MILTON KEYNES: Wise Guys Discuss Their Gold Award for Video

Following the Milton Keynes Digital Awards on 13 October, we spoke to Charlie Ray, Director of Wise Guys, who won Gold for ‘Use of Video for Business’ for their excellent clip for Milton Keynes Museum.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
Our main aim is to drastically improve people’s perception of corporate video – we think business owners have become so accustomed to green screens and cheesy graphics that they think that is all that’s available to them. We want everyone to have access to high quality brand story-telling like that of John Lewis or Nike or Google and all you really need is a good idea. Our goal is to make people feel great about a brand and what they offer – film is the best way to do that, if done right.

What made you get involved in the MKDAs?
We never put out a film we’re not happy with so we’re always eager to share them with everyone once they’re ready. Our film for MK Museum went a step further than that, everyone involved with that production from our young actress Emily to our runner Tom put their heart and soul into making it. MK Museum were also so invested in seeing this video succeed and they deserve to have their story told far and wide – we thought MKDA was another great way of celebrating their amazing achievements too.

What does winning gold at the MKDAs mean to your organisation?
It means loads to us. That video now sits on over 10,000 views and has an award to its name and it’s a great feeling when you aim for something quite ambitious and it all comes together. It’s something we have for good now which is one thing but the night itself was just amazing. We’d recommend it to anyone and the fact our friends westfourstreet and Milton Keynes Kids won too made it extra special.

Where will you be putting your award?
We’re going to get them on the wall! We only have a little office but we’ve got some big plans decor wise – those awards will be front and centre.

What was your most memorable moment from the MKDA presentation evening?
We have known the guys at MK Museum a while now and Bill and Jane are just two of the funniest, kindest people we know. Spending time with them is always a joy and sharing that moment with them was amazing. It’s also great to meet fellow and like-minded creative business people too – there was a lot of talent in that room.

What’s the best thing about the Milton Keynes business community?
We think most people know what Milton Keynes is about these days. We are so excited to be part of such a fast-growing, creative environment and we’ve seen lots of MK businesses put their faith in us – as two young guys running a relatively new company, that level of support is fantastic and what keeps us going. So it’s safe to say we’re pretty happy here.

Click here to take a look at Wise Guys’ website.

UK Government Department Backs The Digital Awards

A new Government Department which was announced last month to promote UK business overseas has given its name to The Digital Awards.

The Department for International Trade – led by The Rt Hon Liam Fox, MP – has signed up as a Supporter of the Digital Awards schemes in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Previously known as UK Trade & Investment, DIT is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and “ensures the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to it”.

Specifically, DIT is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe.

It also develops and negotiates free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries and negotiates plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products) and provides operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment.

Robin Bailey, Chair of the Judging Panel at the Digital Awards said: “We are thrilled have the backing of the DIT and it is yet another ‘feather in the cap’ for the Digital Awards which has very quickly grown into one of the most progressive and exciting business and community awards schemes in the UK”.

For more information about DIT click here.

ESSEX: EDA16 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the third Essex Digital Awards, the county’s only scheme dedicated to celebrating online work, have been announced.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories at the Essex Digital Awards 2016 are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades at the Presentation Evening on April 14 at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester.

Tickets are available now and expected to shift quickly following last year’s event, which was hailed a tremendous success.

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

EDA organisers claim this year’s event will “break new ground” with an array of networking opportunities and entertainment lined up alongside the grand ceremony.

Iain Johnson from the EDA team revealed that 2016 has been the “most exciting” competition yet.

He added: “What a few months it been for the EDAs and what an impressive group of finalists. Organisations of all sizes from a broad range of industries are represented and the Presentation Evening promises to be a thriller.”

EDA16 is supported by Lookers Volvo Colchester (headline sponsor, Freelance SEO Essex (associate sponsor), Essex Chronicle (media partner), Essex Chambers of Commerce (key supporter), Superfast Essex, Essex Employment & Skills Board, Seetec Skills and Capricorn Media.

