While the team were collecting gongs at the Lloyds Bank Business Excellence Awards in London on Tuesday night, it turns out that QBS chief Dave Stevinson had another dog in this fight.

Dave Stevinson, CEO of QBS Software, has been on a trip to the Armouries in Leeds on 9 November, where QBS Technology Group picked up two more prizes at the prestigious Northern Tech Awards.

“QBS have been recognised as the Number One fastest growing larger company in the Northern Tech Awards. We were also ranked as the second fastest growing tech company,” he said.

The competition was organised by investment partners and tech finance specialists GP Bullhound — with trophies [pictured, below] commemorative of the animal known as “man’s best friend”.

“What an amazing trophy!” Stevinson said.

“Many thanks to all who have played their part in this – partners, publishers and our wonderful team in QBS Software and QBS Technology GroupCompuwave GmbHQBS FranceQBS InternationalQBS:MSP andQBS:Alpha Gen.”

Hugh Campbell, managing partner and co-founder of GP Bullhound, said it was exciting to champion so many impressive companies on their growth journey.

“It’s no secret that the Northern tech sector is a true powerhouse in starting and scaling world-class businesses. Entrepreneurship, ambition and innovation are driving growth across the region, and have helped to create a unique ecosystem – one that we are celebrating with tonight’s awards,” he said in the official announcement.

The Northern Tech Awards ranks the fastest growing and most successful tech companies in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as recognising earlier-stage companies with the most potential to become tech successes.

Click here for a list of all this year’s winners — and here for an image gallery.