Since 2014, the annual Northern Tech Awards shine a light upon the leading technology businesses headquartered in the North of England and Scotland. Organised by GP Bullhound, the Awards provide a unique way of celebrating the innovative technologies and businesses.
The event is invitation-only, attended by CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Digital Economy and provides a fantastic networking opportunity for like-minded entrepreneurs to make contact and exchange ideas. The Northern Tech Awards is run as a not-for-profit event financed by GP Bullhound and a small group of sponsors who want to support entrepreneurship across the North.
This year's award ceremony will be held on 16 June 2022 in Manchester, UK.
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Dave founded Blue Prism in 2001. Widely acknowledged as creating the RPA software category, Blue Prism’s Intelligent Automation software is used by over 2000 enterprise companies across 170 countries. Following a successful AIM IPO in 2016, growing to over 1000 staff in 30 countries, Blue Prism was acquired by SS&C in 2022 for $1.6bn. Dave lives in Cheshire with his family and is now sharing his experiences and passion for technology with young entrepreneurs as a mentor and investor.
Edie Lush, a British-American Journalist, is an Author, Executive Editor of Hub Culture, aCommunication Trainer and MC.
She is co-host for the CBS distributed Global Goals podcast,which is part of the ‘We Are All Human Foundation’, an organization devoted to promoting radical inclusion and diversity and fights racism and discrimination. Edie was the economics and political correspondent for Bloomberg Television. Before moving into journalism she was a political analyst for investment bank UBS. She’s been a political analyst for hedge fund Omega Advisors in New York, a speechwriter for the Secretary General of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. and an international relations expert for Hungarian political party SzDSz in Budapest.
As Northern Head of TMT at Barclays, Greg supports a portfolio of fast growing tech companies and a team of regional TMT bankers.
Prior to this Greg has had roles in business development and leadership across UK&I. During 2016 he led the Northern project team responsible for implementing the high growth and entrepreneur proposition at Barclays.
This proposition underpins Barclays support of the local tech ecosystem through Eagle Labs, a bespoke funding model and a team of start-up/scale up bankers in the region. Greg is also a director of Involve Northwest.
Jane Haxby is the Managing Partner of the London office. Jane is the former European Managing Partner and prior to that, she was the co-head of our Global Corporate Practice Group, responsible for EMEA. She has over 25 years of experience advising public and private companies on all aspects of corporate finance generally with particular focus on mergers and acquisitions (including takeovers). Jane also advises on corporate governance, reorganizations and general corporate structuring.
A digital marketing and retailing expert, Jenny has been involved in ecommerce since leaving university in 1999, taking her dissertation idea directly to market and forming her first company, Equine Innovations. Following success with her self-designed products Jenny grew this business until it transformed into Country Attire in 2006, a multi-award winning, fast growing heritage clothing, footwear and accessory e-tailer featuring industry leading innovations in online retailing.
As Marketing Director for Country Attire Jenny led the marketing teams, sourcing and securing the best new online technologies, driving PPC, SEO, email marketing, offline marketing and social media performance, customer database growth and website improvements. Jenny also oversaw operations at CA, building efficiency improvements and innovation in warehousing and relationships with external couriers and suppliers. Country Attire featured twice on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 listing of Britain’s fastest growing private companies.
Jenny has been interviewed for her opinions by many trade publications and the Sunday Times, and has been an expert ecommerce commentator for both BBC Radio Four, Radio 5 Live and BBC Television News. Following her successful exit of Country Attire via a trade sale Jenny set up and ran the overall marketing department for the £100m turnover group that purchased the business, recently she has been mentoring and advising several up and coming ecommerce businesses.
With over 25 years’ experience in the apprenticeship industry, Jonathan has been leading the growth as the Executive Chairman at Apprentify. Apprentify offer a unique approach to assessing, training and placing the best digital and technical Apprentices from start to finish.
Recently, Apprentify have received a significant investment from BGF with a goal of building the best digital and technical training programmes for business growth and acquisition.
Liz is the Client Engagement Director at Tech Nation. She spent longer than she cares to admit in suits and corporate boardrooms before having her head turned by tech - and is now enjoying looking after the UK’s scaleup founders on a full time basis. She leads both a national team across 11 different regions of the UK who are focused on finding and supporting tech founders to rapidly grow and scale their businesses, and a network of corporate partners who are as passionate as Tech Nation are about supporting tech growth in the UK. Liz's teams are on a mission to make sure that the UK's scaling tech founders' huge ambitions are matched with ready access to a national and international network who can help them to make it happen.
She is a self-confessed tech fanatic with a particular soft-spot for retail tech, B2B products with a beautifully crafted UI/UX, and leadership teams with a relentless customer focus.
Liz is also a Non Exec Director for Fruugo.com, a global marketplace leveraging AI to support the global expansion of independent retailers. In addition Liz sits on a number of Advisory Boards and Steering Committees all focused on driving ecosystem growth and supporting scaling businesses - including the Greater Manchester AI Foundry and the Business Action Council Net Zero Committee. Liz is a proud member of the Princes' Trust North West Development Committee - supporting young people into entrepreneurship and growing the digital skills pipeline.