To celebrate today’s announcement, all finalists are advised to watch out for an exclusive offer from associate sponsor, Freelance SEO Essex, which will be sent out shortly.

The Essex Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening tickets will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person. The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £59.95+VAT or £539.50+VAT a table of ten. Click here to purchase tickets.


Essex Digital Awards 2016 – The Finalists

 

BLOG: BUSINESS in association with Freelance SEO Essex

Birkett Long LLP
Copperfox Model Horses
Fireplace Products
North Essex Parking Partnership by Colchester Borough Council
Silkstream
The Authentic Branding Company
Voodoo Creative

BLOG: ENTERTAINMENT
Bang On Style
Carousel Diary
Debbie Knight
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy by Skyblue Creations
Julia M. Hammond
Pritchard’s Point of View by Colchester Borough Council
Project: Wanderlust

Mobile App
DF2020 Author
Eye-Sign
Fallen by Teaboy Games
My World Of Atoms
Pro Tax Accounting


ONLINE RETAILER in association with Superfast Essex

Bondara
Bulk Powders
Ingatestone Saddlery Centre by Graphic Evidence
Solopress
The Bra Closet
The Lampshade Company
Visit Essex

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

Countryside
Creative & Cultural Skills
Geekeey
iHeart Essex
Keith Ashton Estate Agents
TGV

SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE in association the Essex Employment & Skills Board

Buy Essex
Essex Security Gates
JandJ Cleaning Group by Digital Reflow
Laban Brown Design
Paperless Wedding
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co
Truly Chocolates


USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS in association with Seetec Skills
Big Cars
Ford by Burrows
Countryside
Essex Baby
Masuri by Digital Reflow
Radio Essex
The Parachute Regiment, HM Forces


USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

Angela Makepeace Motion Graphics Studio
Birkett Long LLP
Birketts LLP
Colchester Borough Homes
Ford by Burrows
Photo Booth Party Hire
Vidoo

WEBSITE in association with Lookers Volvo Colchester

Countryside
Laban Brown Design
Solopress
Spiffing Covers
TGV
Thompson Smith and Puxon by Graphic Evidence

WEBSITE: B2B in association with Essex Chambers of Commerce

Business Crowd
Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP
IAC Service Group by MC+Co
Skilful.co
TGV
Think1Marketing
Urban Network

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Essex Baby
Guru Circus
Monumental Ink
Ranfields Brasserie by Skyblue Creations
Sarah Everett Photography
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co
UK Caravan Centre by Skyblue Creations

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Bright Lights Creative
CliQQ Photography
Laban Brown Design
Polar Creative
Shout Design
Spiffing Covers
TGV

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY in association with Essex Chronicle

Creative & Cultural Skills
Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust
Havering College
Panathlon by Graphic Evidence
The Cornelius Vermuyden School by The Grow Creative Co
Thermoplastic Designs & Lines by Ryde Digital
UK College of Business & Computing by Whitefish Marketing

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Bulk Powders
Darkworld Gaming
DPL Production Lighting by Digital Pie
EWTO-Essex by Omni-Defence
Monkey Madness Play Centre by Laban Brown Design
The Cake Escape by Design Chambers
Total Fishing Tackle by Green Tornado

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Aussie BBQ Co
Chauffeur Drive London by MC2 Marketing
iHeart Essex
Livedosa
The Cake Escape by Design Chambers
The Kilns Hotel
Visit Essex

MILTON KEYNES: MKDA15 Winners Announced!

THE shining stars of the borough’s digital talent assembled for the first Milton Keynes Digital Awards, which was hailed a “roaring success”.

Prizes across a range of categories were presented to businesses, schools and charities from across Milton Keynes for their online achievements.

It is the first time an awards scheme within the borough has been exclusively dedicated to online work.

Hosting the event was former BBC journalist Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes with the help of special guests including Sukh Saini from headline sponsor Pictons Solicitors, the Managing Director of Heart Four Counties, Ian Stuart and Pam Gosal and Sarah Gonsalves from Milton Keynes Council and Invest MK.

