SURREY: SDA17 Winners Revealed

THE online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across Surrey have been celebrated at the third annual Digital Awards.

Honours across 15 categories including “Website”, “Blog”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to progressive organisations at the HG Wells Conference and Events Centre in Woking, on March 9.

Hosting SDA17 was former BBC presenter Robin Bailey who handed Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Special guests included Mark Pearson, from Headline Sponsor, Surrey County Council, Cllr Saj Hussain from Woking Works, Louise Punter from Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Steve Coburn of projectfive and Neil Langston of Nero Blanco, all of whom presented awards.

The Surrey Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work from across the county.

Leading the way on stage with double gold were Farnham-based design agency and IT firm Ansell & Clarke who picked up the top prize in “Online Retailer” and “Website: Small Business” for their work on behalf of designer swimwear retailer Coco Bay.

Clinching gold in the flagship “Website” classification was Dorking vineyard and venue Denbies Wine Estate.

TG Media Group, in Guildford, landed on top of the podium in “Use of Social Media for Business” for their Guide To Surrey digital accounts.

Father and online writer, John Adams, won gold in the “Blog” category for Dadbloguk.com and the top “Mobile App” gong went to Forfeit Football by Sonin App Development, based in Reigate.

The independent SDA judges chose Guildford designer and app developer Kyan as the gold winner in “Responsive Website” and Content Creatures for their Happy Socks project in the “Use of Video for Business”.

Shippo by WATB Creative, in Nutfield, came out on top in the “Website: B2B” area and Somlo by Plug and Play in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture”.

Posy Brewer – The VoiceOver Voice took the plaudits in “Website: Marketing and Creative” and Lumen Learning Trust Academy in “Website: School, Education or Charity”.

Also winning gold awards were Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital, in Farnham, for “Website: Sports and Entertainment” and Dorking web designer OH Creative for Spanish catering firm Paella Fella.

For the first time in Digital Awards history, a People’s Choice Award – voted by the public for finalists in all website categories – was won by disabled children’s charity Challengers.

The “Spirit of Surrey” award, which is given to one organisation chosen for “attracting significantly positive exposure and investment into the county” was presented to the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, which is the world’s leading research centre for next generation mobile and wireless connectivity.

The Surrey Digital Awards 2017 was sponsored and supported by Surrey County Council Woking Works Surrey Chambers of Commerce projectfive Nero Blanco Natwest Something Big Arcom IT Hamlyns Clare Reeves Voiceovers Tandridge District Council Surrey Mirror Capricorn Media

Surrey Digital Awards 2017 – The Winners

Blog – In association with Woking Works

GOLD – Dadbloguk.com
SILVER – Enjoy the Adventure
BRONZE – Expert Home Tips by Veneficus

Mobile App

GOLD – Forfeit Football by Sonin App Development
SILVER – SaidSo Wealth Dashboard for Chapters Financial by Kyan
BRONZE – Perchang

Online Retailer

GOLD – Coco Bay by Ansell & Clarke
SILVER – Deco Baby
BRONZE – Pomegranate Living

Responsive Website

GOLD – Kyan
SILVER – Chaddesley Sanford
BRONZE – Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital

Use of Social Media for Business – in association Surrey Mirror

GOLD – The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
SILVER – Nicky Kriel Social Media Coach, Trainer and Consultant
BRONZE – Guildford Business Hub

Use of Video for Business

GOLD – Happy Socks by Content Creatures
SILVER – Counselling Directory by Memiah
BRONZE – Baggage Solutions by Drum Studios

Website – in associate with Surrey County Council

GOLD – Denbies Wine Estate
SILVER- Knights Property by go6 Media
BRONZE – WS Planning & Architecture

Website: B2B – in association with projectfive

GOLD – Shippo by WATB Creative
SILVER – Updata Infrastructure by NXT Digital Solutions
BRONZE – The FSE Group by Ansell & Clarke

Website: Lifestyle & Culture

GOLD – Somlo by Plug and Play
SILVER – Red Hot Yoga
BRONZE – Brooklands Museum

Website: Marketing & Creative

GOLD – Posy Brewer – The VoiceOver Voice
SILVER – Faze One Media
BRONZE – WATB Creative

Website: School, Education or Charity

GOLD – Lumen Learning Trust Academy
SILVER – Step by Step
BRONZE – Redwing by Kyan

