Posted on Wednesday 25 June 2014 by Ulster Business

Tech companies under starters orders for deloitte competition

Pictured launching the 2014 Technology Fast 50 awards is, from left, Greg Wilson, CEO of Belfast insurance comparison company Seopa and David Crawford, partner at Deloitte in Belfast.

Fast growing technology companies could be in with a chance of recognition in a competition run by business advisory Deloitte.

The 2014 Technology Fast 50 awards are now open for entry and will award those technology businesses from across the island of Ireland which have demonstrated the biggest growth in turnover over the past five years.

In addition to the Fast 50 ranking, the Rising Star category will award two up-and-coming companies who are in business less than five years.

Northern Ireland companies occupied 18 places in the Fast 50 last year, an increase of three on the previous year.

David Crawford, partner at Deloitte in Belfast said: "It was very encouraging to see so many Northern Ireland companies performing so strongly last year.

I believe it is testament to the strength and innovation of our indigenous technology firms and to the growth potential of the industry. Every year, we see exceptional progress in this sector and we are encouraging those in the industry to get involved and submit an entry, particularly those that have not entered before."

The closing date for entries is 19 September 2014 and the winners will be announced on 7 November 2014.

Last year, Belfast-based insurance comparison company Seopa was placed in the Deloitte Fast 50 for the third consecutive year.

"The Fast 50 awards provide the perfect platform for Northern Ireland technology companies to showcase their talents," Greg Wilson, CEO said. "Our ranking has allowed us to demonstrate our growth to the industry and wider business community, thus increasing our presence, both in Northern Ireland and further afield."

Winners will be announced on 7 November 2014 at the Deloitte Technology Gala in Dublin, which will bring together the best of the indigenous sector in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

For further information and details of how to enter the award, visit www.fast50.ie.

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