KENT: KDA17 Winners Announced

Charities, schools and businesses across Kent have been recognised for their progressive online work at the third annual Kent Digital Awards.

Accolades across 14 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to outstanding organisations at Ashford International Hotel on June 1.

Former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey hosted and handed Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Special guests included Pete Kenyon, from Headline Sponsor Cripps, Mark Dance, Cabinet Minister for Economic Development at Kent County Council, Stuart Tanton of The Kent Foundation, and Clare Reeves of Clare Reeves Voiceovers, all of whom presented awards.

The Kent Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work from across the county.

Celebrating a total of six awards including three Golds was Maidstone digital agency Ether Creative who clinched the top awards in “Mobile App” for the mountaineering project Whympr, “Responsive Website” for Get In The Mood and “Website: School, Education or Charity” for Heritage Watch (Kent).

Also scoring a hatrick of Gold awards was Tunbridge Wells web design company ifour who came out on top the overall “Website” category for their work on behalf of kitchen specialists Jones Britain, in “Online Retailer” for premium gift brand Cocoapod, and in “Use of Social Media for Business” for their own accounts.

Seeing double on the night was Canterbury web designers Red Bullet who were victorious in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” for Kent Connected and in “Website: Sports & Entertainment” owing to their build for Cancer Research Winter Run Series.

The Kent Digital Awards 2017 was supported by Cripps (Headline Sponsor), Kent County Council, West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kent Foundation, Clare Reeves Voiceovers, Sleeping Giant Media, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Kent Connects, Capricorn Media and Kent and Sussex Courier.

Tunbridge Wells agency Curve Interactive topped the podium in “Use of Video for Business” and Pillory Barn, in Maidstone, cleaned up in “Website: B2B” for their design for the Kent and Medway Growth Hub.

On a very good night for Maidstone “Website: Small Business” was picked up by GeoMedia while Maidstone Museum by The Hideout, based in Ulcombe, won the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” gong.

Gold in the “Blog” classification was landed by Muddy Stilettos Kent for their lifestyle portal and Larrytech came out on top for Tunbridge Wells with Gold in “Website: Marketing & Creative”.

Head Judge and KDA17 Host Robin Bailey described the event as a “thrilling night”.

“What a sensational celebration the Kent Digital Awards has been once again and thank you so much to Cripps for getting behind it in such a big way.

“More entries than ever and so much superb talent from all walks of life in one room, celebrating digital and celebrating Kent, absolutely fantastic.”

Kent Digital Awards 2017 – The Winners


Gold – Muddy Stilettos Kent
Silver – Talk Stagey To Me
Bronze – THP Accountants by Whitefish Marketing


Gold – Whympr by Ether Creative
Silver – 50 50 – The Addictive Slicing Game by App Design Dot Company
Bronze – Punditto by Ether Creative


Gold – Cocoapod by ifour
Silver – Airberg by Larrytech
Bronze – Questor Insurance


Gold – Get in the Mood by Ether Creative
Silver – ChilliApple
Bronze – Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet


Gold – ifour
Silver – Diggerland UK
Bronze – EVision Supercars


Gold – Curve Interactive
Silver – Ashford Borough Council by Pillory Barn
Bronze – Hospitality Finder


Gold – Jones Britain by ifour
Silver – Sunways Leisure Travel by mso
Bronze – Project 64


Gold – Kent and Medway Growth Hub by Pillory Barn
Silver – Testudo by Interactive Red
Bronze – Bizbutterflies


Gold – Kent Connected by Red Bullet
Silver – Urban Truffle by Squiders
Bronze – Jordan Acoustics by Ether Creative


Gold – Larrytech
Silver – Falcon
Bronze – Project 64


Gold – Heritage Watch (Kent) by Ether Creative
Silver – Christ’s Hospital by mso
Bronze – Northfleet School For Girls by Open Water


Gold – GeoMedia
Silver – Loud Monkey by The Hideout
Bronze – Falcon


Gold – Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
Silver – Miloco Studios by Ether Creative
Bronze – Avenue Tennis by ifour


Gold – Maidstone Museum by The Hideout
Silver – Kent Life by Red Bullet
Bronze – Sunways Leisure Travel by mso

KENT: KDA17 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Kent Digital Awards 2017 have been announced and tickets for the Presentation Evening are now available.