Website: Small Business – in association with Nero Blanco

GOLD – Coco Bay by Ansell & Clarke
SILVER – Your Art 2 Canvas
BRONZE – La Residence Interiors

Website: Sports & Entertainment

GOLD – Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital
SILVER – The Jockey Club Live by Plug and Play
BRONZE – Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

GOLD – Paella Fella by OH Creative
SILVER – Denbies Wine Estate
BRONZE- Foxhills Club & Resort

People’s Choice Award

GOLD – Challengers

Spirit of Surrey Award – in association with Surrey Chambers of Commerce

GOLD – 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey

SURREY: Nero Blanco Sponsors SDAs For Second Year

A firm that specialises in helping companies improve their email communications has signed up to sponsor the Surrey Digital Awards for the second year running.

Nero Blanco – based in Banstead – will sponsor the “Website: Small Business” category and present the awards at HG Wells Conference and Events Centre, Woking, on March 9.

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

Its core services include helping companies migrate or roll-out new software programs including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Azure, Active Directory and Lotus Notes.

As well as supporting the SDAs, Nero Blanco also gave its backing to the Kent Digital Awards last year and the Digital Awards Champions in February.

Conrad Murray, Senior Messaging Architect at Nero Blanco, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the Surrey Digital Awards once again and look forward to meeting the finalists at the event.

“Surrey is a very progressive county with a thriving businesses community and we are proud to play our part in supporting it and in celebrating the many success stories that are part of the Digital Awards.”

The SDA17 Presentation Evening will be the biggest event yet and will see presentation of the People’s Choice Award for websites for the first time.

Mr Murray added “Digital is at the heart of our business as we are here to support companies in launching, migrating and successfully managing their email communications systems.”

The Nero Blanco team boasts a combined total of more than 50 years’ experience amongst them in the messaging arena.

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

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the independent SDA Judging panel revealed he is “delighted” to welcome back Nero Blanco for the second year.

He said: “Nero Blanco work with companies to migrate or roll-out new software programs including Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Azure, Active Directory and Lotus Notes and they are masters of their field.

“To have them back at the Surrey Digital Awards is wonderful news and just another indication of the growing success of the Awards in this great county.”

To find out more about Nero Blanco and their services click here or call 0330 088 9630 or email [email protected]

CHAMPIONS: IT Firm Nero Blanco Sponsors DAC17

IT firm, Nero Blanco, has signed up to sponsor the first Digital Awards Champions.

The firm – which backed the Surrey Digital Awards and Kent Digital Awards in 2016 – 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.

Nero Blanco – which promotes the strap line “Let Us Migrate You, Hassle Free” – has put its name to the event which sees, for the first time, overall winners crowned across all six Digital Awards areas in 2016.

These include Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey.

Digital Awards host, Robin Bailey, describes Nero Blanco’s appointment as a “superb match”.

He added: “It is a pleasure to be working with Nero Blanco once again, who are experts in their field.

“They work 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 with DAC17 is fantastic and I would the presentation on February 9 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

Digital Awards Champions Presentation Reception will be held at BFI Southbank, London.

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

SURREY: SDA16 Winners Announced

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

Accolades across 16 categories including ‘Website’, ‘Mobile App’ and ‘Use of Social Media for Business’ were presented to deserving organisations at the HG Wells Conference & Events Centre on March 10.

Compering the event was former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Rob Bloom, the Group Head of Digital & Social Media at McLaren F1, based in Woking, gave an inspiring key note speech ahead of the awards ceremony about the global firm’s digital marketing strategy.

Other special guests included Cllr Linda Kemeny, from the headline sponsor Surrey County Council, Chief Executive of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Louise Punter, Editor of the Surrey Mirror, Dee Blaylock, and Conrad Murray from associate sponsor Nero Blanco IT.

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

SDA16 was headline sponsored by Surrey County Council and backed by the Mirror, Nero Blanco IT, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Gatwick Airport, Woking Borough Council and Capricorn Media.

