Inaugural South Coast Tech Awards finalists announced

A very strong line-up of the region’s top tech companies has been announced in the first ever South Coast Tech Awards. Over 80 entries demonstrated the strength and breadth of the region’s technology innovation.

The awards take place on 5 December at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. The evening’s host will be technology presenter and computer scientist Spencer Kelly, who has reported on tech issues from around the world for over 20 years.

The awards are sponsored by Aura Technology, Onecom, Sanderson, Wilkins Kennedy, BDB Pitmans, Irwin Mitchell, Smith & Williamson, University of Southampton Science Park, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, and Carswell Gould.

“An awards night highlighting the importance of technology businesses in the south coast economy is long overdue,” said Peter Laurie, head of client relations at awards organiser The Business Magazine.

He added: “We are delighted with the high number and quality of entries, from small start-ups with brilliant ideas to well-established companies offering world-beating technologies. Our finalists fully deserve their places on the shortlist for what promises to be a fantastic awards ceremony.”

South Coast Tech Awards 2019 Finalists

Tech Employer – Sponsored by Sanderson plc



Impressive growth while maintaining a family feel, where employees from 16 nationalities enjoy opportunities to work on a variety of product areas.


Very strong business culture based around flexible working and wellness with support from managers at the top of the organisation, who encourage and support staff to upskill.

Digi Toolbox

Invests in its people and hires to train them up rather than bringing in skills, they offer plenty of incentives and a real drive to get everyone working closely together.

Apps In The Sky

A company that wants to be best at what it does by growing its own talent, with plenty of employee support and lots of CSR activity.


You get a real sense of everyone having a voice, where there are lots of opportunities for learning and career progression.

Tech Start-up – Sponsored by Southampton Science Park



Amazing immersive 3D sound technology that replaces the need for headphones from a business with strong potential and a lot of customer prospects.

Threat Status

Really good cybercrime technology that searches billions of data sets for compromised passwords or usernames, and they’re offering a free starter version to SMEs.


Transformational data translation technology that will enable transfer a company’s applications from one platform to another, and they have funding to take it to the next stage.

Red Volcano

Creating a novel use of data mining and automation from a business growing by generating revenue from its customer base.

Innovative Tech Company – Sponsored by Onecom



Using near field communication technology in an app to make shopping and paying for goods easier and provides retailers with customers’ browsing histories.

Innovative Physics

Great potential using sensor technology and AI for radiation monitoring that they’re now applying to healthcare with cancer detection trials.

NetPay Solutions

Integration technology that allows merchants to take customer payments from different platforms, they have a track record and a growing order book.

Threat Status

A company with growing revenue that is focusing on SMEs with free advice and consultancy using their innovative cybercrime service.

South Coast Tech Company – Sponsored by BDB Pitmans


Innovative Physics

Ground-breaking technology from pioneer in radiation detection that is trialing its product in healthcare for early cancer detection.


Highly innovative technology providing online sign language assistance for deaf people that already has Lloyds Bank as a customer and is attracting growing interest.

Tonic Analytics

We were very impressed with their data analytics technology that is enabling the business to grow organically with a focus on exports.

Silver Lining Convergence

Innovative cloud infrastructure for creating bespoke, secure converged IT solutions from company that invests significantly in its workforce.

NetPay Solutions

Impressive growth from card payment platform innovator developing technology for handling complex, large-scale processes.

High Growth Tech Business – Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy


Cobweb Solutions

Really impressive turnover growth and a high net promoter score from this high-performing Microsoft 365 and Azure distributor.

Agile Network Systems

We were impressed with their revenue growth, a recent move to larger offices, and opening subsidiaries in the Republic of Ireland and Singapore.

Cybrid Solutions

They expect to double turnover this year by increasing work from customers and funding expansion from profits, rather than chasing growth.

Science & Technology Award – Sponsored by Smith & Williamson


Ilika Technologies

This well-established AIM-listed company’s battery technology is proven in the automotive sector and now in healthcare.


Impressive and innovative technology for reducing CO2 emissions and methane leaks in the gas industry that has important environmental benefits.

Tonic Analytics

Very impressive growth and profitability using proprietary data analytics technology with applications in a wide range of industry sectors.

Cybrid Solutions

Combining new and existing technologies that haven’t been designed to work together to improve how organisations work.

Marine Tech Company – Sponsored by Aura Technology



Impressive personal safety products and a remarkable success story developing technology for sail monitoring and management.

Forty1 Kitesurfing

A classic engineering solution by using hydrofoil technology to create an innovative product for kitesurfing boards.

Tech Leadership Team – Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell


Apps In The Sky

A team with a lot of focus that also has a lot of fun who are growing the business through partnerships, apprenticeships, and by encouraging self-learners.


The team has devised a clear, well thought-out turnaround strategy focused on its target market and is selling an impressive number of client software licences.


Having recently completed an MBO, the team has shown persistence and built trust as they deliver on a strategy that embraces agility and an entrepreneurial spirt.


We liked the way the team has engendered a culture of ambition and enthusiasm that translates into service delivery, with leadership objectives that everyone engages in them.