Digital marketing agency Interdirect scooped Gold in the flagship “Website” category for their work on behalf of Biogen, a food waste and renewable energy firm.

Design team, SOtechnology, based at Cranfield Innovation Centre, saw double after picking Gold awards in the “Online Business” and “Responsive Website” areas, the former for their creation of an e-store for the Downton Abbey at Home collection.

Fitness orgnanisation, Hybrid Bootcamp won the “Use of Social Media for Business” title, with the help of Aspurian Digital, while Knowlhill communications agency Headlines won the top prize in the “Use of Video for Business” category on behalf of Lafarge Tarmac.

Matthew Hall Photography lifted the “Small Business Website” Gold and language coach, Lindsay Does Languages, walked away with the plaudits in the “Blog” classification.

Other Gold winners included Elixsoft’s “Budweiser Scan to Win” mobile app design and Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard.

White Leopard, a creative design agency in Bow Brickhill, made it double-gold after also coming out on top in the “Website” Marketing & Creative” category.

The gold award in the “Website: School, Education or Charity” section went to Sky Badger, a charity which helps find help and adventure for disabled children and their families across the UK.

Other sponsors of the Milton Keynes Digital Awards 2015 included Capricorn Media, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.com

Milton Keynes Digital Awards 2015 – The Winners

Website: Marketing & Creative

Gold

White Leopard

Silver

Upping Your Elvis by SOtechnology

Bronze

Milky Cereal

Online Business

Gold

Downton Abbey at Home by SOtechnology

Silver

Aspire Personnel by Aspurian Digital

Bronze

Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard

Website: Lifestyle & Culture

Gold

Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard

Silver

Destination Milton Keynes by Interdirect

Bronze

WhatsonMK.com

Use of Video for Business

Gold

Lafarge Tarmac by Headlines

Silver

Una Tickets

Bronze

Lindsay Does Languages

Small Business Website

Gold

Matthew Hall Photography

Silver

Hybrid Bootcamp by Aspurian Digital

Bronze

Smoking Rocket

Blog

Gold

Lindsay Does Languages

Silver

Headlines

Bronze

Kakkoii Club

Mobile App

Gold

Budweiser ‘Scan to Win’ by Elixsoft

Silver

WhatsonMK.com

Bronze

DHL ‘Inside Track’ by Elixsoft

Use of Social Media for Business

Gold

Hybrid Bootcamp by Aspurian Digital

Silver

Lindsay Does Languages

Bronze

The Brasserie at MK College

Responsive Website

Gold

Sasudi by SOtechnology

Silver

Biogen by Interdirect

Bronze

UCC Coffee by White Leopard

Website: School, Education or Charity

Gold

Sky Badger

Silver

Milton Keynes College

Bronze

Wealth Dynamics by SOtechnology

Website

Gold

Biogen by Interdirect

Silver

WhatsonMK.com

Bronze

Milton Keynes College

MILTON KEYNES: MKDA2015 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the first ever Milton Keynes Digital Awards have been announced following an “outstanding” response from businesses and community organisations across the county.

Entries flooded in for the event, which is the first scheme solely to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across Milton Keynes.

A total of 11 open categories are being contested including “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Mobile App” and the flagship “Website” accolade.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards within each classification will be presented to deserving finalists at the Presentation Evening to be held at Cranfield University on December 3 and tickets are on sale now at mkda2015.eventbrite.co.uk

MKDA is backed by “Key Supporter” Milton Keynes Council, Invest MK and “Broadcast Media Partner” Heart Four Counties.

Capricorn Media, Noise PR and designsixtyfour also sponsor the scheme.

Iain Johnson, from Premio64, the organisation behind the MKDA said: “Competition was extremely high for MKDA and the response from the borough has been breathtaking.

“The Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for businesses, charities and schools to be recognised for the brilliant work that they do online.

“We’re now looking forward to the Presentation Evening, which will definitely be one incredibly momentous night!”