Serial entrepreneur, three-time founder and public board member. Presently Operating Partner at Exponent PE, Chair of GoCity and a NED at Flutter PLC. Formerly in Executive roles at Carlsberg Group until May 2021, where she was also Chief Digital Officer.
Paul is leading Entrepreneur, CEO and investor in the video games and tech space. He has founded, led and sold four companies and has invested in many more. Paul co-founded Playdemic, a video games developer and publisher he co-founded in 2010.
Prior to founding Playdemic, Paul was briefly an investment banker before starting his first games company, BattleMail, in 1999.
In 2010, Paul co-founded Playdemic, a free-to-play mobile games developer and publisher. Playdemic has enjoyed significant global success with its leading franchises reaching over 200m players and generating over $1Bn of sales. Playdemic’s biggest hit, Golf Clash, is currently one of the Top Grossing mobile games in the world.
Playdemic was acquired by Warner Bros in 2017 and subsequently by Electronic Arts in June 2021 for $1.4Bn.
Paul has also invested in a number of other games and technology businesses including Ironstone Partners (acquired by Eidos/Square Enix), Ideas Pad (acquired by Playdemic), Appatyze (acquired by Teddy Sagi’s private office), WithU, Nivo, Retro Games Ltd and Scene Group. Paul has a degree in Economics from Manchester University.
Paul is the co-founder of MPP Global and was CEO for 20 years until its acquisition by AIM-listed Aptitude Software in October 2021. MPP Global is the award-winning international provider of the cloud-based subscription management and billing SaaS platform, eSuite. Paul led the business from cradle to sale; including its angel funding and bootstrapped early growth phase, various strategy pivots, a series B fundraise and international expansion before its recent trade sale.
At exit, MPP Global had grown to over 100 employees plus offshore development teams and £9m ARR. As CEO, Paul became an all-rounder with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong background in all areas of growing an international software company, including finance and metrics, sales, marketing, product and software engineering. Paul continues to work with passionate and entrepreneurial founders of exciting and high growth SaaS, Software and Fintech companies.
Richard has been in charge of Leeds based Sky Betting & Gaming for eleven years and with the company for sixteen.
He holds a Masters degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He lives in Harrogate with his wife and two children but remains an Arsenal fan.
Will is a founding director of OBI Property, and specialises in advising fast growing tech occupiers on their real estate strategies across the UK and Europe.
Will was recently named Dealmaker of the Year by North West Business Insider and has delivered successful business relocations for the likes of AO.com, The Hut Group, NCC Group, Zuto, Rentalcars.com, UKFast and LADBible.
Stephen is a Partner at ECI Partners, the UK’s leading growth-focused private equity firm.
ECI partners with UK growth companies within the business & financial services, consumer, and TMT sectors. For more than 40 years ECI has invested across the northern technology sector, gaining a wealth of experience in supporting high growth businesses, including NCC Group, LateRooms, Ascribe, Citation, Imagesound and Oaktree.
They typically invest £25m to £100m of equity in deals valued up to £200m. ECI believes in teamwork and collaboration, supporting ambitious management teams combining their knowledge and vision with our experience.
Steve Oliver is the co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of musicMagpie Plc. Founded in 2007 (in Steve’s converted Stockport garage), focusing originally on the purchase and re-sale of pre-owned CDs (hence the name) DVDs and Games, musicMagpie has successfully pivoted over time to become the UK’s leading mobile phone recycler with consumer technology now their dominant product category. The Group has also been trading in the US since 2013 under the ‘decluttr’ brand, with its operational base in Atlanta, Georgia and is also the world’s biggest seller in the history of both eBay and Amazon
The business has a simple mission statement and that is to be the service to use that is “Smart for You, Smart for the Planet” whether buying or selling, with sustainability absolutely at the heart of its consumer and now corporate recycling model. The Group became a publicly limited company with their £208m market cap AIM flotation on the London Stock Exchange in April 2021.
Steve is also Chair of the Stockport Economic Alliance and passionately supports and promotes both the business and charitable communities across the Stockport Borough. He is also one of the founding trustees of Egg – Engage, Grow, Go, a newly registered UK Charity providing innovate solutions to support the homeless community of initially Stockport but ultimately nationwide.
Sharon is a Senior Business Leader with a track record in driving sustainable revenue growth, restructuring businesses and developing iconic brands across global markets. She has honed her leadership and advisory skills in Board & Executive roles at the BBC and Microsoft Corporation, and through her work as a Chairman, Non-Executive Director and executive coach.
A huge Thank you to our guests, speakers, judges and sponsors for joining us for 8th annual Northern Tech Awards!
It was fantastic to see all of you face-to-face to celebrate all that is good in the Northern tech ecosystem.