CAMBRIDGESHIRE: CDA17 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2017 have been unveiled, ahead of an historic finale to the competition.

With the backing of headline sponsor Nimbus Hosting, winners of the CDAs will – for the first time in Digital Awards history – be announced entirely online.

In a break from tradition organisers have decided to crown the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Digital Awards in 11 categories via social media, rather than laying on a presentation soiree.

The winners of CDA17 will be chosen by the Digital Awards independent judging panel and revealed via Twitter on November 1.

The CDAs are supported by Department for International Trade, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, Connecting Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge Network and Opportunity Peterborough.


BLOG

Charlotte’s Compass by Sookio
LK Social Media
Newt Labs
Sally Morgan-Moore
She’s A Gentry
Sookio
That Marketing Punk

ONLINE RETAILER

AmaElla Ethical Lingerie by Newt Labs
B2b Cards by Webigi Digital Systems
Custom Converse
Maravilo by BAO
The Mobility Aids Centre by Brave Agency
Vaara by BAO

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

Ace by Mobas
LK Social Media
Sega’s Football Manager World Cup Final by EventStreaming.tv
Simply Good Food TV by The Food Marketing Expert
St Catharine’s College
Vet Times by Veterinary Business Development
Vindis Motor Group by Mobas

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

Charlotte Peters
Domino Printing Sciences Ax-Series Product Launch by Somersault
HeadStart Clinics
L8 Datanet Ltd
Sally Morgan-Moore
Simply Good Food TV
WaveFX

WEBSITE

Birketts LLP by Crafted
CareRooms by BAO
Cofinitive
Minos Creative
The Stradivari Trust by 2idesign
Transversal by Mobas
Vaara by BAO

WEBSITE: B2B

ARC – Cambridge by Cofinitive
Cofinitive
Priden Engineering by Brave Agency
RecruitMint by Brave Agency
St John’s Innovation Park by 2idesign
Transversal by Mobas
Xion Water Solutions by Geek Design

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

AmaElla Ethical Lingerie by Newt Labs
HeadStart Clinics
Ruby’s Rambles by Minos Creative
Sally Morgan-Moore
The Stradivari Trust by 2idesign
Vaara by BAO
Walk In Our Shoes by Hello Lovely

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

2idesign
Brave Agency
Cofinitive
FWA
Maravilo by BAO
Minos Creative
NetXtra by Mobas

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

Greener Growth by Cofinitive
iMET by The Hideout
Injured Jockeys Fund by Webigi Digital Systems
Jesus College University of Cambridge by Contra Agency
Parkside Federation Academies by 2idesign
Peterborough Association for the Blind by Brave Agency
St Neots Museum by Mobius

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS

2idesign
Active Life by Webigi Digital Systems
Custom Converse
FABPulous by 2idesign
FWA
Krishna Solanki Designs
Ruby’s Rambles by Minos Creative

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Active Life by Webigi Digital Systems
Comberton Sports and Arts by Minos Creative
GirlRunningLate
Langley Park Rally School by Minos Creative
Lucy Gossage – Professional Triathlete by 2idesign

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Musings & More Strike Blog Gold at CDA16

Following the second annual Cambridgeshire Digital Awards on 24 November, we spoke to Emily, founder of lifestyle blog Musings & More, who won Gold on her CDA debut in the Blog: Entertainment category.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
Musings & More is a lifestyle blog I created in 2015. It provides a corner of the internet that features posts on a range of subjects including beauty, baking, travel and more and is there to provide my readers to enjoy a bit of light entertainment.

What made you get involved in the CDAs?
I remember hovering over the page for a while before I actually submitted my application but essentially it was a bit of a dare for myself because I can be a bit of a pessimist. “Do it! Enter! What’s the worst that could happen?” And look what did happen!

What does winning gold at the CDAs mean to your organisation?
It’s huge for me, especially given that my blog is fairly small. It’s given me such a boost of confidence for Musings & More and I’ve been inundated with supportive tweets and emails after it was announced I’d won which is the best thing.

Where will you be putting your award?
It’s going straight on the wall – and not in the bathroom either!

What was your most memorable moment from the CDA presentation evening?
Where do I start? I genuinely didn’t expect to even place bronze or silver so to come away with gold was staggering for me. Right from shakily making my way up the stage, everything was a blur and I was in shock for the rest of the evening. Not to mention to top off an already incredible night, I went and won an Apple TV for the selfie competition!

