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Cambridge top guns in UK technology shoot-out

Cambridge technology companies have delivered a damning riposte to those in government who would push Tech City’s claims ahead of the UK’s leading innovation cluster.

The UK Tech Awards Technology Company of the Year shortlist is dominated by Cambridge which has five out of the six shortlisted businesses – Abcam, ARM, AVEVA Group, blinkx and Xaar.

AVEVA won last year’s title, when the competition was called The techMARK Company of the Year Award, and ARM won the Technology Innovation Award.

blinkx and Xaar are among six shortlisted companies for the Tech Growth Business of the Year Award while AVEVA is in the running for the Tech Innovation prize.

Cambridge games technology pioneer, David Braben is on a six-man shortlist for the Tech personality of the year crown. Braben has taken Frontier Developments to a successful bow on the AIM market and raised significant funds in the process.

One of the world’s leading independent developers of video games, Frontier’s proprietary Cobra technology powers its cross-platform software development spanning personal computers, tablets, smartphone and videogame consoles across a wide variety of game genres.

Braben feels that the expansion of games into the mainstream entertainment industry and advent of digital distribution on all platforms brings a significant opportunity for ambitious Frontier.

The UK Tech Awards, sponsored by PwC, cover the period October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013 and will be held in London on November 20.