UK tech awards 2013 - shortlist announced

Published at 12:00 PM on 21 October 2013

An opportunity to celebrate the breadth and depth of the blossoming UK tech market

The shortlist for the UK tech awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates that the UK tech sector continues to thrive due to home grown innovation and talent. The growth prospects for the UK tech sector remain positive, as companies focus on innovation, meeting changing consumer needs and expansion into new markets.

Jass Sarai, UK technology leader at PwC, said:

“In our continuing support of the UK tech sector, we have updated the techMARK awards to reflect the UK technology industry as it is today, by creating the UK Tech Awards. 

“The UK tech awards now reflect the contribution all companies make to the industry and includes not only publicly quoted techMARK companies, but also AIM tech companies and fast growing and innovative privately owned tech companies which we are pleased to welcome this year.

“The awards celebrate the success; reward the achievements and raise the profile of the UK tech community. This year we also acknowledge the role technology plays in creating competitive advantage in other sectors such as retail, property and travel through our newly created Digital Economy Award.”

The winners of the UK tech awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

The short list nominees are as follows:

Tech innovation of the year award
Sponsored by Barclays 
AVEVA Group plc  
Fidessa Group plc  
Intelligent Energy Holdings plc
Microsaic Systems plc 
WANdisco plc  
Wolfson Microelectronics plc 
Tech journalist of the year award
Sponsored by Luther Pendragon
Charles Arthur – The Guardian 
Tim Bradshaw – FT  
Nic Fildes – The Times 
Steven Frazer - Shares Magazine
Fiona Graham – BBC News 
Henry Mance – FT  
Private equity deal of the year 
Sponsored by megabuyte 
Amor Group Ltd  
Avelo FS Holdings Ltd 
Civica Group Ltd  
CliniSys Group Ltd  
Host Europe Group Ltd 
Thomsons Online Benefits Ltd 
Best use of tech in the digital economy
ASOS plc   
Burberry Group plc  
Ocado Group plc  
Rightmove plc  
Optimal Payments plc 
Skyscanner Ltd  
YouGov plc  
Emerging star of the year award
Sponsored by Arma Partners 
Control Circle Ltd  
Farfetch UK Ltd  
Ninian Solutions Ltd (Huddle) 
Mimecast Limtied  
MirriAd Ltd  
Rosslyn Analytics Ltd 
Tech achievement of the year award
Sponsored by Canaccord Genuity
Accumuli plc  
Monitise plc  
Nanoco Group plc  
Shazam Entertainment Ltd 
Skyscanner Ltd  
Tech growth business of the year award
Sponsored by ECI Partners 
Acturis Ltd  
Blinkx plc   
Fourth Ltd  
The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd
Thomsons Online Benefits Ltd 
Xaar plc   
Tech personality of the year award
Sponsored by finnCap 
Vin Murria/Advanced Computer Software Group plc
Charles Nasser/Claranet Ltd 
David Braben/Frontier Developments plc
Richard Law/GB Group plc 
Michael Acton Smith/Mind Candy Ltd
David Richards/WANdisco plc 
Tech company of the year award
Sponsored by Jefferies 
Abcam plc  
ARM Holdings plc  
AVEVA Group plc  
Blinkx plc   
Monitise plc  
Xaar plc

Notes to editors

The period under review for the awards is, 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013

Companies and advisors can find out more about the awards and short-list at and should follow @UKtech_awards #UKtech13 on twitter to find out more about the event.

For further information about the awards and tickets please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair – email:  or contact Julia Peachey -
Or tel 01277 350557.

About the Awards
The UK tech awards will celebrate the success, reward the achievement and raise the profile of the UK tech community. It is the absolute “must attend” networking event for anybody within the tech sector.

The event has evolved, by popular request, from the very successful techMARK Awards, sponsored by PwC, which concerned only quoted tech companies and which had been held for 13 consecutive years since the launch in 2000.

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