SURREY: Sonin Celebrate Gold at SDA17

Following the third annual Surrey Digital Awards on 9 March, we spoke to Paul Jarrett, Managing Director at Sonin App Development, who won Gold for ‘Mobile App’ for their work for Forfeit Football.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
At Sonin we specialise in helping businesses and entrepreneurs in Surrey and beyond to utilise mobile apps and the latest technology to reach their customers, improve their businesses and create the most engaging mobile experiences. We’ve worked with a range of clients, from large enterprises, to SMEs, to independent start-ups.

What made you get involved in the SDAs?
As The Surrey Digital Awards is a platform to reward both innovation and forward thinking, we wanted to showcase to all businesses how effective mobile technology can be to achieve their goals, and see real results. Getting involved also gave us the chance to see fantastic examples of how other businesses are leveraging digital technology in new and innovative ways!

What does winning gold at the SDAs mean to your organisation?
Winning gold is a huge achievement not only for us, but also for our clients. In such a competitive market where first impressions are vital to the success of an app, it’s important that we give our clients that competitive edge to help them stand out from the crowd.

Where will you be putting your award?
In our reception area right next to our bronze award from 2016! We want everyone who walks through our doors to know that we only create award winning apps for all of our clients.

What was your most memorable moment from the SDA presentation evening?
Hearing that we won gold is naturally the most memorable moment for us. However, the energy in the room was fantastic and it was great to see so many businesses passionate about creating immersive digital experiences for themselves and their clients. Innovation is key, and this was certainly on show!

What’s the best thing about the Surrey business community?
The Surrey business community is a friendly and supportive network, who not only celebrate businesses who are embracing new technology, but encourage others during a time where digital is vital for all businesses.

You can find out more about Sonin at their website right here.

MILTON KEYNES: Vusiem Discuss Their Gold-Winning App for the British Museum

Following the Milton Keynes Digital Awards on 13 October, we spoke to Aarthi Irvathraya of Vusiem, who won Gold for Mobile App for their British Museum guide.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
At Vusiem, we are focused on creating interactive educational experiences for museums and galleries. Our goal is to create a next-generation technology platform that is fun, easily accessible, appeals to an emerging digital-savvy young audience and gets them involved in our fantastic museums showcasing our heritage and human ingenuity.

What made you get involved in the MKDAs?
Digital is the future, both of our post-Brexit economy and our increasingly plugged-in way of life. With such breathtaking innovations that are going on in the digital space, we were eager to showcase some of the interesting stuff that we at Vusiem have been up to. And what better place to showcase our achievements than at the annual Milton Keynes Digital Awards.

What does winning gold at the MKDAs mean to your organisation?
These awards are a tremendous encouragement for us. As a startup, it is often a lot of hardwork, late nights and seemingly endless bouts of tough challenges. When such an opportunity to celebrate comes along, it is like a shot of adrenaline right into the veins of our motivation.

Where will you be putting your award?
Right at the entrance, where everyone can see. Where else?!! It does make for such a great showcase and conversation-starter.

What was your most memorable moment from the MKDA presentation evening?
To be honest, we were not expecting to win the gold considering the stellar competition in the Mobile App category. So, after the bronze and silver awards were announced, we were a bit downcast wondering what to do the rest of the evening. So when we were called out for the Gold, it certainly came as a bit of a shock and surprise (albeit in an extremely good way!!).

What’s the best thing about the Milton Keynes business community?
There are places which are great places to work but can be a bit boring to live. And there are places which are great places to live but are the back of beyond from a business perspective. The fantastic thing about Milton Keynes is that it is not only a great place to live for a young family like ours, but also buzzing with entrepreneurship and business growth. The community here is closely-knit and very supportive to entrepreneurs like us with a special mention to the digitally ambitious and pro-innovation initiatives of the Milton Keynes Council and Administration.

You can find out more about Vusiem at their website here.

HERTFORDSHIRE: 1 Week Left To Enter Herts Digital Awards

Businesses, schools and charities from across the county have just one week left to enter the inaugural Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

Entry for the scheme will close on July 17 at 5pm.

There are 14 open categories including “Mobile App”, “Blog”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Use of Video for Business” and the flagship “Website” award.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented for each category at the Winners’ Evening which will take place on September 24, 2015, at Holiday Inn, Stevenage.

HDA boasts an impressive panel of judges from global organisations, such as Sky and Universal music, members of the media and experts from the digital industry.

