Digital technologies celebrate

Friday 19th June 2015
Winners FanDuel with Lesley Eccles 4th from the left and Polly Purvis from ScotlandIS 4th from the right.

ScotlandIS, digital technologies trade body awarded the winners of its fifth annual Digital Technology Awards at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (not Glasgow Arches) where the elite of Scotland’s companies attended an event celebrating their continuing successi in the sector.

Big winners on the night were FanDuel scooping four awards, including the much-coveted Digital Technology Business of the Year  heading off both Edge Testing Solutions, Kotikan and Cooper Software to do so.

FanDuel were recognised for their exponential growth and success since starting in 2009. The Edinburgh based online fantasy sports technology business,  trading largely in North America, has 225 employees in Scotland and the US. FanDuel also took the prize for Best B2C Technology Product/ Service and Investment Deal of the Year, and were joint winners in the Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company on the night.

Technology Star category. This recognises outstanding market performance, went to Edinburgh success story Skyscanner where growth of their Skyscanner app, since its release in 2011, has been downloaded more than 20 million times.

Linlithgow based telecoms software specialists Calnex, winners of international growth award in 2014, won the newly introduced award for Best B2B Technology Product/Service this year. This new award, sponsored by business analysts Be-Positive, proved to be the most popular entrant category with Edge Testing Solutions and Speech Graphics also making the shortlist along with the winners.

FreeAgent, the business accounting software specialists, were joint winners with FanDuel and both took the Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company award. Freeagent was  winners of the Digital Technology Company of the Year (small) category in 2014.

The Best Public Sector Product / Service Award went to the “Living it Up” project, a partnership between Isle of Skye based healthcare tech company Sitekit and Maverick TV, a TV and media production company known for their multi-platform projects.

The award for Best Digital Agency was hotly contested and the judges decided to award it jointly to Edinburgh-based Storm ID and Glasgow-based Screenmedia. Runners up went to app developer Waracle. This year the award was sponsored by specialist recruitment agency Hudson.

The Award for Best Financial Services Product/Service, was won for the second year running by Edinburgh-based independent investment management platform company Nucleus. The company provides online investment wrappers that rebalance the investment management market in favour of the client and their advisors.

Star Performance of the Year Award, sponsored by doc-department, was awarded to Keith Neilson, CEO and co-founder at Craneware, highlighting his outstanding contribution to the overall performance of the company in the past year. In the same category  Fiona Lindsay, Healthcare Consultant at SIMUL8 Corporation, got a special recognition as Best Individual Within a Team.

Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, says: “The sheer volume and strength of the award applications was outstanding so I would like to congratulate all of our winners. From specialist businesses to well-known names, we saw a great many examples of passion, innovation and hard work.

“Scotland is home to a growing number of ambitious and successful technology companies and as a small country I believe we punch well above our weight. ScotlandIS now has over 300 member businesses and this year’s award winners offer a snapshot of the talent making waves across our industry.”

Some 80,000 Scots now work in the digital technologies industry, which contributes more than
£4 billion in GVA to the Scottish economy and adding significantly to export revenues.

ScotlandIS is funded by its members, and works to raise awareness of the industry’s expertise and its value to the Scottish economy. It plays a key role in lobbying government on the industry’s behalf over issues such as public sector procurement and skills, and provides a forum for members to meet and exchange knowledge, industry intelligence and best practice.

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