Welsh ICE tech firms dominate CBF innovation category

Several tech firms based at start-up incubator Welsh ICE have been selected as finalists for the innovation category at the 2015 Caerphilly Business Forum Awards.

Bomper Studio, Service Tracker and Happus have all made the final for the Innovation Award and will attend a ceremony at Bryn Meadows Spa Hotel on November 20th. It’ll be hosted by BBC Wales’s Jamie Owen.

The Innovation Award will recognise a tech initiative that has the ability to demonstrate an innovative product, solution or service that can benefit businesses or customers in a variety of areas. These include application development, e-commerce, hosting, web performance and communications.

This is the second year running that Bomper Studio has made the shortlist. Lewis Williams, studio manager, said: “To be finalists at the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards is a privilege, especially alongside fantastic local businesses proudly representing Welsh ICE and South Wales.

“We’re honoured to be recognised for our commitment to innovation for a second year running, and an award win would be the perfect end to our best year of business to date.”

Mike Day from Service Tracker said: “We’re honoured to be selected for this prestigious award, and this will be the second time this year we have reached the finals in a similar award category.

“The support and recognition we have received for our software as a service business solution in South Wales has been outstanding, and we are very much looking forward to the event and hopefully taking home the trophy this time.”

David Williams, managing director of Happus, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Innovation Award. Happus is dedicated to bridging the digital divide.

“Not only do we give our customers the means to access a host of benefits online, but we are also partnered with services that focus on giving the digitally excluded the skills and information to utilise the power of technology.

“We aim to become the leading hardware and internet access provider to social, council and housing association tenants in the UK, and the recognition of the Caerphilly Business Forum will help us get our message out there. Internet access is a right, not a privilege.”

Gareth Jones, CEO of Welsh ICE, added: “From my perspective, it isn’t so important that these companies are at ICE, but that the companies nominated could compete at a national or international level, based on the output of their work and previous awards.

“The Caerphilly Business Forum awards have always been a prestigious award to win, given the number of great businesses in the borough, so I’m delighted to see the hard work of so many friends recognised.”