Entry for the scheme is free and takes less than two minutes to complete through www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk/enter

The 2015 Awards is supported by “Associate Sponsor” Suit Recruit, “Key Supporter”, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership”, “Media Partner”, the Hertfordshire Mercury, Capricorn Media, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.com

The “Headline Sponsor” for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2015 will be announced shortly…..

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA2015 Entry Now Open

Entry is now open for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards (HDAs) which is offering gold, silver and bronze prizes across ten categories.

It is the first time that organisations from Hertfordshire will be able to compete for a range of accolades based solely upon their work online and entry into the scheme opened in January, 2015.

The HDAs – which are backed by the Hertfordshire Mercury Group – are free to enter and it takes less than two minutes to complete an application online at www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk

Sponsors of the scheme include the recruitment consultancy SuitRecruit, based in Sawbridgeworth, and media training company Training with Capricorn.

“Use of Social Media”, “Website” and “Mobile App” are just three of the categories to be judged by an independent panel of experts from the digital arena.

The other categories include “Use of Video For Business”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Responsive Website”, “Small Business Website” and the blue ribbon accolade for “Online Business”.

Entries can now be made for free in less than two minutes at www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk/enter

The closing date for entries is July 17, 2015 and a special awards evening will be held on September 24.

Details of the venue will be unveiled exclusively on www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk shortly.

HERTFORDSHIRE: Herts Mercury Signs Up

A ground-breaking new awards scheme which recognises the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across Hertfordshire, has been backed by some of the county’s leading newspapers.

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards (HDAs) – which is now open to enter and offers gold, silver and bronze prizes for excellence across ten categories – revealed this week that they have entered a partnership with a leading newspaper group which will support the competition.

The Hertfordshire Mercury Group, which owns the Hertfordshire Mercury, North Herts Advertiser, Herts and Essex Observer and Herts and Lea Valley Star has signed up as media partners for the scheme.

It is the first time that organisations from Hertfordshire will be able to compete for a range of accolades based solely upon their work online and entry into the scheme opened in January, 2015.

The newspapers will provide coverage of the HDAs until after the Winners’ Evening in September and provide significant publicity opportunities for sponsors of the scheme.

The HDAs are free to enter and it takes less than two minutes to complete an online application at www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk

“Use of Social Media”, “Website” and “Mobile App” are just three of the categories to be judged by an independent panel of experts from the digital arena.

The other categories include “Use of Video For Business”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Responsive Website”, “Small Business Website” and the blue ribbon accolade for “Online Business”.

Andy Pritchard, from Premio64, the organisation behind the awards said: “We are very excited about working with the Hertfordshire Mercury group of newspapers.

“These newspapers are first and fastest to deliver breaking news in the county through their website and social media channels and are a superb partner for our scheme.”

Entries can now be made for free in less than two minutes at www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk/enter

The closing date for entries is July 17, 2015 and a special awards evening will be held on September 24.

Details of the venue will be unveiled exclusively on www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk shortly.

HERTFORDSHIRE: Welcome to the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2015

A ground-breaking new awards scheme that recognises the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across Hertfordshire, has been backed by some of the county’s leading newspapers.

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards (HDAs) – which offers gold, silver and bronze prizes for excellence across ten categories – revealed this week that they have entered a partnership with two newspaper groups which will support the competition.

A stable of newspaper titles owned by Local World, including the Hertfordshire Mercury Series, North Herts Advertiser, Herts and Essex Observer and Herts and Lea Valley Star have all signed up as media partners for the scheme.

It is the first time that organisations from Hertfordshire will be able to compete for a range of accolades based solely upon their work online and entry into the scheme is set to open in January, 2015.

The HDAs are free to enter and it takes less than two minutes to complete an online application at www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk

“Use of Social Media”, “Online Business” and “Mobile App” are just three of the categories to be judged by an independent panel of experts from the digital arena.

The other categories include “Blog”, “Use of Video For Business”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Responsive Website”, “Small Business Website” and the blue ribbon accolade for “Website”.

Andy Pritchard, from Premio64, the organisation behind the awards said: “We are thrilled about working with such a eminent group of Hertfordshire newspapers.

“To have so many top newspaper brands, which are themselves are way ahead with their online news service within Hertfordshire, is a superb fit for us.”

Entry opens shortly with a closing date for entries on July 17, 2015. A special awards evening will be held in September. Details of the venue will be unveiled exclusively on this website.