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

SURREY: SDA17 Winners Revealed

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

Honours across 15 categories including “Website”, “Blog”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to progressive organisations at the HG Wells Conference and Events Centre in Woking, on March 9.

Hosting SDA17 was former BBC presenter Robin Bailey who handed Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Special guests included Mark Pearson, from Headline Sponsor, Surrey County Council, Cllr Saj Hussain from Woking Works, Louise Punter from Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Steve Coburn of projectfive and Neil Langston of Nero Blanco, all of whom presented awards.

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

Leading the way on stage with double gold were Farnham-based design agency and IT firm Ansell & Clarke who picked up the top prize in “Online Retailer” and “Website: Small Business” for their work on behalf of designer swimwear retailer Coco Bay.

Clinching gold in the flagship “Website” classification was Dorking vineyard and venue Denbies Wine Estate.

TG Media Group, in Guildford, landed on top of the podium in “Use of Social Media for Business” for their Guide To Surrey digital accounts.

Father and online writer, John Adams, won gold in the “Blog” category for and the top “Mobile App” gong went to Forfeit Football by Sonin App Development, based in Reigate.

The independent SDA judges chose Guildford designer and app developer Kyan as the gold winner in “Responsive Website” and Content Creatures for their Happy Socks project in the “Use of Video for Business”.

Shippo by WATB Creative, in Nutfield, came out on top in the “Website: B2B” area and Somlo by Plug and Play in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture”.

Posy Brewer – The VoiceOver Voice took the plaudits in “Website: Marketing and Creative” and Lumen Learning Trust Academy in “Website: School, Education or Charity”.

Also winning gold awards were Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital, in Farnham, for “Website: Sports and Entertainment” and Dorking web designer OH Creative for Spanish catering firm Paella Fella.

For the first time in Digital Awards history, a People’s Choice Award – voted by the public for finalists in all website categories – was won by disabled children’s charity Challengers.

The “Spirit of Surrey” award, which is given to one organisation chosen for “attracting significantly positive exposure and investment into the county” was presented to the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, which is the world’s leading research centre for next generation mobile and wireless connectivity.

The Surrey Digital Awards 2017 was sponsored and supported by Surrey County Council Woking Works Surrey Chambers of Commerce projectfive Nero Blanco Natwest Something Big Arcom IT Hamlyns Clare Reeves Voiceovers Tandridge District Council Surrey Mirror Capricorn Media

Surrey Digital Awards 2017 – The Winners

Blog – In association with Woking Works

SILVER – Enjoy the Adventure
BRONZE – Expert Home Tips by Veneficus

Mobile App

GOLD – Forfeit Football by Sonin App Development
SILVER – SaidSo Wealth Dashboard for Chapters Financial by Kyan
BRONZE – Perchang

Online Retailer

GOLD – Coco Bay by Ansell & Clarke
SILVER – Deco Baby
BRONZE – Pomegranate Living

Responsive Website

GOLD – Kyan
SILVER – Chaddesley Sanford
BRONZE – Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital

Use of Social Media for Business – in association Surrey Mirror

GOLD – The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
SILVER – Nicky Kriel Social Media Coach, Trainer and Consultant
BRONZE – Guildford Business Hub

Use of Video for Business

GOLD – Happy Socks by Content Creatures
SILVER – Counselling Directory by Memiah
BRONZE – Baggage Solutions by Drum Studios

Website – in associate with Surrey County Council

GOLD – Denbies Wine Estate
SILVER- Knights Property by go6 Media
BRONZE – WS Planning & Architecture

Website: B2B – in association with projectfive

GOLD – Shippo by WATB Creative
SILVER – Updata Infrastructure by NXT Digital Solutions
BRONZE – The FSE Group by Ansell & Clarke

Website: Lifestyle & Culture

GOLD – Somlo by Plug and Play
SILVER – Red Hot Yoga
BRONZE – Brooklands Museum

Website: Marketing & Creative

GOLD – Posy Brewer – The VoiceOver Voice
SILVER – Faze One Media
BRONZE – WATB Creative

Website: School, Education or Charity

GOLD – Lumen Learning Trust Academy
SILVER – Step by Step
BRONZE – Redwing by Kyan

Website: Small Business – in association with Nero Blanco

GOLD – Coco Bay by Ansell & Clarke
SILVER – Your Art 2 Canvas
BRONZE – La Residence Interiors

Website: Sports & Entertainment

GOLD – Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital
SILVER – The Jockey Club Live by Plug and Play
BRONZE – Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

GOLD – Paella Fella by OH Creative
SILVER – Denbies Wine Estate
BRONZE- Foxhills Club & Resort

People’s Choice Award

GOLD – Challengers

Spirit of Surrey Award – in association with Surrey Chambers of Commerce

GOLD – 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey

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


The Voice Behind The Victories

One of the features of this year’s Digital Awards Presentation Evenings, was the voiceover work of

Clare’s warmly professional dulcet tones announced each of the finalists at the events, which dramatically lifted the production of the ceremony and the spirits of those involved.

