KENT: Cripps Unveiled as Headline Sponsor of KDA17

Award-winning law firm Cripps has agreed a deal to become Headline Sponsor of Kent Digital Awards 2017.

The top-tier Legal 500 firm, which has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill and London, will present the flagship “Website” award at KDA17.

It is the first time Cripps has been involved with the KDAs and marks their ongoing commitment to supporting Kent’s business community and the digital arena.

In the past year Cripps itself has won a raft of accolades at industry events including the City Wealth Future Leaders Awards 2016, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards 2016 and South East Dealmakers Awards 2017.

Cripps has also been awarded “Top Ranking” by Chambers and Partners UK, a comprehensive annual guide to the legal profession.

As a key regional law firm, Cripps has a team of around 350 and offers a rare combination of expertise across both personal and commercial law. This includes advising on matters such as, employment law, commercial contracts and dispute resolution, debt recovery, insolvency claims, corporate transactions and restructuring, legal advice for directors, IT, IP, partnerships and professional practices, wills and probate planning, family law and commercial and residential property.

Its full range of services is listed on Cripps.co.uk alongside blogs, a news feed and resources for understanding the law and developments relating to Brexit.

As well as its well resourced website, Cripps offers regular information, insight and links on Twitter through @CrippsLaw

The firm is a great supporter of the Kent community and is a member of the West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

In 2016, Cripps raised £16,000 for its chosen charity of the year, Alzheimer’s Society and in 2017 is supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As Headline Sponsor of KDA17, Cripps will take a prominent position at the Presentation Evening on June 1 at Ashford International Hotel.

Pete Kenyon, partner and head of the firm’s advertising, technology and media sector group, explained why Cripps chose to get involved with the third annual Kent Digital Awards.

“Digital is an essential part of business strategy from new customer acquisition to driving loyalty and continuously improving the customer experience.

“At Cripps we work with clients to achieve their business (or personal) goals and understand how deeply important digital channels are for them.

“We’re excited to support the Kent Digital Awards and encourage companies across the county to enter so they can be recognised and rewarded for their creative and progressive thinking.

“This is a great way to help raise their profile and to showcase how digital media can be used as a way of driving a business forward.”

Robin Bailey Chairman of the KDA Judging panel said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cripps as Headline Sponsor of the Kent Digital Awards 2017.

“Cripps is a very successful law firm which is highly respected across Kent and further afield.

“Through the Kent Digital Awards, Cripps will be able to build upon their strong relationships with the Kent business community and align themselves with the Digital Awards brand, which stands for progression, collaboration and best practice.”

In a refreshingly distinctive way Cripps describes how it works with clients in a simple booklet which can be accessed here http://my.page-flip.co.uk/00000013/00012513/00089162/

As Pete says “At Cripps we’re focused on delivering the human face of law whether it’s through our website, on social media, via emails or in person. We’re people first and lawyers second and that’s why so many of our clients come back to us year after year.”

CHAMPIONS: DAC17 Winners Announced

The public has spoken and the first ever Digital Awards Champions were announced at a reception in London this week.

Winner across 15 categories were unveiled at the BFI Southbank, on February 9.

The Digital Awards Champions – sponsored by FSE Online, Nero Blanco and Nimbus Hosting – was a public-voted contest between all Gold winners from the Digital Awards schemes across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey in 2016.

Almost 20,000 people casted votes over six weeks.

Keynote speaker at the event was Jordan J Lloyd, from Dynamichrome and co-author of The Paper Time Machine, who explored the phenominum of historic photographic restoration techniques using digital technology

Host of the event, Robin Bailey, said: “The Digital Awards Champions has showcased so many fantastic examples of the superb digital talent across the region.

“So many great success stories brought together and and many brilliant winners chosen by the people, what an outstanding accolade!”

