UK tech awards
UK tech awards

2013

winners

technology fund manager of the year award
Sponsored by PwC

Winner: The Biotech Growth Trust

Picture shows, left to right: Simon Russell, Head of TMT Corporate Finance, PwC; Helen Carpanini, Communications Portfolio, accepting the award on behalf of The Biotech Growth Trust plc (winner); Lara Lewington (awards presenter); and Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC.

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tech innovation of the year award
Sponsored by Barclays

Winner: AVEVA Group plc

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Sean Duffy, Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms, Barclays; Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA Group plc (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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tech journalist of the year award
Sponsored by Luther Pendragon

Winner: Steven Frazer/Shares Magazine

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Harry Chathli, Director, Luther Pendragon; Steven Frazer, Shares Magazine (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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private equity deal of the year award
Sponsored by Megabuyte

Winner: Amor Group Ltd

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Ian Spence, Founder and CEO, Megabuyte; John Innes, Amor Group Ltd (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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best use of tech in the digital economy award
Sponsored by Design Portfolio

Winner: ASOS plc

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Julie Wilford, Managing Director, Design Portfolio; Sarah Dibley, ASOS plc (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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emerging star of the year award
Sponsored by Arma Partners

Winner: Ninian Solutions Ltd (Huddle)

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Ralph Choufani, Arma Partners; Alastair Mitchell, Ninian Solutions Ltd (Huddle) (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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tech achievement of the year award
Sponsored by Canaccord Genuity

Winner: Skyscanner Ltd

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Andrew Beswick, Canaccord Genuity; Chris Fielding, accepting the award on behalf of Skyscanner (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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tech growth business of the year award
Sponsored by ECI Partners

Winner: Xaar plc

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Tom Wrenn, Partner & Head of TMT, ECI Partners; Alex Bevis, Finance Director, Xaar plc (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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tech personality of the year award
Sponsored by finnCap

Joint Winners: David Braben/Frontier Developments plc and Vin Murria/Advanced Computer Software Group plc

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Sam Smith, CEO, finnCap; David Braben, CEO, Frontier Developments plc; Vin Murria, CEO, Advanced Computer Software Group plc (winners); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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tech company of the year award
Sponsored by Jefferies

Winner: ARM Holdings plc

Picture shows, left to right: Jass Sarai, UK Leader – Technology Industry Group, PwC; Dominic Lester, MD and European Joint Head of Investment Banking, Jefferies; Philip Sparks, ARM Holdings plc, Ellie Springett, ARM Holdings plc, Ed Gemmell, ARM Holdings plc (winner); and Lara Lewington (awards presenter).

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voting panel

Jass Sarai

Jass Sarai
Partner, PwC,
Chairman of the Voting Panel

 

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Andrew Beswick
Canaccord Genuity

 

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Harry Chathli
Luther Pendragon (read more)

Harry is a financial PR and media strategist. Over the past fifteen years, he has designed and implemented successful communications campaigns to raise the profile of public and private companies in a variety of sectors, with a particular strength in technology-led businesses. Harry has been the key PR adviser in over 30 IPOs on the LSE (Main List and AIM), NASDAQ and other global bourses as well as in other transactions and corporate events such as M&A, MBO, crisis communications, boardroom disputes and shareholder activism. Harry’s strength in PR strategy is built on his previous experience as a management consultant advising foreign governments on their economic reform programmes.

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Ralph Choufani
Arma Partners (read more)

Joined Arma Partners in 2010. Previously worked for 5 years as a Principal at EIT, the telecom PE vertical of Dubai Holding, with assets including Interoute (UK), Forthnet/Nova (Greece), GO (Malta), Tunisie Telecom (Tunisia) and du (UAE) amongst others. During his tenure at EIT, Ralph held an executive committee seat at GO Plc. (the leading quad-play operator in Malta) and a board seat at BMIT Ltd. (the dominant colocation provider for Europe’s online gaming companies). Prior to EIT, Ralph co-founded and ran an entrepreneurial venture in the digital dynamic signage space which he successfully exited in 2005. Earlier in his career he was a management consultant with Accenture in the Communications & High Tech team where he advised a variety of telecom operators across the Middle East.

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Joe Chung
Fidelity Investors

 

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Ralph Cox
BlackRock

 

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Andrew Darley
finnCap

 

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Fraser Elms
Herald Investment Management (read more)

Fraser Elms works for Herald Investment Management having joined in May 2000. He has lead responsibility for the Herald portfolios' Asian exposure. He also has analytical responsibility for the semiconductor, global communications and networking industries. He has over sixteen years of investment management experience and is Deputy Manager of the Herald Investment Trust.

Prior to joining Herald, Fraser was a technology analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he covered the European technology sector. Before this he worked at Prudential for three years as member of a team of three UK focused unit trust fund managers. He graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Economics and initially joined Prudential as a product manager for their Unit Trusts, before completing an MSc in Investment Analysis at the University of Stirling and re-joining Prudential in an investment role.

