Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth

Published: 16 March 2016

The Digital Technology Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the talent and ideas abundant in Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry.

This year the awards received a record number of entries, reflecting the health of the sector.

  • Record number of entries – 50% increase in entries on 2015
  • 15 categories including 3 new awards for 2016
  • Award ceremony – 20th April, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Polly Purvis CEO of ScotlandIS said: “The Scottish digital technology sector is not just buoyant, it is thriving. 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. The diversity, scale and sheer innovation of the companies on the shortlist is impressive and demonstrates the opportunities which are available for those interested in a career in the sector.”

There are fifteen gongs up for grabs this year with several new categories making their debut including: CEO of the Year, Education Provider / Training Programme and the Data Lab sponsored Transformational Innovation Through Data award.

Iomart and Skyscanner will go head to head for the Large Digital Tech Business award whilst Administrate, Calnex, and Edge Testing are shortlisted for the Midsized Business category. Adimo, Escrivo, and Mallzee vie for the Small Digital Tech Business gong. Start-ups are also celebrated in the Emerging Digital Tech Business of the Year category with the nominees being Cofficent, Indigo Technologies, and Senshi Digital. The winners of the awards will be unveiled at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 20 April.

ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry, has released the shortlist for the hotly contested Digital Technology Awards.

The 2016 finalists are:

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
  • Traceall 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

Small Digital Tech Business of the Year

  • Adimo
  • Escrivo
  • Mallzee

Midsized Digital Tech Business of the Year

  • Administrate
  • Calnex
  • Edge Testing

Large Digital Tech 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 Digital Technology 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, Sheppard and Wedderburn LLP, Enigma People Solutions and Hudson.

For more information contact: 

Lee Birchall
Hot Tin Roof PR
t: 0131 225 7880



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