Tech Awards can double up next year, claims competition sponsor

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David Dixon of Tees Tech Awards headline sponsors DigitalCity believes the record-breaking 114 entries could be doubled without impacting on the quality of entries and nominations.

The second annual Tees Tech Awards will give some of the digital sector’s big names and hidden gems an opportunity to shine.

But some companies remain under the radar and should be encouraged to raise their profiles by entering next year, says David Dixon of DigitalCity who, along with Middlesbrough Digital, have helped organisers Tees Business create a hotly anticipated event, to be held this year on July 1 at Hardwick Hall.

“I am extremely lucky to see the amazing digital and tech businesses and the equally amazing talent that they employ every day,” said David.

“With this context in mind, I’m not surprised at the level of interest and the quality of the applications that have been received. It’s great that people will get to see more and more of our hidden gems.”

This year’s entries and nominations are a big rise on last year’s inaugural event, which itself attracted a healthy 85.

“The number of entries this year is some feat, but I really do believe we could at least double that and still maintain the quality,” said David.

“There are more hidden gems out there and this really does make us more determined to build upon the success of Tees Tech Awards year after year.”

David believes that a successful Tees Tech Awards is vital for the sector’s growth in the Tees region.

“It’s so important for eco-system development and sector growth that we have a successful awards ceremony,” said David.

“It will provide a limelight that will attract inward investment, will tempt those that are leaving the area to stay and, perhaps most crucially, it will attract more interest from private and public investors.

“Funding and investment plays such a crucial role in this sector in particular and the more that we can attract the better it is all round – exporting, quality and number of jobs, more money spent locally, more inward investment.

“That said, the real purpose, in my eyes at least, of the awards is to showcase the sector and inspire younger generations. We all look forward to celebrating and appreciating achievements and raising each other up.”

Dave Allan, director of Tees Business owners Resolution Media and Publishing, praised the support the organisers have received from David and his compatriot Daniel Watson of Middlesbrough Digital.

“The incredible response we’ve had in terms of entries and nominations for this year’s Tech Awards is a direct result of a thriving sector having plenty to shout about,” he said.

“But the expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm of David and Daniel have ensured first class engagement with the digital sector.

“With the support of DigitalCity and their fellow sponsors, we’re looking forward to delivering an awards ceremony that builds and improves on last year’s inaugural breakthrough event to ensure these awards become a fixture in the Teesside business calendar.”

  • With the entry deadline now passed, sponsors will now choose three finalists in each category. These will be announced in the near future. Winners, democratically chosen by a group of sponsors, will be announced at the awards on Thursday, July 1.

An opportunity to sponsor the new Tees Tech Unsung Hero Award remains available at £3,000 + vat. For more details, contact Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email