Top Tech: Yorkshire class of 2019 rapidly expand and mark major achievements in a busy 12 months

The winners of Mills & Reeve’s Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019 have been on an ambitious recruitment drive, raised growth targets and received national recognition for their work.

And with this year’s event now open for entries, the class of 2019 have highlighted their success and shared how Top Tech: Yorkshire helped them recruit leading talent and put them on the map with potential funders and clients.

Top Tech: Yorkshire, in partnership with, 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.

Dean Sadler is founder and CEO of specialist talent acquisition software provider, Tribepad. The Sheffield-based company has had a busy 2020 which has seen staff numbers increase and growth targets raised.

Dean said: “The last 12 months has been rather interesting in lots of ways. Pre-Covid-19 we were growing rather nicely. We added five new people to the team, and we were on target to grow revenue by 25 per cent year-on-year. Then Covid-19 came along and created a whole new reality for us.”

“We’ve gone from one million job applications processed per calendar month pre-Covid-19 to one million a week. We have taken on an additional eight new people and growth will likely nudge 30 per cent in this financial year and continue into next year. We have accelerated two new products to market and are having numerous conversations with other businesses about investing in them with an equity stake for access to new markets or new tech. We’ve also accelerated our footprint into certain markets and look to consolidate our position further.”

Tribepad is also to go carbon negative and aims to plant one million trees within the next 24 months. Dean added: “We haven’t furloughed a single team member during the whole Covid-19 pandemic and continue to reap the rewards of doing the right thing by our team members.”

“Being listed in the Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019 awards has opened up a number of useful conversations with prospective capital partners and clients. It also validates what our business is trying to become, a truly top tech company where people are first.”

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, Crisp, a leading provider of early-warning risk intelligence as a service, has achieved several milestones in the last year.

The Leeds-based company has been included in the Tech Nation Future Fifty programme as well as the Sunday Times Tech Track 2020 report.

Adam Hildreth, Crisp

In May 2020, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published an independent study, Safer Technology, Safer Users: The UK as a World Leader in Safety Tech and highlighted the important role Crisp plays in the fight to make the world safer, contributing to Leeds’ emergence as one of just four centres of excellence for Safety Tech.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Crisp moved to remote working before the official UK lockdown as it was concerned about the potential health impact on its employees. The company has invested significantly in providing additional resources to enable employees to maintain productivity and engagement, whilst supporting physical and mental health.

The response to the crisis has ensured that Crisp has continued to grow, with 51 new team members joining since March.

CEO and founder Adam Hildreth said: “Our inclusion in Top Tech Yorkshire has really increased the visibility of our business. Being highlighted in such a prestigious report has helped us to establish our business, locally and throughout the region; people know more about us, and it’s also helped us to recruit the best possible talent as we continue to grow.”

Top Tech: Yorkshire entrants will be judged on technological innovation, leadership, growth and financial performance, client service and delivery and employee engagement.

Entries will close on 6 November 2020. The companies who made it into the Top Tech: Yorkshire will be revealed on 9 December 2020. The report will be published on and available for download.

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