Posted on Tuesday 2 July 2019 by Ulster Business

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Peter Allen, partner at Deloitte, and Shane Mulholland, senior vice president of marketing and operations at First Derivatives

Some of Ireland’s top tech firms are being encouraged to get involved in this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50.

Entries are now open for the 2019 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme. The awards, now in their 20th year, rank Ireland’s fastest growing technology companies and recognise the indigenous technology companies that have demonstrated outstanding growth in turnover over the previous four years.

Among the Northern Ireland firms making the last in previous years include First Derivatives and Novosco. A total of 13 firms from Northern Ireland made the list last year, with Belfast-based Repstor the highest-ranking Northern Ireland business at number 10 in the rankings.

Peter Allen, partner at Deloitte, said: “For 20 years, the Technology Fast 50 awards have celebrated the success and growth of Ireland’s leading indigenous technology companies.

“It is fantastic to be able to look back and see how some of the companies which appeared on the Fast 50 list in the early days have become global businesses and market leaders.

“The likes of First Derivatives and Novosco, who were early stage tech companies when they first made the Fast 50, are now major employers and shining lights within the NI economy.”

One of the few Northern Ireland companies to have topped the Fast 50, appearing in it 16 out of the 19 years since the ranking’s inception, is Newry-headquartered financial software company First Derivatives.

Shane Mulholland, senior vice president of marketing and operations at First Derivatives, said: “We’ve been involved with the Fast 50 programme since it began and have found it to be not only great recognition of every stage of the company’s growth but also a chance to meet peers and like-minded businesses who are striving to be leaders in their own fields.”



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