What’s the best thing about the Cambridgeshire business community?
Everyone is so passionate and so hardworking, you can tell they really care about what they are doing and I think that goes for everyone.

You can find out more about Musings & More here.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Cambridge Saxophone Strike Gold on Debut

Following the second annual Cambridgeshire Digital Awards on 24 November, we spoke to Dan Forshaw, founder of groundbreaking tuition site Cambridge Saxophone, who won Gold at their first ever CDAs in the Online Retailer category.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
I setup Cambridge Saxophone five years ago when I moved to Cambridge from Bangor, Co Down. I had kept a number of my students from Northern Ireland on over Skype and I wanted to be able to offer resources for them as I’d taken on a position as Director of Music for a Parish Church and my teaching time was limited. I did my research and worked out ways I could offer video lessons for subscribers, allowing me to ‘sell my time more than once.’ One thing Steve Jobs and Bill Gates agreed on was that IT was yet to truly revolutionise education in the way it had done many other areas of our lives, I believe sites like Cambridge Saxophone.com are doing this now!

What made you get involved in the CDAs?
I got involved in the CDA’s as a way of exploring how I could widen the appeal of my website and hopefully bring more students to the site.

What does winning gold at the CDAs mean to your organisation?
It inspires me to work even harder to deliver a inspiring, imaginative and innovative website to my customers.

Where will you be putting your award?
It’s on the wall in my studio, under a picture of me with three of my saxophone playing heroes, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman and Mark Turner.

What was your most memorable moment from the CDA presentation evening?
Convincing myself that as I was sat right at the back and hadn’t won anything, then to know as soon as the compare mentioned ‘Client Testimonials’ as the first thing the judges noticed, I knew I’d won.

What’s the best thing about the Cambridgeshire business community?
Constantly trying to improve – there is a recognition that there is something very special in the ‘Cambridge brand’ that speaks of high quality customer service and a first class product.

You can find out more about Cambridge Saxophone at their website here.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Two Years, Two Golds for Bridges Cafe

Following the second annual Cambridgeshire Digital Awards on 24 November, we spoke to Mandy Knapp, head of social media for Cambridge cafe Bridges, who won Gold for the second consecutive year for ‘Use of Social Media for Business’.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
Bridges cafe have been in their Bridge St location for 20 years, and were serve healthy dishes and juices using fresh seasonal produce. We also provide a great catering service.

What made you get involved in the CDAs?
We started getting involved with social media in recent years to reach out to new audiences. Vibrant pictures of our food looked great on the different platforms, and we had enormous fun getting the word out about what we do. We realised that people responded well to our message, and liked our engaging approach. So we thought, why not? Lets see if the judges of CDA like what we do too!

What does winning gold at the CDAs mean to your organisation?
Its so great to have that confirmation that what are trying to do really is seen as fun, engaging and effective. To win it two years running is amazing, especially as the competition was so hot this year. Its not all about the big corporates doing big campaigns. Us little indies can be in the mix too!

Where will you be putting your award?
Both our awards are proudly displayed in the window of our cafe.

What was your most memorable moment from the CDA presentation evening?
The shock of winning for a second time, when we really didn’t expect it. And we were on table 4, with two other gold winners. I think no4 will be our new lucky number!

What’s the best thing about the Cambridgeshire business community?
Everyone is so friendly and supportive of each other. Lots of businesses get together to do joint ventures, combining their skills, and this makes for a friendly and innovative business community.

You can find out more about Bridges Cambridge at their website here.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Sookio Discuss Winning Gold at CDA16

Following the second annual Cambridgeshire Digital Awards on 24 November, we spoke to Sue Keogh, founder of Cambridge-based digital agency Sookio, who won Gold for ‘Website: Marketing & Creative’.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
Sookio is a digital agency in central Cambridge specialising in content – things like copywriting, video production, design and social media. We do consultancy and training too, for people who want to improve their communications from within.

What made you get involved in the CDAs?
We do good work, and want to get recognised for it!

What does winning gold at the CDAs mean to your organisation?
We care about our work and we care about our clients, so it’s good to get industry recognition like this.

 

Sookio at Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016

 

Where will you be putting your award?
It’s currently balanced on some books until we find time to put it up next to last year’s silvers! Just busy busy at the moment…

What was your most memorable moment from the CDA presentation evening?
I’m worried about Say Sally May falling off the stage and breaking her leg to be honest.

