Since 2014, the annual Northern Tech Awards shine a light upon the leading technology businesses headquartered in the North of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Organised by GP Bullhound, the Awards provide a unique way of celebrating the innovative technologies and businesses developed in the region and recognise those who have contributed to their success.
The Northern Tech Awards Top 100 League Table is an acknowledgement of the 100 fastest-growing technology companies. The ranking is based on revenue growth over the last three years.
From the 'Fastest Growing Technology Companies' list, ten companies are selected by the Northern Tech judging panel made up of investors and industry experts, to present and compete for the special Judges’ Awards.
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 2019.
The Northern Stars Awards, recognise innovation and achievements of tech businesses with revenues below this threshold.
The CEOs of the Top 100 companies and Top 10 Northern Stars are then invited to celebrate and receive their award at the Northern Tech Awards ceremony.
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 event is free, run as a not-for-profit financed by GP Bullhound and a small group of sponsors who are passionate about supporting entrepreneurship across the North.
The 2022 Northern Tech Awards are supported and sponsored by Barclays, ECI, Squire Patton Boggs, OBI Property, Aprrentify, Aquiline Partners, Berenberg, Bruntwood SciTech, Frazer John Recruitment, Inflexion and London Stock Exchange.
The winners get an opportunity to network with their peers as well as present to and meet with the Judges, some of whom have built and successfully sold their own technology firms.
Each year the Award Ceremony is held in a different city. Recent awards have been held in Manchester (2014 and 2019), Leeds (2015 and 2021), Liverpool (2016), Newcastle (2017) and Edinburgh (2018). The 2022 Northern Tech Awards will be held in Manchester, as it continues to showcase tech innovation in northern cities.