Here is the full list of finalists for the MK Digital Awards 2015.

The winner of the 12th category, not listed below, will be presented the “Spirit of Milton Keynes” award at the Winners’ Evening.

It is awarded to recognise an individual or organisation which has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the promotion and betterment of the borough of Milton Keynes through their digital work.

Milton Keynes Digital Awards 2015 – The Finalists

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

Agency Ingram Micro
Milky Cereal
Smoking Rocket
Upping Your Elvis by SOtechnology
White Leopard
Wise Guys

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

About Time Creative
Lafarge Tarmac by Headlines
Lindsay Does Languages
Una Tickets

MOBILE APP

Budweiser ‘Scan to Win’ by Elixsoft
DHL ‘Inside Track’ by Elixsoft
mySchoolApp by Sentio Media
Our Story by The Open University
WhatsOnMK
Your Local Map

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

Harry’s Rainbow
Milton Keynes College
MK Storehouse
Sky Badger
Wealth Dynamics by SOtechnology

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

Beatcheck
Destination Milton Keynes by Interdirect
Life by Danielle by SOtechnology
Lindsay Does Languages
The Raw Chef by SOtechnology
Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard
WhatsOn MK

ONLINE BUSINESS

Aspire Personnel by Aspurian Digital
Downton Abbey at Home by SOtechnology
Hearthworks
Jertong by Jay Paterson
Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard
Wealth Dynamics by SOtechnology

BLOG

Headlines
It’s A Wonderful Life
Kakkoii Club
Lindsay Does Languages
Mercer & Hole
Writing Essays With Wine
Yum Dim Sum

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

The Brasserie at MK College
Brett Hogan Tips
Desmond J. Smail by Interdirect
Headlines
Hybrid Bootcamp by Aspurian Digital
Lindsay Does Languages
WhatsOn MK

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

Biogen (UK) by Interdirect
Milton Keynes College
Milton Keynes Museum
Sasudi by SOtechnology
Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard
UCC Coffee by White Leopard
Woughton Orchard Cider by Specs & Beard Web Design

SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE

Beatcheck
Hybrid Bootcamp by Aspurian Digital
Lindsay Does Languages
Matthew Hall Photography
Milky Cereal
Real City Radio
Smoking Rocket

WEBSITE

Biogen (UK) by Interdirect
Milton Keynes College
Milton Keynes Museum
SW Media Enterprises by SOtechnology
Tony Wild Camping by White Leopard
WhatsOn MK
White Leopard

ESSEX: EDA16 Entry Now Open

Organisers of the Essex Digital Awards have opened entry for 2016 on the same day as unveiling a brand new category.

EDA – the first and only scheme of its kind within the county – is now in its third year, following its staggering success since launching in 2013.

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

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 Essex”.

EDA16 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 recognized businesses including Sky Sports and Universal Music will decide the winners.

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

Lookers Volvo Colchester has returned as “Headline Sponsor” for the second year, Freelance SEO Essex are “Associate Sponsor” for the third time and the Essex Chronicle, as media partner, will be giving rolling press coverage for the scheme.

Entry is free and take less than two minutes to complete through the EDA website.

The closing date for entries is  February 19, 2016.

A Few Minutes With… Mercury Theatre’s Robin Fenwick

For the latest edition of ‘A Few Minutes With…’ we decided to speak to the Director of Communications and Audience Services at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, Robin Fenwick.

The Mercury Theatre is a theatre based in Colchester, Essex, that’s now become known throughout the UK for offering some very highly regarded productions. As well as producing a lot of their own work under the title of Made in Colchester, they’re also a theatre lucky enough to receive some of the most esteemed touring plays to hit the UK. With their current productions including ‘An Evening With Pam Ayres’, ‘Three Men In A Boat’ and the international smash hit comedy ‘Bouncers’, it would appear the theatre is one busy hub of theatrics.

Here’s what Robin had to say on his experiences with social media and the digital world in which the theatre has become so heavily involved in.

