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Northern Tech Awards 2019 winners announced

Winners announced for the 2019 Northern Tech Awards.

Manchester, 1 April 2019 - The Northern Tech Awards, held in Manchester, celebrated and showcased the leading tech businesses in the North of England and Scotland. The shortlist contained some of the brightest and most successful tech companies in the UK, based in the North.

An expert panel of judges, including Founding Editor of WIRED, David Rowan; President of TechUK Jacqueline de Rojas CBE; Head of M&A at Moneysupermarket Mark Gracey, serial entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE, awarded Matillion the Overall Judges’ Award for its role in driving tech innovation and success in the North.

Matthew Scullion, Co-founder and CEO Matillion, comments: ‘It is wonderful to be recognised alongside so many other talented entrepreneurs and leading business figures from across the North of England and Scotland. To now be classed as winners amongst some of the most well-known tech companies such as Skyscanner and The Hut Group is a real privilege.’

The phenomenal growth of Northern tech has also been recognised and awarded, with Celerity, the IT Services Company based in Preston, picking up the award for Fastest Growing Larger Company and Chester-based Wejo, winning the Fastest Growing Company.

Sheffield-based Twinkl Educational Publishing was recognised as the winner of the Judges’ Award for International Success, in recognition of its success growing the company beyond British borders.

The Awards were organised for the sixth consecutive year by global technology advisory and investment firm GP Bullhound.

Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner of GP Bullhound, commented: ‘It is great to see that Northern tech is still going strong. Extraordinary entrepreneurship, ambition and innovation are driving huge growth and taking the northern ecosystem from strength to strength, and our winners tonight are testament to that success. The opportunity is there for even more Northern businesses to become international tech giants, and compete with London and US tech hubs.’

The Northern Tech Awards 2019 are presented by GP Bullhound as a not-for-profit event with the support and sponsorship of Barclays, ECI Partners, Mobica, OBI, Pareto Law, Squire Patton Boggs, Aquiline, Berenberg, Frazer John Recruitment, Inflexion, London Stock Exchange and Mercia Technologies.

2019 Northern Tech Awards Winners

The Region’s Top Northern Star: Hark
Fastest Growing Company (with revenues under £10m): Wejo
Fastest Growing Larger Company (with revenues over £10m): Celerity
Judges’ Innovation Award: Crisp
Judges’ Award for International Success: Twinkl Educational Publishing
Judges’ Leadership Award: Nexus Vehicle Rental
Tech4Good Award: Ecometrica
Judges’ Young Entrepreneur Award: Adam Hildreth, Crisp
Judges’ Entrepreneur Award: Mark Livingstone, Pharmacy2U
Overall Judges’ Award: Matillion

Further information and the detailed ranking of the North’s Top 100 fastest growing tech companies can be found at

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