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To view information about previous UK Tech dinners, please select the appropriate year below: 

The UK tech awards evolved from the very successful techMARK Awards, which concerned only quoted tech companies. The archive from this event, which was held for 13 consecutive years since its launch in 2000 can also be found below.

2020

2020 Categories


tech deal of the year award

Sponsored by Rothschild & Co 

Shortlist

  • Just Eat Takeaway.com

  • Metaswitch Networks Ltd

  • SDL plc

  • WINNER: THG Holdings plc (The Hut Group)


tech journalist of the year award

Sponsored by Luther Pendragon 

Shortlist

  • Martin Coulter/Business Insider

  • Dan McCrum/FT

  • WINNER: Jamie Nimmo/Mail on Sunday

  • Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch


tech growth business of the year award

Sponsored by ECI Partners 

Shortlist

  • The Access Group

  • Boku Inc.

  • GB Group plc

  • WINNER: TransferWise Ltd


tech for good award

Shortlist

  • Code First: Girls

  • InternetWatch Foundation (IWF)

  • Kooth plc

  • WINNER: Twinkl Ltd


tech investor award

Shortlist

  • Herald Investment Management

  • WINNER: Hg

  • IP Group plc

  • LocalGlobe LLP


best use of tech in the digital economy award

Sponsored by Zeus Capital 

Shortlist

  • WINNER: Babylon Health

  • Deliveroo.co.uk

  • Huma.com

  • Revolut Ltd


tech innovation of the year award

Shortlist

  • Ceres Power plc

  • Featurespace Ltd

  • Onfido Ltd

  • WINNER: Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd

  • WaveOptics Ltd

 


tech businesswoman of the year award

Sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank 

Shortlist

  • Anne Boden/Starling Bank

  • Anna Brailsford/Code First: Girls

  • Luciana Lixandru/Sequoia Capital

  • WINNER: Elona Mortimer-Zhika/IRIS Software Group

  • Xenia Walters/SDL plc


tech CEO of the year award

Sponsored by Oakley Advisory Limited 

Shortlist

  • Steve Cliffe/Ultraleap Ltd

  • WINNER: Adolfo Hernandez/SDL plc

  • Tim Steiner/Ocado Group plc

  • Nigel Toon/Graphcore Ltd


tech company of the year award

Sponsored by Arma Partners 

Shortlist

  • The Access Group Ceres Power plc

  • Frontier Developments plc

  • Ocado Group plc

  • WINNER: Revolut Ltd

SHORTLIST REVIEW

Read more about this year’s shortlisted companies by selecting an award below.

tech deal of the year award

sponsored by Rothschild & Co

 
The 2020 shortlist:

London-based tech firms have raised over $4bn from VCs so far in 2020, which is more than Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and Tel Aviv combined and globally the tech sector regularly generates the most IPOs and the highest proceeds.

As quoted by Sadiq Khan, “The tech community in London and across the UK has risen to the challenges posed by coronavirus, demonstrating the sector’s resilience and innovation”.

Our four shortlisted companies have all transformed their business through their strategic deal making and are subsequently on a rapid growth trajectory, despite the global pandemic and impending recession.

Huge congratulations to our shortlisted companies…


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Just Eat Takeaway.com

At the start of this year, Just Eat were given the green light to a £6.2bn merger with Dutch food delivery firm, Takeaway.com, creating one of the largest food delivery groups in the world. In addition, the group raised €700m in new outside funding in the form of new shares and convertible bonds. The merger marked the latest phase of consolidation in the takeaway delivery market, hot on the heels of Amazon proceeding with an investment leading a $575m round for Deliveroo.


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Metaswitch Networks Ltd

The group concluded a strategic deal with Microsoft in May this year to acquire Metaswitch’s complementary portfolio of ultra-high-performance, cloud-native communications software. As the industry moves to 5G, operators have opportunities to advance the virtualisation of their core networks and move forward to an increasingly cloud-native future. Combining the two businesses demonstrates how serious Microsoft is about telco networking on Azure.