Could you describe your company’s activity on social networks?
We’ve put a lot of effort into growing our social media connections over the last year, including quite a significant spend on boosted and promoted posts in order to grow ahead of the organic ‘curve’. We use social media both as a customer service channel and to add value to the Mercury brand and customer experience. We share behind-the-scenes content, run competitions, respond to questions and reviews and also try and involve our audience in productions with things like prop requests or events and tours.

Are there elements of your company now that would not have been possible without social media?
Social media helps us to deliver on two major strategic priorities – to attract more first-time attenders and increase the proportions of customers who become repeat attenders. Increasing re-attendance is about building a relationship that goes beyond individual shows and growing a connection with the venue and the team here.

How has your relationship with your customers/clients changed with the dawn of social media?
As we’re increasingly less constrained by cost-heavy formats like brochures and newspaper advertising, we can actually share much more content that’s of interest. We’re also receiving more feedback than ever and have put in place new processes to ensure that we’re capturing feedback through all channels and acting on it. A single Facebook comment or a Tripadvisor review can be a ‘light bulb moment’ and have a significant impact on how we work.

Which social media campaigns or accounts have really caught your eye recently?
The LAD Bible – it has over 9m likes on Facebook and although I’m not one of them, their highly shareable (and frequently Not Safe For Work!) content regularly surfaces in my News Feed because of the high level of engagement my friends have with them. While this says a lot about my friends it’s also a testament to The LAD Bible’s understanding of what motivates their audience, and how compelling the power of surprising content can be.

What have you found to be the most positive and negative aspects of using social media for your company?
The answer to both is audience feedback – the nature of live performance is that most of the time, the shows are hits (a lot of effort goes into selecting shows which are right for us) but occasionally there are misses. That’s incredibly valuable because it helps us continually refine the programme in a way that’s helped us grow the audience here and dramatically increase the number of first timers. There’s no doubt however that when a show’s a ‘miss’ it’s challenging to receive the feedback.

What advice would you give to businesses looking to improve their social media activity?
Be bold. Be ambitious. Don’t be afraid to stand out. Link your activity to your organisation’s strategic goals wherever you can. Be open to change and be prepared to be lead by your audience; it’s a democratic space and all participants in it hold some of the ‘power’ together. Ultimately, be authentic and credible. Your audience will know if they are being marketed to or if you’re being fake. Finally, do twice as much listening as talking because you’ll be a better business for it.

For more information on the Mercury Theatre and their latest productions follow them on Twitter @mercurytheatre or call the box office on 01206 573948.

A Few Minutes With… Brentwood School’s Oliver Adams

In keeping with our regular series of interviews “A Few Minutes With…” we decided to speak to Oliver Adams, the man responsible for managing the website, social media and digital strategy at one of the country’s leading independent schools.

Brentwood School is one of the UK’s leading independent schools for children aged between three and eighteen. Refusing to be slaves to tradition, the school enjoys and uses the freedom of independence wisely by being one of few in the area to offer GCSEs and IGCSEs, A levels and IB. The fantastic academic results are perhaps testament to their forward thinking approach to education and the evolving world around them. The school’s more well-known alumni include Frank Lampard, Jack Straw, Noel Edmonds, Griff Rhys-Jones, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ author Douglas Adams and Eastenders theme composer Simon May.

Here’s what Oliver had to say on his experiences within the digital world and how it positively affects the school.

Could you describe your organisation’s activity on social networks?
The School’s very active on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Most of our Facebook followers are former students and parents that like to keep up to date with successes, events and general updates. On Twitter each department engages in the national debate in their academic sphere. The School Twitter handle, @Brentwood_Sch, provides similar, but more succinct, updates to parents and followers from the education world. On LinkedIn, we’ve built up a vast network of Old Brentwoods alumni who open a window into many different industries for our pupils and particularly our School leavers.

Are there elements of your organisation now that would not have been possible without social media?
I don’t think I could say that, as the traditional forms of communication (email, letters, telephone calls) continue to be effective. I see social media as another (easier) way to communicate with people. To some parents for example, it’s second nature to be on Facebook or Twitter many times throughout the day, and so as an instant form of communication it’s highly successful, but it may take a few more years before we can rely on these solely for more important messages.

