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: 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: South Cambs Council Joins CDA16

A progressive local authority which has set “Connected Communities” as one of its top priorities has joined forces with the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards.

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) has signed up as a “Supporter” of CDA16 and will attend the Presentation Evening in November at The Belfry Hotel, close by to its headquarters in Cambourne.

It is the latest influential organisation to back the Awards following the appointments of Connecting Cambridgeshire, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for International Trade who have already put their name to the scheme.

SCDC has worked with businesses and residents to set the Council’s agenda for the next five years. Working with partners to ensure new transport and digital infrastructure supports and strengthens communities is at the top of that list.

South Cambridgeshire is open for business and the Council knows that its approach to growth must sustain prosperity.

Some of the key outcomes for the Council include making sure, through the Greater Cambridge City Deal, that the Cambridge Sub-Region is a super-connected ‘Smart City Region’ of the future, the Greater Cambridge region continues to thrive economically and all residents and businesses have access to superfast broadband.

SCDC’s support of the CDA’s is indicative of its mission to embrace the digital sector and develop opportunities for people and businesses within its area.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate and customer services, said: “We are really pleased to have teamed up with CDA. The digital agenda is vitally important to us, our communities and businesses and we look forward to celebrating their successes with them. As a Council we have made great progress in using technology to help us provide the best services possible to local people but we know there is still much more to be done on our digital agenda.”

The Cambridgeshire Digital Awards is the first and only scheme of its kind solely to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the CDA16 Judging Panel said: “We are delighted to welcome South Cambridgeshire District Council into the Digital Awards.

“Their commitment to supporting the digital services available in their district chimes perfectly with our mission to recognise the achievements of progressive businesses, charities and schools across the county.”

The CDAs have 15 open categories including “Blog”, “Mobile App” and “Website” and entry is open here until September 23, 2016.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Broadband Scheme At CDAs For Second Year

An initiative to expand coverage of Superfast Broadband across the county has connected with the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards for the second year running.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is supporting the CDAs as part of its mission to encourage businesses across the county to optimise their opportunities with digital technology.

The organisation takes the role of “Key Supporter” of the Awards once again, a position it shares with the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership which also returns for a second year at the CDAs.

Led by Cambridgeshire County Council, the Superfast Broadband partnership programme is working with Government and telecoms providers to improve the county’s broadband, Wi-Fi and mobile infrastructure, while supporting online skills, business growth and technological innovation to meet future digital challenges.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee – which oversees the Connecting Cambridgeshire partnership programme – said: “We’re supporting the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards because we know that good connectivity is vital to support a strong economy. It means that businesses can grow and create jobs, people living in rural communities don’t miss out, and we can deliver council services in new ways.

“The Connecting Cambridgeshire rollout programme has brought high speed fibre broadband to over 114,000 homes and businesses that would not have been able to get it otherwise through commercial provision, and we’re working to reach another 6,000 by the end of next year (2017) to ensure that no community misses out.”

The Awards is also backed by Cambridge News and will culminate in a Presentation Evening on November 24 at The Belfry in Cambourne.

Robin Bailey, Chair of the CDA Judging Panel said: “We are delighted to have the support of Connecting Cambridgeshire at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards once again.

“The work that they do to boost connectivity across the county is vital and chimes perfectly with our ethos to promote the digital economy and celebrate the great things that businesses, charities and schools from across Cambridgeshire achieve online.

“We are delighted that Connecting Cambridgeshire will be joining us at the CDA16 Presentation Evening in November, it will be a night to remember.”

Entry for the Awards closes on September 23 and judges from organisations such as Sky Sports and telecommunications giant Eir will now preside over the submissions.

The Connecting Cambridgeshire superfast broadband rollout has reached more than 114,000 homes and businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the programme is now working on delivering fibre broadband to smaller communities and groups of premises using additional Government funding and BT investment.

Take up of fibre broadband is averaging over 36 per cent, which is among the highest in the country.  Some people assume that they will automatically be upgraded to high speed fibre broadband when their areas goes ‘live’, however they need to upgrade to a fibre package with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) first.

A new Getting Superfast leaflet and page on the www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk website explains how people can check if they can upgrade to fibre broadband, and the other options available to them if they cannot. The ‘my area’ pages are also updated regularly to show the latest local information as the roll-out progresses.

The Destination Digital business support programme is now closed as the EU and Government funding streams for digital skills training, equipment and connectivity vouchers have ended. Useful information including a Broadband Guide for businesses is available on the www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk website, where any further funding updates will be posted.

Last year’s CDA winners included several small businesses that had been helped through the programme, and their case studies are highlighted on the website.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Nimbus Hosting Headlines CDA16

A leading IT company that specialises in providing web hosting services to the digital agencies and ecommerce sites has joined forces with the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards.

Nimbus Hosting has signed up as Headline Sponsor of CDA16 just weeks after taking the same position at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

The move underlines the firm’s commitment to supporting the digital sector and encouraging more businesses to improve their websites’ infrastructure.

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.