The remaining entrants in each category are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the third KDA dinner ceremony on June 1, at Ashford International Hotel, Ashford.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly, following last year’s sell-out event.

The KDA team claim the event will be a “an amazing celebration”, with networking and entertainment lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Presenting awards at the Presentation Evening will be Headline Sponsor Cripps alongside a number of influential organisations across the county.

KDA17 is also supported by Kent County Council, West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kent Connects, The Kent Foundation, Sleeping Giant Media, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Clare Reeves Voiceovers.

The Kent Digital Awards 2017 Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person.

The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £62.50+VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten click

The KDAs is the first and only scheme within the county dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.

Kent Digital Awards 2017 Finalists

Infinity Group
Inside Martyn’s Thoughts
Muddy Stilettos Kent
Talk Stagey To Me
The Hideout
THP Accountants by Whitefish Marketing

50 50 – The Addictive Slicing Game by App Design Dot Company
My Fitness Times by ChilliApple
PLA Tidal Thames by mso
Punditto by Ether Creative
Whympr by Ether Creative

Airberg by Larrytech
Cocoapod by ifour
Compare and Recycle
Maidenhead Aquatics by Ether Creative
Questor Insurance
The Essex Group by The Creation Lab
Titan Grass by Brave Little Tank

Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
Get in the Mood by Ether Creative
Lounge Hair Boutique by YmeriHart
Supersonic Playground
Team Bridle Racing by Signature Image Consultants
The Funeral Planning Authority by The Hideout

Diggerland UK
EVision Supercars
Questor Insurance
Swale Young People
Tru-Lawn by Brave Little Tank
Visit Thanet by Thanet District Council

ASG Designs
Ashford Borough Council by Pillory Barn
Curve Interactive
HOPS360° by Digitom
Hospitality Finder
Ruxley by The Creation Lab
The Drummer Agency

Jones Britain by ifour
Kent Sport by Red Bullet
Maidstone Museum by The Hideout
Northfleet School For Girls by Open Water
Project 64
Sunways Leisure Travel by mso

CC Studio Architects by Brave Little Tank
ITL Group by Pillory Barn
Itris by ifour
Kent and Medway Growth Hub by Pillory Barn
McBrides by Larrytech
Testudo by Interactive Red

Chord Electronics by 6-2 Design
Jordan Acoustics by Ether Creative
Kent Connected by Red Bullet
Radiance by Helena
RetroLab by ecce.
Urban Truffle by Squiders
V-Tex by ifour

Brave Little Tank
Project 64
Röff & Co.
Supersonic Playground

Christ’s Hospital by mso
Fosse Bank School by The Hideout
Heritage Watch (Kent) by Ether Creative
Lola’s Journey by YmeriHart
Northfleet School For Girls by Open Water
PassPilot by Falcon
Rugby School by mso
Swale Young People

Beverly Landais by Larrytech
Flying Fish Properties
Loud Monkey by The Hideout
Reco Surfaces by Fly Marketing
The Piano Shop Kent by Larrytech

Avenue Tennis by ifour
Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
Gravesham Borough Council – The Woodville by Seatlive
Kennington Cricket Club by YmeriHart
Kent Sport by Red Bullet
Miloco Studios by Ether Creative
Team Bridle Racing by Signature Image Consultants

Elite Pubs by Squiders
Kent Life by Red Bullet
Love it Here Holidays by The Hideout
Maidstone Museum by The Hideout
Root 1066 by ifour
Sunways Leisure Travel by mso
The Aspinall Foundation

KENT: A Few Minutes With Pete Kenyon of Cripps

At the Kent Digital Awards, we are very proud to be working with the law firm Cripps, our Headline Sponsor.

It may be fair to say that overall the legal professional has not enjoyed the easiest transition to digital, but Cripps is among those bucking the trend.

Indeed the team at Cripps is rolling out a digital strategy, a move that it sees as “fundamental” to maintaining its long history of success as one of the region’s leading law firms.

