The winners of the 2024 Northern Tech Awards were crowned last night at Manchester Cathedral.

The 11th edition of the Awards – run by GP Bullhound – was hosted by presenter Georgie Barrat, with a keynote delivered by Adam Hildreth, CEO and founder of Crisp.

The event brought together 250 CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the digital economy, celebrating innovation and excellence in the North of England and Scotland.

The Top 100 Northern Tech Awards league table revealed the fastest-growing and most successful tech companies in the region, while the Northern Stars awards showcased earlier-stage companies considered to have the most potential to be tech successes in the coming years.

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The Overall Judges’ Award went to Bumper, the South Yorkshire FinTech which raised £40 million in Series B funding in January.

Bumper – which is headquartered in Sheffield and has offices in London and Ankara, Turkey – counts most of the major automotive brands in the world as clients, including Volvo, Ford, Nissan, VW Group, and many more, in addition to both JLR and Porsche.

Fastest Growing Company of the Year went to xDesign, a digital product development agency based in Edinburgh.

The Northern Star Overall Judges’ Award went to Versori, led by CEO Sean Brown and CTO Daniel Jones.

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2024 Northern Tech Awards winners

Fastest Growing Company of the Year: xDesign

Fastest Growing Larger Company of the Year: Opencast

Judges’ Innovation Award: Cassie

Judges’ Award for Global Ambition: ProofID

Judges’ Leadership Award: IDHL

Judges’ Tech4Good Award: Easyfundraising

Judges’ Entrepreneur Award: Robiquity

Judges’ Award for Cultural Excellence: Answer Digital

Overall Judges’ Award: Bumper

Northern Star Innovation Award: Inicio AI

Northern Star Entrepreneur Award: Housr

Northern Star Award Commercial Success: AeroCloud

Northern Star Overall Judges’ Award: Versori

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“Congratulations to all the winners of the 2024 Northern Tech Awards,” said Javed Huq, managing director of GP Bullhound. “Their success is a testament to the remarkable determination and entrepreneurship, which have enabled their businesses to thrive in a challenging market landscape. 

“We are immensely proud of the dedication and innovation within the Northern tech ecosystem and believe it is important to celebrate these achievements at tonight’s awards. We are honoured to champion these leading tech businesses, and look forward to their continued growth and contribution to the UK economy.”

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