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Outstanding digital firms receive honours

Ed Molyneux

Ed Molyneux of FreeAgent: among the night’s prize-winners

Scotland’s best digital technology firms of all sizes have been celebrated at the 2018 ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards.

The most innovative and best performing tech firms in a range of sectors, from social care to geology and finance to automotive, received awards.

Scottish success stories Craneware and FreeAgent continued their runs of success, winning in Large Digital Technology Business and Best B2B Technology Product categories respectively.

Judges were impressed with FreeAgent’s evolution of its business to focus on mobile development, which saw it grow revenue by 28% in the last year. Craneware was lauded for its ability to drive long term growth, which has seen the company quoted on the Alternative Investment Market for more than10 years and now employing more than 300 staff.

In the Best Public Sector Product category, the Mind of My Own app was recognised for revolutionising and enabling how children express their feelings in difficult situations to adults involved with their cares – and for incredible business growth which has seen it now used in 65 organisations across the UK.

Polly Purvis, ScotlandIS chief executive, said: “This year’s awards showcase the outstanding range of emerging digital technology firms, and those businesses that are going on to grow and scale, as well as highlighting the innovation digital technologies is enabling within established firms in a range of sectors.”

Other winners included Ideagen, a software company helping leading brands improve operational efficiency, in the Outstanding Marketing Performance category and smart cities specialist Urban Tide for Transformational Innovation through Data.

Beeks Financial Cloud took home Best Financial Services Product as well as Mid-sized

Digital Technology Company, while iProspect and CodeClan were awarded Digital Agency of the Year and Best Education Provider respectively.

Automotive company Arnold Clark was acknowledged at the Awards, winning the prize for Best B2C Technology Product/Service, for transforming the customer journey and using innovative technologies to drive online sales with incredible results.

Cognitive Geology, a software provider for the oil and gas sector took home Best Emerging Digital Technology business.  

Callum Sinclair, partner and head of technology at Burness Paull LLP – a Scottish based law firm which has acted for some of the world’s largest technology firms was presented with the Leadership Award.

The event took place last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, in front of an audience from across the industry.

Full list of winners

Best B2B Technology Product / Service

Free Agent

Best B2C Technology Product / Service

Arnold Clark

Best Financial Services Product / Service

Beeks Financial Cloud

Best Public Sector Product / Service

Mind of My Own

Best Education Provider / Training Programme


Transformational innovation through data

Urban Tide

Outstanding Marketing Performance of the Year


Leadership Award

Callum Sinclair, partner and head of technology, Burness Paull

Digital Agency of the Year


Digital Technology Business of the Year (Large – 101+ staff)


Digital Technology Business of the Year (Small – Medium – less than 100 staff)

Beeks Financial Cloud

Digital Technology Business of the Year (Emerging – less than 10 staff and less than 4 years of age)

Cognitive Geology

Full 2018

Judging Panel


Martin Mutch – Chairman, founder of QikServe and current chairman.


Jude McCorry – Head of Business development at the DataLab

Maggie Morrison – Vice President, Public Sector at CGI Scotland

Alan Bonner – Founder and past CEO at Pinnacle Technology Group

Kenny Fraser – CEO at Triscribe, founder and CEO of Sunstone Communications

Paul Neeson – Principal, Scottish Equity Partners

Richard Marshall – General Manager, Scotland, Chelsea Apps Factory

Joe Pacitti – Managing Director, CeeD Scotland and Chair, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Scotland

Mike Crockart – Transformation Lead, The Scottish Government

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