How has your relationship with your students/clients changed with the dawn of social media?
We don’t interact with students on social media, but our relationship with parents has improved; it’s become more instant and less formal. Facebook and Twitter are informal media, and as I said before, for many it’s a more comfortable way of communicating. Of course, like many organisations in the public eye that use social media, we’re more exposed, but that just means that we have to be confident in our approach to teaching and learning excellence at all times, which we are.

Which social media campaigns or accounts have really caught your eye recently?
Along with the Ice Bucket Challenge and ‘No Make Up Selfies’, which didn’t escape anyone’s attention last year and raised millions for good causes, a memorable campaign that I remember my wife getting involved with from last year was the Always product #LikeAGirl ad campaign. It was an emotional story about what it means to do something ‘like a girl’. Women, men and boys were asked questions like ‘Run like a girl’, which in the first instance saw people wildly waving their hands in the air. Conversely, when the younger girls were asked to ‘Run like a girl’, they ran on the spot as fast as they could. It was a very simple yet extremely emotive ad campaign, which promoted positive gender image. Women even began posting photos of themselves doing ‘manly’ jobs and activities with the hashtag #LikeAGirl.

What have you found to be the most positive and negative aspects of using social media for your organisation?
The most positive aspects have to be the ease and frequency that we can now share photos and updates with parents of our current pupils. It creates a sense of community and shows how much is going on at the School. Apart from the obvious risks to do with the safeguarding of pupils, (which we take very seriously and all our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, strictly adhere to our School Social Media Policy), I honestly can’t think of any negative aspects of using it.

What advice would you give to companies/businesses looking to improve their social media activity?
Update daily or several times a day if possible, use photos and videos to boost your posts, use hashtags on Twitter to make sure your tweets show up on searches and are a part of a wider conversation, and use Hootsuite to schedule posts for when times get busier.

For more information on Brentwood School or to organise a visit and tour, simply contact them via email on [email protected] or [email protected], or by phone – +44 (0)1277 243239 (ages 3-7) / +44 (0)1277 243333 (ages 7-11).

 


ESSEX: Just 1 Week Until The Essex Digital Awards 2015

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

On April 23, a packed house at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, will witness the presentation of Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards in 15 categories including the flagship award for “Website”.

The much-coveted ‘Spirit of Essex’ 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 of Essex’s leading organisations and companies include our Headline Sponsor Lookers Volvo Colchester, Associate Sponsor Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce and the Essex Chronicle.

For the first time we shall also be recognising some of the county’s bright young digital talent with the presentation of the “Future of Essex” Awards in collaboration with Essex County Council, schools and local businesses.

TV presenter and stand-up comic Mark Dolan will zoom in to perform a fabulous routine and veteran broadcaster Robin Bailey will be on hand to ensure the event will be a night to remember.

The EDA judges have been very excited by the quality of entries this year and whoever walks away with the prizes on the night will no doubt be richly deserved owners of an Essex Digital Award.

See you on the night.

The EDA 2015 Team.

ESSEX: Essex Digital Awards 2015: Finalists Announced

THE finalists of the Essex Digital Awards have been announced with a raft of new categories being added to the competition due to the huge number of entries received.

With entries increasing threefold on last year, in total 16 categories are now being contested in the EDA 2015, the first and only awards scheme to recognise the online achievements businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Tickets of the Winners’ Evening are now on sale exclusively to finalists until Friday, March 20, 2015. On Monday, March 23, 2015, any remaining tickets will be placed onto general sale.

Should tickets be placed onto general sale, they can be purchased here

www.essexdigitalawards.co.uk/tickets

The Winners’ Evening will take place at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, on April 23, 2015, and will include a sit-down meal, complimentary wine and entertainment from acclaimed TV comedian Mark Dolan…..

The event will be hosted by the broadcaster Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £59.95 + VAT.

