Winners announced for the 2015 Cloudex 20:20 Awards

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Skyscape, a supplier to the UK government’s G-cloud framework, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Cloudex 20:20 awards. The business had previously won the ‘one to watch’ award at the 2013 ceremony.

Clearwater International launched its Cloudex 20:20 awards in 2013, as the business was keen to profile innovative and emerging players in the UK cloud industry. The awards highlight the country’s top 20 independently-owned cloud technology businesses.

Following the success of those inaugural awards in London, this year’s distinguished panel of judges drew up a shortlist of 20 companies before selecting their overall top three plus a ‘one to watch’ winner. Despite extremely high standards of entries, the judges universally agreed on their choices and commented that all four were ‘clear disruptors’ in their markets.

It was second time unlucky for Acturis, a company that creates efficiencies for insurance brokers by building, hosting and distributing electronically priced insurance products, which was announced as runner up – the same position for the business as during the 2013 awards. Fairsail, providers of global cloud human resource management systems, came third and Kimble Applications, leaders in the professional services automation market, was highlighted as the ‘one to watch’.

Simon Hansford, Chief Executive, Skyscape said: “Winning the ‘one to watch’ award at the Cloudex awards two years ago, at a time when were still an early stage business, was really significant and gave us great credibility in the market as part of our growth story. To come back two years later and win the main prize at these distinguished awards is just fantastic and testament to our success since. In terms of our growing brand recognition winning this award is really important for us.”

Emma Rodgers, Director, Clearwater International commented: “It is clear that the cloud industry continues to grow impressively in the UK, which is now home to a number of players who are really disrupting their respective markets. What was also striking, and particularly pleasing to see, was the growth trajectory of many of the companies which appeared in our very first awards, and how they were now building true scale in their respective industries as they continue to evolve and grow.”