It was an unforgettable night as the country's best tech companies walked away with the spoils at BusinessCloud's inaugural UK Business Tech Awards on Tuesday evening.

A total of 18 winners were recognised at a packed ceremony in London's exclusive Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel for the way they've used technology.

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The final gong of the night – the Lifetime Achievement Award – was won by Gary Gallen (pictured above), CEO and founder of Hull-based law firm rradar.

The audience heard how Gallen (pictured below) had been one of the UK's leading corporate defence lawyers when he decided there was a better way to do law with technology at its core.

It was a golden night for rradar who beat an eight-strong shortlist to win the Tech Company of the Year (small) category.

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Mike Anderson, CEO of Padoq and Nothing But Epic, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award while Louis-James Davis (pictured above), founder and CEO of VST Enterprises fought off stiff competition to win the title of Entrepreneur of the Year.

Other winners on the night included Volume Ltd in the Digital Agency of the Year category; Leeds-based Crisp, which won the Tech for Good Award; and Cito Logik as the winner of the Data Pioneer of the Year Award.

BusinessCloud editor and event host Chris Maguire said: "It was an amazing celebration of the UK's technology sector and we're already making plans for 2019."

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The event was sponsored by Jumpstart, The Technology Group and Touchscreen Rentals.

Maguire also thanked the stellar line-up of judges for "giving up hours of their precious time to read all of the entries and make some extremely tough decisions to decide this evening's winners".

The judging panel included David Hardman, MBE, managing director of Innovation Birmingham; Louize Clarke, co-founder, ConnectTVT, Elizabeth Clark, CEO, Dream Agility; former director of Tech North Richard Gregory; Tom Cheesewright, founder of Applied Futurism Practice; former Vodafone exec Rob Mukherjee, director of Greater Sport; Chris Dymond, director, Sheffield Digital; and Scott Henderson, managing director of Jumpstart.

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