The Techies Awards 2023, sponsored by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, saw movers and shakers from the Swindon and Wiltshire community descend on Chippenham’s Business Cyber Centre last night.
Celebrating the very best accomplishments in the world of tech over the past 12 months, the Awards put the spotlight on those businesses, organisations and individuals helping to keep our region firmly at the forefront of the UK tech scene.
The Business Cyber Centre provided the perfect backdrop as guests and hopeful nominees gathered to find out who the judges have deemed to be this year’s worthy winners.
Now in its 6th year, The Techies have grown to be a valued and recognised part of the regional awards scene – and with plenty of quality entries to choose from the judges had their work cut out this year.
Read on to find out about this year’s winners and what taking a Techie back to the office means to them.
Best Tech Start-up – Category sponsor CND
Winner: Meshii Wifi
“We’re really excited, we can’t believe it. This will really help to spread the word about what we’re trying to do. We’ve built a device that allows people to share as much or as little wi-fi as they want to for free. There are around 1.8 million people in the UK who don’t have internet access and that’s the problem we’re trying to solve.” Chris Thompson, CEO
Using Tech to Transform Business – Category sponsor Elm Workspace
“MiTEQ winning the award for Using Tech To Transform Business means a lot. Whether we’re improving warehouse operations, in-store experiences or patient care within hospitals, we work hard as a team to identify, understand and solve issues across a variety of sectors. The Techies’ recognition of our achievements and ability in using tech to transform business gives the MiTEQ team a massive boost for the future.
“As a local business owner, it’s also great to have been shortlisted for ‘Flying the flag for Swindon & Wiltshire’. Our international reach at MiTEQ firmly positions Swindon & Wiltshire as a tech hub and being recognised by The Techies goes some way to proving we’re on the right track and motivates us to keep creating more opportunities and supporting great businesses within the TBE network!”
Alex Whiting, Managing Director
Driven by Data
Winner: The Pursuit Agency
“I’m proud of our journey so far, and proud of being able to deliver great results for our clients. Receiving the Driven by Data award at the Techies is a landmark to ensure we celebrate all the effort we put in! A huge thank you to the judges, Anita and everyone supporting the Awards!” Rob Curtis, Founder
Best User Experience
Winner: Digital Wonderlab
Digital Wonderlab’s entry focused on its work with Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The team have worked as the charity’s digital partner since 2018, helping define the organisations digital strategy. The Wiltshire Air Ambulance website has been designed as a hub, acting as the nerve centre for all charitable activities and is a multifaceted platform from sharing the charity’s mission to facilitating volunteering and fundraising.
Digital Wonderlab’s most recent innovation, the ‘Mission Map’, allows users to stay updated on real-time incidents the air ambulance service attends in Wiltshire, Bath and nearby areas. The feature enriches the user experience by offering an engaging, transparent look into the charity’s day-to-day impact.
Best Tech Support Service
Excalibur is a leading South West communications and IT firm, providing SMEs, corporates and schools with comprehensive technology solutions. Its 65-strong team supports 3,000 customers nationwide, from full-service support for local charities, to 2,000 mobile connections for large corporates.
Excalibur’s entry focussed on its customer engagement and feedback so far this year. The Excalibur Service Desk deals with an average of 1,800 service requests each month. 97% of all requests to the desk are responded to within one hour, 98% of all service desk requests are resolved well within SLA and since May 2023, Excalibur has received over 300 feedback responses achieving an average customer satisfaction score of 97.8%.
Future Tech Superstar
Winner: Euan Gannon, Green Machine Computers
“Winning the Future Tech Superstar award has been an absolute rollercoaster of a journey for me, my heart was racing the entire evening! I am absolutely overjoyed to have won, since this recognition reaffirms my belief in the power of dedication, innovation, and teamwork; It’s not just a personal victory, but a strong testament to the incredible support I’ve received from colleagues at Green Machine. I’m super excited to continue pushing boundaries in the tech world and contributing to its foreseeably bright future.”
Best Tech Security – Category sponsor The Business Cyber Centre
“It’s a shock and a surprise to be honest but we’re pleased and proud to have won an award for and on behalf of the team that have delivered such extensive security for the National Grid.”
Social Impact Award
Winner: Meshii Wifi
“This is a solution which provides affordable internet and helps to get rid of the digital poverty divide. It’s really nice to be part of it. Everyone can see the difference that our work can make and the impact it can have on their group or school or local area. It’s lovely to be here with similar companies and organisations and it feels really good to be part of this community.”
Kate Fryer, Meshii Foundation Chair
Tech Team of the Year – Category sponsor Thrings
“An absolutely huge congratulations to our Service Desk Team, who walked away with not one, but two awards at the Techies 2023. These awards accurately reflect the commitment we give to our customers, and to each other to achieve great outcomes. I know the team here demonstrate this every single day. So, it is excellent that this has been recognised not only in our high feedback scores from customers, but also by a panel of independent judges.”
Chief Technical Officer, Roger Hak
Most Innovative Tech Solution
“When they read out our name I was really pleased – it does mean a lot to us. This award symbolises a lot of work that has culminated in a really good product – we’ve developed a product for ships that offers them cyber security as they sail around the world.” Andy Cuff, CEO
Outstanding Contribution to Swindon & Wiltshire Tech – Category sponsor All Boxed
Winner: Scott Gulliver, Fluff Software
“I’m totally surprised by the award and very humbled to receive it. It’s an incredible award and it really means a lot. We’re based in Swindon and build mobile and web apps for clients including those in the leisure and tourism industry. Alongside that, and what’s contributed to winning this award, is our work in building our local community. We run the Swindon Software meet up group and it’s great to be part of building that tech community.”
Wiltshire’s Leading Woman in Tech
Winner: Lucy Beck, A2Z Cloud
“It was a real surprise. I didn’t enter – my team entered me, so I didn’t know until I heard about the shortlisting. I’ve been in tech since I was in my early 20s. I’m really proud to fly the flag for Salisbury and I’m proud of my diverse team at A2Z.”
Flying the Flag for Swindon & Wilts Tech – Category sponsor Business West
Winner: Gridserve Sustainable Energy
“It’s been an incredible year for us so far. We’ve opened our new innovation centre in Swindon at the beginning of this year. This award is fantastic recognition for the team. It’s the first time we’ve entered – we’re new to the tech community in Swindon and it’s a pleasure to be part of it.” Pete Bishop, CTO
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