ScotlandIS honours Scottish digital stars

The big winners at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards were FanDuel, who scooped four awards including Digital Technology Business of the Year.

The Edinburgh based online fantasy sports technology business, which trades largely in North America, now has 225 employees in Scotland and the US. FanDuel also took the prize for Best B2C Technology Product/Service and Investment Deal of the Year, and were joint winners in the Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company on the night.

This year’s awards celebrated companies achieving global reach with the launch of a new International Technology Star category. The award, which recognises outstanding market performance, went to Edinburgh success story Skyscanner.

Linlithgow based telecoms software specialists Calnex, winners of the international growth award in 2014, won the newly introduced award for Best B2B Technology Product/Service this year. This new award, which was sponsored by business analysts Be-Positive, proved to be the most popular category for entrants with Edge Testing Solutions and Speech Graphics also making it on to the shortlist along with the winners.

FreeAgent, the small business accounting software specialists, were joint winners with FanDuel and both took the Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company award. Freeagent had previously been winners of the Digital Technology Company of the Year (Small) category in 2014.

The Best Public Sector Product / Service Award went to the "Living it Up" project, a partnership between Isle of Skye based healthcare tech company Sitekit and Maverick TV, a TV and media production company known for their multiplatform projects.

The award for Best Digital Agency was hotly contested and the judges decided to award it jointly to Edinburgh-based Storm ID and Glasgow-based Screenmedia. Runners up went to app developer Waracle. This year the award was sponsored by specialist recruitment agency Hudson.

The Award for Best Financial Services Product/Service, was won for the second year running by Edinburgh-based independent investment management platform company Nucleus. The company provides online investment wrappers that rebalance the investment management market in favour of the client and their advisors.

Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, said: "Scotland is home to a growing number of ambitious and successful technology companies and as a small country I believe we punch well above our weight. ScotlandIS now has over 300 member businesses and this year’s award winners offer a snapshot of the talent making waves across our industry."

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