UK tech awards 2020 - Shortlist announced

Sep 24, 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 UK tech awards has just been announced, recognising the efforts and achievements of the fantastic UK tech industry.

The awards are sponsored by PwC in association with Silicon Valley Bank and produced and owned by Ford Sinclair Ltd. They reflect the contribution of public, private and innovative high-growth home-grown tech companies.

Jass Sarai, UK Technology, Media and Telecoms leader at PwC, said:

“The past year has demonstrated not only the resilience of the UK’s technology sector, but also how it has stepped up to serve both society and government in incredibly difficult times. It has been an example of how important and powerful ‘tech for good’ can be. This year it has been a privilege for the voting panel to consider so many high quality nominations from a wide range of entrepreneurs and companies from across the UK.”

The winners of the UK tech awards, now in their 21st consecutive year, will be announced through its first ever digital campaign commencing on the 4th of November. Further details will be announced on the UK tech awards website next week.

Simon Bumfrey, Head of Relationship Banking, Silicon Valley Bank UK Branch:

“We believe the UK tech industry continues to demonstrate its strength and resiliency as a global leader. This is a reflection on all companies and individuals shortlisted but also the millions of people that work within the UK innovation ecosystem to make it a thriving, exciting and vital part of the UK economy.”he shortlist nominees are as follows:

Tech deal of the year- sponsored by Rothschild & Co

  • Just Eat

  • Metaswitch Networks Ltd

  • SDL plc

  • THG Holdings plc (The Hut Group)


Tech Journalist of the Year - sponsored by Luther Pendragon

  • Martin Coulter - Business Insider

  • Dan McCrum - FT

  • Jamie Nimmo - Mail on Sunday

  • Steve O'Hear - TechCrunch


Tech growth business of the year- sponsored by ECI Partners

  • The Access Group

  • Boku Inc.

  • GB Group plc

  • TransferWise Ltd


Tech for good award

  • Code First: Girls

  • Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

  • Kooth plc

  • Twinkl Ltd


Tech investor award

  • Herald Investment Management

  • HgCapital LLP

  • IP Group plc 

  • LocalGlobe LLP


Best use of tech in the digital economy award - sponsored by Zeus Capital

  • Babylon Health



  • Revolut Ltd


Tech Innovation of the Year

  • Ceres Power plc

  • Featurespace Ltd

  • Onfido Ltd

  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd

  • WaveOptics Ltd


Tech businesswoman of the year- sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank

  • Anne Boden - Starling Bank

  • Anna Brailsford - Code First: Girls

  • Luciana Lixandru - Sequoia Capital

  • Elona Mortimer-Zhika - IRIS Software Group

  • Xenia Walters - SDL plc


Tech CEO of the year award- sponsored by Oakley Advisory Limited

  • Steve Cliffe - Ultraleap Ltd

  • Adolfo Hernandez - SDL plc

  • Tim Steiner - Ocado Group plc

  • Nigel Toon – Graphcore Ltd


Tech company of the year- sponsored by Arma Partners

  • The Access Group

  • Ceres Power plc

  • Frontier Developments plc

  • Ocado Group plc

  • Revolut Ltd




Notes to editors

Companies and advisors can find out more about the awards and short-list at and should follow @uktech_awards #uktech20 on twitter to find out more about the event.

For further information about the awards please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair – email:  or tel 07866 567 713. 

About the UK tech awards

The UK tech awards will celebrate the success, reward the achievement and raise the profile of the UK tech community. It is the absolute “must attend” networking event for anybody within the tech sector.

Companies eligible for the awards include not only publicly quoted technology companies on London Stock Exchange’s main market, but also AIM tech companies and fast growing and innovative private tech companies.

About Silicon Valley Bank UK

For more than 35 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides a range of targeted financial services and expertise through its office in the UK. With commercial and international banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. The UK's leading technology and life science businesses, in all stages of development, look to SVB’s niche expertise, experience and unparalleled network, as they grow at home and tackle new markets abroad.

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