Today we can reveal the inaugural Yorkshire & Humberside Tech 50 - our ranking of the region's most exciting technology companies.

Law firm rradar was crowned the most innovative tech company in Yorkshire & Humberside after securing heavy backing from both an independent judging panel and the general public.

Hull-based rradar, led by CEO Gary Gallen, has disrupted the legal industry through its clever use of technology.

It combines its legal expertise with digital tools to deliver business solutions and reduce legal risk.

Gallen told BusinessCloud that rradar was perfectly placed for the next stage of its growth story and on the brink of its first two acquisitions.

“Everyone said it would be impossible to grow the business in Yorkshire and Humberside,” he said. “Finishing in number one position on the list validates people’s decision to come to us.

“The vast majority of our staff live in Yorkshire and Humberside. To be number one is a subject of real pride. Our first clients were from the local area. It’s a real recognition.”

The Yorkshire & Humberside Tech 50 ranking in full

rradar, which has offices around the UK, was followed in the ranking by business intelligence provider Panintelligence, which is based in Leeds and recently opened its first overseas office in Boston, USA.

Industrial Internet of Things platform Hark and data and analytics services provider The Data Shed, both of which are also based in Leeds, were third and fourth in the ranking respectively.

Sheffield-based Slanted Theory, which visualises data in 3D and immersive tech formats, rounded out the top five.

You can see the full top 50 list, which was compiled from a long-list of 128 disruptive companies, here.

The public vote on the long-list attracted more than 700 votes. A panel of expert judges also made their choices. The final 50 ranking was decided from a combination of these. 

The judging panel was comprised of: Amy De-Balsi, owner, Herd Careers, head of innovation and partnerships in Leeds, Bruntwood; Chris Dymond, director, Sheffield Digital;  Jem Henderson, entrepreneur engagement manager (Yorkshire), Tech Nation; Chelsea Boothroyd, engagement manager, Nexus; Laura Harper, general counsel, business & legal affairs, Firesprite; Ryan Gracey, tech and IP solicitor, Gordons LLP; and Jonathan Symcox, editor, BusinessCloud.

The Yorkshire & Humberside Tech 50 ranking in full

Yorkshire & Humberside Tech 50 is one of 11 annual regional ranked lists which will aim to shine a light on the companies of all sizes who are doing amazing things with technology.

We will publish one ranked list a month every year from February through to December. Full details are available here and the rankings are accessible from the 'featured lists' dropdown on the website navigation above.