ESSEX: Entry For EDA17 Now Open

Entry for the Essex Digital Awards 2017 is now open.

There are 14 open categories for EDA17 and entry is free and easy to complete.

The scheme was set-up in 2013 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across the county.

It is open to businesses from any industry that are based within the county.

Designers from inside Essex are also allowed to submit their client’s work even if their client is based beyond the county boundary.

The categories for EDA17 are:-

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

To enter click here

The EDA17 Presentation evening will take place in April, 2017.

The EDAs are supported by the Department of International Trade, Essex Chambers of Commerce and the Essex Chronicle.

 

 

ESSEX: EDA16 – The Winners

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

Accolades across 15 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, on April 14.

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 Miles Alvis, from the headline sponsor Lookers Volvo Colchester, Alan Woods of the Essex Chronicle, Patrick Maynard from Essex Chambers of Commerce and Danny Hall from associate sponsor Freelance SEO Essex.

The Essex Digital Awards was set up in 2013 to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Brentwood-based firm, Countryside Properties scooped Gold in the flagship ‘Website’ category.

The property developer also walked away with Gold in the ‘Responsive Website’ category, matched only by double-gold winner Burrows, a Shenfield design company, who picked up the top awards in the ‘Use of Social Media for Business’ and ‘Use of Video for Business’ sections.

Havering College won the top prize in the ‘Website: School, Education or Charity’ and skillful.co, in Black Notley, came out on top in the all-new ‘Website: B2B’ classification.

Other winners included North Essex Parking Partnership by Colchester Borough Council in ‘Blog: Business’ and fashion and lifestyle writer Deborah Stubbington in the ‘Blog: Entertainment’ area for her Bang On Style blog.

Taking the plaudits in the ‘Mobile App’ category was My World of Atoms designed by Boswells School students Ben and Rebecca Jilks, while Colchester-based Bulk Powders, an online sports nutrition shop, walked away as the first placed ‘Online Retailer’.

EDA16 was headline sponsored by Lookers Volvo Colchester and backed by the Chronicle, Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce, Superfast Essex, Essex Employment & Skills Board, Seetec Skills and Capricorn Media.

Also victorious were the Skinners of Tunbridge Wells website designed by Ongar-based MC+Co in ‘Website: Small Business’ and Polar Creative, from Chelmsford, in the ‘Website: Marketing & Creative’ section and Visit Essex in the ‘Website: Tourism & Hospitality’ category.

‘Website: Sports & Entertainment’ Gold Award went to Monkey Madness Play Centre by Laban Brown Design of Beaumont and Essex Baby won ‘Website: Lifestyle & Culture’ for its events and advice guide for parents.

The special ‘Spirit of Essex’ award was presented to Essex County Cricket Club who were commended for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and promotion of Essex’ through their digital work.

There was also presentation of a ‘Future of Essex Award’ in collaboration with the Essex Education & Industry STEM Programme which went to talented teenager Isreal Genius of Chase High School.

Atlas Computer Systems picked up a ‘Digital Skills For Growth Award’ for their successful commitment to developing talent and plugging a skills gap in the digital sector, which was arranged by the Essex Employment & Skills Board.


Essex Digital Awards 2016 – The Winners

Blog: Business in association with Freelance SEO Essex
GOLD – North Essex Parking Partnership by Colchester Borough Council
SILVER – Fireplace Products
BRONZE – Birkett Long LLP

Blog: Entertainment
GOLD Bang On Style
SILVER Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy by Skyblue Creations
BRONZE Pritchard’s Point of View by Colchester Borough Council

Online Retailer in association with Superfast Essex
GOLD – Bulk Powders
SILVER – Solopress
BRONZE – The Bra Closet

Mobile App
GOLD – My World Of Atoms
SILVER – Pro Tax Accounting
BRONZE – Eye-sign

Website: Small Business
GOLD – Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing
SILVER – Laban Brown Design
BRONZE – JandJ Cleaning Group by Digital Reflow

