Charities, schools and businesses across Kent have been recognised for their progressive online work at the third annual Kent Digital Awards.
Accolades across 14 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to outstanding organisations at Ashford International Hotel on June 1.
Former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey hosted and handed Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.
Special guests included Pete Kenyon, from Headline Sponsor Cripps, Mark Dance, Cabinet Minister for Economic Development at Kent County Council, Stuart Tanton of The Kent Foundation, and Clare Reeves of Clare Reeves Voiceovers, all of whom presented awards.
The Kent Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work from across the county.
Celebrating a total of six awards including three Golds was Maidstone digital agency Ether Creative who clinched the top awards in “Mobile App” for the mountaineering project Whympr, “Responsive Website” for Get In The Mood and “Website: School, Education or Charity” for Heritage Watch (Kent).
Also scoring a hatrick of Gold awards was Tunbridge Wells web design company ifour who came out on top the overall “Website” category for their work on behalf of kitchen specialists Jones Britain, in “Online Retailer” for premium gift brand Cocoapod, and in “Use of Social Media for Business” for their own accounts.
Seeing double on the night was Canterbury web designers Red Bullet who were victorious in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” for Kent Connected and in “Website: Sports & Entertainment” owing to their build for Cancer Research Winter Run Series.
The Kent Digital Awards 2017 was supported by Cripps (Headline Sponsor), Kent County Council, West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kent Foundation, Clare Reeves Voiceovers, Sleeping Giant Media, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Kent Connects, Capricorn Media and Kent and Sussex Courier.
Tunbridge Wells agency Curve Interactive topped the podium in “Use of Video for Business” and Pillory Barn, in Maidstone, cleaned up in “Website: B2B” for their design for the Kent and Medway Growth Hub.
On a very good night for Maidstone “Website: Small Business” was picked up by GeoMedia while Maidstone Museum by The Hideout, based in Ulcombe, won the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” gong.
Gold in the “Blog” classification was landed by Muddy Stilettos Kent for their lifestyle portal and Larrytech came out on top for Tunbridge Wells with Gold in “Website: Marketing & Creative”.
Head Judge and KDA17 Host Robin Bailey described the event as a “thrilling night”.
“What a sensational celebration the Kent Digital Awards has been once again and thank you so much to Cripps for getting behind it in such a big way.
“More entries than ever and so much superb talent from all walks of life in one room, celebrating digital and celebrating Kent, absolutely fantastic.”
Kent Digital Awards 2017 – The Winners
Gold – Muddy Stilettos Kent
Silver – Talk Stagey To Me
Bronze – THP Accountants by Whitefish Marketing
Gold – Whympr by Ether Creative
Silver – 50 50 – The Addictive Slicing Game by App Design Dot Company
Bronze – Punditto by Ether Creative
Gold – Cocoapod by ifour
Silver – Airberg by Larrytech
Bronze – Questor Insurance
Gold – Get in the Mood by Ether Creative
Silver – ChilliApple
Bronze – Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS
Gold – ifour
Silver – Diggerland UK
Bronze – EVision Supercars
USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS
Gold – Curve Interactive
Silver – Ashford Borough Council by Pillory Barn
Bronze – Hospitality Finder
Gold – Jones Britain by ifour
Silver – Sunways Leisure Travel by mso
Bronze – Project 64
Gold – Kent and Medway Growth Hub by Pillory Barn
Silver – Testudo by Interactive Red
Bronze – Bizbutterflies
WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Gold – Kent Connected by Red Bullet
Silver – Urban Truffle by Squiders
Bronze – Jordan Acoustics by Ether Creative
WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Gold – Larrytech
Silver – Falcon
Bronze – Project 64
WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY
Gold – Heritage Watch (Kent) by Ether Creative
Silver – Christ’s Hospital by mso
Bronze – Northfleet School For Girls by Open Water
WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS
Gold – GeoMedia
Silver – Loud Monkey by The Hideout
Bronze – Falcon
WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Gold – Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
Silver – Miloco Studios by Ether Creative
Bronze – Avenue Tennis by ifour
WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Gold – Maidstone Museum by The Hideout
Silver – Kent Life by Red Bullet
Bronze – Sunways Leisure Travel by mso