We spoke to Pete Kenyon, the head of the Advertising, Technology and Media team at Cripps, about the firm and its emphasis on embracing digital technology.

Could you describe your organisation and its services?

Cripps is a key regional firm and is also ranked as a Top 100 UK law firm. We have around 350 people offering a combination of expertise to corporates and to individuals advising them on the full range of legal issues which face them.

We advise on a broad range of matters including corporate transactions, commercial contracts, employment law, IT, IP and dispute resolution. Families and individuals come to us for assistance in relation to property, inheritance issues, estate planning, matrimonial and family law matters.

The firm adopts a sector focus, with one of our key sectors being Advertising, Technology and Media.

What made you want to become involved with the Digital Awards?

For us, getting involved with the Kent Digital Awards presents a great opportunity to support local businesses that, like us, have a keen interest in digital technology.

As head of the Advertising, Technology and Media team at Cripps, I get to work with businesses that place digital innovation at the very heart of what they do. So, we understand that for many organisations, utilising digital media effectively is essential if they are to remain competitive.

I believe it’s important that these businesses are recognised and rewarded for the way in which they are using digital technology to drive growth and revenue; the Digital Awards do this.

Cripps has always been a great supporter and active member of the Kent business community. Supporting the KDAs provides us with an opportunity to underline our commitment to Kent business and help create a platform for celebrating success and sharing ideas and best practice.

How would you describe your organisation’s relationship with digital technology?

The legal profession is undergoing a massive transformation – we know that to remain a key player our digital strategy is fundamental to that.

As a business, we always put our clients first. We rely heavily on digital technology to help us do this. It allows us to deliver services to our clients more efficiently and cost effectively.

Investing in technology to improve our client service is a critical component of our strategy, enabling agile working and the ability to serve clients wherever we or they are. In late 2016 we moved to cloud based technology, virtual desktops and cloud telephony. Earlier in 2016, we introduced an e-learning platform to complement our award winning intranet.

Our client first approach is also reflected in the structure of our website, which has been designed to echo how people want to access legal advice, rather than how we structure ourselves internally.

How has your relationship with your customers/clients changed with the dawn of digital technology?  

Advances in digital technology have provided us with a wide variety of ways to interact with our clients and of course this can only be a good thing. We are able to engage with different audiences through our focused social media campaigns and the potential reach of these campaigns is far larger than through the use of traditional communication tools. However, as a business that strives to treat everyone as an individual and to deliver a bespoke service, we know that even the best digital communications can never replace a face to face meeting.

Our aim is to constantly keep an eye on tomorrow in order to ensure that we embrace all of the technological changes which can benefit the clients’ Cripps experience. This will often mean providing a multi faceted user experience which we embrace. Our philosophy is that through a great understanding of the tech on offer, the opportunities for us are endless – this is a very exciting time to be offering legal services.

Which social media campaigns or accounts have really caught your eye recently?

The “live there” campaign from Airbnb was really interesting – a great way to bring to life the power of their offering to access real life experiences was very clever – whilst maintaining clarity and simplicity, something not always characteristic of campaigns…

What have you found to be the most positive and negative aspects of using social media for your business?

We always look to engage with our clients and contacts in the easiest way possible for them. Social media channels offer another way for people to get in touch and start a conversation. Social media also allows us to share information and comment on topical issues faster than ever, allowing us to demonstrate that we are on top of the important issues impacting our audience. We share regular updates, insight and links on Twitter through @CrippsLaw, LinkedIn and host a number of blogs. Having Twitter accounts and blogs dedicated to key sectors and areas of law (technology, employment, food and drink, healthcare etc) allows us to deliver more targeted and meaningful messages.

But of course, there are downsides – as lawyers – we are always acutely aware of these.

Once something is shared on social media, it is out there for all to see. Any control of how that information is managed and disseminated is lost. This can be challenging if you want to control how information is shared, so we always have to be mindful of this when we interact with social media.

The other challenge is that, in allowing freedom to speak, we need to consider the wider implications to our brand. We are of course a law firm, but we also believe strongly in individual thought and creativity. It is so important to strike the right balance, as failure to do so can cut the life blood of social media which is the energy and passion of individuals to communicate.

