Tech and digital start-ups honoured at Young Guns awards

MyVoucherCodes claims top accolade

A string of emerging tech and digital businesses have been honoured in this year’s Young Guns awards, held at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens.

The awards, hosted by our sister title Growing Business, are designed to recognise Britain’s most promising entrepreneurs aged 35 and under. Based on this year’s ceremony, new media is a key focus for the country’s top young business talent.

The winners included James Connelly, creator of mobile advertising start-up Fetch Media; Josh March, whose social media interaction specialist, Conversocial, has just celebrated its first birthday; and business partners Kevin Flood and Mike Harty, creators of Shopow – an online price comparison site which is approaching £3.5m inside 18 months.

Ian Wallis, editor of Growing Business and a judge of this year’s awards, said:

“Our Young Guns awards are reserved for companies which have reached £1m turnover, or received at least £250,000 in venture capital support. So to see many new companies among this year’s award winners is really encouraging.”

The overall haysmacintyre Top Gun award, created for the most outstanding entrepreneur among the final award winners, went to Mark Pearson, creator of mould-breaking discount site MyVoucerCodes.co.uk.

Pearson, who recently earned national acclaim as a Channel 4 Secret Millionaire, received the award in recognition of the remarkable success of MyVoucherCodes, which is currently growing at a rate of 40% and is on track to reach £16m turnover this year.

Meanwhile the Farrer & Co Golden Gun award, reserved for a previous Young Guns winner who has since gone on to great things, went to Barry Houlihan, founder of Mobile Interactive Group – which recently earned top spot in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 rankings.

Wallis continued: “We’ve heard so much about how Britain is struggling to compete with other European countries when it comes to tech and new media enterprise, and how we’re incapable of producing the next Google or Facebook.

“This year’s Young Guns finalists demonstrate that the cynics are completely wrong. Britain is bursting with young tech talent, and we have every reason to be proud of the young industries driving our economy forward.”

Here’s the full list of this year’s Growing Business Young Guns.

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