Belfast Telegraph

Fast track to success as Northern Ireland firms compete at the Deloitte tech awards

By Amanda Ferguson

Northern Ireland firms are being invited to compete for awards recognising the fastest growing technology companies across the island.

The 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards are open for entries from the software, hardware, communications, media, clean-tech and life sciences sectors.

The annual awards - now in their 16th year - honour the best of the indigenous technology sector and recognise those companies which demonstrate exceptional growth in turnover over the last four years.

Northern Ireland firms occupied 13 places on the winners' listing last year.

And Belfast-based software development consultancy Instil was the top Northern Ireland firm last year.

Deloitte partner David Crawford said: "We are encouraging those in the industry to take part and submit an entry, particularly those that have not entered before."

This year there are a number of new award categories for areas such as export, research and development and employment creation.

And Belfast tech success story Novosco is the only firm to have landed in the list each year since it was first set up in 2000.

The firm was named Overall Business of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards earlier this year.

Managing director Patrick McAliskey said "The Fast 50 is by far the foremost technology awards programme" in Ireland.

The closing date for entries is September 11.

Belfast Telegraph