Belfast Telegraph

Local companies urged to enter the Fast 50 race on home turf

The local technology industry is being urged to use its 'home advantage' as entries open for the 2010 Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Awards, which this year will be held in Belfast.

The awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise and rank technology companies from across Ireland that have seen high growth in turnover over the last five years.

A total of 15 Northern Ireland companies were included in the main list last year, with SLA Mobile revealed as the third fastest growing tech company on the island. The Rising Star award - which recognises younger firms with the fastest growth in turnover over the past three years - went to e-learning provider for the public sector, Learning Pool.

One of Learning Pool's founding directors, Mary McKenna, said: "2009 was an exciting year for us, and winning the Deloitte Fast 50 Rising Star award was the icing on the cake.

"We welcome the additional profile that the prestigious award brings and as part of our growth trajectory, we're still doubling revenue year on year."

David Crawford, partner with Deloitte Belfast, added: "The aim of last year's Fast 50 was to showcase the resilience and determination of the island's indigenous technology industry, not just to the winning companies' stakeholders and peers locally, but also to the wider, international industry.

"Given the overall average rate of growth achieved by local firms, clearly Northern Ireland entrepreneurs are rising above the challenging business environment, and are proof that inventive companies will be successful."

Details of how to enter the awards can be found at . The closing date for entries is September 3.

The awards will take place at the Europa Hotel on October 8.