What advice would you give to businesses looking to improve their online activity?

As a technology lawyer, I spend much of my time working with clients whose business models rely on the use of technology. So often, when a business wants to increase online activity, they launch into it without too much thought. What can possibly go wrong? Like any other big investment, proper planning is required and having a meaningful and structured digital strategy in place is essential. This can help to get a handle on costs from the start, identify required expertise and reduce inherent risks. It is far easier to destroy a brand now than ever before because the reach of campaigns is so vast. Equally, when handled properly and with the right planning, a campaign can revolutionise your business. For me, the biggest mistake that is made is businesses thinking they can do it all themselves. My advice is to stick to what you know and get the experts in to help you with what you don’t.


KENT: Cripps Unveiled as Headline Sponsor of KDA17

Award-winning law firm Cripps has agreed a deal to become Headline Sponsor of Kent Digital Awards 2017.

The top-tier Legal 500 firm, which has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill and London, will present the flagship “Website” award at KDA17.

It is the first time Cripps has been involved with the KDAs and marks their ongoing commitment to supporting Kent’s business community and the digital arena.

In the past year Cripps itself has won a raft of accolades at industry events including the City Wealth Future Leaders Awards 2016, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards 2016 and South East Dealmakers Awards 2017.

Cripps has also been awarded “Top Ranking” by Chambers and Partners UK, a comprehensive annual guide to the legal profession.

As a key regional law firm, Cripps has a team of around 350 and offers a rare combination of expertise across both personal and commercial law. This includes advising on matters such as, employment law, commercial contracts and dispute resolution, debt recovery, insolvency claims, corporate transactions and restructuring, legal advice for directors, IT, IP, partnerships and professional practices, wills and probate planning, family law and commercial and residential property.

Its full range of services is listed on alongside blogs, a news feed and resources for understanding the law and developments relating to Brexit.

As well as its well resourced website, Cripps offers regular information, insight and links on Twitter through @CrippsLaw

The firm is a great supporter of the Kent community and is a member of the West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

In 2016, Cripps raised £16,000 for its chosen charity of the year, Alzheimer’s Society and in 2017 is supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As Headline Sponsor of KDA17, Cripps will take a prominent position at the Presentation Evening on June 1 at Ashford International Hotel.

Pete Kenyon, partner and head of the firm’s advertising, technology and media sector group, explained why Cripps chose to get involved with the third annual Kent Digital Awards.

“Digital is an essential part of business strategy from new customer acquisition to driving loyalty and continuously improving the customer experience.

“At Cripps we work with clients to achieve their business (or personal) goals and understand how deeply important digital channels are for them.

“We’re excited to support the Kent Digital Awards and encourage companies across the county to enter so they can be recognised and rewarded for their creative and progressive thinking.

“This is a great way to help raise their profile and to showcase how digital media can be used as a way of driving a business forward.”

Robin Bailey Chairman of the KDA Judging panel said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cripps as Headline Sponsor of the Kent Digital Awards 2017.

“Cripps is a very successful law firm which is highly respected across Kent and further afield.

“Through the Kent Digital Awards, Cripps will be able to build upon their strong relationships with the Kent business community and align themselves with the Digital Awards brand, which stands for progression, collaboration and best practice.”

In a refreshingly distinctive way Cripps describes how it works with clients in a simple booklet which can be accessed here

As Pete says “At Cripps we’re focused on delivering the human face of law whether it’s through our website, on social media, via emails or in person. We’re people first and lawyers second and that’s why so many of our clients come back to us year after year.”

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.




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.

PM Declares Support for Superfast Broadband

The Prime Minister has declared her future support for High Speed Broadband in Parliament today (September 7, 2016).

Teresa May, who came to office in July, gave her backing to the UK-wide rollout of internet connectivity in the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the Summer recess.

Her statement came following a call for continued Government backing for the Superfast Broadband schemes across the country from James Heappey, MP, who supports a rollout in his Somerset constituency.

