Palringo, Mobica, Crisp Thinking, Missguided, Parcel2Go and Performance Horizon all walked away with awards at the GP Bullhound Northern Tech Awards, which recognise the leading technology companies in the North.
The invitation-only event took place on 26th March 2015 at Aspire in Leeds, a growing hub in the internet sector and home to a large number of successful technology companies across a wide number of sectors.
The Northern Tech Awards are owned and managed by international technology investment bank GP Bullhound, and are held every year to recognise the fastest growing technology companies in the North.
This year’s event, hosted by David Rowan, Editor of WIRED magazine, and Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of GP Bullhound, was attended by a select group of 200 CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and journalists.
We were delighted to sponsor the event, alongside other sponsors including Barclays, Squire Patton Boggs, Berenberg, Business Growth Fund, Crowdcube, Enterprise Ventures, Frazer John Recruitment, The London Stock Exchange, Scottish Equity Partners and Silicon Valley Bank.
The Awards winners, the final ranking of top 50 companies, and the list of Rising Stars were announced during the evening:
Fastest Growing Company Award, won by Palringo, a leading platform for mobile communities all around the world
Fastest Growing Larger Company Award, won by Mobica, a global software development and integration services company
Most Innovative Company Award, won by Parcel2Go, the UK’s leading parcel delivery comparison web service
Judges Leadership Award, won by Missguided, an international online fast fashion retailer
Judges’ Award for International Success, won by Crisp Thinking, offering a technology that helps protect brand reputation on social networks
Overall Judges’ Award, won by Performance Horizon, whose technology enables global brands, agencies and publishers to optimize and take control of the performance of their campaigns
The panel of Judges comprised leading figures from the local, national and international entrepreneurial scene, including: Adam Balon (Founder, Innocent Drinks), Martin Bryant (Editor, The Next Webb), Michael Dimelow (ARM, VP Strategic Business Development), Sir Terry Leahy (Private Investor), David Rasche (Founder, SSP), David Rowan (Editor, WIRED), Charles Sharland (Chairman and Co-Founder, Appsense), Paul Walker (Co-Founder, Sage), Phil Webb, (EMIS Group, CTO).
“The Northern Tech Awards are a celebration of the boundless energy and global ambitions of tech entrepreneurs in the North”, said Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of GP Bullhound, praising the standard of the entries: “This year the quality and quantity of nominations is the highest ever, and the whole of the North is represented” He added: “We were blown away by the talent and ground-breaking innovation of the companies who won each category.”
GP Bullhound is strongly committed to the region and since the opening of its Manchester office in 2014, headed up by Hugh Campbell, the firm has advised on a number of successful transactions such as the sale of Textlocal to IMImobile, the sale of Realise to St Ives, the sale of Great Fridays to EPAM and the sale of Sumo Digital to Northedge.
Northern Tech Map
The Northern Tech Awards also saw the release of the Northern Tech Map, a unique interactive map built by GP Bullhound, locating and describing the region’s best tech companies, to discover on www.northerntechawards.com