Get ready to kick off 2016 with the SPARKies tech awards which will be held on Wednesday 17 February next year in Bristol.

The event – which will be in its fourth year – will celebrate the best of tech and creative professionals, startups and businesses in the West of England.

The awards ceremony has a relaxed and fun vibe and has previously been hosted by award-winning comedians Jarred Christmas and Tom Craine.

And with a host of events and ways to get involved, from a launch event in mid-November when the all important nominations open, through to the judging and of course the event itself – it’ll prove a perfect way to beat those post-Christmas blues.

If you’ve never been before, you can get a flavour of the event by watching the SPARKies 2014 event video below:

And the winners are…

With awards ranging from ‘Startup to watch’ to ‘Best app’ and ‘Entrepreneur of the year’, there will be something for everyone from top freelancers to South West tech businesses with international reach.

SETsquared: Winners of the SPARKies 2014 Best Service Provider award
Victorious! SET squared – Winners of the SPARKies 2014 Best Service Provider award,
posing with comedian and host Tom Craine

In addition, a new category has been announced for 2016 – the People’s Choice award – which will be decided by ballot on the night!

Get involved!

  • In order to win one of these shiny tech awards, you’ll need to be nominated of course – so keep your eyes peeled for more information on how to nominate your favourites in the next few months.
  • Like to get more involved with the tech community in the South West? Why not join the volunteer SPARKies team to help run the awards – it’s a lot of fun!
  • Fancy being a sponsor? Whether you can be a provider of Prossecco or be our all-out headline sponsor, all contributions help to make SPARKies THE go-to event to celebrate the best of tech in the West.

If you want to get involved with the SPARKies in any way please drop us a line on We look forward to hearing from you!