Mrs May said: “I am very happy to give my Right Honourable Friend that assurance and also to join with him in paying tribute to his Council and the work that they are doing and indeed all those involved in that innovative scheme. High Speed Broadband is an important part of the 21st century infrastructure and we will be doing everything we can to ensure it is there and available for people because that will enable us to develop jobs and grow prosperity in this country”.

The Digital Awards is working with and fully supports Superfast Broadband rollouts in Essex, Surrey and Cambridgeshire through Superfast Essex, Surrey Connects and Connecting Cambridgeshire.




KENT: KDA16 – The Results

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

Accolades across 16 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the Motorsport Vision Centre, Brands Hatch, on June 23.

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 Conrad Murray, from the headline sponsor Nero Blanco, Gillian Forsyth of West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Councillor Roderick Hogarth of Sevenoaks District Council who all presented Awards.

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

Maidstone-based digital agency, Pillory Barn scooped Gold in the flagship “Website” category for their work on, a promotional site for the Ashford district.

Tunbridge Wells company, ifour, tasted triple-victory after winning Gold in “Blog: Business”, “Website: B2B”, for Lumina Energy, and “Website: Marketing & Creative” for TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells, a speaker’s forum.

Ether Creative, in Maidstone, landed the top Awards in the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” classification for its Hop Farm website design and in the “Mobile App” section for Country Eye a system for reporting suspicious behaviour, incidents or concerns in Kent.

In “Blog:Entertainment”, the plaudits went to Ecce Media for their blog on behalf of H2Open Magazine and the Gold award in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” went to interiors retailer Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing.

Other winners included adventure park Diggerland, in Strood, in “Use of Social Media for Business” and BritPong by Breakthrough Funding in the “Use of Video for Business” category.

BritPong by Breakthrough Funding, a site to promote the Beer Pong craze in the UK also landed Gold in “Website: Sports & Entertainment”.

KDA16 was headline sponsored by IT firm Nero Blanco and backed by the Courier, Kent County Council, West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sleeping Giant Media and Sevenoaks District Council.

Also victorious were DS-Virgin Racing by Zest in “Responsive Website”, Demelza Hospice Care for Children in “Website: School, Education or Charity” and Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design for “Website: Small Business”.

The “Online Retailer” category Gold was won by Childrensalon, a purveyor of infant clothing, from Tunbridge Wells.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Kent’ award which was handed to Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, who were commended for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and promotion of Kent’ through their digital work.

Kent Digital Awards 2016 Winners


Cuttings by The Creation Lab
The Middle-Sized Garden
H2Open Magazine by Ecce Media

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

Visit Thanet by Thanet District Council
Diggerland UK
The Hop Farm by Ether Creative

Blog: Business

She Who Bakes
Alice Down The Rabbit Hole by West Kent Mind

Website: Lifestyle & Culture

The Woodville by seatlive
My Fussy Eater
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing

Responsive Website

Lane4 Management Group by Yoyo Design
FGS Recruitment by ifour
DS-Virgin Racing by Zest

Mobile App

UpayChilli by Open Water
Kent Rural Careers by Ether Creative
Country Eye by Ether Creative

Website: School, Education or Charity

Kent College Pembury
Bedes Summer School by mso
Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Website: Marketing & Creative

Bareska Creative Films by Long Story Short
Ether Creative
TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells by ifour

Website: Small Business

Jem+Bea by Remedy Creative
Cellier by Hogtronix
Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design

Online Retailer

Tyrrell Katz by Boxed Rocket
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media

Website: Sports & Entertainment

The Woodville by seatlive
Tan’gun Taekwondo by The Creation Lab
BritPong by Breakthrough Funding

Website: B2B

Ashford For by Pillory Barn
Lane4 Management Group by Yoyo Design
Lumina Energy by ifour

Use of Social Media for Business

Kent FA
UK College of English by Whitefish Marketing
Diggerland UK

Use of Video for Business

SpareRoom by Digitom
Bareska Creative Films
BritPong by Breakthrough Funding

Spirit of Kent
Leeds Castle


Kensington Scott by Squiders
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media
Ashford For by Pillory Barn

KENT: 1 Week To Go – Nero Blanco Headlines KDA16

With one week to go until the Kent Digital Awards 2016, organisers have announced that a leading IT firm has signed up as Headline Sponsor of the scheme.

