Tom Keighley

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Deloitte search for top North West tech firms

Entries have opened for the 2012 Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards, and the firm are encouraging North West entries.

The awards are now in their fifteenth year, and recognise and rank technology companies with an exceptional growth in turnover, over the past five years.

Damian Sanders, North West technology partner, said: “The Technology Fast 50 awards provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to gain recognition for their successes and achievements.

“We have seen 700 UK Fast 50 award winners in all areas of technology, from computers to life sciences, digital media to biotech and semiconductors.

“Previous winners have included some of the most dynamic and iconic UK technology companies, including Booking.com, Lastminute.com and LoveFilm.”

Last year’s North West winner was Crewe-based Eze-Talk with 1,547% growth, and Lancashire-based smart-metering firm, Bglobal, also featured in the list.

Graham Hann, technology partner at UK Fast 50 sponsors, Taylor Wessing, said: “This is the third year we’ve supported the programme and we’re excited to be involved as it reflects our long standing focus on the technology rapid growth sector, and working with a number of the UK Fast 50 companies from previous years.

“It’s great to celebrate this kind of growth in any market but to be doing so in the current climate, with the limited access to capital, as well as tough enterprise and consumer market conditions, is doubly so and we look forward to the results.”

Halstead concludes: “There is a positive outlook for the UK technology industry and we believe that tremendous growth rates are still possible.

“This has been an important year for the UK technology sector with the continued development of technology hubs in Silicon Roundabout, the Thames Valley and around Cambridge University.

“Last year’s UK Fast 50 saw an average growth rate of an incredible 2820 per cent, a fifth (21%) higher than 2010 (2321%), and we are confident that we will see this trend continue for 2012.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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