ESSEX: Barclays Sponsors EDA17 “Social Media” Category

The Essex Digital Awards is proud to announce Barclays is to sponsor an award at EDA17.

The multi-national bank will sponsor the “Use of Social Media for Business” category and attend the Presentation Evening on May 18 at Boreham House, Chelmsford.

Barclays has a long history of event sponsorship and supporting the business community.

From 2001-2016 Barclays was Title Sponsor of the English Premier League and will continue as its Banking Partner until at least 2019.

Under the Barclaycard brand it also sponsors the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival in London, the O2, The Donmar Warehouse, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham and the Barclays Center – a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue in New York City and home to the professional basketball team the Brooklyn Nets.

In 2014 the bank launched Barclays Digital Eagles, an initiative to support people and businesses in achieving digital literacy.

Last year it also set-up Eagle Labs, a rollout of fully resourced, community-based, workspaces across the UK to help businesses grow and to enable collaborative innovation and digital empowerment for all.

Eagle Labs is a “a space to create, innovate and grow”, according to

Peter Laight, Relationship Director, Essex and North East London SME, at Barclays explained why the bank chose to get involved.

He said: “We are proud to support the Essex Digital Awards and welcome new technology and the opportunities they offer for business and our society”

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

It is one of six separate Digital Awards schemes alongside those in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the independent Digital Awards Judging Panel, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Barclays to the Essex Digital Awards.

“Barclays has pioneered many successful new digital services and continues to support the small business sector and wider community by offering free training during this ‘digital revolution.

“Barclays is the perfect fit for the Essex Digital Awards and we are proud to be working with them.”

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ESSEX: Nimbus Hosting Is Headline Sponsor of EDA17

Nimbus Hosting – a company that specialises in providing web hosting services to digital agencies and ecommerce sites, has signed up as Headline Sponsor of the Essex Digital Awards 2017.

The appointment underlines the company’s commitment to supporting the digital sector and encouraging more businesses to improve their website infrastructure.

One of Nimbus’ 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 EDA17, Nimbus is offering a special promotion just for entrants of the scheme, which is the first and only awards in Essex dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

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

“We are delighted to be Headline Sponsor of the EDAs, having previously taken the same position at the Digital Awards in both Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

“To celebrate working with the EDAs, we are offering all entrants of EDA17 a free migration to cloud hosting, so we’ll move all your sites over for you and we’re offering to migrate as many websites as you’d like us to.

“We’ll also throw in 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 saying thank you to the businesses, charities and schools of Essex who have put a lot of work into developing their digital platforms.”

As Headline Sponsor, Nimbus Hosting will enjoy a range of benefits including the opportunity to present the flagship “Website” award at the EDA17 Presentation Evening at Boreham House on May 18.

Meghan added: “Both launching a new sites or transferring existing websites can be one of the most critical tasks in its lifecycle, but the our team are specialists at ensuring the transfer happens quickly, carefully and professionally.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the EDA Judging Panel, said: “Having known Nimbus Hosting from a number of the Digital Awards events now I can say they are a real pleasure to work with.

“They are also highly successful and respected in offering website hosting solutions, so if you are considering this or want to find out why it’s worth doing, I’d recommend you contact them.”

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ESSEX: Freelance SEO Sponsors EDAs For Fourth Year

Leading search engine optimisation experts, Freelance SEO Essex, have given backing to the Essex Digital Awards for the fourth year in a row.

The firm – which helps businesses from all industry sectors improve their Google rankings, manage social media and offers pay-per-click management – has signed up as Associate Sponsor of the Awards and will present the “Blog: Business” award at the EDA17 Presentation Evening next May.

Freelance SEO Essex has sponsored the Awards since it began in 2014.

The company – based in Great Baddow – also offers web copywriting packages and link removal services.

Danielle Haley, a director at Freelance SEO Essex in Church Street, Great Baddow, explained why they decided to get involved with the EDAs for once again.

She said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to continue our relationship with the EDAs into 2017 as Associate Sponsor.

“As the EDAs have evolved, so has our company. The scheme is now working with more businesses than ever before, as is Freelance SEO Essex – we’ve increased our reach substantially since we started working with the EDAs 4 years ago, and have seen our client base swell as a result. We can certainly attribute some of this success to the extra exposure we’ve generated from being part of this highly successful scheme.

“We’ve especially enjoyed supporting the Awards as it’s enabled us to learn more about the incredible work that’s taking place locally. Essex is a hotbed for digital activity and seeing all of the fantastic projects that are taking place here has really opened our eyes to the level of talent we’re housing in this county. Being amongst the crème de la crème of the digital industry inspires us to stay ahead of the game; it pushes us to keep improving and adapting our services to better meet the needs of businesses who want the best results from the web.”

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ESSEX: EDA17 Moving To Boreham House

The Essex Digital Awards team is delighted to announced the EDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at Boreham House next year.

The event – which will be held on May 18, 2017 – is moving to the Georgian mansion near Chelmsford after two years in Colchester.

Last year’s event at Weston Homes Community Stadium sold out and Boreham House will provide a prestigious new setting and space for more guests.

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: 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

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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.