KPMG has named CircleLoop as the North of England’s best mobile start-up.

The telecommunications service provider based in Lancashire offers cloud-based phone systems to businesses, allowing its customers to make and receive calls on any device, anywhere in the world, with a variety of phone numbers.

KPMG challenged mobile start-ups from across the North's tech community to demonstrate their expertise and the benefits of their products to a selection of industry experts.

A shortlist of eight start-ups pitched their businesses to a panel of judges, led by KPMG’s head of technology for the North of England, Graham Pearce.

CircleLoop was crowned regional winner and will now attend next year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the competition’s grand finale, where they will pitch against four other regional winners selected from across the UK, to a panel of global industry experts.

The winner will be crowned the Best British Mobile Startup 2018.

Each regional finalist will also be provided with exhibition booths at the next 4YFN conference to showcase their businesses to a wider audience and get access to the MWC.

Pearce said: “Our competition offers the North’s bustling tech start-up community the opportunity to pitch in front of major industry players looking for exciting businesses to invest in, buy from, or form an alliance with.

“We were looking for innovative businesses who can showcase just how strong the UK is in disruptive mobile technologies and innovative business models on an international stage.

“CircleLoop really stood out during the judging process and we’re looking forward to seeing how they get on in Barcelona.”

The MWC is the world’s largest annual mobile industry gathering, organised by trade body, GSMA.

Last year it attracted over 100,000 attendees from across the globe. On average, the event in hosts more than 700 investors.

More than 600 also new start-ups exhibit at MWC, and plenty more attend as visitors.