Responsive Website
GOLD – Countryside
SILVER – iHeart Essex
BRONZE – Geekeey

Spirit of Essex
GOLD – Essex County Cricket Club

Use of Social Media for Business in association with Seetec Skills
GOLD – Ford by Burrows
SILVER – Essex Baby
BRONZE – Big Cars

Use of Video for Business
GOLD – Ford by Burrows
SILVER – Vidoo
BRONZE – Angela Makepeace Motion Graphics Studio

Website in association with Lookers Volvo Colchester
GOLD – Countryside
SILVER – Spiffing Covers
BRONZE – TGV

Website: B2B in association with Essex Chambers of Commerce
GOLD – Skilful.co
SILVER – Urban Network
BRONZE – Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Website: Marketing & Creative
GOLD – Polar Creative
SILVER – Spiffing Covers
BRONZE – TGV

Website: Sports & Entertainment
GOLD – Monkey Madness Play Centre by Laban Brown Design
SILVER – Darkworld Gaming
BRONZE – DPL Production Lighting by Digital Pie

Website: Lifestyle & Culture
GOLD – Essex Baby
SILVER – Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing
BRONZE – UK Caravan Centre by Skyblue Creations

Website: Tourism & Hospitality
GOLD – Visit Essex
SILVER – Aussie BBQ Co
BRONZE – Chaffeur Drive London by MC2 Marketing

Website: School, Education or Charity
GOLD – Havering College
SILVER – Creative & Cultural Skills
BRONZE – UK College of Business & Computing by Whitefish Marketing

Future of Essex Award in association with Essex Education & Industry STEM Programme
GOLD – Isreal Genius of Chase High School
SILVER – Robbie Kinghorn of The Stanway School
SILVER – Sarthak Das of Westcliff High School for Boys
SILVER – Ben Bave of Westcliff High School for Boys

Digital Skills for Growth Award in association with Essex Employment & Skills Board
GOLD – Atlas Computer Systems
SILVER – CAD Bureau Southern
SILVER – Project Skills Solutions

ESSEX: EDA16 – One Month To Go

The Essex Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening is just one month away.

The event, which is being held at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, will take place on April 14.

Finalists of EDA16, which has 15 categories, were announced last month.

Guests will enjoy an arrival drink, two-course meal, 1/3 bottle of wine person and live entertainment at EDA16, which is being covered by the Essex Chronicle.

Tickets are selling fast and organisers have already confirmed that EDA16 will be the busiest event yet.

EDA16 is being supported by Lookers Volvo Colchester (headline sponsor), Freelance SEO Essex (associate sponsor), Essex Chronicle (media partner), Essex Chambers of Commerce (key supporter), Essex Employment & Skills Board, Superfast Essex, Seetec Skills, Capricorn Media.

To book tickets click here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essex-digital-awards-2016-tickets-22277851654

ESSEX: EDA16 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the third Essex Digital Awards, the county’s only scheme dedicated to celebrating online work, have been announced.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories at the Essex Digital Awards 2016 are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades at the Presentation Evening on April 14 at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester.

Tickets are available now and expected to shift quickly following last year’s event, which was hailed a tremendous success.

The Essex Digital Awards is the first and only scheme dedicated to recognising the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

EDA organisers claim this year’s event will “break new ground” with an array of networking opportunities and entertainment lined up alongside the grand ceremony.

Iain Johnson from the EDA team revealed that 2016 has been the “most exciting” competition yet.

He added: “What a few months it been for the EDAs and what an impressive group of finalists. Organisations of all sizes from a broad range of industries are represented and the Presentation Evening promises to be a thriller.”

EDA16 is supported by Lookers Volvo Colchester (headline sponsor, Freelance SEO Essex (associate sponsor), Essex Chronicle (media partner), Essex Chambers of Commerce (key supporter), Superfast Essex, Essex Employment & Skills Board, Seetec Skills and Capricorn Media.

To celebrate today’s announcement, all finalists are advised to watch out for an exclusive offer from associate sponsor, Freelance SEO Essex, which will be sent out shortly.

The Essex Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening tickets 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 £59.95+VAT or £539.50+VAT a table of ten. Click here to purchase tickets.


