ESSEX: EDA17 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Essex Digital Awards 2017 have been announced, following a record-breaking number of entries.

Entrants across 14 categories will now compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades at the Presentation Evening on May 18.

For the first time at the EDAs there will also be a “People’s Choice” award, where finalists across all website categories will go head-to-head in a public vote.

Further details of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on March 31, when voting for that will open.

Winners across all other categories will be chosen by an independent judging panel.

The EDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at Boreham House and tickets are expected to be snapped up quickly following last year’s sell-out event.

The event will include a complimentary welcome drink, two-course meal, 1/3 bottle of wine per person, live entertainment and the ceremony.

It will be hosted by former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey.

To book tickets click here

The Essex Digital Awards 2017 is sponsored and supported by Nimbus Hosting, Freelance SEO Essex, Heart Essex, Essex Chamber of Commerce, Essex Employment & Skills Board, Superfast Essex, Department For International Trade, Essex Chronicle, Brentwood Borough Council, Basildon Council, Rochford District Council, Maldon District Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Clare Reeves Voiceovers, Noise PR and Capricorn Media.

Essex Digital Awards 2017 – The Finalists

BLOG: BUSINESS in association with Freelance SEO Essex
Changing Course by Spinnaker Global
Creative Quills
Darkworld Gaming
Fireplace Products
Keep It Mum
Local Business Domination
TwoFeetMarketing

BLOG: ENTERTAINMENT
All Things Spliced
Carousel Diary
Club Forty
Crafty Arts
Dreamwave Events
Greedy Gourmet
Project: Wanderlust by Langley Media

MOBILE APP
Dagenham Sunday Market by Chris Woodman Designs
Landmark Place by Pelican Media
Maths Test by Andrew Suttle
My Eye Spy by Morris Projects
Plume Maldon’s Community Academy

ONLINE RETAILER in association with Superfast Essex
Colchester Events Company by Colchester Borough Council
Fireplace Products
Love Pleasure
Premier Print & Promotions
Roof Lantern Solutions by Essex Web Design Studio
So Gorgeous Beauty
Yumchaa by Graphic Evidence

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE
Creative Quills
Felsted School by School Website
Invest Southend on Sea
Next Chapter Homes
Silkstream
Utilize by MC+Co Marketing
Zentura by Graphic Evidence

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS
Amateur Photographer by Prime Creative
Chelmsford City Racecourse
Essex Baby
Secret Hamper
The Good Vet & Pet Guide
The Social Geeks
Wedding Day Angel

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS
Harry Flashmans Tattoo Parlour by aQ2
KPMG by Main Media
Ozone by Main Media
Polar Creative
Shout Design
The Robin Cancer Trust
WeBelieve Media

WEBSITE in association with Nimbus Hosting
Colchester + Ipswich Museums by Colchester Borough Council
Euroline
Felsted School by School Website
Finest Bed Linen by Website Design
Lumen Archaeology
Marriage’s Flour
MC+Co

WEBSITE: B2B in association of Essex Chamber of Commerce
Euroline
Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP
Haul In One
Inntel by Valiant Design
Lucentum by Bright Lights Creative
Miru 3D
Oakpark Security

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Colchester + Ipswich Museums by Colchester Borough Council
Essex Baby
Katie Murphy Permanent Makeup by Digital Reflow
Lumen Archaeology
Marriage’s Flour
Miss Woo by Ryde Digital
The Green Apron

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Bright Lights Creative
Brown Owl Creative
MC+Co
Photographer Liam Gillan
Polar Creative
Resourceful Marketing by Blue Serif
Sony Freelance and Corporate Video Production by Blue Serif

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY
Coggeshall Montessori by Skyblue Creations
Felsted School by School Website
Seymour House Day Nursery by Twist Interactive Design
Sir Charles Kao
The Linnean Society of London by Enovate Design
The SEAX Trust by Twist Interactive Design
The Worrinots

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS in association with Essex Employment & Skills Board
A Box by Twist Interactive Design
Bright Lights Creative
GreenSpur Renewables by Ryde Digital
Miru 3D
The Conneely Group by Brown Owl Creative
The Green Apron
The Lampshade Company

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Branded Teamwear by Skyblue Creations
Chelmsford City Racecourse
Colchester Leisure World by Colchester Borough Council
Gym Fit Clacton by Switched On Marketing
Horsemat by Skyblue Creations
JP Tackle by Twist Interactive Design
Wass’s Fishing Tackle by Studio Link 11

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Compleat Caterers by Skyblue Creations
Love Southend
Lunch Colchester
Orsett Hall Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
Rossi Ice Cream by Revive Digital Media
Visit Essex
Wild Essex

ESSEX: Skills Board Backs EDAs For 2017

The Essex Employment and Skills board (ESB) is to back the Essex Digital Awards for the third year running.