Nero Blanco helps companies migrate or roll-out new software programs including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Azure, Active Directory and Lotus Notes.

The team has provided IT expertise to many organisations including JP Morgan Chase, Birmingham City Council and HSBC.

The move to join up with KDA16 will see them present the flagship “Website” at the Presentation Evening on June 23, at the Motorsports Vision Centre, Brands Hatch.

The company – which promotes the strap line “Let Us Migrate You, Hassle Free” – also benefit from a range of other benefits through taking the position of Headline Sponsor.

Conrad Murray, Senior Messaging Architect at Nero Blanco, said: ”We are delighted to be supporting the Kent Digital Awards, a scheme that promotes digital talent from across the county.

“Digital technology lies at the core of our business as we help companies effectively and efficiently launch, migrate and successfully manage their email communications systems.

“With a combined total of more than 50 years’ experience amongst our team in the messaging arena.

“We are perfectly placed to work for businesses who want to improve all aspects of their email messaging infrastructure from system migration to storage solutions and everything in between.

“The Kent Digital Awards is a fantastic initiative and we can’t wait to get involved and meet the finalists at Brands Hatch.”

The Kent Digital Awards is the first and only scheme exclusively to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across the county.

Robin Bailey, the Chairman of the KDA Judging Panel, describes Nero Blanco’s appointment as a “a first class match up”.

He said: “Nero Blanco are experts in their field, which is working with companies to migrate or roll-out new software programs including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Azure, Active Directory and Lotus Notes.

“To have them on board as our Headline Sponsor is brilliant and I would urge everyone attending our Presentation Evening on June 23 to get to know these guys, there are many ways they can help your business work smarter.”

To find out more about Nero Blanco and their services visit

KENT: Sevenoaks Council Signs Up To KDA16

The Kent Digital Awards has received the support of Sevenoaks District Council.

With the Presentation Evening taking place at Brands Hatch, on June 23, at the heart of the district, the Council has joined Kent Digital Awards 16 as a “Supporter” of the scheme.

Sevenoaks District Council is committed to driving forward the District’s digital economy in the years ahead.

A key objective of Council’s Economic Development Strategy (2014-2018) is to ensure the District has other 21st Century connectivity.

Councillor Roderick Hogarth – Portfolio Holder for Economic and Community Development, said: “The Kent Digital Awards celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from our District and across Kent. The digital economy is an important priority for the Council now and in the future.

“We are very pleased to be involved and look forward to meeting the finalists and winners in due course.

“This is a great initiative and we are proud to be part of it.”

Chairman of the KDA Judging Panel, Robin Bailey, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sevenoaks District Council to the Kent Digital Awards.

“With a world class venue in the heart of their District, it promises to be a thrilling Presentation Evening on June 23.

“It will be a great honour to have representatives from the Council at the event.”

KENT: Kent County Council Backs KDA16

Kent County Council has joined forces with the KDAs as “Key Supporter” of the scheme.

The local authority – based at County Hall in Maidstone – has given its backing to the Awards as part of a programme to support the growth of Kent’s digital economy.

The Council joins West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, also a Key Supporter, and Kent & Sussex Courier, the Media Partner who are providing rolling coverage of the KDAs.

Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, at Kent County Council said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Kent Digital Awards, a scheme that offers a platform to businesses, schools and charities for their online work.

“Digital media and skills are now at the heart of Kent’s business community and we are committed to supporting that through a range of relevant programmes now and in the years ahead.

“We wish all finalists of KDA16 the very best of luck at the upcoming Awards and we look forward to meeting so many progressive organisations on the night.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the KDA16 Judging Panel, said it was “great news” to receive the backing of Kent County Council.

He added: “Since launching in 2014, the KDAs has been immensely popular amongst businesses, charities and schools across the county.

“Kent County Council’s involvement is a tremendous indication of the significance of these Awards which are highly competitive and now much sought after as a symbol of success in Kent.”

Sponsors of KDA16 include Sleeping Giant Media and Capricorn Media.

The KDA16 Presentation Evening takes place Brands Hatch Motorsport Vision Centre on June 23.