Awards beckon for Scotland’s digital tech firms

Polly Purvis and Lesley Eccles of ScotlandIS with last year's finalists, FanDuel
Scottish tech companies are being invited to enter this year’s Digital Technology Awards.
They’re encouraged to enter a hat trick of new categories, including CEO of the Year, in the ScotlandIS awards set to take place at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on April 20.
Other new categories include Education Provider/Training Programme of the Year, and The Data Lab-sponsored Transformational Innovation Through Data award.
The awards, which are now in their sixth year, have been designed to celebrate Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry and its “abundant” talent.
Previous finalists include Skyscanner, Craneware, iomart and FanDuel, as well as smaller companies such as Waracle, Administrate, Screenmedia and We are AD.
Martin Mutch, an investor, advisor and former CEO of IT services business Rocela, will chair this year’s panel of 10 expert judges.
Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, said: “The Digital Technology Awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses, large and small.
“They are an opportunity to celebrate the very best of Scotland’s digital technologies industry and every year I am really impressed by the calibre of entries we receive.
“Last year was our biggest event so far and I am hoping that, with our industry going from strength to strength, we will see even more competition this time round.”
The 2016 categories are:
  • Best B2B Technology Product / Service
  • Best B2C Technology Product / Service
  • International Technology Star
  • Best Financial Services Product / Service
  • Best Public Sector Product / Service
  • Best Education Provider / Training Programme
  • Outstanding Marketing Performance of the Year
  • Investment Deal of the Year
  • Transformational innovation through data
  • Star Performance of the Year
  • CEO of the Year
  • Digital Agency of the Year
  • Digital Technology Business of the Year  (Large)
  • Digital Technology Business of the Year (Small)
Scotland’s digital technology industry contributes £4 billion in GVA (Gross Value Added) to the economy and some 80,000 people are employed in the sector with start–up incubators such as CodeBase in Edinburgh experiencing substantial growth.
The latest industry survey conducted on behalf of ScotlandIS found that confidence is high in the sector, with more than eight out of 10 businesses expecting to recruit new staff in the coming year. It also found that exports are on the up, with Scottish companies looking to the US, Canada and Europe as the next markets for expansion.
ScotlandIS is Scotland’s industry trade body for digital technologies.
The deadline for awards entries is Wednesday, February 24.
Enter here.

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