Sherry Coutu CBE, Jacqui Ferguson and Melinda Matthews have joined the judging panel of this year's Northern Tech Awards.

The three tech leaders join a roster of influential judges, who will select the overall category winners from a short-list of fast-growth innovative businesses.

Tech investment bank GP Bullhound's annual awards, which recognise and celebrate the region's biggest tech success stories, will take place on 22 March 2018 in Edinburgh. The deadline for entries is 23 February.

The annual event celebrates tech firms that have had at least three years of revenue growth with a minimum level of turnover of £500,000 in 2015.

"Sherry, Jacqui and Melinda have been critical to the exceptional growth of the digital economy in the North of England and Scotland," said Hugh Campbell, managing partner at GP Bullhound.

"The region is home to exciting companies leading world-class innovation in the tech sector.

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The Northern Tech Awards will showcase the best of these businesses, and support them on their ambitious growth path to global success."

Sherry Coutu CBE is a serial investor, entrepreneur and non-executive director; Jacqui Ferguson is a technologist and non-executive director of Wood Group; and Melinda Matthews is chief executive of digital skills academy CodeClan and a former senior figure at IBM.

This year's judging panel also includes serial entrepreneurs Bill Dobbie and George Mackintosh; David Rowan, former editor of Wired; Richard Law, former CEO of GB Group; Mark Sebba, former CEO of Net-a-Porter; Richard Gregory, chairman of Tech North; Charles Sharland, co-founder of Appsense; Rob Cotton, former CEO of NCC Group; and Jason Stockwood, CEO of Simply Business.

Entries are also open for the second edition of the Northern Tech 100 League Table, which celebrates the top 100 fastest-growing tech companies in the North.

To enter you must be an active technology company with at least £500,000 revenue in 2015 and be based in the North of the UK (including Scotland).

You can enter here.

The Northern Tech Awards are supported and sponsored this year by Barclays Bank, OBI Property, Squire Patton Boggs, Scottish Equity Partners, Aquiline Capital Partners, Berenberg, BGF Ventures, Frazer John Recruitment, Inflexion Private Equity, London Stock Exchange, Mercia Technologies, Tech North and Draw & Code.