Digital Awards Champions 2017 – The Winners

Website: School Education or Charity
Demelza Hospice Care for Children (Kent)

Website: Small Business
Bombinate Web Design (Milton Keynes)

Blog: Entertainment
Milton Keynes Kids (Milton Keynes)

Blog: Business
Deep Phat Digital (Hertfordshire)

Website: Sports & Entertainment
1,000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic (Hertfordshire)

Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Dhaniya Authentic Indian Cooking by Aubergine (Milton Keynes)

Mobile App
Pocket Sergeant (Cambridgeshire)

Responsive Website
Countryside (Essex)

Website: Tourism & Hospitality
Visit Essex (Essex)

Website: Marketing & Creative
TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells by ifour (Kent)

Website: B2B
Lumina Energy by ifour (Kent)

Use of Social Media for Business
Fluid Studios (Hertfordshire)

Online Retailer
Barker Shoes by Visual Identity Creative (Milton Keynes)

Use of Video for Business
Milton Keynes Museum by Wise Guys (Milton Keynes)

Website
Countryside (Essex)

CHAMPIONS: Details of Digital Awards Champions Announced

The inaugural Digital Awards Champions is to take place in February next year and details of the event have now been announced.

Every Gold Award winner from Digital Awards 2016 schemes in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey will automatically qualify for the Digital Awards Champions, an exclusive event where the ultimate winners across all regions will be unveiled.

And for the first time in Digital Awards history the overall winners in all 15 categories will be decided by public vote ahead of the Presentation Reception which will be held on February 9 at BFI Southbank in London.

Public voting will open on December 1, one week after the results of the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 have been announced.

Finalists of Digital Awards Champions will be sent a voting pack enabling them to encourage their supporters to cast a vote in their favour.

All tickets for the Presentation Reception will be priced at £20.17 + VAT, a special price for the first year only to celebrate the year of the launch of Digital Awards Champions.

Sponsoring the Digital Awards Champions is leading SEO firm FSE Online.

 

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Tickets for the event – which includes a reception drink, guest speakers and the ceremony in a prestigious London venue – will be strictly limited to two per finalist* until further notice.

Tickets are only available to Gold Award winners from the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016, Essex Digital Awards 2016, Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016, Kent Digital Awards, Milton Keynes Digital Awards 2016 and Surrey Digital Awards and can be purchased here.

An appropriate number of tickets have been reserved for all Gold Award winners at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards which will be announced on November 24.

Robin Bailey, from the Digital Awards team, said: “We are extremely excited to announce the first ever Digital Awards Champions, an event which celebrates the brilliant work of businesses, charities, schools and other community organisations across our areas.

“For Gold Award winners it is all to play for so be sure to encourage your supporters to vote for you from December 1, this is going to be extremely competitive and will be a thrilling conclusion to a brilliant year at the Digital Awards where many outstanding organisations have been recognised for some great digital work.”

*A company that qualifies as a finalist in more than one category will be also be limited to two tickets until further notice.

The full list of finalists can be viewed here.

KENT: KDA16 – The Results

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

Accolades across 16 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the Motorsport Vision Centre, Brands Hatch, on June 23.

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 Conrad Murray, from the headline sponsor Nero Blanco, Gillian Forsyth of West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Councillor Roderick Hogarth of Sevenoaks District Council who all presented Awards.

The Kent Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work.

Maidstone-based digital agency, Pillory Barn scooped Gold in the flagship “Website” category for their work on AshfordFor.com, a promotional site for the Ashford district.

Tunbridge Wells company, ifour, tasted triple-victory after winning Gold in “Blog: Business”, “Website: B2B”, for Lumina Energy, and “Website: Marketing & Creative” for TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells, a speaker’s forum.

Ether Creative, in Maidstone, landed the top Awards in the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” classification for its Hop Farm website design and in the “Mobile App” section for Country Eye a system for reporting suspicious behaviour, incidents or concerns in Kent.

In “Blog:Entertainment”, the plaudits went to Ecce Media for their blog on behalf of H2Open Magazine and the Gold award in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” went to interiors retailer Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing.

Other winners included adventure park Diggerland, in Strood, in “Use of Social Media for Business” and BritPong by Breakthrough Funding in the “Use of Video for Business” category.

BritPong by Breakthrough Funding, a site to promote the Beer Pong craze in the UK also landed Gold in “Website: Sports & Entertainment”.

KDA16 was headline sponsored by IT firm Nero Blanco and backed by the Courier, Kent County Council, West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sleeping Giant Media and Sevenoaks District Council.

