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Best of the West in tech revealed as Tech South South West Awards shortlists announced

Tech South West is a membership-based organisation which celebrates the South West's fastest-growing sector and showcases tech companies across the region, promoting investment, talent and growth.


Astley Media are a co-founder of Tech South West, which launched in 2015. This year we are delighted to have launched the Tech South West Awards, to celebrate the fantastic companies, people and initiatives driving the region's fastest-growing sector.


More than 25 tech experts were involved in the judging, including representatives from Astley Media, BT, Cosmic, DeGould, Digital Northern Devon, Digital Plymouth, Digital Taunton, Engine Shed, Granted, Maistro, Michelmores, Shaws LLP, Software Cornwall, Stephens Scown, Tech Exeter and TechSPARK.


Immersive holographics, life-saving technology for watersports and next-generation bionic limbs are amongst the array of world-leading innovations from the finalists.


Dan Pritchard, Managing Director of Astley Media, said: "Supporting and celebrating the founders, leaders and change-makers in tech is vital to help drive the sector forwards, attract investment and help grow the talent pool. We're excited to have launched the awards to do exactly that. The incredible talent and success across the array of organisations and individuals who have entered the awards really highlights how the South West’s tech sector is rapidly evolving, growing and becoming a major player nationally and beyond.”


The awards cover Bath, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.


Toby Parkins, Chairman of Tech South West and founder of Cornwall-based software firm, HeadForwards, said: “The South West is pushing the boundaries of technology and it’s brilliant to be celebrating so many achievements with the Tech South West Awards. With so many extraordinary submissions from a huge range of companies, individuals and initiatives, the judging process was incredibly difficult. Huge congratulations to those who have made it through to the shortlist. ”


Gary Hall, CEO of Cornwall-based internet service provider WebMate, Headline Sponsor of the awards, said: “We’re delighted to be helping celebrate and showcase some of the amazing organisations and individuals across the region that are driving forward innovation and growth, helping to make technology the fastest growing sector in the region’s economy. Congratulations to the finalists. The variety and world-leading quality of work that is being recognised is incredible.”


Judges also looked at the standout entries in local areas, for special Cluster Awards covering Digital Northern Devon, Digital Plymouth, Digital Taunton, Engine Shed, Software Cornwall, Tech Exeter, and TechSPARK that will be announced on the night.


The winners will be announced at the Tech South West Awards ceremony at Exeter Castle on Wednesday 27 November. Tickets to the ceremony will go on sale on Eventbrite in the coming weeks.



See the full shortlist here: www.techsouthwestawards.co.uk


Become a member of Tech South West: www.techsouthwest.org.uk



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