UK Tech still on top

10 November 2016

What a year it’s been. We’ve seen several noticeable achievements, including the largest tech deal by a UK corporate, a steady stream of IPOs and new companies reaching unicorn status. The UK tech sector is thriving and we should be really proud of our community.

Last night the winners of the UK Tech Awards were announced and all the shortlist and winners showed real sustained growth. Our sector continues to provide the technology enabling real disruption to traditional business models, blurring traditional boundaries.

These awards celebrate success, reward achievement and raise the profile of the UK tech community and we are proud to sponsor them again this year. The tech community epitomises the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that’s vital for the UK economy.

The 4 award categories of particular relevance to Fast Growth companies are; Tech growth business of the year awardTech innovation of the year award, Tech company of the year award and best use of tech in a digital economy award. Huge congratulations to the following:


Tech growth business of the year award sponsored by ECI Partners

Acturis Ltd

Acturis is a leading IT service provider to the insurance industry, transforming commercial insurance through its innovative cloud-based SaaS platform. Over the past 15 years, the Acturis Group has grown to over £46m of revenues in 2015 and has more than 430 employees in 5 locations.

Tech growth

Tech innovation of the year award sponsored by Barclays

Darktrace Ltd

Darktrace is one of the world’s leading cyber threat defence companies and is capable of identifying new emerging threats within computer networks in real time. Darktrace has experienced rapid growth since its foundation, growing revenues by over 600% year-over-year, and doubling the number of employees from 2015–16


Tech company of the year award sponsored by Arma Partners

Accesso Technology Group Plc

Accesso develops ticketing, mobile and e-commerce technologies and virtual queuing solutions for theme parks.

  Tech Comopany

Best use of tech in the digital economy award sponsored by Rigby Group plc


Farfetch is an e-commerce business that showcases over 1,000 fashion labels, supporting independent retailers by giving them a global platform to sell through in order to compete with major retail players.

  Digital economy

In 2014 we met José Neves, CEO and founder of Farfetch to talk about the inspiration behind the company and the future of the FashionTech sector. You can read the full interview here. 


Congratulations to all the winners and I look forward to seeing what 2017 will bring to the UK tech scene.


Brian Henderson | Fast Growth Companies Leader
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