Also victorious were DS-Virgin Racing by Zest in “Responsive Website”, Demelza Hospice Care for Children in “Website: School, Education or Charity” and Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design for “Website: Small Business”.

The “Online Retailer” category Gold was won by Childrensalon, a purveyor of infant clothing, from Tunbridge Wells.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Kent’ award which was handed to Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, who were commended for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and promotion of Kent’ through their digital work.

Kent Digital Awards 2016 Winners

Blog:Entertainment

Bronze
Cuttings by The Creation Lab
Silver
The Middle-Sized Garden
Gold
H2Open Magazine by Ecce Media

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

Bronze
Visit Thanet by Thanet District Council
Silver
Diggerland UK
Gold
The Hop Farm by Ether Creative

Blog: Business

Bronze
She Who Bakes
Silver
Alice Down The Rabbit Hole by West Kent Mind
Gold
ifour

Website: Lifestyle & Culture

Bronze
The Woodville by seatlive
Silver
My Fussy Eater
Gold
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing

Responsive Website

Bronze
Lane4 Management Group by Yoyo Design
Silver
FGS Recruitment by ifour
Gold
DS-Virgin Racing by Zest

Mobile App

Bronze
UpayChilli by Open Water
Silver
Kent Rural Careers by Ether Creative
Gold
Country Eye by Ether Creative

Website: School, Education or Charity

Bronze
Kent College Pembury
Silver
Bedes Summer School by mso
Gold
Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Website: Marketing & Creative

Bronze
Bareska Creative Films by Long Story Short
Silver
Ether Creative
Gold
TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells by ifour

Website: Small Business

Bronze
Jem+Bea by Remedy Creative
Silver
Cellier by Hogtronix
Gold
Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design

Online Retailer

Bronze
Tyrrell Katz by Boxed Rocket
Silver
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media
Gold
Childrensalon

Website: Sports & Entertainment

Bronze
The Woodville by seatlive
Silver
Tan’gun Taekwondo by The Creation Lab
Gold
BritPong by Breakthrough Funding

Website: B2B

Bronze
Ashford For by Pillory Barn
Silver
Lane4 Management Group by Yoyo Design
Gold
Lumina Energy by ifour

Use of Social Media for Business

Bronze
Kent FA
Silver
UK College of English by Whitefish Marketing
Gold
Diggerland UK

Use of Video for Business

Bronze
SpareRoom by Digitom
Silver
Bareska Creative Films
Gold
BritPong by Breakthrough Funding

Spirit of Kent
Gold
Leeds Castle

Website

Bronze
Kensington Scott by Squiders
Silver
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media
Gold
Ashford For by Pillory Barn

KENT: 1 Week To Go – Nero Blanco Headlines KDA16

With one week to go until the Kent Digital Awards 2016, organisers have announced that a leading IT firm has signed up as Headline Sponsor of the scheme.

Nero Blanco helps companies migrate or roll-out new software programs including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Azure, Active Directory and Lotus Notes.

The team has provided IT expertise to many organisations including JP Morgan Chase, Birmingham City Council and HSBC.

The move to join up with KDA16 will see them present the flagship “Website” at the Presentation Evening on June 23, at the Motorsports Vision Centre, Brands Hatch.

The company – which promotes the strap line “Let Us Migrate You, Hassle Free” – also benefit from a range of other benefits through taking the position of Headline Sponsor.

Conrad Murray, Senior Messaging Architect at Nero Blanco, said: ”We are delighted to be supporting the Kent Digital Awards, a scheme that promotes digital talent from across the county.

“Digital technology lies at the core of our business as we help companies effectively and efficiently launch, migrate and successfully manage their email communications systems.

“With a combined total of more than 50 years’ experience amongst our team in the messaging arena.

“We are perfectly placed to work for businesses who want to improve all aspects of their email messaging infrastructure from system migration to storage solutions and everything in between.

“The Kent Digital Awards is a fantastic initiative and we can’t wait to get involved and meet the finalists at Brands Hatch.”

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

Robin Bailey, the Chairman of the KDA Judging Panel, describes Nero Blanco’s appointment as a “a first class match up”.

