Posted on February 19, 2019 by staff

Best of North West’s tech sector revealed


Today BusinessCloud publishes its first ever list of the best and most disruptive tech companies in the North West.

We’ve joined forces with Silicon Valley Bank and law firm Bermans, both of whom work extensively with the UK’s burgeoning tech sector, to publish our ‘North West Tech 251 List’.

Manchester has been hailed as the UK’s undisputed tech capital outside of London but the list covers the whole of the North West, including Lancashire, Liverpool, Cheshire and Cumbria.

The ‘North West Tech 251 List’ includes tech heavyweights like Daisy, AO World, UKFast, The Hut Group, GBG, LADbible, Auto Trader, On The Beach and Boohoo alongside smaller but established tech firms like AccessPay, Radius Payments Solutions, Matillion, RealityMine,, Laduma, Degree 53 and Livinglens.

The list also includes start-ups, agencies and organisations that have tech in their DNA.

BusinessCloud consulted industry experts across the North West and beyond in compiling the list. It was originally going to be 101 names long but we were inundated with more than 300 nominations so eventually settled on a ‘North West Tech 251 List’.

Richard Faulkner is a managing director of technology banking at Silicon Valley Bank and has spent much of his career working with tech businesses.

Faulkner said: “Silicon Valley Bank is the bank of the world’s most innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors.

“My appointment to SVB here in Manchester underscores the North’s maturing tech ecosystem and the strength of the names on BusinessCloud’s inaugural ‘North West Tech 251 List’ come as no surprise to those of us who work in the region.”

Jon Davage is a partner at law firm Bermans and said the North West tech sector was now a serious player on the UK stage.

He said: “The number of companies that I’ve dealt with in the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) sector have increased significantly in the last five years and the future is looking brighter still.

“Bermans prides itself on applying the best parts of the old-world legal services to new age technologies and we’re delighted to get involved in BusinessCloud’s North West Tech 251 List’.”

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire said choosing the 251 names on the list had been a painstaking process.

“The names on the list include pure tech and digital companies to businesses that use technology in an innovative way,” he said.

“We’re not necessarily looking for the biggest turnovers but the ones who are using tech in a disruptive way.

“Manchester’s tech reputation is well known but we wanted to make sure we included Lancashire, Liverpool, Cheshire and Cumbria.”

Several of the names on the list will be taking part in a follow-up ‘Best of the North West Tech’ breakfast event at UKFast event on Wednesday April 10th.

Speakers will include some of the biggest names in North West and some of the most disruptive companies.

  • The names on the list were chosen on merit. Companies wanting an extended 200-word profile, including a logo, should contact Helena Furness on 0161 215 7137 or [email protected]

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