What’s the best thing about the Cambridgeshire business community?
I’ll sum it up in five adjectives: Supportive, intelligent, fun, cutting edge, driven.

You can find out more about Sookio at their website here.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: CDA16 Winners Announced

THE online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across Cambridgeshire have been celebrated at the second annual Digital Awards.

Accolades across 15 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the Cambridge Belfry, in Cambourne, on November 24.

Compering the event was former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Special guests included Tim Dunton, from Headline Sponsor, Nimbus Hosting, Noelle Godfrey from Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cllr Ian Bates from Cambridgeshire County Council and Laura Welham-Halstead of Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, all of whom presented awards.

Steve Bowyer delivered an insightful keynote speech on behalf of Opportunity Peterborough, who backed the Awards for the first time this year.

The Cambridgeshire Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work.

Leading the way on stage were a pair of winners who both saw double after scooping Gold across two separate categories.

BAO Agency, from St Ives, won Gold in the overall “Website” category and claimed top spot in “Website: Small Business” for their work on behalf of women’s designer fashion retailer The Cult & Classic.

Also claiming double-Gold was Hype Marketing in “Website B2B” and “Responsive Website” celebrating their achievements for Histon accountancy firm Aston Shaw.

Bridges Café, in central Cambridge, scooped the top accolade in the “Use of Social Media for Business” category for the second year running.

“Blog:Business” Gold went to Comberton-based OST Marketing who entered their work for the global animal health company Zoetis.

Across in “Blog: Entertainment” top spot on the podium was taken by lifestyle writer Musings & More and “Online Retailer” Gold was landed by Cambridge Saxophone.

Alzheimer’s Research UK won Gold in the highly competitive “Website: School, Education or Charity” classification and “Use of Video for Business” went to Willingham-based Imagen EVP.

Pocket Sergeant was recognised for its “Mobile App”, adding Gold to their Silver won last year and “Website: Marketing & Creative” saw the independent judging panel pick Sookio for the top place.

Peterborough design agency, Echo Web Solutions won out in “Website: Sports & Entertainment” for Gymkit UK and Cambridge Food Collective by Callia Web won in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture”.

Sponsoring and supporting the event were Nimbus Hosting, Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridge News, Opportunity Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Department for International Trade, Clare Reeves Voiceovers and Capricorn Media.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Cambridgeshire’ award which was handed to the Cambridge Folk Festival, celebrating its 51st year of bringing some of the world’s most revered singers and bands to the county.

They were commended for “going above and beyond the call of duty over many years for the betterment and promotion of Cambridgeshire” and more recently for their digital work.

Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 – The Winners

BLOG: BUSINESS

BRONZE – Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing
SILVER – PEM
GOLD – Zoetis by OST Marketing

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

BRONZE – Richard Designs by Chameleon Studios
SILVER – Say Sally May
GOLD – Cambridge Food Collective

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BRONZE – Hereward Sports & Leisure by Echo Web Solutions
SILVER – Bear Grylls Survival Race by Creative Code
GOLD – Gymkit UK by Echo Web Solutions

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS – In Association with Cambridge News

BRONZE – Hartley’s Jelly by OST Marketing
SILVER – Dream by OST Marketing
GOLD – Bridges Cafe

BLOG: ENTERTAINMENT

BRONZE – Jessica In Your Ear
SILVER – Say Sally May
GOLD – Musings & More

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

BRONZE – Alpima by Onespacemedia
SILVER – MW Luxury Packaging by Onespacemedia
GOLD – Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

BRONZE – East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) by Studio 24 Partnership
SILVER – Headstart Day Nursery by Catfish Web Design
GOLD – Alzheimer’s Research UK

ONLINE RETAILER – In Association with GCGP Enterprise Partnership

BRONZE – Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
SILVER – Barhams & Sons by Webigi Digital Systems
GOLD – Cambridge Saxophone

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

BRONZE – Ieso Digital Health by OST Marketing
SILVER – PEM
GOLD – Imagen EVP

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

BRONZE – Prescription PR
SILVER – BAO Agency
GOLD – Sookio

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS – In Association with Connecting Cambridgeshire

BRONZE – Barhams & Sons by Webigi Digital Systems
SILVER – Cambridge Food Collective
GOLD – The Cult & Classic by BAO Agency

MOBILE APP

BRONZE – L8 Datanet
SILVER – Simply Good Food TV by Tell Me First
GOLD – Pocket Sergeant

WEBSITE: B2B

BRONZE – JT Cranes by Stanton Shallcross
SILVER – Geek Designs
GOLD – Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing

SPIRIT OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE

GOLD – Cambridge Folk Festival

WEBSITE – In Association with Nimbus Hosting

BRONZE – Lucy Cavendish College by Chameleon Studios
SILVER – Alzheimer’s Research UK
GOLD – BAO Agency

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: CDA16 – What a Line-up!

