STAFF from a county tech firm are celebrating after being nominated and shortlisted for two industry awards.

Payara Services Ltd, based in Malvern, was nominated for Business Leader of the Year and Open Source Leader of the Year in the 2019 Tech Leaders Awards.

Headquartered at the Malvern Science Park in Worcestershire, Payara Services Ltd is a specialist company in open source software, with a team of dedicated Support Engineers positioned around the world to deliver production, development and migration support to more than 50 customers, including BMW, Hermes and Papa John’s.

Julia Millidge, HR Manager at Payara Services Ltd said: “The entire team at Payara are extremely honoured to be nominated and shortlisted for both these categories.

"We are market leaders in our product and service, and these awards reflect the leadership and teamwork that has enabled that to happen.

"As a business, we pride ourselves on building an inclusive culture, providing an invaluable opportunity for young people looking to enter the tech industry and supporting the local community.

"We embrace and encourage leadership across the business based on our core company values and having external recognition of this is great.

"We look forward to attending the ceremony later this year, and meeting plenty of like-minded individuals from the industry."

The Tech Leaders Awards recognise the range of talent involved in tech leadership, as well as celebrate the key innovations and achievements made throughout the year in the IT and technology industry.

The winners will be decided by an independent panel of judges and announced during an exclusive gala ceremony, bringing together hundreds of the UK’s top business and technology leaders to celebrate tech leadership, excellence and innovation.

Now in its third year, the Tech Leaders Awards dinner is being held on Thursday 12th September 2019 at the Royal Lancaster in London.

In June, Payara announced it had signed a new deal with Japanese firm Samuraism Inc.

The deal allows the firm to spread its existing market into Japan and the rest of Asia.

The firm has also sponsored Team GB kayaker Emma Witherford, enabling her to pay for her training and equipment costs.