UK tech awards 2016 – winners announced

Published at 10:29 AM on 10 November 2016

In a year of noticeable achievements in the UK technology sector, including the largest tech deal by a UK corporate, a steady stream of IPOs and new companies reaching ‘unicorn’ status, the winners of the UK tech awards were announced yesterday evening at an awards dinner at Park Plaza, Westminster.

The awards, a joint venture between PwC and Ford Sinclair Ltd in association with Silicon Valley Bank, recognise the efforts of both public and private innovative home-grown tech companies and individuals.

Jass Sarai, UK technology leader at PwC, said:

“The UK tech sector is thriving and we should be really proud of our community and the work we do every day to keep our businesses on the forefront of global tech innovation. This year we’ve seen more business to business innovation than ever in the strive for all companies to be tech companies, and this is reflected in our winners. Investment is no longer focused purely on consumers, which can only be positive for the tech sector.

“If we are to continue to drive innovation through 2017, particularly in light of Brexit, we need to ensure we can continue to attract the strongest tech talent from around the world, whilst continuing to develop our own here in the UK.

“The UK tech sector remains popular with global investors and I expect to see more emerging companies, deals, IPOs and new technologies in the coming year, with a particular focus on areas such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.”

Paul Jackson, head of corporate banking at Silicon Valley Bank, said:

“The UK tech awards is the star of the awards season with an impressive 17 year history of celebrating the achievements of UK technology and innovative businesses. We are delighted to be supporting this prestigious event and would like to congratulate all of this year’s nominees and especially of course the 2016 winners!

“Silicon Valley Bank is dedicated to serving the needs of innovation businesses at every life stage. This year's awards have shown the strength and depth of the industry we serve and a future of perhaps greater opportunity than ever before. We look forward to working with all of our clients, future clients and partners in 2017 and beyond.”

The full list of winners is as follows. Richard Longdon, CEO of UK tech company, AVEVA, was also recognised on the night for his long-standing contribution to the sector.



Notes for editors.

Companies and advisors can find out more about the awards and see photos at and should follow @UKtech_awards #UKtech16 on twitter to find out more about the event.

For further information about the awards please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair – email: [email protected] or telephone: 01277 350557. 

About the UK tech 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 14 consecutive years since the launch in 2000.

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