Thames Valley Tech Awards 2018 winners

Tech Start-Up sponsored by ConnectTVT

This category is for the most exciting tech start-ups in the region. Companies must be no more than two-years-old. Shortlisted start-ups will be invited to pitch their concept to a special panel, organised by sponsor ConnectTVT.

Winner is: Serelay

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Second: Donate The Change

Third: Osokey

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Highly Commended: EcoSync and Limbick Labs

Emerging Tech Company – Sponsored by Barclays

This award covers the rising stars of the sector – the emerging company that might be starting to scale up, or has plans to. The company might be just a few years old but is already starting to make some ‘noise’.

Winner: Open Cosmos

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Second: CloudFactory

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Third: Capture

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Highly Commended: AdaptixFiscaltec Group and Epoq IT

High Growth Tech Business sponsored by Grant Thornton

This award will be presented to a fast-rising tech company that has exhibited significant growth in the past year or 2 years.

Winner: Southern Communications

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Second: Imaginera

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Third: Invenias

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Highly Commended: ESP Global ServicesIn Cloud Solutions and Redstor

Innovative Tech Company – Sponsored by Penningtons Manches

The award for innovation. This might be an innovative product or process, or it could be a technologically innovative way of doing business. The award will go to a company that puts innovation high on its agenda.

Winner: Ultima Business Solutions

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Second: Adaptix

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Third: Oxford nanoSystems

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Highly Commended: FliteTrakScopeMaster and Siyona Tech

Science & Technology Award – Sponsored by Blake Morgan

The award covers areas ranging from software-based and data analytics health technology to life sciences and robotics and space technology – sectors that the region is known to excel in. The winner will be building its reputation and have earned recognition for its truly innovative work in its field.

Winner: Lein Applied Diagnostics

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Second: Adaptix

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Third: P1vital Products

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Highly Commended: FliteTrak

International Tech Company – Sponsored by Centerprise International

The ThamesValley tech company that is making its mark globally. This award is open to companies headquartered in the region, or with a major presence (such as European office) in the Thames Valley.

Winner: MCS Rental Software

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Second: G-SMATT Europe Media

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Third: Cloud Factory

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Highly Commended: HR Wallingford

Telecoms Company – Sponsored by Lambert Smith Hampton

Covering the diverse world of telecoms, from mobile data to cell phones. The award is for telecoms companies that have enjoyed a spectacular year, either in terms of financial performance, market share, or products and services.

Winner: Gamma

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Second: STL Communications

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Third: Southern Communications

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Tech Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Austin Fraser

Great employers are eligible to enter this category – those that have the culture and/or physical working environment that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Winner: Volume

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Second: Ultima Business Solutions

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Third: STL Communications

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Highly Commended: InfoSum and Squared Up

Tech Deal of the Year – Sponsored by LDC

The award will go to a key transaction in the past 12 months – an acquisition, merger, flotation or other significant ‘event’ that has proved a successful exit for a company’s founders or will help build future growth for the business.

Winner: Roc Technologies  investment by BGF and acquisition of CCM

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Other finalists:

  • Contego Fraud Solutions investment by NVM and Maven
  • Hunter Macdonald sale to Netcompany
  • Redwood Technologies investment by Scottish Equity Partners
  • SecurEnvoy sale to Shearwater Group
  • Sophos acquisition of Invincea 

Thames Valley Tech Company – Sponsored by Moore Stephens

Awarded to the overall winner, the leading IT/science/telecoms company of the past year. Judges will be looking for the outstanding tech business that has excelled in performance, or product innovation or both.

Winner: Ultima Business Solutions

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Other finalists:

  • ByBox
  • Southern Communications
  • Squared Up
  • Volume