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Manchester, 5 January 2017

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Entries open for the Northern Tech Awards 2017

GP Bullhound, the European technology investment bank, has called on the North’s best tech companies to come forward for the Northern Tech Awards 2017 and be part of the region’s first Northern Tech 100 League Table.

GP Bullhound is partnering with Tech North, the government backed tech sector initiative, to jointly find, recognise and celebrate the region’s biggest tech success stories.

The North’s premier technology awards ceremony will take place on 30 March in Newcastle. The league table ranking those companies in order of their rate of growth will be published on the same day.

The Awards will celebrate the region’s top 100 fastest growing technology companies, the innovative technologies they have created, and identify the next British tech unicorns.

In 2016 Skyscanner, the online travel platform, was awarded the prestigious Overall Judges’ Award, demonstrating outstanding levels of innovation, leadership and international reach. Skyscanner was sold last month to Chinese travel company Ctrip for £1.4bn.

The ten winners from Tech North’s ‘Northern Stars’ competition will also be recognised as early-stage tech companies to watch.

Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner of GP Bullhound, commented: “The growth of the Northern digital economy continues to accelerate, contributing over £18 billion to the region’s productivity. Digital businesses across the North are having a sizeable impact on the immediate growth and future prosperity of the national economy.”

“This year’s awards will champion the businesses and entrepreneurs driving growth, fueling innovation, and shaping the future of the Northern economy. Newcastle, home to Sage, the only software business in the FTSE 100, and a thriving hub for start-ups and scale-ups provides the ideal platform to showcase this excellence.”

Richard Gregory, Director of Tech North, added: “Recognising the impressive breadth and depth of successful digital businesses in the North of England is at the heart of our mission, and we look forward to showcasing the 100 fastest growing firms.”

Chris Blaxall, CFO of Performance Horizon, winner of the Overall Judges’ Award at the Northern Tech Awards 2015, commented: “Entrepreneurs and digital businesses are an engine of growth across the North of England. The Northern Tech Awards are vital recognition of the creativity and dedication that drives the digital economy.

“The recognition Performance Horizon received as winner of the Overall Judges Award in 2015 was an important opportunity to showcase the talent and innovation that have enabled us to establish a footprint in over 170 countries. Platforms like the Northern Tech Awards will be critical to ensuring that others are able to go global.”

The Awards will take place at an invitation-only dinner at the Boiler Shop, Newcastle, on 30 March 2017. Newcastle, one of the UK’s most dynamic tech hubs, employs more than 22,000 people in its digital economy, according to Tech City UK. With over 40,000 students in the city, access to talent is also an important asset for local digital entrepreneurs and businesses.

The awards celebrate tech firms that have had at least three years of revenue growth, with a minimum level of revenue of £500,000 in 2014.

The Northern Tech Awards 2017 are presented by GP Bullhound as a not-for-profit event with the support and sponsorship of Tech North, Barclays, OBI Property, Performance Horizon, Squire Patton Boggs, Teesside University, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Berenberg, Frazer John Recruitment, Inflexion, London Stock Exchange, Mercia Technologies and Seven Hills.

Businesses can enter for the awards here before 24 February 2017.

2016 Winners:
The winners were selected by a panel of high-profile judges, including David Rowan, Editor of Wired, Sir Terry Leahy, and Alex Baldock, CEO of Shop Direct. The final ranking for the top 50 fastest-growing northern tech firms was also revealed. The full shortlists and more information can be found on

Fastest Growing Company – OnTrac
Fastest Growing Larger Company – Missguided
Judges’ Innovation Award – RealityMine
Judges’ Leadership Award – Tyres on the Drive
Judges’ Award for International Success – Exco Intouch
Young Entrepreneur Award – TheLADbible
Overall Judges’ Award – Skyscanner
Northern Star winner – EvaluAgent

For enquiries about the Northern Tech Awards, please get in touch with us via the Contact page.

About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is a leading European technology investment bank with a passion for entrepreneurship. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester and Paris. The firm’s advisory team has completed over 230 M&A and Capital transactions to date, working with category leaders including Essence, Avito, Delivery Hero, Fjord, King Digital Entertainment, Pingdom, Innogames, Spotify and many more. Through its principal investment team, GP Bullhound provides institutions, family offices and entrepreneurs with access to some of the most ambitious privately-held technology and media companies in Europe. The firm’s events and speaking activities bring together thousands of Europe’s leading digital entrepreneurs and technology investors throughout the year, and its thought-leading research is read by decision makers globally, and regularly cited in leading newspapers and publications. For more information, please visit, or follow on Twitter @GPBullhound

About Tech North
Launched in 2015 as part of Tech City UK, Tech North is a non-profit created to support and accelerate the growth of digital businesses and skills across the North of England. The organisation provides programmes, policy and a platform to benefit the region. The team has launched programmes and reports including Northern Stars, Founders Network, and Digital Powerhouse.

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