Essex Digital Awards 2016 – The Finalists

 

BLOG: BUSINESS in association with Freelance SEO Essex

Birkett Long LLP
Copperfox Model Horses
Fireplace Products
North Essex Parking Partnership by Colchester Borough Council
Silkstream
The Authentic Branding Company
Voodoo Creative

BLOG: ENTERTAINMENT
Bang On Style
Carousel Diary
Debbie Knight
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy by Skyblue Creations
Julia M. Hammond
Pritchard’s Point of View by Colchester Borough Council
Project: Wanderlust

Mobile App
DF2020 Author
Eye-Sign
Fallen by Teaboy Games
My World Of Atoms
Pro Tax Accounting


ONLINE RETAILER in association with Superfast Essex

Bondara
Bulk Powders
Ingatestone Saddlery Centre by Graphic Evidence
Solopress
The Bra Closet
The Lampshade Company
Visit Essex

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

Countryside
Creative & Cultural Skills
Geekeey
iHeart Essex
Keith Ashton Estate Agents
TGV

SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE in association the Essex Employment & Skills Board

Buy Essex
Essex Security Gates
JandJ Cleaning Group by Digital Reflow
Laban Brown Design
Paperless Wedding
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co
Truly Chocolates


USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS in association with Seetec Skills
Big Cars
Ford by Burrows
Countryside
Essex Baby
Masuri by Digital Reflow
Radio Essex
The Parachute Regiment, HM Forces


USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

Angela Makepeace Motion Graphics Studio
Birkett Long LLP
Birketts LLP
Colchester Borough Homes
Ford by Burrows
Photo Booth Party Hire
Vidoo

WEBSITE in association with Lookers Volvo Colchester

Countryside
Laban Brown Design
Solopress
Spiffing Covers
TGV
Thompson Smith and Puxon by Graphic Evidence

WEBSITE: B2B in association with Essex Chambers of Commerce

Business Crowd
Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP
IAC Service Group by MC+Co
Skilful.co
TGV
Think1Marketing
Urban Network

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Essex Baby
Guru Circus
Monumental Ink
Ranfields Brasserie by Skyblue Creations
Sarah Everett Photography
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co
UK Caravan Centre by Skyblue Creations

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Bright Lights Creative
CliQQ Photography
Laban Brown Design
Polar Creative
Shout Design
Spiffing Covers
TGV

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY in association with Essex Chronicle

Creative & Cultural Skills
Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust
Havering College
Panathlon by Graphic Evidence
The Cornelius Vermuyden School by The Grow Creative Co
Thermoplastic Designs & Lines by Ryde Digital
UK College of Business & Computing by Whitefish Marketing

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Bulk Powders
Darkworld Gaming
DPL Production Lighting by Digital Pie
EWTO-Essex by Omni-Defence
Monkey Madness Play Centre by Laban Brown Design
The Cake Escape by Design Chambers
Total Fishing Tackle by Green Tornado

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Aussie BBQ Co
Chauffeur Drive London by MC2 Marketing
iHeart Essex
Livedosa
The Cake Escape by Design Chambers
The Kilns Hotel
Visit Essex

ESSEX: Finalists Of EDA16 Announced Monday, February 29

Finalists for the Essex Digital Awards 2016 are to be announced on Monday, February 29.

The selected businesses, charities, community organisations and schools who have made it to the  final stages of EDA16 will be unveiled on this website at 10am.

All finalists – who will be competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards across 15 categories – will be offered the opportunity to attend the Presentation Evening, which takes place at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, on April 14.

Tickets for the event will become available on the day finalists are announced and demand is expected to be extremely high.

EDA16 is sponsored and supported by Lookers Volvo Colchester (Headline Sponsor), Freelance SEO Essex (Associate Sponsor), Essex Chronicle (Media Partner), Essex Chambers of Commerce (Key Supporter), Superfast Essex (Category Sponsor), Essex Employment & Skills Board (Category Sponsor), Seetec Skills (Category Sponsor), Capricorn Media, Noise PR, designsixtyfour.

 

 

ESSEX: 1 Week Left To Enter EDA16!

There is just one week left to enter the Essex Digital Awards 2016.

