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The Prolific North Tech Awards 2019 – The Winners

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Over 400 people gathered at Manchester’s historic Midland Hotel last night to celebrate the innovative and outstanding work of the North’s thriving tech sector. 

Hosted by BBC presenter Will Perry, the inaugural Prolific North Tech Awards event was a complete sell-out with all corners of the region represented.

The Tech Awards were supported by event organisers Don’t Panic, while thanks also go to the category sponsors: Brabners, Knight Corporate Finance, Downtown In Business, Finch Insurance Brokers, and KM Capital.


Entries and judging

Entries were submitted by the region’s most innovative and forward-thinking tech specialists in multiple industries – so thank you to everyone who made an entry. The shortlist only goes to show the immense talent and imagination at play in the North’s tech sector.

We’d also like to thank the industry experts who made up our panel of judges:

Mo Aldalou, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for North West at Tech Nation; Dawn Anderson, International SEO and Web Marketing Consultant; Tom Armenante, eCommerce Manager for Wolsey and Nicole Farhi; Paul Bamber, Director of Technology at Bruntwood; Andy Barke, Head of Northern Agencies for Google; Michael Boyle, Head of Digital & Marketing at Maniére De Voir; Martin Bryant, Founder of Big Revolution; Tom Clarke, Head of PR, Social and Events at SharpFutures; Richard Dawson, Digital Marketing Expert at The Cheshire Digital Marketing Agency; Mike Deyes, Deputy Director of Marketing at the University of Liverpool; Ellie England, Sales Director for Microsoft Search Advertising; Marcus Hadfield, Chief Strategy Officer for Apadmi; Kristal Ireland, Head of eCommerce and Retail Technology for London North East Railway; Brendan Keegan, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at MMU; Mark Kuhillow, Founder of R.O.Eye; Anna Leyland, Service Excellence Manager at Soprasteria; Davina Lines, Managing Director of eCommerce Club & Mixing Digital; Peter Lusty, Chief Executive for Manchester Tech Trust; Neil McKay, CEO of Endless Gain; Alexandra Morris, Managing Director of MakeUrMove; Paul Morris, Head of Marketing, Planning & Performance for Tesco Bank; Manoj Ranaweera, Founder & CEO for Techcelerate Ventures; Rob Shaw, CEO of Jaywing PLC; David Turner, P Engineering for Response Tap; Lisa Wood, Head of Communications for Now Healthcare Group; Jim Young, Head of Creative Technology at Sparq (part of the Saville Group).


Prolific North Tech Awards 2019: The Winners

Best Application of Tech – Manufacturing: Wax Digital – Nissan Best

Also nominated:

Best Application of Tech – Health: Apadmi & NHSBT – DonorPath

Sponsored by Brabners

Also nominated were:

  • Calls9 & MyFood24
  • Gavurin – PopNAT for Hospice UK
  • Now Healthcare Group and app Now Patient

Best Application of Tech – Finance: Wax Digital – Coventry Building Society

Also nominated were:

  • Calls9 Limited – Truffle Invest
  • Equity Release Supermarket – Reinvention of
  • Mojo Mortgages – Partnership Platform APIs

Best Application of Tech – Retail / eCommerce: Jaywing Intelligence – Dominos Using AI to discover new audiences and drive revenue

Sponsored by Downtown In Business

Also nominated were:

  • creates online B2C channel for English Cheesecake
  • Digital Next – Sinners Attire Growth Campaign
  • Hark – Revolutionising Retail the Power of Real-time Energy Visibility
  • Latitude Digital Marketing – Driving Revenue with The Ticker
  • Strawberry – Gosschalks Alcohol Licensing Software
  • Two Jay – Traidcraft drive B2B and B2C performance with a single eCommerce platform
  • – Dynamic Appointment Scheduling with Descartes

Best Application of Tech – Transport: Autocab – iGo

Also nominated were:

  • Cap hpi – Appraisal App
  • Nexus Vehicle Rental – IRIS

Best Application of Tech – Security: Broadstone

Also nominated:

  • VST Enterprises

Best Application of Tech – Public Sector: Mobysoft Ltd – RentSense

Also nominated were:

  • CDS – Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (PAC) Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP)
  • Single Online Home for Policing

Best Use of Data: CDL – Hummingbird Syndicate

Also nominated were:

  • Jaywing Intelligence & ADT – Using CRM data to improve results from AI PPC solution
  • Judopay – JudoSense
  • Wyzowl – The State of Video Marketing 2019

Innovation Award: Hark – The Hark Platform

Also nominated were:

  • Cantarus – MemConnect Mobile App Platform
  • Salesfire
  • Jellyfish / Latitude Digital Marketing – Latitude Express Ads
  • Jellyfish / Latitude Digital Marketing – The Ticker
  • Mojo Mortgages – Mortgage Matcher
  • OneFile
  • VST Enterprises – Louis-James Davis

Technology for Good Award: Report & Support by Culture Shift

Also nominated were:

  • Baltic Training – Smart Classrooms
  • CDS – Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP), Single Online Home for UK policing
  • Connect Childcare
  • Holm – Improving Elderly Care
  • The Hardship Hub by I-COM & United Utilities
  • Tontio Ltd
  • VST Enterprises – Louis-James Davis

Transformation through Technology Award: Apadmi & NHSBT – Donor Path

Also nominated were:

  • CDS – Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP), Single Online Home for UK policing
  • Cloud Technology Solutions – Homeserve LeakBot
  • – From Fastest Growing To Industry Leading Website
  • Jellyfish / Latitude Digital Marketing – Using Technology to become the In-house agency
  • Oneserve in partnership with KCOM
  • Strawberry – Gosschalks Alcohol Licensing Software

FinTech Company of the Year: Arro Money

Also nominated were:

  • AccessPay
  • Mojo Mortgages

SaaS Company of the Year: OneFile

Also nominated were:

  • Autocab
  • BrightHR
  • Clixifix
  • Salesfire
  • Kaboodle Solutions Limited
  • Orlo
  • StreamAMG

eCommerce Company of the Year:

Also nominated were:

  • PushON – eCommerce Delivered
  • Strawberry
  • Visualsoft

Logistics / Platform Tech Company of the Year: fulfilmentcrowd

Best AdTech Company: Bidooh

Also nominated:

  • Ruler Analytics

Tech Growth Business of the Year: hedgehog lab

Also nominated:

  • AND Digital
  • Cloud Technology Solutions
  • Concorde Technology Group
  • Salesfire
  • Kaboodle Solutions Limited
  • M247
  • Netsells

Tech Company of the Year (Up to £5m): Spectre

Sponsored by Knight Corporate Finance

Also nominated were:

  • AZoNetwork
  • Connect
  • Digital Six
  • DigitalBridge
  • Salesfire
  • OneFile
  • Razor Ltd

Tech Company of the Year (Over £5m): Shield Safety Group

Sponsored by Finch Insurance Brokers

Also nominated were:

  • In Touch Networks

Young Tech Entrepreneur of the Year: Sam Coley – TickX

Sponsored by KM Capital

Also nominated:

  • Jordan Appleson – Hark

Tech Entrepreneur of the Year: Richard Hayes – Mojo Mortgages

Also nominated:

  • Louis-James Davis – VST Enterprises
  • Richard Jordan – Dynamic Risk Indicator


Will Perry ended the awards ceremony by congratulating all of the nominees, the winners, the judging panel and the attendees, as well as the supporters who helped make the event possible.

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