The SPARKies awards – the best in tech in the West


Welcome to #theSPARKies, the digital and tech awards for the West, which have regularly been held in Bristol and Bath over the last 5 years.

We want to shine a light on the very best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath and the broader West of England region.

SPARKies Award Ceremony 2017

This year the awards ceremony will be held at Bath’s Komedia on 29 June 2017 for an evening of digital debauchery, comedy and awards for everything from outstanding tech startups to mentors, hardware, virtual reality and more.

With Bath-based Gradwell Communications as our headline sponsor, 15 categories and a great mixture of judges from across the South West tech scene, the event will be a great way to celebrate the entire local tech spectrum – including the supporters who work tirelessly to support and grow the cluster.


Nominations are now closed. We have had over 250 nominations for the awards, so thank you so much for letting us know about the tech and digital companies and people you think are the best in their fields.

Whether that was amazing startups, founders, entrepreneursmentors and under 25’s to watch or people celebrating companies that are totally killing it from the region, that are amazing to work for or are using tech to help change people’s lives.

On the more creative side we have had nominations for awards for those who are creating cutting-edge hardware, apps, VR/AR experiences, digital designs, digital marketing campaigns or who are pushing the limits of what can be done with data.

This year we also have special awards for the Lifetime Achievement (the person who has had a clear impact and demonstrable long-term contribution to strengthening the tech cluster in the South West) and the People’s Choice which allows the SPARKies audience to tell us who they think the best tech company in the South West is on the night of the award ceremony

Get involved!

The SPARKies is about community rather than profit, but in order for it to be a success, it needs the support of sponsors from the local networks, professional services & tech industries who in return get a great amount of brand awareness in the region, especially amongst the tech and SME community.

There are a couple of ways to get involved, including sponsoring an individual award, and sponsorship is a great way to connect with – and give back to – the local tech community.

  • 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? There’s just one sponsor spot left – so you better be quick! 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 [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

You can get a flavour of what the SPARKies awards are like in the video from The SPARKies 2016 below:

And you can see more on 2016’s awards here The 2016 SPARKies Awards and see more about the SPARKies in the links below:

And don’t forget, you can keep up to date with the latest from the SPARKies awards by signing up to our TechSPARK newsletter or by following us on @TechSPARKuk or tweeting with the hashtag #theSPARKies. We hope to see you on the night!


SPARKies Media Partners