“Phenomenal strength” of tech sector revealed as Tech South West Awards shortlist announced

Six Plymouth-based companies have been recognised on the 2023 Tech South West Awards shortlist, including Plymouth Science Park tenants BIT Training and Rowe IT.

BIT Training has been shortlisted for the Commitment to Talent Award and the Best Education Initiative. Rowe IT has been shortlisted in two categories; the Commitment to Diversity Award and Tech Company of the Year (over £5 million).

Four other Plymouth companies shortlisted for the awards are; MLA College, Inizio Engage XD, the Real Ideas Organisation, and Ashfords.

BIT Training provides award-winning commercial IT and cyber security training to support organisations and IT professionals across the world. They offer a range of customised courses tailored to meet the specific needs of organisations across diverse industries.

Rowe IT is a technology service provider, leading clients through digital transformation with expert guidance technology, utilising data-driven insights for inventive solutions.

Ian McFadzen, CEO at Plymouth Science Park, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the awards, which celebrate the region’s world-leading innovation, and would like to congratulate all the shortlisted companies. The Park is a dynamic community which fosters innovation and excellence, so it’s fantastic to see our tenants being recognised for their achievements”.

Ben Franklin, CEO at BIT Training, said: “Being shortlisted for the Commitment to Talent Award and the Best Education Initiative is an honour. It’s great to see that our Skills Bootcamps and training delivery are being recognised, and we look forward to continuing to provide leading IT and Cyber education”.

Hannah Rowe, Director of Rowe IT, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories,Tech Company of the Year and the Commitment to Diversity award. As a business we are proud to be nominated for these awards as they truly reflect our team’s hard work and dedication. I am super proud of what we have achieved, especially Tech Company of the Year. We really are on the cutting edge with what we do and I am thrilled with our journey and culture”.

This year’s awards received a record-breaking 350 entries, with over 40 judges participating in the selection process. The final shortlists and winners were determined after a rigorous evaluation process.

Plymouth Science Park are co-sponsors of the Tech Company of the Year (under £5 million) category alongside Exeter Science Park. The ceremony is set to take place at Sandy Park, Exeter, on Thursday, November 9.