The Techies Awards 2021 – A celebration of Swindon & Wiltshire Tech

By Fiona Scott on 25 November, 2021

Inspirational techie entrepreneurs and their teams came together to celebrate the best tech-based companies in the Swindon and Wiltshire area at the fourth Swindon & Wiltshire annual IT and Technology Awards – the Techies, on Thursday 4th November.

The Techies, which is an initiative of The Business Exchange were broadcast from the internationally renowned, state-of-the-art Sandstorm Films studios in Swindon and live-streamed. The audience included local businesses, business people, colleagues, friends and family that entered the awards, sponsors, supporters and judges. The night was hosted by Tom Ward, Founder of Sandstorm Films and compèred by Chris Dawes, local sports commentator and media trainer. Judges and sponsors graced both the real and virtual stage to announce the worthy winners.

Organised by Anita Jaynes, Founder of The Business Exchange, the annual event shines the spotlight on some amazing tech talent that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. It shows that innovation, enterprise and future tech is emerging continuously from SMEs working in the community. 

Anita Jaynes, said, “It is important once again to recognise the area’s assets and celebrate the most exciting and innovative tech firms right on our doorstep. When analysing this year’s Techies entries, I worked out the businesses entering the 2021 awards employ nearly 700 people across Swindon and Wiltshire and deliver over £65 million in turnover for the local economy.

“Despite the challenges the pandemic has thrown at us, the future is looking bright for our local tech sector. Of the repeat entries, those who entered both last year and this year, turnovers are up, and 58 new job roles have been created in the last year. We’ve seen teams double in size and Techies finalists turn from one-man-bands into teams. The Techies is here to recognise and celebrate those successes.

“The Techies Awards wouldn’t be possible without the support of our headline sponsor, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and category sponsors, All Boxed, Computer Network Defence, Elm Workspace, SETSquared, Ntegra, Thrings, MHA Monahans and Sandstorm Films. 

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the Techies 2021, including our judging panel. The judges give hours of their time reviewing the entries and deliberating before making their final decisions. 

“I would like to personally thank, Kate Westbrook, Paddy Bradley, Kathryn Wellum-Kent, James Eades, Ali Hadavizadeh and Mirabelle Stobbs. They work as a cracking team and had a particularly difficult task this year making their decisions, the competition was fierce with lots of debate before the final cut could be announced.

“A huge congratulations to all our finalists and winners. We hope to see you entering the Techies again in 2022 and look forward to hearing your continued growth and success stories.”

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Best User Experience

Runners up: O’Brien Media and Seikk

Best Tech Security – Sponsored by Business Cyber Centre

Runners up: CloudHeroes and Blackmore Computers

Future Tech Superstar – Sponsored by Ntegra

Joint winners: Félix Hennis, New College student and James Worville, Blue Frontier

Runners up: Ed Knight, Cervus Defence, Rhys Francis Hill, SupportWise and Sasha Bird, Black Nova

Using Tech to Transform Business – Sponsored by Elm Workspace

Winner: Landhawk

Runners up: Digital Trading , Digital Wonderlab and Render

Driven by Data– Sponsored by Monahans

Winner: Cervus Defence

Runners up: GGMR and Landhawk

Most Innovative Tech Solution – Sponsored by Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Winner: Render

Runners up: Cervus Defence, Digital Wonderlab and GGMR

Social Impact Award

Winner: Digital Trading

Runners up: Blue Frontier, Green Machine Computers, Scanning Pens and New Elements / Festival of Tomorrow

Best Tech Support Service

Winner: ISN

Runners up: Blue Frontier and Complete IT

Cutting IT – Sponsored by All Boxed Self Storage

Winner: Render

Runners up: Digital Wonderlab

Best Tech Start-up – Sponsored by CND

Winner: ShopHub

Runners up: Futurum Consulting, Red Rose Technologies and Transform Digital

Tech Team of the Year – Sponsored by Thrings Solicitors 

Winner: Digital Wonderlab 

Runners up: A 2 Z Cloud, Cervus Defence, Computer Network Defence , Green Machine Computers , Smarter Media  and ISN

Team Green Machine Computers celebrating at Ramsbury Brewery

Flying the Flag for Swindon & Wiltshire Tech – Sponsored by SETSquared

Winner: Green Machine Computers

Runners up: Digital Wonderlab and Futurum Consulting 

Pictured top: Some of the team from Digital Wonderlab

Read our December/January magazine out Wednesday 1st December to learn more about our winners and their entries.