Hosting services form the backbone of the internet as we know it, from simple HTML files to databases, all that data needs somewhere safe to call home.

While the cost is important, reliability is invariably the key factor for web designers and developers when choosing a host.

Nimbus ticks both boxes.

The company prides itself on offering a “personal and competitive service” in cloud hosting, dedicated servers and third party applications such as Magento, WordPress and XenForo.

To celebrate their connection with CDA16, Nimbus is offering a special promotion just for entrants of the scheme, which is the first and only awards in Cambridgeshire dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Meghan, Account & Marketing Assistant at Nimbus Hosting, revealed that her team is “very proud” to be involved with the second CDAs and offer two exclusive deals as a result.

“We are delighted to be Headline Sponsor of the CDAs, a scheme that celebrates the digital work of some fantastic businesses and organisations across a county that is renowned for its innovation.

“To mark this exciting moment we are offering all entrants of CDA16 a free migration to cloud hosting, meaning we’ll move all your sites over for you and there’s no upper limit on the number of sites we migrate for you.

“In addition, we’ll also offer you the first month free on any VPS (Virtual Private Server) or cloud based hosting packages and this is all covered by our six month guarantee.

“This is just our way of thanking all of the Cambridgeshire businesses, charities and schools who have made huge efforts through their digital platforms and we look forward to getting to know many of you at the Awards.”

As Headline Sponsor, Nimbus Hosting will enjoy a range of benefits including the opportunity to present the flagship “Website” award at the CDA16 Presentation Evening in November.

Meghan added: “Nimbus Hosting is a dynamic UK based company which specialises in working with the creative industries.

“We offer a personal and competitive service for all our clients and we pride ourselves on being recognised for our high levels of customer satisfaction and service.

“Nimbus specialises in cloud hosting and dedicated servers, and our range of hosting packages suit businesses of all sizes. We’ve been supporting a range of digital agencies large and small for several years.

“We love working with developers and digital agencies, who want to get on with their projects rather than dealing with hosting headaches.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the CDA Judging Panel, said: “We are delighted to have expanded our relationship with Nimbus Hosting into the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards.

“They are a fantastic team to work with and a highly credible organisation.

“If you have entered CDA16 I would strongly recommend getting in touch with Nimbus Hosting to take advantage of these great offers, you’ll be amazed by the quality of their services.”

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE: 1 Month Left To Enter CDA16

There is just one month left to enter the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016.

Submissions for CDA16 – the first and only scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county – will close on September 23 at 5pm.

New categories have been included for this year including “Website B2B” and “Blog: Entertainment”.

The complete list of open categories for entry is:-

Website
Responsive Website
Mobile App
Website: School, Education or Charity
Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Website: Marketing & Creative
Website: Sports & Entertainment
Website: Tourism & Hospitality
Use of Social Media for Business
Use of Video for Business
Website: B2B
Online Retailer
Website: Small Business
Blog: Business
Blog: Entertainment

The CDA16 Presentation Evening will take place at The Belfry hotel, Cambourne on November 24.

CDA16 is supported by Cambridge News, Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire County Council, the Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Entry is free and can be made on this website.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: CDA16 Entry Now Open

Entry has opened for the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016, celebrated by the launch of a brand new category.

CDA16 – the first and only scheme of its kind within the county – is now in its second year, following its staggering success since setting up in 2014.

And for the first time Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented for a “Website: B2B” category at the Presentation Evening in November.

The new website classification – for companies thriving in the business-to-business sector – will take its place alongside 15 other categories in a new look line-up.

There are now a total of nine website categories as well as “Use of Video for Business”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Mobile App” and “Spirit of Cambridgeshire”.

CDA16 will also see the return of the immensely popular “Blog” awards for “Entertainment” and “Business”.

The “Online Business” category has been renamed “Online Retailer” to offer greater clarity to entrants.

An independent judging panel, made up of digital experts, the media, sponsors and executives from a number of internationally recognised businesses including Sky Sports will decide the winners.

The Cambridgeshire Digital Awards was set-up to promote and recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Robin Bailey, Chair of the CDA Judging Panel revealed that a “huge” number of entries are expected for CDA16, following the success last year.

He added: “Businesses, schools and charities across Cambridgeshire submitted an extremely high quality of entries last year, it was breathtaking and the bar is set high.

“But I have no doubt in my mind that competition for the CDAs is going to be even greater this year and we cannot wait to see the results.

“Cambridgeshire is renowned for being a hotbed of digital talent and these Awards are there to celebrate the best the county has offer, it’s going to be very exciting in the months ahead.

“It is proven, through the popularity of the Awards and our partnership with the Cambridgeshire News, that winning a Cambridgeshire Digital Award is a sought after accolade and we urge everyone to find our website and make an entry.”

Cambridge News, as media partner, will be giving rolling press coverage for the scheme.

Connecting Cambridgeshire and Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership “Key Supporters” for the scheme once again.

Sponsors of the scheme include Capricorn Media.

Entry is free and takes less than two minutes to complete.

The presentation evening will take place in November 2016.

The closing date for entries is September 23, 2016.