Posted on November 7, 2018 by staff

UK Business Tech Awards: Tech Company of the Year (large)


BusinessCloud’s inaugural UK Business Tech Awards are set for November and will recognise the individuals and businesses who are making the most impact in the world of technology.

Every day we are highlighting a different category ahead of a glitzy ceremony at London’s Montcalm Marble Arch on November 20.

There will be 18 gongs up for grabs including Tech Company of the Year (large) with two finalists shortlisted by our stellar line-up of judges: DocuSign and IRIS Human Capital Management.

We profile them below. Tickets are available at the Business Tech Awards website.

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The judging panel included David Hardman, MBE, managing director of Innovation Birmingham; Louize Clarke, co-founder, ConnectTVT; Elizabeth Clark, CEO, Dream Agility; former director of Tech North Richard Gregory; Tom Cheesewright, founder of Applied Futurism Practice; former Vodafone exec Rob Mukherjee, director of Greater Sport; Chris Dymond, director, Sheffield Digital; and Scott Henderson, managing director of Jumpstart.



Almost 430,000 customers worldwide and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries trust DocuSign to sign, send and manage documents anytime, anywhere, on any device, with confidence.

DocuSign completed one of the year’s most successful IPOs in April 2018. Its second-quarter financial results this year saw the company record 35 per cent year-over-year growth in subscription revenue and the addition of more than 25,000 customers. It has produced amazing results for insurance company LV= and pharmaceutical and biologics multinational AstraZeneca.

To continue this momentum, the company has recently acquired SpringCM, which is allowing DocuSign to support growth beyond its core e-signature business, allowing it to offer solutions that connect and automate the entire agreement lifecycle.

Innovations this year include integration with the Ethereum blockchain, allowing evidence of a DocuSigned agreement to be automatically written to Ethereum and using machine learning and natural language processing to look beyond keywords to understand agreement clauses as a human would.

IRIS Human Capital Management

IRIS Human Capital Management is dedicated to tech innovation and to delivering the right suite of products to nearly 78,000 customers and their three million employees.

With eight per cent market share, IRIS Human Capital Management is the provider of the UK’s widest choice of HCM solutions. It is passionate about empowering HR, payroll professionals and small business owners through innovative technology combined with fast paced implementations that deliver projects on time.

It has successfully grown from once providing only business-critical payroll software to now delivering a full range of people centric solutions. As a result, IRIS HCM revenues have risen from £14 million to £40m in less than three years which equates to a rate of circa 40 per cent per annum. Its range of SME HR products has experienced an eye-watering 178 per cent growth in customers in less than two years with nearly 1,200 businesses using the solution.

Key to IRIS HCM’s growth is its ability to quickly adapt to changes in technology and markets. Examples of this include the expansion of its cloud products to ~40% of annualised sales and the successful migration of customers to the fast-growing managed payroll service.