A Government-backed organisation, which was set-up to drive economic growth across the local area, has given its name to the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards.
The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGP) has been appointed as “Key Supporter” for the scheme.
The CDA was set-up in the spring and is the first and only Awards programme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.
Entry for the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards is free and takes less than two minutes to complete through www.cambsdigitalawards.co.uk
It closes on September 4, 2015, at 5pm, and finalists will be announced later that month.
Since being formed in 2011, the GCGP has focused on helping to promote commercial expansion into the area – with local business, education providers, the third sector and the public sector working together to achieve it.
Laura Welham-Halstead, Head of Communications and Connectivity at GCGP, believes that teaming up with the Awards is a great way of interacting with businesses of “many shapes and sizes”.
She added: “We are delighted to support this awards scheme which recognises the online successes of local businesses. As an area with an international reputation for innovation, it is heartening to see so many different companies embracing the many benefits operating and marketing online can have for them.”
CDA organiser, Iain Johnson, revealed he is “delighted” to welcome GCGP to the Awards.
He added: “We are very pleased to have the support of the Enterprise Partnership, an organisation set-up to promote business, enterprise and innovation, which is exactly what we are about.
“The Awards is here is showcase innovative digital work and GCGP is securing Government funding to implement innovative development projects into the area, we have a lot in common”.
Through a ‘Growth Deal’, negotiated with the Government two years ago, GCGP has began to successfully bid for a share of the £2bn available each year for projects to improve housing, transport and skills infrastructure.
After two rounds of bidding, GCGP has already secured £110 million of investment to deliver a range of projects including funding to support the development of a new innovation centres Cambridge Biomedical Campus and a raft of infrastructure improvements, including the Ely Southern Bypass.
It will also pay for developments at The Welding Institute (TWI) at their site at Granta Park and a new technical and vocational centre at Alconbury Weald Enterprise Zone, in Huntingdonshire.
This, along with a range of other projects and centres, will help generate 15,500 new jobs and allow 10,000 new homes to be built across the area.
The funds will also support significant road improvements including the construction of an Ely Southern Bypass, connecting the A142 to the Stuntney Causeway and the M11 Junction 8 upgrade.
Over coming years, the organisation – which is based in Alconbury – is supporting the delivery of over more than £70m of EU funding.
The CDA has 14 open categories and Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented at a Winners’ Evening in November.