The ESB is a strategic body which is made up of representatives from local businesses such as Ford UK, Raytheon and IFDS, FE and HE educators, the NHS and local authorities. The board has been created to provide businesses and the public sector influence in the development of workplace skills across the county and will sponsor the “Website: Small Business” award.

It will also preside over the “Future of Essex” award through the ESB’s Education and Industry STEM Programme.

It is the third year that the “Future of Essex” award is to be presented at the Essex Digital Awards.

It was launched in collaboration with the EDA team to recognise the array of promising young digital talent around the county through technology-based projects which bring together schools, students and people from businesses around the county.

Paul Coffey, ESB sector lead for IT, Digital and Creative, explained why the organisation chose to get involved with the Awards once again: “We are delighted to be supporting this event which shares our views that exceptional local skills and businesses should be celebrated.  As the digital and creative industry expands, offering both opportunities and challenges, we must ensure Essex is well equipped to thrive.”

The ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme has, over the past year, informed, inspired and enabled over 1,000 young people across 30 Essex schools to work with local businesses and consider a career using their science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

For further information on the Programme, click here:

The ESB has four main objectives, which are:

To ensure the creation of a robust evidence base for skills and to use this to develop an executable five-year business plan which incorporates an implementation plan and is reviewed annually

To support the deployment of the new enabling mechanisms which contribute to the closer alignment of skills provision and business need – including an online employer portal and the Essex Skills Investment Fund (ESIF)

To champion involvement and participation in the skills system by engaging widely with businesses through disseminating information from the Board and by creating the conditions which allow the views of interested businesses to be taken into consideration

To take the case for requisite finance and flexibilities to Government on behalf of all Essex providers, businesses and public sector agencies.

Information on the ESB and other activities is available at: essexesb.co.uk

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: EDA16 Welcomes Employment & Skills Board

The Essex Employment and Skills board is to sponsor two categories at the Essex Digital Awards 2016.

The organisation – a strategic body set-up to give businesses and the public sector a voice into the development of workplace skills across Greater Essex – will sponsor the “Small Business Website” and the “Future of Essex” awards.

The “Small Business Website” award is being supported by the Board’s Digital Skills for Growth Programme and the “Future of Essex” award by the ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme.

Suzanne Jude, Chair of ESB, which is made up of representatives from businesses, education, the NHS and local authorities, explained why the organisation chose to get involved with the Awards.

She said: “The Digital Skills for Growth programme was set-up as a solution for employers who required workers with digital skills, in light of the technological advances that are ever more prevalent in industry today.

“Since its launch in 2014, the programme has been able to support funding for more than 100 people – the result has greatly improved the growth of the businesses and has given many people new skills for a life-long career.

“The ESB feels that those who have become involved with the programme deserve recognition for their successful involvement, and to demonstrate the positive impact that the Board is able to create.”

“The Digital Skills for Growth funding is available until the March 31, 2016. If you would like to take part in the programme, or would like some more information on the funding, please visit the following page on the ESB website for the terms of funding and contact details http://essexpartnership.org/content/skillsgrowth

The “Future of Essex” award, an ESB initiative, is being presented at the Essex Digital Awards in April for the second year running.

It was launched in collaboration with the EDA team to recognise the array of promising young digital talent around the county through technology-based projects which bring together schools, students and people from businesses around the county.

Ms Jude said: “For me, a personal highlight as ESB Chair over the last few months has been participating in the ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme, which enables young people to gain an insight into local industry.

“As part of my involvement in this, we have hosted a Quadcopter Challenge in which four Essex Schools built a quadcopter from a kit of parts whilst learning about topics such as aerodynamics culminating in a fly off competition.

“Seeing the tangible difference our programmes are making is really rewarding and a great illustration of our commitment to making real impact on the local skills landscape.

“We are really pleased to be acknowledging the young people involved in this programme through the Future of Essex Award at the Essex Digital Awards”.

The ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme continues to inform young people about local growth sectors employers working within science, technology, engineering and maths can who can give up some time to support students at a local school are encouraged to participate. For further information on the Programme, click here

http://essexpartnership.org/content/essex-education-and-industry-programme-0

Entry for the Essex Digital Awards is open until February 19, 2016. To enter click here.

The Board has four main objectives, which are:
¥ To ensure the creation of a robust evidence base for skills and to use this to develop an executable five-year business plan which incorporates an implementation plan and is reviewed annually
¥ To support the deployment of the new enabling mechanisms which contribute to the closer alignment of skills provision and business need – including an online employer portal and the Essex Skills Investment Fund (ESIF)
¥ To champion involvement and participation in the skills system by engaging widely with businesses through disseminating information from the Board and by creating the conditions which allow the views of interested businesses to be taken into consideration
¥ To take the case for requisite finance and flexibilities to Government on behalf of all Essex providers, businesses and public sector agencies.
¥ Information on the Board and other activities is available at http://esb.essexpartnership.org