The Northern Tech Awards, which have been running since 2011, are a key event in the technology entrepreneurship calendar and an opportunity for high-tech companies to achieve recognition for their success.
They recognise the Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies and the Top 20 Rising Stars, with numerous honours up for grabs at the celebrations that took place in Manchester on 27th March 2014.
The Awards are now owned and organised by GP Bullhound, the international investment-banking group. We were referred to GP Bullhound by an existing client and were then invited to pitch to create the visual style and overall creative solution for the event.
We were commissioned to commence work in early March 2014. Working to very tight deadlines (all materials were required by 25th March) we created the visual style and branding for the stage presence plus winner certificates, pull-up banners and presentation that anchored the agenda for the evening celebrations.
The centrepiece was a 44-page glossy brochure, which included profiles of 70 companies, information about sponsors and judges, a list of attendees and numerous adverts. It was designed and artworked in five days and printed, finished and delivered in three - a remarkable achievement considering the number of companies that had to be liaised with.
The awards evening was a red carpet affair held at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester with many blue chip names in attendance including the London Stock Exchange, Scottish Equity Partners, Silicon Valley Bank and UBS Wealth Management.
The support materials produced were very well received and GP Bullhound were "Absolutely delighted with everything."