It’s that time of year again! The greatest minds of the northern tech industry are coming together to get that Big Chip event space buzzing.

UKFast has been a proud sponsor of the Big Chip Awards for five years, championing northern digital innovation and creativity, alongside our partner Manchester Digital.

We’ve come a long way since our first entry in 2008 and we’re proud to have recently been ranked as the best place to work in Manchester by The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2018 list – what an honour.

This year is our fifth time sponsoring the Big Chip Awards and we could not be happier to back digital talent and the best in technology here in the north. With the awards turning the big two-zero this year we’ve been remembering our top moments from the awards: what could be better than our very first year of sponsorship where we got to meet some of the most amazing, insightful people in the industry and forge those deep bonds? The ceremony is something we look forward to every year as it never fails to pull a show-stopping event out of the bag.

The Northern Powerhouse

It’s fantastic to be involved with something as forward-thinking as the Big Chip Awards and we feel the event brings together an incredible community. Not only can we rekindle connections with old friends, but we love to see last year’s brand new companies evolving, strengthening and becoming game-changers within the industry.

We really feel the energy and excitement of the tech and digital sector in the north. That’s what so fantastic about the Big Chip Award ceremonies: you really get to feel that buzz, see the spark and speak to the people who are bringing ground-breaking new products to the world. The energy in the room is always electric!

Trending topics

This year so far, we’ve seen a real focus on cloud security. As more and more companies move to cloud for ease and flexibility in their hosting solutions, businesses want to get in-the-know and find out the best insider tips.

Tech is also on everyone’s lips at the moment with the upcoming GDPR regulations coming into play at the end of May. We’ve had so many businesses – from all sectors – ask us exactly what they need to do to adopt the changes in their business

The tech industry in the north is so friendly and open: everyone’s always willing to offer a helping hand! It’s so wonderful to see northern businesses really sharing their support and reaching out to their customers to offer them the best information.

Win, succeed, prosper

Winning a Big Chip Award is a brilliant way to boost your business and really put your company in the spotlight. It’s a chance for startups and newer companies to showcase their talent and ideas, make key contacts and hear what larger companies are planning in their upcoming campaigns. We can’t think of anything more useful than being seated next to the next big thing!

On a grander scale, awards like Big Chip benefit all northern businesses. We always love to shout about the incredible work that’s happening here, encouraging the industry to thrive in the north and for other people to recognise the wonderful talent we have here.

Being the sponsor of the Big Chip Awards makes us see just how much the technology industry affects millions of people every day, and how we, as a sector, can push digital solutions to impact peoples’ lives for the better.

We’re looking forward to seeing those familiar faces, clinking some glasses and meeting the new kids on the block who can teach us a thing or two about this new and exciting digital landscape.