As a professional UK voiceover artist and former BBC radio presenter, Clare records a wide range of voice projects including TV and radio commercials, documentary narration, corporate videos, e-learning, museum soundscapes, audio guides, interactive voice response IVR and much more.

These top quality projects have been sent around the world to clients including Trivago, BMW, Deloitte, BBC, National Geographic, Hilary’s Blinds, Abu Dhabi Government and Unilever.

Clare is a BBC trained radio presenter and audio engineer and an actor, passionate communicator and beachcomber.

The DA team caught up with Clare to talk more about her fascinating work and her mission to “bring your words to life”.

Q. Tell us about Clare Reeves and the work you do as a voice over artist (VOA)?

I’m Clare and I’m a Voiceover Artist. The wonderful thing about my work is the wide variety of projects and clients. My work includes voicing TV and Radio Commercials, TV documentary narration, Corporate productions of all kinds – from promotional videos, explainer videos for websites, phone answering systems, event announcements, exhibition stands to elearning! Then some days I work on museum soundscapes and audio guides and jingles for DJs / Podcasters.. I’ve even leant my voice to a dance music track and I’ve got an Art Installation coming up soon!

Q. What type of businesses do you work for?

All sorts, from global brands such as Unilever, BMW, Deloitte and Fox International Channels to UK based businesses, the NHS, charities and startups. I believe every business has a story to tell and a brand they treasure – using a professional voice is the best way to sound as good as you look.. businesses pay so much attention to their logo without sometimes thinking about what voice is on their answering system.. I think that is beginning to change and people are more aware of the power of a pro voice in an increasingly competitive world.

Q. You are one of the region’s leading VOA. How did you get into that industry?

I worked in the BBC for many years both sides of the microphone, as a radio presenter and also as a sound engineer at the BBC World Service. I used to direct the BBC’s TV Channels live on air and I’m a confirmed broadcast technology geek! I’m a total telly addict. I also have a background in acting with some theatre training. All of these things really came together for me after I had my son.. I wanted to build my own career, do something I loved that I could grow over the years. Voiceover isn’t just talking, it’s a hugely complex set of skills that all have to come together at a given moment to create the right thing. Some clients like to direct – others like me to direct myself. It’s about bringing words to life and giving them meaning as you lift them off the page. I train hard with a coach in LA and one in the UK as well. It’s vital to push yourself, to keep on top of current Voiceover trends (yes, there are trends) as it’s a very competitive business.

Q. How has being a VOA changed over the years, in terms of producing recordings and using technology?

Technology is ESSENTIAL for Voiceover Actors. I record most of my work from my own studio, at home, into Adobe Audition on my Mac – I edit and mix in the digital world and send finished files digitally as well. Clients also like to direct me live sometimes over Skype.. it’s all very current. It’s changed hugely since the days of having to go into a studio to be recorded on tape. Also in terms of how I find work and how work finds me.

Q. Tell us how, as a VOA, you use the Internet to connect with the public?

Most of my work finds me via the internet as well, and I use online marketing and social media a great deal too. I’m a little obsessed with Twitter.. it’s great for collecting contacts as well as keeping a profile amongst the public and clients. I endeavour to keep my website up to date with showreels and videos and news of what I’m up to. One aspect of the technology that can be overlooked is how wonderful it is to keep connected. As I say, I work largely on my own – it could be very isolating – but thankfully I have a fantastic network of friends in the business and we chat daily online, share stories and wisdom etc. It’s a bit like being in an office – well, the good bits!

Q. How can using a VOA enhance an event?

Events are exciting, they are an occasion. I think that participants and guests want to feel special at an event. By using a pro Voiceover to make announcements (we call it being “Voice of God” in the VO biz!) I think you are saying “we are serious, we are professional, we respect you and want you to feel special, this matters”. It also means that the brand holding the event looks good.. you don’t notice a great voice necessarily – you notice a great event and how you felt.

Q. If a business wants to use your services, what is the best way of connecting with you?

Pop over to my website and send me a note via my contact form – I’m always happy to chat through what you think you need, provide a free sample and quote for you. Even if you have never worked with a voiceover before, I make things easy and help you out every step of the way.