The entry window for the awards – which is the first and only scheme dedicated exclusively to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county – will close on February 19, 2016.

Once all entries have been received the finalists will be announced, ahead of the Presentation Evening at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, on April 14.

This year, for the first time, a “Website: B2B” award has been added to the list of categories which include “Mobile App”, “Online Retailer”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Responsive Website”, “Website: Small Business”, “Website: School, Education or Charity”, “Website: Marketing & Creative”, “Website: Sport & Entertainment”, “Website: Tourism & Hospitality”, “Website: Lifestyle & Culture”, “Blog: Business”, “Blog: Entertainment” and the flagship “Website” category.

A panel of independent judges will preside over the entries and decide the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in each category.

EDA16 is sponsored by a range of leading businesses and organisations from across the county including Lookers Volvo Colchester (Headline Sponsor), Freelance SEO Essex (Associate Sponsor), Essex Chronicle (Media Partner), Essex Chambers of Commerce (Key Supporter), Essex Employment & Skills Board (category sponsor), Superfast Essex (category sponsor), Seetec Skills (category sponsor) and Capricorn Media (category sponsor).

Entry is free, easy to complete and can be made here http://www.essexdigitalawards.co.uk/enter/

ESSEX: Essex Chronicle Launches EDA16!

The Essex Chronicle Media Group, the media partner of EDA16, has continued their rolling coverage in support of the Awards by publishing a substantial launch article.

The multi-award-winning newspaper group – which owns the Essex Chronicle and Brentwood Gazette – will continue following EDA16 until after the Presentation Evening in April next year.

The Essex Digital Awards 2016 – now in it’s third year – is headline sponsored by Lookers Volvo Colchester and Freelance SEO Essex is Associate Sponsor for the third year running.

EDA16 is also backed by Superfast Essex, the Employment and Skills Board, Essex Chambers of Commerce, Capricorn Media, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.com

Some category sponsorship packages are still available, email [email protected] for more details.

ESSEX: EDA16 Entry Now Open

Organisers of the Essex Digital Awards have opened entry for 2016 on the same day as unveiling a brand new category.

EDA – the first and only scheme of its kind within the county – is now in its third year, following its staggering success since launching in 2013.

And for the first time Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented for a Website: B2B category at the Winners’ Evening next April.

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 Essex”.

EDA16 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 recognized businesses including Sky Sports and Universal Music will decide the winners.

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

Lookers Volvo Colchester has returned as “Headline Sponsor” for the second year, Freelance SEO Essex are “Associate Sponsor” for the third time and the Essex Chronicle, as media partner, will be giving rolling press coverage for the scheme.

Entry is free and take less than two minutes to complete through the EDA website.

The closing date for entries is  February 19, 2016.

ESSEX: EDA2015 – The Results

The best of the county’s digital talent assembled for the second Essex Digital Awards at a jam-packed Winners’ Evening last night.

Accolades across a range of categories were presented to businesses, schools and charities from across Essex for their online achievements.

Hosting the busy event – at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, in Colchester – was former BBC journalist Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes across the 15 open categories.

Mr Bailey was joined on stage by a host of special guests including Miles Alvis from Headline Sponsor Lookers Volvo Colchester, Danny Hall, from Freelance SEO Essex, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, Denise Rossiter, and Paul Dent-Jones, the editor of the Chronicle.

With more than three times the number of entries from 2014 the Essex Digital Awards has been declared a “smash-hit- success” by Mr Alvis, who’s company became Headline Sponsor after winning a Gold award at last year’s event.

Coggeshall-based web designers Sky Blue Creations scooped Gold in the flagship “Website” category for their work on behalf of floristry Jade’s Flowers.

Other winners included the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, who claimed the Gold “Use of Social Media for Business” gong and Colchester Borough Council who picked up the top prize in “Mobile App” for their Leisure World complex.

Taking the plaudits in the “Small Business Wesbite” category was The Lampshade Company in Colchester, while e-commerce experts 2Dmedia walked away as the first place “Online Business”.

Law firm Birkett Long, who were Gold winners at the 2014 ceremony, tasted success again as Gold winner of the “Use of Video for Business” category and St Mary’s School for Girls, in Colchester, deserved rapturous applause for landing the “School, Education or Charity Website” accolade.

