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Wise plc named ‘tech company of the year’ at the UK tech awards 2021

04 November, 2021

The UK tech industry recognised a year of strength and resilience, in the face of great disruption, at the annual UK tech awards ceremony in London, its 22nd year.

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

Jass Sarai, PwC UK Technology, Media, and Telecoms Leader, said: 

“The UK’s tech industry has shown amazing resilience over the past year in the face of enormous challenges. It has helped us to work anywhere, educate our children, socialise with friends, entertain ourselves, shop, access virtual health services, and stay connected.  

“As economies recover, the UK tech sector will continue to grow and flourish. There are unprecedented levels of investment in the UK tech sector, which hit a record high in 2020, and recent research from the government shows that the UK is now home to over 100 Unicorns, with one being added every week in 2021. The shortlisted organisations are a perfect reflection of the vibrancy in the sector and recognise some stand-out candidates who have embraced uncertainty and been agile enough to emerge stronger.”

Simon Bumfrey, Head of Relationship Banking Europe at Silicon Valley Bank said:

“2021 has been a standout year for the UK’s innovation economy in many ways. The UK tech awards celebrate the ecosystem’s leading companies and individuals that have helped shape our innovation economy to the envy of many countries around the world. The shortlisted nominees and winners have displayed incredible vision, leadership, and growth, and we are delighted to recognise their achievements in helping to endorse the UK’s reputation as a global leader in innovation.  

Bumfrey added, “It’s important to recognise the role that technology has played during the pandemic. I am delighted that we have a Tech for Good award category as innovation and life sciences have been instrumental in helping society through this life-changing period. There is also real intent from the industry to provide access to innovation across all diverse backgrounds. Silicon Valley Bank in partnership with clients, partners, regulators and charities are working to make change happen fast and we’re optimistic that through continued commitment and accountability, we will make the UK the most diverse innovation ecosystem in the world.” 

The full list of UK tech awards 2021 winners is as follows:

tech deal of the year, sponsored by Rothschild & Co - IMImobile plc

tech journalist of the year, sponsored by Luther Pendragon - Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

tech growth business of the year award, sponsored by ECI Partners - Tripledot Studios Ltd

tech for good award - Kooth plc

tech investor award - Hg

best use of tech in the digital economy award, sponsored by Zeus Capital - Huma Therapeutics

tech innovation of the year - Geeks Ltd

tech businesswoman of the year, sponsored by PwC - Kelsey Lynn Skinner, IP Group plc

CEO of the year award, sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank - Poppy Gustafsson, Darktrace plc

tech company of the year award, sponsored by Arma Partners - Wise plc


Notes to editors

Companies and advisors can find out more about the award winners and the short-lists at and should follow @uktech_awards #uktech21 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 celebrates the success, rewards the achievement and raises 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 PwC

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 156 countries with over 295,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at PwC.

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About Silicon Valley Bank

For nearly 40 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative businesses and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centres around the world. With commercial and international banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. Learn more at UK Silicon Valley Bank.

About Ford Sinclair

Ford Sinclair is an event management company, with over 35 years of expertise in delivering high profile live events. We currently manage and implement numerous (predominantly “City”) awards dinners. We pride ourselves on the fact that each event in our portfolio is the leading event in its sector. Offering bespoke events as well, we can tailor an event to suit your needs. Please contact for further information.

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