, despite a more challenging environment across tech, demonstrating the resilience of the brilliant entrepreneurs building these innovative tech companies. The North of the UK is a true powerhouse in starting and scaling world-class businesses, and we look forward to following our talented award winners as they continue their success journeys.”

The winners were unveiled following deliberation by a panel of judges – who included Ana Stewart, Entrepreneur & Eos Advisory Partner, David Moss, Co-Founder of Blue Prism, Jenny Parker, Co-founder of Country Attire, and George Mackintosh, Founder of Eggplant. Sponsors supporting the evening included Apprentify, Cazenove Capital, ECI Partners, Squire Patton Boggs, Aquiline Capital Partners, Bruntwood SciTech, Inflexion, Godel Technologies, London Stock Exchange, Shepherd and Wedderburn, and YFM Equity Partners.

The awards come on the back of recent insights from GP Bullhound unveiling 2022 as a record year for the Northern technology ecosystem – with average growth rates of best-performing tech businesses across the North reaching an all-time high, despite a more challenging environment across tech.

Analysis from GP Bullhound revealed that the Top 100 fastest-growing tech companies in the North recorded an average growth rate of 42%, and the Top 10 had an average growth rate of 119%.

The Northern Tech Awards are proud to support Young Enterprise and Young Enterprise Scotland in their mission to empower young people to discover and celebrate their skills and potential, through nationwide enterprise and financial capability programmes. For more information or to become a volunteer, please visit or email


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