Also receiving recognition was Colchester Zoo, which was presented the “Spirit of Essex” Award for going “above and beyond the norm to promote the county”.

Shortly before a hilarious comedy routine from TV presenter and stand-up Mark Dolan, 14-year-old Billericay School student Freddy Heppell, was given one of eight “Future of Essex” awards to recognise the county’s pool of burgeoning young digital talent.

The “Future of Essex” scheme was arranged by the EDAs in collaboration with Essex County Council’s STEM programme, which was launched in 2011 to bring together schools and local businesses to increase knowledge, participation and interest in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and careers.

The Essex Digital Awards was also sponsored by Superfast Essex, Ding Video, Capricorn Media, Print XChange, designsixtyfour and Noise PR.

Blog – Business
Fisher Jones Greenwood – Bronze
Wood & Disney – Silver
PureMotion – Gold

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Mobile App
Knot The Cat by Binding Digital – Bronze
Groupcall – Silver
Leisure World by Colchester Borough Council – Gold

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School, Education or Charity Website
White Rhino Solutions by Scott Harrington Web Design – Bronze
KEGS DIGIT by Twist Interactive Design – Silver
St Mary’s, Colchester by School Website – Gold

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Blog – Entertainment
Love Southend – Bronze
Six Out Of Ten – Silver
Allergy Adventures – Gold

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Marketing / Creative Website
Bright Lights Creative – Bronze
Megan Hutchinson – Silver
Graphic Evidence – Gold

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Small Business Website
William Beard Flooring – Bronze
Polar Creative – Silver
The Lampshade Company – Gold

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Use of Video for Business
Solopress – Bronze
Allergy Adventures – Silver
Birkett Long – Gold

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Lifestyle / Culture Website
Six Out Of Ten – Bronze
Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries – Silver
Art of Essex – Gold

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Responsive Website
The Good Vet Guide – Bronze
Liz Lake Associate – Silver
Spinnaker Global – Gold

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Tourism / Hospitality Website
Greedy Gourmet by Click Happy – Bronze
Love Southend – Silver
iHeart Essex – Gold –

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Use of Social Media for Business
Haven House Children’s Hospice – Bronze
Truly Chocolates – Silver –
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service – Gold –

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Sports / Entertainment Website
7Bit Arcade – Bronze
Track & Field Tours by GT Creative Studio – Silver
The Social Golfer – Gold

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Online Marketing Campaign
Simply Ruth – Bronze
EMJ Cow by European Medical Journal – Silver
Thurrock International Film Festival – Gold

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Online Business
Charlotte Emily Interiors – Bronze
Crafty Arts – Silver
2D Media – Gold

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Spirit of Essex
Colchester Zoo – Gold

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Website
Green Signals Consulting – Bronze
SEHBAC by RP2 – Silver
Jade’s Flowers by Sky Blue Creations – Gold

ESSEX: Just 1 Week Until The Essex Digital Awards 2015

We are now just seven days away from discovering which businesses, schools and charities from across Essex are be decorated at the second Essex Digital Awards.

On April 23, a packed house at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, will witness the presentation of Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards in 15 categories including the flagship award for “Website”.

The much-coveted ‘Spirit of Essex’ Award – for an organisation that has used digital technology for the good of county – will also be handed to one deserving winner.

Awards will be presented by executives from some of Essex’s leading organisations and companies include our Headline Sponsor Lookers Volvo Colchester, Associate Sponsor Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce and the Essex Chronicle.

For the first time we shall also be recognising some of the county’s bright young digital talent with the presentation of the “Future of Essex” Awards in collaboration with Essex County Council, schools and local businesses.

TV presenter and stand-up comic Mark Dolan will zoom in to perform a fabulous routine and veteran broadcaster Robin Bailey will be on hand to ensure the event will be a night to remember.

The EDA judges have been very excited by the quality of entries this year and whoever walks away with the prizes on the night will no doubt be richly deserved owners of an Essex Digital Award.

See you on the night.

The EDA 2015 Team.