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SDL plc

SDL was involved in one of the UK’s largest tech deals this year through its acquisition by RWS for £809m. The all-share deal creates the world’s largest language services company and one of the biggest businesses listed on AIM, with a market value of around £3bn. The combined group will serve an expanded blue-chip customer base with limited overlap across its core markets and the deal should result in double-digit earnings per share accretion in its first full financial year post completion.


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THG Holdings plc (The Hut Group)

The Hut Group has consistently pursued an aggressive acquisition strategy, having completed a £1bn funding round in 2019 to support its growth. The group’s most recent acquisitions include haircare brand, Christophe Robin and the Eclectic Hotel Group. The group’s ingenuity platform powers more than 1,000 consumer brands around the world, including Elemis, PZ Cussons, Nuxe, ByTerry, Revolution Beauty, Homebase and Hotel Chocolat. But it was the oversubscribed IPO for THG that forced the company on to the UK tech awards tech deal of the year shortlist. Current market cap £5.85bn.

Voting Panel

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Ian Restall

Flathill Communications Group plc

(Voting panel Chairman)

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Jass Sarai

PwC

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Rosh Wijayarathna

Silicon Valley Bank

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Kerry Baldwin

IQ Capital

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Anton Black

Rothschild & Co

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Niall Callan

Design Portfolio

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Harry Chathli

Luther Pendragon

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Sean Duffy

Barclays

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Fraser Elms

Herald Investment Management

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Arun George

Global Equity Research

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Jeremy Gleeson

AXA Investment Managers

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Nezahat Gultekin

Nomura

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Max Herrmann

Stifel

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Fatima Iu

Polar Capital

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Eric Lawson-Smith

Arma Partners

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Richard Longdon

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Milan Radia

2020 re:think

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Mark Reilly

IP Group plc

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Benjamin Robertson

Zeus Capital

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Matthew Siebert

Toscafund

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Tom Wrenn

ECI Partners

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Ian Restall

Flathill Communications Group plc(Voting panel Chairman)

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Jass Sarai

PwC

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Rosh Wijayarathna

Silicon Valley Bank

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Kerry Baldwin

IQ Capital

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Anton Black

Rothschild & Co

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Niall Callan

Design Portfolio

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Harry Chathli

Luther Pendragon

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Sean Duffy

Barclays

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Fraser Elms

Herald Investment Management

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Arun George

Global Equity Research

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Jeremy Gleeson

AXA Investment Managers

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Nezahat Gultekin

Nomura

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Max Herrmann

Stifel

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Fatima Iu

Polar Capital

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Eric Lawson-Smith

Arma Partners

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Richard Longdon

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Milan Radia

2020 re:think

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Mark Reilly

IP Group plc

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Benjamin Robertson

Zeus Capital

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Matthew Siebert

Toscafund

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Tom Wrenn

ECI Partners

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Ian Restall

Flathill Communications Group plc(Voting panel Chairman)

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Jass Sarai

PwC

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Rosh Wijayarathna

Silicon Valley Bank

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Kerry Baldwin

IQ Capital

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Anton Black

Rothschild & Co

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Niall Callan

Design Portfolio

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Harry Chathli

Luther Pendragon

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Sean Duffy

Barclays

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Fraser Elms

Herald Investment Management

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Arun George

Global Equity Research

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Jeremy Gleeson

AXA Investment Managers

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Nezahat Gultekin

Nomura

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Max Herrmann

Stifel

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Fatima Iu

Polar Capital

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Eric Lawson-Smith

Arma Partners

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Richard Longdon

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Milan Radia

2020 re:think

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Mark Reilly

IP Group plc

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Benjamin Robertson

Zeus Capital

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Matthew Siebert

Toscafund

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Tom Wrenn

ECI Partners