Techies 2020 open for entries

Swindon & Wiltshire’s annual IT and technology awards puts the spotlight on the area’s most exciting and innovative tech firms. Previous winners include Appsbroker, Blue Frontier, Cardwave, Evo-Soft, Gel Studios, Groop, Infinite Group, Infinity Nation, Kids Covered, Render and OJO Solutions.

Involved for the second year in a row, Thrings is proud to be sponsoring the Tech Team of the Year category in 2020.

Award categories include:

  1. Flying the Flag for Swindon & Wiltshire Tech
  2. Best Tech Support Service
  3. Future Tech Superstar
  4. Social Impact Award
  5. Best Tech Security
  6. Best Tech Start-up – New for 2020
  7. Most Innovative Tech Solution
  8. Best User Experience
  9. Using Tech to Transform Business
  10. Driven by Data
  11. The Cutting IT Award
  12. Tech Team of the Year

The awards are a Business Exchange initiative. Alongside Thrings, the Techies 2020 are also supported by, headline sponsor, The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and award category sponsors Britannia Quickmove, Elm Workspace, Purple Lime and Shaw & Co.

Thrings’ judge

Kate Westbrook, a leading technology and commercial contracts lawyer at Thrings, will be on the judging panel again this year. Her team works with a range of technology businesses, from UK SMEs to multinational listed PLCs.

Working with innovative and fast-paced enterprises, Kate enjoys becoming part of the team and helping these businesses to grow. Based in Swindon herself, she feels that the tech sector in Wiltshire is in need of a spotlight. The Techies caught up with her on this and on what makes a good submission.

Kate commented: “In 2020, I’m looking forward to finding out what new and wonderful things are being created by the region’s tech-brains. I’ll also be wearing my TechSwindon hat this year. This new Switch on to Swindon initiative, which I’m excited to be helping steer as a board member, will be encouraging an ecosystem of innovative tech-driven businesses to thrive, and creating a leading community to attract and retain the best talent.

“The Techies, by helping to highlight tech successes and bring companies together, will contribute hugely to these ends.”

You can read her Q&A in full here.

Entry deadline

Entries are open until midnight on Friday 3 April 2020.

Awards night

The Techies 2020 will be hosted at a brand new venue, the Pattern Church in Swindon on 21 May 2020 from 7-10pm.

Find out more

Businesses can enter the Techies online by visiting

To discuss your tech-related business queries, please get in touch with Kate Westbrook or another member of the Technology team at Thrings.

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