IESA Awarded with performance excellence award

Barclays Commercial Award

Britain's tech stars honoured

Britain's 100 fastest-growing private technology companies celebrated last night at the eighth annual Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 awards dinner, held at Vinopolis in central London (25 November 2008).

The audience comprised the owners and directors of the 100 companies on the latest Tech Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain's fastest-growing private technology companies based on sales growth over the latest three years.

Dr Mike Lynch addresses winners

After dinner, guests heard a thought-provoking keynote speech by Dr Mike Lynch, founder and chief executive of software provider Autonomy plc. Mike summarised his rise to a FTSE 100 company and reflected on the important role of innovative, fast-growing technology companies in boosting the recovery from the current economic downturn. He urged the audience to embrace the challenges of these difficult times.

Tech Track 100 sponsors' awards

The Tech Track 100 research and development award, sponsored by The Sunday Times, was presented by media and telecoms editor James Ashton to Simon Cartmell, chief executive and Peter Chambre, chairman of Apatech. This Hertfordshire-based company's synthetic bone graft products, derived from research at the universities of London and Cambridge, are used by surgeons in 1,000 hospitals worldwide.

The Tech Track 100 performance excellence award, sponsored by Barclays Commercial and presented by national head of technology, media and telecoms Gavin Isle, was awarded to Jon Davidson, managing director of IESA. Headquartered in Warrington, this firm was founded as a traditional manufacturer of engineering goods and has transformed into a successful supply-chain management business.

The Tech Track 100 best management team award, sponsored by BDO Stoy Hayward and presented by partner and head of technology, media and telecoms Julian Frost, was awarded to chief executive of Adapt Peter Knight and his team. They led the £7.5m management buyout from parent company Margolis in 2006 and recently acquired Centric Telecom.

The Tech Track 100 best use of technology award, sponsored by Microsoft, was presented by Mark Taylor, senior director of developer and platform evangelism, to Paul Linsell, founder and chief technology officer of Hampshire-based Nimbus Partners. The company's software is used by multinational blue-chip clients to help streamline and manage their business processes.

The Tech Track 100 fastest-growing company award, also sponsored by Microsoft and presented by Mark Taylor, was awarded to Barry Houlihan, managing director of Mobile Interactive Group, and his team. This London-based business provides interactive services for the O2 arena. The company was founded just four years ago and achieved average annual sales growth of 422% over the latest three years to £36m.

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