Posted on Monday 21 October 2013 by Ulster Business

 David Crawford

A record 18 Northern Ireland companies have been named in this year's Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Award Programme, which ranks Ireland's fastest growing tech companies.  

Newcomers Instil Software and Catalyst2 joined the elite list in 2013 to give Northern Ireland its biggest representation on the all island list in the 14 year history of the awards.  

Those from Northern Ireland making the 2013 shortlist are; Acksen Ltd, Aetopia Ltd, Core Systms, Etain Ltd, Export Technologies, Farmwizard, First Derivatives plc, Leaf Consultancy, Learning Pool, Novosco, PathXL, Rehabstudio Ltd, Seopia Ltd, Sixteen South, 8over8limited and Texthelp Systems Ltd.

David Crawford (pictured), partner in Deloitte’s Belfast office, said: “The Northern Ireland technology sector is thriving and the diversity within it is recognised in the list of those making it to the gala event in Titanic Belfast early next month.

“It’s no mean feat to be there and those businesses that have done so represent the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial flair which characterises the local tech sector. The inspiration and energy these businesses exude is something we at Deloitte appreciate as we seek to help them continue to grow.”

“Some of the names above will be familiar to the Northern Ireland business scene and some won’t while others are better known in their export markets. All have shown consistently high levels of growth and that takes dedication from a committed team throughout a company."

Commenting on the upcoming Fast 50 event, Mr Crawford added: “The companies don’t have long to wait to discover their final ranking in Ireland’s Fast 50 and it’s great that the event will be held this year in Belfast, on November 8.

“The final ranking features tech businesses that have demonstrated innovative strategies, sound management practices and marketplace vision, enabling them to achieve high revenue growth.”

For more information on the Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Programme go to



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