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South Coast Tech Awards in photographs

By Laurence Mcclenaghan
30 June 2022
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Welcome to our pictorial review of the 2022 South Coast Tech Awards.

The awards revealed the top tech businesses along the South Coast.

Hosted by The Business Magazine with headline sponsor Spectrum IT Recruitment, the gala evening was held at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. all sectors were in attendance, was your company?

The event sponsors were Business Innovation South ExpoEYGiganetGresham House VenturesSmith & Williamson and Southampton Science Park, and was supported by VerlingueHouston and Solent University.

Welcoming over 170 finalists, sponsors and guests, Richard Thompson, Managing Director at The Business Magazine, highlighted the calibre of entries to the awards: “We have been truly impressed with the tech companies who have entered this year’s awards. They are shining examples of the diversity of tech in the South Coast.”








Patrick Daniel of event sponsors, Spectrum IT pictured with South Coast Tech Award host, Lucy Porter.


Host Lucy Porter and Rebecca Combes of Evelyn Partners (formerly Smith & Williamson).


Managing Director of Black Ox, Richard Thompson.


Ray Clark, Sales Director at Black Ox Media, announces the winner of Marine/Port Tech Company of the Year as Eazi Security.


Lucy Porter and Jane Hutchins Southampton Science Park pictured congratulating the Tech Start-Up of the Year award winners, Lifelight developed by Xim.


Lara Bull Business Innovation South Expo presenting to Neil Boxer, Airsys, Innovative Tech Company of the Year award winners.


Ruth Martin of Giganet pictured announcing Matrix IT as Tech SME of the Year


Rowan Grobler Gresham House Ventures has a few words of congratulations as he presents the award Emerging Tech Company of the Year to Lifelight developed by Xim.


Dave Hales of EY announces Utilita as the winner of Sustainable Tech Company of the Year


Rebecca Combes of Evelyn Partners (formerly Smith & Williamson) presents the award to Absolar for Science & Tech Company of the Year.


Dr Robin Chave, Southampton Science Park announces Giganet as High Growth Tech Company of the Year


Lucy Porter had the South Coast Tech Awards audience giggling all evening.


Team shot of headline sponsors – Spectrum IT Recruitment.


Akash Yadav – Lead Project Co-ordinator at Absolar


Qi Ma and Louise Wood, Beyond Encryption – Tech Leadership Team Of The Year Award winners.


Guests enjoying a chat and a beer at the South Coast Tech Awards.


Tom and Mick Donegan from Charity – Special Effects pictured during the black tie event at the Hilton at the Ageas..


Spectrum IT Recruitment pose for our cameraman.


Evelyn Partners (Smith & WIlliamson) Rebecca Combes (far right), from Smith & Williamson, who sponsored the awards for both the Cyber Security Solution Provider of the Year and the Science & Tech Company of the Year .


Drinks reception at the South Coast Tech Awards.


Chris Williams EY, Stephen Emerson TBM, James Harris EY, take a moment out for our photographer.


Professor Ed Rochead, James Benfield, Pip Armitage, Megan Ball from Blue Apple Theatre pictured at the South Coast Tech Awards.


Ian Cruickshank Spectrum IT Recruitment entertains fellow guests .


Winning isn't everything but it is very enjoyable!


Host Lucy Porter poses with nominees at the South Coast Tech Awards.


Michael Frisby, Cobweb Solutions winners of Cyber Security Solutions Provider of the Year.


Congratulations all round at the 2022 South Coast Tech Awards.


Foster & Forge – finalists for Tech Employer of the Year




High Growth Tech Company of the Year – Giganet


Cobweb Solutions and Vuzion celebrating Cobwebs win


Cobweb Solutions win Cyber Solutions Security Provider of the Year


Utilita win Sustainable Tech Company of the Year


Lifelight developed by Xim win Emerging Tech Company


Double winners – Laurence Pearce & Harvey Mitchell from Xim


Innovative Tech Company winner Airsys


Matrix IT win Tech SME of the Year


Lifelight developed by Xim win again – Tech Start up of the Year


Left – Lara Bull, Business Innovation South Expo sat with Giganet


Double winners Giganet!


Silver Lining Convergence win the magnum of champagne for the biggest charity donation of the evening


Eazi Security win Marine/Port Tech Company of the Year. L-R: Byron Bucknall, Mollie Croft and Managing Director Aaron Featherstone


Absolar take home Science & Tech Company of the Year


Beyond Encryption win Tech Leadership of the Year


Blue Apple Theatre win Digital Transformation of the Year