Entries are now open to the first Manchester Evening News Tech Awards 2019.

Open to individuals and companies based in Greater Manchester, the M.E.N Tech Awards, in partnership with Manchester-based alternative finance provider, Praetura, will recognise and showcase those companies that are driving the region’s thriving tech sector.

These will be companies that are at the forefront of disruption and innovation, playing a central role in helping organisations use technology to its full potential as a driver of business value as well as in the public sector.

The M.E.N Tech Awards will provide a fantastic showcase for the fast-moving sector and a great networking opportunity.

Whether you’re an established business or a pioneer working on new projects or an ambitious scale-up, we want to hear about your achievements.

Manchester-based Praetura, the city centre-based financial services business that provides alternative funding solutions to SMEs, is corporate sponsor.

Openreach and Amazon are category sponsors.

There are eight award categories and these include;

* Best in the Business

* Best Female in Tech

* Best Tech Ambassador

* Best Use of Machine Learning and AI

* Best Digital Innovation

* Best E-Commerce Business

* Best Use of Technology

* Best Global Reach

Shelina Begum, M.E.N business editor, said: “We are really excited to be launching our inaugural M.E.N Tech Awards.

“The UK has a vibrant technology sector and Manchester is one tech cluster that is leading the way.

“Thanks to a combination of talent, location, a business friendly environment, world-leading universities, we’ve seen this sector grow year on year.

“Not only are we seeing a growing number of new starts ups and innovations, but the region has also attracted global tech companies including Amazon, Booking.com and Hewlett Packard with MoneySupermarket.com recently announcing a new location in Spinningfields.

“According to Tech Nation, Manchester has the biggest cluster of high-performing digital firms in the country.

‘”It is home to a significant number of leading firms in IT, media and entertainment, and fintech. It’s big on innovation, it’s got talent and expertise and it’s also got the space to house these companies, whether it’s in the Northern Quarter, city centre Manchester or in Salford’s New Bailey or MediaCityUK.

“With so much growth and investment from this sector alone, we wanted to start by celebrating those firms that are championing tech and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and technologists.”

Deadline for entries is Friday 17 May. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 18 July at the Runway Visitor Park, Concorde Conference Centre, Altrincham.

For more information or to enter visit: www.mentechawards.co.uk

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