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 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

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.”

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


KENT: Entry For KDA16 Now Open!

Entry has opened for the Kent Digital Awards 2016, celebrated by the launch of a brand new category.

KDA16 – the first and only scheme of its kind within the county – is now in its second year, following its staggering success since setting up in 2014.

And for the first time Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented for a “Website: B2B” category at the Winners’ Evening next June.

The new website classification – for companies thriving in the business-to-business sector – will take its place alongside 15 other categories in a new look line-up.

There are now a total of nine website categories as well as “Use of Video for Business”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Mobile App” and “Spirit of Kent”.

KDA16 will also see the return of the immensely popular “Blog” awards for “Entertainment” and “Business”.

The “Online Business” category has been renamed “Online Retailer” to offer greater clarity to entrants.

An independent judging panel, made up of digital experts, the media, sponsors and executives from a number of internationally recognised businesses including Sky Sports will decide the winners.

The Kent Digital Awards was set-up to promote and recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Andy Pritchard, from Premio64, the team behind the Awards, is looking to build on the “tremendous success” of the first year.

He added: “We received an extraordinary number of entries into the 2015 scheme and the Presentation Evening was a fantastic celebration of some very impressive digital work from across the ‘Garden of England’.

“It is proven, through the popularity of the Awards and our partnership with the Kent and Sussex Courier, that winning a Kent Digital Award is a sought after accolade and we urge everyone to find our website and make an entry.

“We expect 2016 to be even bigger and better and we cannot wait to show off some more of Kent’s great businesses, charities and schools.”

Kent and Sussex Courier, as media partner, will be giving rolling press coverage for the scheme.

West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be “Key Supporter” for the scheme once again.

Sponsors of the scheme include Sleeping Giant Media, Capricorn Media, Noise PR and

Entry is free and takes less than two minutes to complete through

The presentation evening will take place in June 2016.

The closing date for entries is 15 April, 2016.

KENT: Just 1 Week Until The Kent Digital Awards

We are now just days away from discovering which businesses, schools and charities from across the county are be decorated at the Kent Digital Awards.

On June 18, a sold-out event at the Village Urban Resort, Maidstone, will witness the presentation of Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards in 15 categories including the flagship award for “Website”.

The ‘Spirit of Kent’ Award – for an organisation that has used digital technology for the good of county – will also be handed to one deserving winner.

Awards will be presented by executives from some great organisations including our Headline Sponsor Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Associate Sponsor Hobbs Parker Group, West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Kent & Sussex Courier and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

The event is also supported by Sleeping Giant Media, Capricorn Media, and Noise PR.

TV actor and stand-up comic James Redmond will be performing a side-splitting comedy routine and veteran broadcaster Robin Bailey will be on stage to ensure the event will be a night to remember.

The KDA judges have been blown away by the quantity and quality of entries and whoever picks up the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards on the night will certainly be richly deserved holders of a Kent Digital Award.

See you on next week.

The KDA 2015 Team.

KENT: Kent Chamber Backs Digital Awards

AN organisation which has been at the heart of business for more than 150 years has given its backing to the Kent Digital Awards.

West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which was founded in 1858 as a “Tradesmens Association”, has signed up to become “Key Supporter” for the inaugural competition, which is also backed by the Kent & Sussex Courier.

The association is based in Tonbridge and is the leading support organisation for business in the area bounded by Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Westerham, Tonbridge, Hadlow, Paddock Wood, Cranbrook, Staplehurst, Hawkhurst, Tunbridge Wells.

Chief Executive at WKCCI, Jackie Matthias, revealed she is “extremely pleased” to get behind the KDAs, which is the first and only awards scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across the county.

She added: “Through a number of guises we have been supporting businesses in the west of the county for the past 157 years, but that doesn’t preclude us from acting very much in the here and now.

“We live in a digital world and backing the Kent Digital Awards is a sign of our commitment to embracing the modern marketplace.

“We are very proud of our county and expect the standard of entries for the Awards to be extremely high.”

The Independent KDA judging panel will reward businesses, schools and charities who are demonstrating outstanding work online and not necessarily because they have the greatest resources at their disposal.

Andy Pritchard from Premio64, the organisation behind the awards, believes the alliance with West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry gives the KDA a “significant” footprint within the county’s business community.

He added: “We are thrilled to receive backing from such a highly respected organisation and look forward to working hand-in-hand on a mission to drive the county’s digital business forward.”

The KDA categories including “Website”, “Mobile App”, “Responsive Website”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Online Business”, “Blog” and “Small Business Website”.

The Winners’ Evening will take place at the Village Urban Resort, Maidstone, on June 18, 2015.