Claim your place as one of the North West’s Top Tech firms

National law firm Mills & Reeve has today launched its search for the North West’s most pioneering technology companies.

Entries are now open for the inaugural Top Tech: North West, which has been launched in partnership with

Top Tech: North West is designed to showcase the region’s cutting-edge companies which have put the region on the map as a world-class hub for technological development and innovation.


The launch follows the success of the Mills & Reeve Top Tech: Yorkshire, which is now in its third year.

Paul Knight, Mills & Reeve

Top Tech: North West is open to companies which have developed world-leading technology, are disrupting markets and whose technology and services are helping others become leaders in their fields.

Mills & Reeve is looking for companies across all sub-sectors including Healthtech and Medtech, whose innovations are transforming the delivery of healthcare and the health and wellbeing of patients, and in education where EdTech businesses are improving the performance of our educational institutions, teachers and students.

The judges also want to hear from companies in the FinTech sector where technological advancements are revolutionising the delivery of financial services; PropTech companies who are changing the face of the real estate sector in the ever-evolving digital landscape, and companies operating the in ‘Tech for Good’ space who have developed technology to address social, economic or environmental challenges.

In what has been a severely disrupted year, we would like to hear from technology companies on how they have adapted during the coronavirus pandemic, or how their technology has played a vital role in helping others adapt and keep trading through these difficult times.

Entrants will be judged on technological innovation, leadership, growth and financial performance, client service and delivery and employee engagement.

The judging panel includes:

  • Paul Knight, partner in the commercial IP/IT team at the Manchester office of Mills & Reeve
  • Richard Faulkner, managing director, technology banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Dr Kath Mackay, managing director of bioscience campus, Alderley Park
  • James Gregson, senior investment director of the Impact Fund at Palatine Private Equity
  • Jessica Jackson, investment director at GC Angels
  • Simon Thorn, managing director at Acceleris Capital
  • Amul Batra, chief partnerships officer, Northcoders

Paul said: “I’m delighted to launch the inaugural Top Tech: North West.

“Technology is an important sector for the firm and our tech focus in the North West is reflected in our upcoming move to Circle Square and strong links with universities.

“The region has been a hotbed of innovation for centuries and many of our home-grown companies are leaders on the world stage.

“Therefore, we have decided to replicate the success of Top Tech: Yorkshire and shine a light on the North West’s pioneering and transformational technology companies.

“It has been an extraordinary year which has presented untold challenges; therefore we believe that it is more important than ever to showcase their achievements.”

Richard Faulkner said: “I am delighted to judge the inaugural Top Tech: North West. The region has always been at the forefront of innovation and has an abundance of high growth and thriving businesses that have cemented the North West’s position as a global tech hub.

“Top Tech: North West gives them a perfect opportunity to showcase their talents amongst a cohort of future industry leaders.”

Entries will close on 6 November 2020. The companies who made it into the Top Tech: North West will be revealed on 7 December 2020. The report will be published on and available for download.

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For further information, visit Top Tech: North West