Farfetch, Accesso & Britain’s tech elite honoured at PwC’s UK Tech Awards

By Oliver Smith 10 November 2016

The best of British was on show at the annual PwC UK Tech Awards.

The brightest minds in British technology gathered last night for the annual PwC UK Tech Awards.

The awards celebrate the personalities, fastest-growing companies and most innovative ideas from across the country. A firm fixture in the annual events calendar, this year’s event was again hosted by the BBC’s Louise Minchin at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge.

Winners included Accesso who were recognised as tech company of the year. The fast-growing Reading-based business has created a patented virtual queuing system that is being adopted by theme parks around the world.

Accesso, along with cyber security group Darktrace (tech innovation of the year award) and insurance tech firm Acturis (tech growth business of the year award), were all part of a growing trend of business-to-business companies that have been hugely successful over the last 12 months.

Farfetch finance chief Elliot Jordan (second from left) collected the award for 'best use of tech in the digital economy award'.

At the awards Jass Sarai, UK technology leader at PwC, highlighted the shift away from more traditional consumer-facing groups:

“This year we’ve seen more business to business innovation than ever in the strive for all companies to be tech companies, and this is reflected in our winners.”

“Investment is no longer focused purely on consumers, which can only be positive for the tech sector.”

2016 UK Tech Award Winners

tech fund manager of the year award  Impax Environmental Markets
tech innovation of the year award  Darktrace Ltd
tech journalist of the year award  Lynsey Barber, City A.M.
tech deal of the year award  Micro Focus International plc
best use of tech in the digital economy award Farfetch UK Ltd
tech achievement of the year award Kromek Group plc
tech growth business of the year award Acturis Ltd
tech CEO of the year award Martin Hellawell, Softcat plc
tech company of the year award accesso Technology Group plc