ScotlandIS trade association, championing the digital technologies industry are the award organisers. Delighted with the increased response to this year's call for applications, Polly Purvis CEO of ScotlandIS, said: “Scotland's digital technologies industry continues to grow year on year. Our latest industry survey findings show that nearly 87% of technology companies anticipate growth this coming year, with more than 65% advising they are forecasting growth of over 10%. A buoyant industry in a buoyant mood indeed.”
"The sheer volume and strength of the award applications was fantastic. I believe that celebrating the industry's variety and success is one of the best ways to encourage people to consider a career in our sector. This awards shortlist is a powerful testimony to the opportunities available, from setting up your own start-up company to international marketing for one of the many firms with their sights set on going global. Our industry has big ambition and these outstanding entries certainly showcase that to the full.”
The awards shine a spotlight on companies pushing the boundaries in digital technologies and ScotlandIS introduced several new categories this year to reflect the changing IT landscape, with
Best Business to Business Technology Product or Service being the most popular category.
“We want to encourage excellence in business as well as in technical innovation, so we have created a new award to recognise outstanding marketing performance,” explains Ms Purvis. “More and more of our members are achieving growth through exports so our new international technology star category will celebrate those companies who are performing extremely well on the world stage.”
Edge Testing Solutions, Kotikan, FanDuel, and Cooper Software are in the running for the title of Digital Technology Company of the Year, having demonstrated outstanding growth executed against ambitious plans. Previous winners include Craneware, FreeAgent, Amor Group and FanDuel.
The awards, now in their fifth year, reveal the excellence abundant in the industry and reward the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses across the digital technologies spectrum. The winners of the 10 categories will be unveiled at The Arches in Glasgow on June 18. The event is being held in association with business analysts Be-Positive, technical writing specialist doc-department, and Hudson recruitment firm.
The 2015 judging panel brought together a host of respected business people including former Pinnacle Group CEO Alan Bonner; Paul Neeson, assistant director with Scottish Equity Partners; Andrew Ralston, director IT operations at Cirrus Logic Inc; Rebecca Heaney, consultant and former managing director of RAPP Edinburgh; Kenny Fraser, former global telecoms partner with PwC; BBC Scotland head of technology, John Maxwell Hobbs; and Martin Mutch, former CEO of Rocela.
Alastair Balfour, chair of the panel and founder of organisations including Company Creators, the Entrepreneurial Exchange and one time editor of Scottish Business Insider, praised the calibre of entries to this year’s awards.
“This year’s judging process was very tough because we had so many excellent entries to choose from," he says. "I have been involved with these awards since they first launched in 2011 and I never fail to be bowled over by the level of innovation and best practice on show in Scotland. All of our finalists have beaten off stiff competition and proved that they are at the top of their game.”
Contributing £4 billion in GVA to the economy, some 80,000 people are employed by Scotland’s digital technologies industry with start-up incubators such as Edinburgh’s Codebase going from strength to strength.
The latest industry survey conducted on behalf of ScotlandIS found that confidence is high in the sector, with more than 8 out of 10 businesses expecting to recruit new staff in the coming year. It also found that exports are on the up, with companies looking to the US, Canada and Europe as the most promising markets.