The all-new “Blog” category has been split into two, with awards available for “Blog – Business” and “Blog – Entertainment.

A further four website categories have also been added to the contest to cover organisations operating in the worlds of “Sports & Entertainment”, “Tourism & Hospitality”, “Marketing & PR” and “Lifestyle & Culture”.

As with all EDA categories Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented in each.

These are in addition to the popular awards for “Small Business Website”, “Responsive Website” and the flagship accolade “Website”.

The EDA are backed by a range of Essex-based companies including Lookers Volvo Colchester, Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce and the Chronicle.

Andy Pritchard, from Premio64, the organisation behind the EDA said: “This year has been so overwhelmingly popular that we were in a position to create whole new categories because we have received so many entries from areas such as the marketing and PR industries.

“This is truly very exciting and a great opportunity for deserving businesses and organisations to be recognised for outstanding work”.

Below is the full list of finalists for the Essex Digital Awards 2015.

The winner of the 16th category, not listed below, will be presented the “Spirit of Essex” award.

It is awarded to recognise an individual or organisation which has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the promotion and betterment of the county of Essex through their digital work.

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BLOG – BUSINESS
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Apples & Pears Clothing
Colchester Borough Council
Fisher Jones Greenwood
PureMotion
Silkstream
Solopress
Wood & Disney

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BLOG – ENTERTAINMENT
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7BitArcade
Allergy Adventures
Greedy Gourmet
Essex Mums
I Am Fabulicious
Love Southend
Six Out Of Ten

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MOBILE APP
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Groupcall Emerge by Groupcall
Leisure World by Colchester Borough Council
Latest Free Stuff
Wood & Disney
Knot The Cat

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ONLINE BUSINESS
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2Dmedia
Allergy Adventures
Charlotte Emily Interiors
Crafty Arts
Ink Drops Boxes
Love Lily Rose
Solopress

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ONLINE MARKETING CAMPAIGN
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2Dmedia
European Medical Journal
Farming Selfies
Globes Homes
Simply Ruth
Thurrock International Film Festival
TTC wetranslate

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RESPONSIVE WEBSITE
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Chase Hattan
Good Vet Guide
iHeart Essex
Liz Lake Associates
SEHBAC by RP2
Spinnaker Global
Sys3

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SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY WEBSITE
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Castle Point Joggers by Square Halo
Design Chambers
HAGA
KEGS Digit by Twist Interactive Design
Pain Toolkit
St Mary’s School for Girls, Colchester
White Rhino Solutions by Scott Harrington Web Design

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SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE
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Allergy Adventures
Get Clients Fast
Green Pulse Energy
Ink Drops Boxes
The Lampshade Company
Polar Creative
William Beard Flooring

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USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS
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Essex Boys & Girls Clubs
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
Essex Mums
Haven House Childrens Hospice
Niki ’n’ Sammy
Sugar Hut Village
Truly Chocolates

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USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS
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Allergy Adventures
Birkett Long
Blackwing Aerial Services
Colchester Borough Council
LSW Health
PureMotion
Solopress

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WEBSITE
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Colchester Borough Council
European Medical Journal
Fisher Jones Greenwood
Green Signals Consulting
Jade’s Flowers by Skyblue Creations
Keith Ashton Estates
SEHBAC by RP2

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WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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7BitArcade
Essex Boys & Girls Clubs
GT Creative Studio
Louise Byrne Music
LSW Health
Scene II Performing Arts Academy
The Social Golfer

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WEBSITE: MARKETING & PR
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Bright Lights Creative
Bulldog Digital Media
Electrication
Graphic Evidence
Megan Hutchinson
Monitor Audio by Enovate Design
School Website

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WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
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Art of Essex
Charlotte Emily Interiors
Crafty Arts
Farming Selfies
Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries
Six Out Of Ten
Thurrock International Film Festival

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WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
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BillericayEssex.co.uk
Greedy Gourmet
iHeart Essex
Love Southend
Idea13
Orsett Hall