Surrey Digital Awards 2016 – The Winners

Blog: Business in association with Woking Borough Council
GOLD – Ramsac
SILVER – Plantpassion
BRONZE – WATB Creative

Blog: Entertainment
GOLD – Expert Home Tips by Veneficus
SILVER – All About U
BRONZE – UHub

Digital Innovation Award in association with University of Surrey Business School
GOLD – Physical Digital

Mobile App in association with Gatwick Airport
GOLD – StaySafe
SILVER – BrandStreet
BRONZE –
uMAXit Football by Big Orange Software

Online Retailer
GOLD – Corporate Baby
SILVER – Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
BRONZE – The Guardian Bookshop by Lab

Responsive Website
GOLD – Cielo Move by Valiant Design
SILVER – Chaddesley Sanford
BRONZE – Mirage Parties by WATB

Spirit of Surrey in association with Surrey Chambers of Commerce
GOLD – Brooklands Museum

Use of Social Media for Business in association with Surrey Mirror
GOLD – The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
SILVER – Surrey Mummy
BRONZE – taxhelp.uk.com Ltd

Use of Video for Business
GOLD – Buttons Children’s Parties
SILVER – The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
BRONZE – Ramsac

Website in association with Surrey County Council
GOLD – WS Planning & Architecture
SILVER – Corporate Baby
BRONZE – Inalytics by Valiant Design

Website: B2B in association with University of Surrey Business School
GOLD – Sage Pay by Lab
SILVER – Flic Creative
BRONZE – Corporate Baby

Website: Lifestyle & Culture
GOLD – La Residence Interiors
SILVER – The Guardian Bookshop by Lab
BRONZE – Maag Kitchens

Website: Marketing & Creative
GOLD – Flic Creative
SILVER – WATB Creative
BRONZE – Voices UK

Website: School, Education or Charity
GOLD – Hemsley Fraser by Lab
SILVER – Oakleaf Enterprise
BRONZE – Rydens Enterprise School

Website: Small Business in association with Nero Blanco IT
GOLD – The Great Holiday Collection by OH Creative
SILVER – Aubeterre Blue
BRONZE – 418:Conf by WATB

Website: Sports & Entertainment
GOLD – Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
SILVER – Voices UK
BRONZE – The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group

SURREY: Digital Boss At McLaren To Speak At SDA16

The man behind the digital media strategy for Formula 1 giant McLaren has been lined up as guest speaker at the Surrey Digital Awards 2016.

Rob Bloom, Group Head of Digital & Social Media, at McLaren – which is based in Woking – will share insight with finalists and sponsors at SDA16 on the motorsport firm’s  “significant strides” made in the digital and social media arena.

Mr Bloom has been instrumental in growing and driving McLaren’s online, social media and mobile strategy since joining the company in 2012.

He has established a sophisticated fan engagement and partner value proposition for the McLaren Formula 1 team, delivering against brand, commercial and communications objectives.

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso currently drive for their F1 team.

Mr Bloom’s work has repositioned McLaren’s global content and social media engagement strategy, delivered a number of standout campaigns, and established the brand’s mobile-first platform ethos – including the launch of the McLaren App in 2014.

Prior to McLaren, Mr Bloom held roles within various blue-chip FTSE organisations, including HomeServe PLC, and founded a successful digital content marketing agency.

The Surrey Digital Awards celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

The awards are supported by Surrey County Council (Headline Sponsor), Nero Blanco (Associate Sponsor), Surrey Chambers of Commerce (Key Supporter), Surrey Mirror (Media Partner), Gatwick Airport, Woking Borough Council and Capricorn Media.

The Presentation Evening  will be held at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking, on March 10.

The event includes an arrival drink, two-course meal, 1/3 bottle of wine per person ad on-stage entertainment and the awards ceremony.

Tickets are available here http://sda16.eventbrite.co.uk

SURREY: Nero Blanco Login As Associate Sponsor of SDA16

A leading IT firm has signed up as Associate Sponsor of the Surrey Digital Awards 2016.

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

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

The move to join up with SDA16 will see them present the “Blog: Business Award” at the Presentation Evening on March 10, at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking.

They 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 Associate Sponsor.

Conrad Murray, Senior Messaging Architect at Nero Blanco, said:”We are delighted to be supporting the Surrey Digital Awards, an event which is celebrating businesses from across the county through their digital work.

“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 Surrey Digital Awards is a brilliant initiative and we can’t wait to meet the finalists in March.”

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

Iain Johnson, from the team behind the SDAs, describes the Nero Blanco’s involvement as a “highly credible appointment”.

“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 Associate Sponsor is great news and I would urge everyone attending our Presentation Evening on March 10 to meet these guys, they have a lot of wisdom to share”.

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