Excitement soars towards fever pitch as the big night draws closer…the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 is now just one day away.

But who will be take their rightful places on top of the podium?

Which companies will be able to tell their customers that they have picked up one of Cambridgeshire’s most exciting new awards?

The envelopes are sealed and all will be revealed.

Apart from a record number of entries into CDA16 representing a broad range of industry sectors, we are are also very proud to have the received support of many of the most influential organisations across the county.

Our Headline Sponsor for CDA16 is Nimbus Hosting one of the south-east’s leading web hosting companies.

Also onboard for the second year running are Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridge News and Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership.

And for the first time this year we also welcome the backing of the Department for International Trade, Opportunity Peterborough and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Tomorrow evening is going to be big and we are delighted to be teaming with Capricorn Media and Clare Reeves Voiceovers, both of whom will play their parts in making it a night to remember.

So, before we all get caught up in the hysteria of tomorrow night’s Cambridgeshire Digital Awards, we wanted to take a moment to offer our thanks to all of these organisations for their fabulous support over the past few months.

See you all tomorrow,

The CDA Team

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Flood, Fire, Hacking And Infection – Free Disaster Recovery Advice

At the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards we’re very proud to have the support of Nimbus Hosting, a leading IT company that specialises in providing web hosting services to digital agencies and e-commerce sites.

One of the company’s missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

And with CDA16 under two weeks away, the team at Nimbus Hosting, our Headline Sponsor, has put together a whole host of free advice on how to create a contingency plan should your IT systems ever be plagued by a disaster such as fire, flood, a hacking or malicious malware infection.

Here’s Nimbus Hosting’s blueprint for creating an effective ‘Disaster Recovery Plan’

A Disaster Recovery Plan From Nimbus Hosting

The world of digital is great but with everything now online, businesses need to learn to navigate new risks. As well as physical risks of fires and floods damaging our IT infrastructure, how would your business or your clients businesses cope with being hacked or becoming infected with malicious malware?

Know your IT infrastructure

Find out what cloud services you’re actually using, what you’re paying for, what you need and what can go. Make sure you know how these services interlink with other parts of your business; if you lose your web server do you lose your email too?

A lot of companies prefer to keep different aspects of their business with different companies to try and minimise the risk of losing everything at once for example, keeping web hosting and email hosting with separate companies. Although this is recommended, make sure you know how to access all of this information and have the log in details for when you need them. This is also a great opportunity to have a quick audit of what you’re actually paying for.

Identify your risks

As well as protecting yourselves against physical elements like floods and fires, it’s often underestimated the damage that can be caused by virus infection, hacking or accidental deletions. With the majority (77%, according to a study back in 2013) of business now relying on technology and the internet for their daily operations it’s necessary to think about where your risks are most likely to occur to prepare for them.

If you have a high number of staff, do you control, know and have a record of who has access to what? Is everyone in the organisation using secure passwords? These are all questions worth considering when making a disaster recovery plan.

Back-ups

Even businesses that take every security measure possible can get hacked, especially if they are specifically targeted. Regular backups ensure that even if your site is compromised, you can get it restored quickly and easily. Occasionally, updates can break your website’s design or functionality and some updates can be buggy, in which case you can use a backup to restore to a previous version.

Backups are one of those annoying expenses that never seem all that necessary until they are absolutely vital.

Test your backups

It’s tempting to put a backup system in place and forget about it, cross it off your list and move on. Unfortunately this is not the case. Regular testing of these backups is essential and as important as having the backups in the first place. Imagine if at the moment you need them the most, you find out it hasn’t been working for months or has been corrupted.

Make sure you configure your site to display a 503 code status page

When a site does experience downtime, whether planned or unplanned, it’s important to make sure there is a 503 code status page displayed to not only let your visitors know what’s going on but also let Google know and prevent them removing your site from listings.