He said: “Nero Blanco are experts in their field, which is working with companies to migrate or roll-out new software programs including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Azure, Active Directory and Lotus Notes.

“To have them on board as our Headline Sponsor is brilliant and I would urge everyone attending our Presentation Evening on June 23 to get to know these guys, there are many ways they can help your business work smarter.”

To find out more about Nero Blanco and their services visit http://www.neroblanco.co.uk

KENT: Kent County Council Backs KDA16

Kent County Council has joined forces with the KDAs as “Key Supporter” of the scheme.

The local authority – based at County Hall in Maidstone – has given its backing to the Awards as part of a programme to support the growth of Kent’s digital economy.

The Council joins West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, also a Key Supporter, and Kent & Sussex Courier, the Media Partner who are providing rolling coverage of the KDAs.

Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, at Kent County Council said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Kent Digital Awards, a scheme that offers a platform to businesses, schools and charities for their online work.

“Digital media and skills are now at the heart of Kent’s business community and we are committed to supporting that through a range of relevant programmes now and in the years ahead.

“We wish all finalists of KDA16 the very best of luck at the upcoming Awards and we look forward to meeting so many progressive organisations on the night.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the KDA16 Judging Panel, said it was “great news” to receive the backing of Kent County Council.

He added: “Since launching in 2014, the KDAs has been immensely popular amongst businesses, charities and schools across the county.

“Kent County Council’s involvement is a tremendous indication of the significance of these Awards which are highly competitive and now much sought after as a symbol of success in Kent.”

Sponsors of KDA16 include Sleeping Giant Media and Capricorn Media.

The KDA16 Presentation Evening takes place Brands Hatch Motorsport Vision Centre on June 23.

KENT: KDA16 Finalists Unveiled 28 April

Finalists for the Kent Digital Awards 2016 will be announced on 28 April on this website.

The news follows the announcement last month that the Presentation Evening is to take place at Brands Hatch on June 23.

Entrants who have made the final stages will be notified via email and tickets for the event will become available the same day via http://kentdigitalawards.co.uk/tickets

 

KENT: 1 Week Left To Enter KDA16

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

Submissions for KDA16 – the first and only scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county – will close on April 15 at 5pm.

New categories have been included for this year including “Website B2B” and “Blog: Entertainment”.

The complete list of open categories for entry is:-

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

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the independent KDA judging panel revealed that expectations are high after the “tremendous success” of the Awards which launched last year.

He added: “We have already received a large number of high quality entries and we anticipate many more coming in over the next week.

“There is still time to enter the fray and give your business, charity or school the opportunity to receive substantial recognition for your achievements, don’t miss out.”

The KDA16 Presentation Evening will take place at Brands Hatch on June 23.

KDA16 is supported by Media Parter, the Kent & Sussex Courier and the West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Entry is free and can be made here http://kentdigitalawards.co.uk/enter/

KENT: Less Than 2 weeks Left To Enter KDA16

There are less than 2 weeks left to enter the Kent Digital Awards 2016.

Submissions for KDA16 – the first and only scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county – will close on April 15 at 5pm.

New categories have been included for this year including “Website B2B” and “Blog: Entertainment”.

The complete list of open categories for entry is:-

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

The KDA16 Presentation Evening will take place at Brands Hatch on June 23.

KDA16 is supported by Media Parter, the Kent & Sussex Courier and the West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Entry is free and can be made here http://kentdigitalawards.co.uk/enter/

KENT: Kent & Sussex Courier Launch KDA16

Media Partner of the Kent Digital Awards, the Kent & Sussex Courier, has officially launched the 2016 scheme.

The newspaper, based in Tunbridge Wells, published a two-page spread this week, featuring reaction from sponsors, supports and the winners of last year’s event.

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

Categories for the event include “Website”, “Mobile App, “Use of Video for Business”, “Use of Social Media for Business” and for the first time “Website: B2B”.

The Presentation Evening will take place in June.

KDA16 is sponsored and supported by West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sleeping Giant Media and Capricorn Media.

To enter click here http://kentdigitalawards.co.uk/enter