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Arun George
Edison Investment Research (read more)

Arun joined Edison in 2012 as an analyst in the institutional team identifying and writing on stock ideas across sectors. In his six years’ experience as a technology analyst in the City at Altium, Espirito Santo, Execution Noble and Clear Capital, he has covered both the UK software and hardware sectors. Arun holds a degree in mechanical engineering as well as post-graduate qualifications in financial engineering and industrial and operations engineering. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Stefan Hamill
Peel Hunt

 

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Fatima Iu
Polar Capital Technology (read more)

Fatima joined Polar Capital in April 2006 after working as an analyst at Citigroup Asset Management for 18 months. She focuses on European technology stocks and has responsibility for coverage of the global alternative energy and medical technology subsectors. Fatima graduated from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 2002 with a degree in Chemistry. She is a CFA charterholder.

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Milan Radia
Jefferies (read more)

Milan Radia joined Jefferies International in June 2006 and is a Managing Director with responsibility for coverage of the European Software and IT Services sector. He has 20 years of equity market experience. In each of 2010 and 2011, Milan was ranked the Number 1 earnings estimator in Europe for his sector in the Starmine awards, as well as the Number 2 earnings estimator in the UK in 2011. Milan was previously at Bridgewell Securities where he was a Director and founding member of the equity research team. During this time, Milan was voted Techmark Analyst of the Year and achieved a Top 3 Institutional Investor sector ranking. Prior to Bridgewell, Milan was for four years a Director in the UBS technology equity research group and a senior member of the Number 1 ranked software team. Milan started his career at Prudential Portfolio Managers where he was a fund manager responsible for a range of high growth and income unit trust funds in excess of £350m. Milan graduated with a First Class degree in Economics from Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

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Ian Restall
Flathill Communications Group plc (read more)

Throughout his career, Ian has been involved with growth companies, both public and private. His early career was as a stockbroker, analyst, broadcaster and financial journalist in this area, and since founding The Design Portfolio Marketing Services in 1991, he has been active in helping many companies in this sector with their investor communication and corporate reporting requirements. Ian is also Chairman of Design Portfolio in London, President of Design Portfolio Marketing Services Inc. and a member of the Investor Relations Society.

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Simon Russell
PwC

 

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Andrew Skinner
Barclays

 

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Ian Spence
Megabuyte

 

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Tom Wrenn
ECI (read more)

Tom is a Partner at ECI and heads their TMT sector team. ECI’s TMT investments include CliniSys (HCIT), Kelvin Hughes (marine navigation systems), XLN Telecom (B2B telecoms), Fourth (SaaS), Ascribe (HCIT) and CarTrawler (online travel platform). Previously, he worked at Close Brothers, where he advised a wide range of private equity and corporate clients on acquisitions and disposals. Tom initially trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and has a degree in physics from Oxford University.



shortlisted nominees

tech fund manager of the year award
Sponsored by PwC

TBC

tech innovation of the year award
Sponsored by Barclays

  • AVEVA Group plc
  • Fidessa Group plc
  • Intelligent Energy Holdings plc
  • Microsaic Systems plc
  • WANdisco plc
  • Wolfson Microelectronics plc

tech journalist of the year award
Sponsored by Luther Pendragon

  • Charles Arthur – The Guardian
  • Tim Bradshaw – FT
  • Nic Fildes – The Times
  • Steven Frazer – Shares Magazine
  • Fiona Graham – BBC News
  • Henry Mance – FT

private equity deal of the year award
Sponsored by Megabuyte

  • Amor Group Ltd
  • Avelo/IRESS
  • Civica Group Ltd
  • CliniSys Group Ltd
  • Host Europe Group Ltd
  • Thomsons Online Benefits Ltd

best use of tech in the digital economy award
Sponsored by Design Portfolio

  • ASOS plc
  • Burberry Group plc
  • Ocado Group plc
  • Rightmove plc
  • Optimal Payments plc
  • Skyscanner Ltd
  • YouGov plc

emerging star of the year award
Sponsored by Arma Partners

  • Control Circle Ltd
  • Farfetch UK Ltd
  • Ninian Solutions Ltd (Huddle)
  • Mimecast Services Ltd
  • MirriAd Ltd
  • Rosslyn Analytics Ltd

tech achievement of the year award
Sponsored by Canaccord Genuity

  • Accumuli plc
  • Monitise plc
  • Nanoco Group plc
  • Shazam Entertainment Ltd
  • Skyscanner Ltd

tech growth business of the year award
Sponsored by ECI Partners

  • Acturis Ltd
  • Blinkx plc
  • Fourth Ltd
  • The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd
  • Thomsons Online Benefits Ltd
  • Xaar plc

tech personality of the year award
Sponsored by finnCap

  • Vin Murria/Advanced Computer Software Group plc
  • Charles Nasser/Claranet Ltd
  • David Braben/Frontier Developments plc
  • Richard Law/GB Group plc
  • Michael Acton Smith/Mind Candy Ltd
  • David Richards/WANdisco plc

tech company of the year award
Sponsored by Jefferies

  • Abcam plc
  • ARM Holdings plc
  • AVEVA Group plc
  • Blinkx plc
  • Monitise plc
  • Xaar plc


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