ESSEX: Heart Radio Tunes In For EDA17

The biggest radio station in the county has tuned into the Essex Digital Awards 2017.

Heart Essex has signed up as “Broadcast Media Partner” for EDA17 following a successful tie up between the Digital Awards and its sister station in Milton Keynes.

Heart Essex – which boasts a weekly audience of 415,000 (RAJAR Q.3 2016) – is part of Global, the media and entertainment group, which is home to a host of other household names including Smooth Radio Classic FM, LBC and Capital.

The station is home to long-running breakfast show presenters Martin and Su along with Essex favourite Mark Wright and Emma Bunton.

The EDAs is the first and only awards solely to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities and now has the largest following of any awards in the county.

Entry for EDA17 closes on February 17, 2017.

In recent years, Heart Essex has grown its multi-platform business with a popular website as well as establishing an influential presence on social media platforms.

Every day Heart Essex delivers breaking news, travel, showbiz and competitions to more than 32,000 followers on Twitter and more than 110,000 fans on Facebook.

As broadcast media partner, Heart Essex will share news on the Awards through social media and

The EDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at Boreham House on May 18, 2017, and members of the Heart Essex team will attend.

Robin Bailey, Head of the EDA Judging Panel, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Heart Essex for EDA17.

“Their migration across to digital platforms over the past few years has been executed with great energy and imagination, they have a substantial online reach and we are delighted to be getting involved with them.”

Katy Flower, Commercial Director at Heart Essex, added: “We are thrilled to be working with EDA17.

“Essex is a vibrant county with so many digital entrepreneurs and it’s great that we’re able to help celebrate this culture of innovation.”

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: 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
The Authentic Branding Company
Voodoo Creative

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
Fallen by Teaboy Games
My World Of Atoms
Pro Tax Accounting

ONLINE RETAILER in association with Superfast Essex

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


Creative & Cultural Skills
iHeart Essex
Keith Ashton Estate Agents

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
Essex Baby
Masuri by Digital Reflow
Radio Essex
The Parachute Regiment, HM Forces


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

WEBSITE in association with Lookers Volvo Colchester

Laban Brown Design
Spiffing Covers
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
Urban Network

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

Bright Lights Creative
CliQQ Photography
Laban Brown Design
Polar Creative
Shout Design
Spiffing Covers

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

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

Aussie BBQ Co
Chauffeur Drive London by MC2 Marketing
iHeart Essex
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: Seetec Skills Sponsors EDA16 Social Media Award

One of the UK and Ireland’s largest business services providers delivering Government programmes across welfare, skills and apprenticeships, justice and public services is to sponsor the Essex Digital Awards 2016.

Seetec, an Essex based organisation, has been supporting hundreds of thousands of people back to work and improving their skills for over 30 years.

They recently launched the new Seetec Skills Academies and work in partnership with local businesses to help young people gain the practical skills they need to establish a successful career through traineeships and apprenticeships.

Opportunities for career development are available in three main industries; Business, Service and Digital. Aptly, Seetec Skills will sponsor the “Use of Social Media for Business” category at EDA16.

Seetec also supports employers with recruitment, training, advice and IT solutions.

Sean Purcell, National Operations Director at Seetec Skills, explained why his organisation is keen to get involved with EDA 16, which culminates with the Presentation Evening on April 14 at Weston Homes Community Stadium, in Colchester.

He said: “Seetec Skills are excited to sponsor the Use of Social Media for Business category at the Essex Digital Awards 2016.

“More and more businesses are recognising the significant value in inspirational use of social media for marketing and customer engagement.

“In turn this award recognises high achievement against such broad competition as can be found in the rapidly changing social media landscape.

“We know from our 30 years’ experience that employers must continually develop and utilise the full range of skills in their workforce to remain competitive.

“Seetec Skills is passionate about working with employers to fill their skills gaps through in-work training, turning talented staff into the business leaders of tomorrow.”

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

Entry for EDA16 closes on February 19.

Andy Pritchard from the EDA team declared he is “very excited” about the having Seetec Skills on-board.

He added: “For more than 30 years Seetec has been helping people improve their life chances and helping Essex businesses up-skill their existing workforce.
“Their mission sits extremely well with us and we’re thrilled they have chosen to get involved with the Awards.”

About Seetec:

Seetec Skills is part of a larger group of Seetec companies and offers traineeships and apprenticeships in three academies of learning:

Business Academy: Business Administration, Customer Service, Team Leading and Management

Digital Academy: IT User, IT Pro and Social Media and Marketing

Service Academy: Retail and Hospitality

To contact Seetec Skills call 0845 303 2963, visit or email [email protected]

ESSEX: Superfast Essex Connects With EDA16

Superfast Essex is to sponsor the “Online Retailer” category at the Essex Digital Awards 2016.

The Superfast Essex broadband programme, co-ordinated by Essex County Council, recognises that Superfast broadband is set to transform the way businesses operate from enabling global enterprise to reducing costs and increasing efficiency with Cloud-based services.

Connie Kerbst, Senior Programme Manager said: “Superfast Essex wants to encourage businesses to make the most of superfast connectivity when it arrives as part of our fibre broadband rollout across the county.

“So far our rollout has reached over 60,000 homes and businesses – the halfway milestone in the overall programme rollout and just 5,000 away from the total set to be reached by the end of the first phase of work, this summer.

“Sponsoring the Essex Digital Awards for a second year helps raise the profile of up and coming Essex-based businesses who have embraced the many benefits that a superfast broadband connection can offer their business. It also lets other businesses know that superfast broadband services are more readily available than ever before across Essex.”

Iain Johnson, from the EDA team, said: “We are delighted to be working with Superfast Essex for the second year running.

“Speedy broadband underpins Essex’s business community and we proud to play our part in promoting the new service that is being made available because of the brilliant Superfast Essex project.”

Superfast Essex has also recently launched a series of free expert-led Digital Business Workshops and an online toolkit to help small businesses improve their digital know-how.

The workshops will cover a range of topics including increasing online sales, attracting new customers, social media, blogging and the importance of Cloud-based systems.

The digital toolkit includes a Digital Health Check, to identify any areas where businesses can improve their digital expertise, and ‘Fast Tips’ download which provides information and advice around a range of digital developments, such as Cloud-based Services, Search Engine Optimisation and Social Media Marketing.

To find out more about the Digital Business Workshops, visit

Other information on business broadband, including a short film with David Bell, Essex Chair of The Federation of Small Businesses, and Essex County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, and Waste & Recycling, on Broadband Improvements in Essex can be viewed by following this link

Find out the latest broadband rollout information for your area at Anyone not covered by the Superfast Essex programme can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey at

To enter the Essex Digital Awards – the first and only scheme to exclusively recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities across the county – click

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

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

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