North East’s top technology firms win prizes at annual Dynamites awards

Atom Bank wins the outstanding achievement at the event organised by the Dynamo group.

The top talent in the North East’s technology sector has been celebrated at the annual Dynamite awards.

The awards, held at Newcastle’s Civic Centre, attracted nearly 400 people, with entries from many of the region’s top tech firms.

Winners at the event included Sage, Northumbria University and Aspire Technology Solutions while Atom Bank took the outstanding achievement award.

Awards panel chair Stuart Lynn, chief product delivery officer for Sage, said the awards showed the wealth of talent in the North East’s growing tech sector.

He said: “This year the entries reached a new high both in terms of quality, quantity and diversity from start-up companies to multi-national corporates and from across the private sector, public sector and education.

“This is further validation as to the strength and depth that is growing across the North East tech industry, and it’s clear to see that innovation, creativity and success is most definitely on the increase.

“This is great news for our region and we should see this as a platform for future regional growth. It’s clear to see the region is re-inventing itself and we are really excited to see the region emerging as a centre for excellence for digital innovation.”

The awards are organised by Dynamo, an umbrella group for technology companies in the North East.

Dynamo chairman Charlie Hoult said: “It was a real pleasure to see so many worthy winners recognized, and to see the very best of tech talent in the north east come together for a great night out.

“The Dynamites have become a major event in the region’s IT calendar and it was hugely satisfying to see us filling the banqueting suite. I’ve lost count of the number of hidden gems Dynamo activity has uncovered and the connections that we’ve helped to cement – and Dynamites plays a huge part in out ability to continue promoting the sector.

“It’s fantastic to get recognition for people in the far-flung corners of the industry and this event gives a sense to people across the spectrum of how successful the industry is – it’s not just chief executives who come to Dynamites but whole teams and departments – and it can deliver life-changing motivation for people who can see what a cool, exciting, successful industry they’re working in.”

The awards went to:

  • Innovator of the Year: Datatrial.
  • Collaborator of the Year: Paul Lancaster from Plan Digital.
  • New Business of the Year: HiveHR.
  • Growth Explosion (established): Aspire Technology Solutions.
  • Growth Explosion (High Growth): Trench Networks.
  • International Success: BIM Academy.
  • Project of the year (Corporate): Sage.
  • Project of the Year (Public sector, Academic): Digital Durham.
  • Social Tech Award: Northumbria University.
  • Rising Star: Carl Cheel, Sage.
  • Skills developer: Tech for Life.
  • Outstanding achievement: Atom Bank

Article courtesy of The Chronicle

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