ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry, has released the shortlist for the hotly contested 2016 Digital Technology Awards. Now in the sixth year, the awards celebrate the talent and abundance of ideas in Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry. This year the awards received a record number of entries, reflecting a healthy sector.
“The Scottish digital technology sector is not just buoyant, it is thriving,” says Polly Purvis ScotlandIS CEO (right courtesy Lisa Ferguson) “It continues to grow year on year. I am delighted to see this reflected in the number of entries for the competition, up by over 50 percent this year. Diversity, scale and sheer innovation of the companies on the shortlist is impressive and demonstrates the opportunities available for those interested in a career in the sector.”
There are fifteen awards up for grabs this year. Several new categories making their debut including: CEO of the Year, Education Provider/Training Programme and sponsored by Data Lab, the Transformational Innovation Through Data award.
Iomart and Skyscanner go head to head for the Large Digital Tech Business award whilst Administrate, Calnex, and Edge Testing are shortlisted for Midsized Business category. Admino, Escrivo, and Mallzee vie for the Small Digital Tech Business top slot. Start-ups too are also celebrated in the Emerging Digital Tech Business of the Year category, nominees being Cofficent, Indigo Technologies, and Senshi Digital. Award winners will be revealed at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 20 April.
Best B2B Technology Product/Service: Edge Testing, FreeAgent, Swipii, Zonal Retail Data Systems
Best B2C Technology Product/Service: Mallzee, StormID, International Technology Star: FanDuel, HotDocs, Tracheal Global
Best Financial Services Product / Service: Float, Nucleus, Share In
Best Public Sector Product / Service: Informed Solutions, School Cloud Systems, Spider Online Best Education Provider / Training Programme: Avaloq, Edge Testing, PLAN C (Professional Learning and Networking for Computing)
Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company: Nucleus, Rookie Oven
Investment Deal of the Year: DataVita, FreeAgent, Mallzee
Transformational Innovation Through Data: Barrachd, Global Surface Intelligence. The Royal Bank of Scotland
CEO of the Year: Administrate. Clear Returns, Edge Testing, Mallzee
Digital Agency of the Year: Ambergreen Internet Marketing Ltd, MadeBrave, StormID
Emerging Digital Tech Business of the Year: Cofficient, Indigo Technologies, Senshi Digital
International Technology Star: Traceall Global
Small Digital Technology Business of the Year: Admino, Escrivo, Mallzee
Midsized Digital Technology Business of the Year: Administrate, Calnex, Edge Testing
Large Digital Technology Business of the Year: Iomart, Skyscanner
Scotland’s digital technologies industry contributes £5 billion in GVA to the economy and some 84,000 people are employed in the sector with start–up incubators such as Rookie Oven in Glasgow and CodeBase in Edinburgh enjoying huge success and growth. According to KPMG’s Tech Monitor, the number of tech sector enterprises in Scotland grew 43.4 per cent between 2010 and 2015, second only to London (54.6 per cent).
The ScotlandIS DigiTech Awards provide a unique opportunity to associate brands with the vibrant and growing digital technologies industry, from software, IT and Telecoms companies to digital agencies and web developers.
This years sponsors are: Cathcart Associates, Head Resourcing, Bright Purple, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, SQA, The Data Lab, Doc-department, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Enigma People Solutions and Hudson. To find out more about the awards and to attend the event visit ScotlandIS