If, during a crawl, a search engine finds that some content no longer exists, for example if it gives a 404 HTTP status, it will remove that content from the search results until it can come back and verify that it’s there again. If this happens often, it’ll take longer and longer for the content to come back in the search results.

Why is it so important to have a plan in place?

Every business that operates online is susceptible to an IT disaster and the only way to make sure that your business softens any interruptions is to have a speedy recovery from a pre-organised disaster recovery plan.

To get in touch with Nimbus Hosting email: [email protected]

 

CHAMPIONS: Details of Digital Awards Champions Announced

The inaugural Digital Awards Champions is to take place in February next year and details of the event have now been announced.

Every Gold Award winner from Digital Awards 2016 schemes in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey will automatically qualify for the Digital Awards Champions, an exclusive event where the ultimate winners across all regions will be unveiled.

And for the first time in Digital Awards history the overall winners in all 15 categories will be decided by public vote ahead of the Presentation Reception which will be held on February 9 at BFI Southbank in London.

Public voting will open on December 1, one week after the results of the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 have been announced.

Finalists of Digital Awards Champions will be sent a voting pack enabling them to encourage their supporters to cast a vote in their favour.

All tickets for the Presentation Reception will be priced at £20.17 + VAT, a special price for the first year only to celebrate the year of the launch of Digital Awards Champions.

Sponsoring the Digital Awards Champions is leading SEO firm FSE Online.

 

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Tickets for the event – which includes a reception drink, guest speakers and the ceremony in a prestigious London venue – will be strictly limited to two per finalist* until further notice.

Tickets are only available to Gold Award winners from the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016, Essex Digital Awards 2016, Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016, Kent Digital Awards, Milton Keynes Digital Awards 2016 and Surrey Digital Awards and can be purchased here.

An appropriate number of tickets have been reserved for all Gold Award winners at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards which will be announced on November 24.

Robin Bailey, from the Digital Awards team, said: “We are extremely excited to announce the first ever Digital Awards Champions, an event which celebrates the brilliant work of businesses, charities, schools and other community organisations across our areas.

“For Gold Award winners it is all to play for so be sure to encourage your supporters to vote for you from December 1, this is going to be extremely competitive and will be a thrilling conclusion to a brilliant year at the Digital Awards where many outstanding organisations have been recognised for some great digital work.”

*A company that qualifies as a finalist in more than one category will be also be limited to two tickets until further notice.

The full list of finalists can be viewed here.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Opportunity Peterborough Links With CDA16

Opportunity Peterborough, the city’s economic development company, has become a “Supporter” of the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 and will take part in the Presentation Evening in November.

As part of the Award’s support team, Opportunity Peterborough will promote the CDAs across the city to encourage businesses, charities and schools to get involved.

Opportunity Peterborough is a private not-for-profit business, wholly owned by Peterborough City Council. As an economic development company, core responsibilities include marketing Peterborough to businesses to attract inward investment, engaging with local companies to support growth and development, and leading the city’s skills agenda to ensure the city’s current and future talent pool is trained and work-ready.

To boost the local economy even further and support Peterborough’s aspiration to create the UK’s environment capital, Opportunity Peterborough also delivers a range of projects. The work of one particular project, Peterborough DNA, gained international recognition last year when Peterborough was named as the World’s Smart City of 2015.

Opportunity Peterborough also hosts the prestigious Peterborough Bondholder Network which provides exclusive networking opportunities and business support for more than 220 members.

Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough said: “Supporting the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards is a great way for Opportunity Peterborough to help celebrate the innovative work taking place right on our doorstep.

“The digital world touches almost every aspect of our lives. It presents a huge realm of possibilities for businesses to improve efficiency, encourage collaboration, reduce costs and improve the lives of our citizens.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how local organisations are improving business processes and customer experiences through digital platforms as well as shining a spotlight on the forward-thinking pioneers of this fast-paced industry that are right here in Cambridgeshire.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the CDA16 Judging Panel, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Opportunity Peterborough as a supporter of the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards. Their unique position and relationships with the Peterborough business community, particularly with their Future City work, provides exceptional and perspective to the city’s digital future.

“They are a fantastic addition to the support team at the CDAs, which is an extremely strong body of very influential organisations from across the county.”