ESSEX: People’s Choice Award Launched For EDA17

The Essex Digital Awards will present a People’s Choice Award at EDA17 for the first time.

Finalists for the Awards were announced on March 24, across 15 categories, and winners of each will be chosen by a panel of independent judges.

But for the first time in Essex Digital Award’s history, a new award will be presented to one of the 2017 finalists, and this time it will be voted for by the public.

Each of the finalists in the following website categories will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice Award and voting is NOW OPEN.

Entry will close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 12.

Click here to open the People’s Choice Award voting page.

“Website” – in association with Nimbus Hosting
“Website: Marketing & Creative”
“Website: Small Business” – in association with Essex Employment & Skills Board
“Website: B2B”
“Website: Tourism & Hospitality”
“Website: Sports & Entertainment”
“Website: Lifestyle & Culture”
Responsive Website
Online Retailer – in association with Superfast Essex

The Essex Digital Awards 2017 Presentation Evening will take place at Boreham House, Chelmsford, on May 18.

Tickets are on sale here

Voting closes on February 10, 2017 at 5pm.

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA17 Launched With Nimbus And Entry Is Now Open

Entry for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 is now open.

The third HDAs is set to be the biggest yet, following the sold-out event in September.

Nimbus Hosting returns as Headline Sponsor of the scheme, which was set-up in 2015 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Also backing the HDAs once again are the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the UK Government’s Department For International Trade, Hertfordshire Mercury and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The Awards is open to businesses from every industry sector and digital agencies are allowed to enter work for clients, even is the client is based outside of the county.

There are 15 categories to enter including Website, Use of Social Media for Business, Mobile App, Use of Video for Business and Blog.

Nimbus Hosting – which will present the Website award at the Presentation Evening – is a dynamic IT firm which specialises in offering web hosting services to the digital agencies and commerce sites.

It supports clients across the UK from its headquarters in Hertford and one of the company’s missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the independent HDA Judging Panel, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nimbus Hosting, a highly credible and very success Hertfordshire firm and big friend of the Awards back to the HDAs.

“And we are equally excited to open entry for the HDAs once again.

“We received hundreds of high quality entries in 2016 and we cannot wait to share and celebrate the best in what Hertfordshire has to offer on digital platforms.”

The HDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at Knebworth House on September 21, 2017.

To enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards for free click

For more information about Nimbus Hosting click

ESSEX: Nimbus Hosting Is Headline Sponsor of EDA17

Nimbus Hosting – a company that specialises in providing web hosting services to digital agencies and ecommerce sites, has signed up as Headline Sponsor of the Essex Digital Awards 2017.

The appointment underlines the company’s commitment to supporting the digital sector and encouraging more businesses to improve their website infrastructure.

One of Nimbus’ missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

Hosting services form the backbone of the internet as we know it, from simple HTML files to databases, all that data needs somewhere safe to call home.

While the cost is important, reliability is invariably the key factor for web designers and developers when choosing a host.

Nimbus ticks both boxes.

The company prides itself on offering a “personal and competitive service” in cloud hosting, dedicated servers and third party applications such as Magento, WordPress and XenForo.

To celebrate their connection with EDA17, Nimbus is offering a special promotion just for entrants of the scheme, which is the first and only awards in Essex dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Meghan, Marketing Manager at Nimbus Hosting, revealed that her team is “very proud” to be involved with the EDAs and offer two exclusive deals as a result.

“We are delighted to be Headline Sponsor of the EDAs, having previously taken the same position at the Digital Awards in both Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

“To celebrate working with the EDAs, we are offering all entrants of EDA17 a free migration to cloud hosting, so we’ll move all your sites over for you and we’re offering to migrate as many websites as you’d like us to.

“We’ll also throw in the first month free on any VPS (Virtual Private Server) or cloud based hosting packages and this is all covered by our six month guarantee.

“This is just our way of saying thank you to the businesses, charities and schools of Essex who have put a lot of work into developing their digital platforms.”

As Headline Sponsor, Nimbus Hosting will enjoy a range of benefits including the opportunity to present the flagship “Website” award at the EDA17 Presentation Evening at Boreham House on May 18.

Meghan added: “Both launching a new sites or transferring existing websites can be one of the most critical tasks in its lifecycle, but the our team are specialists at ensuring the transfer happens quickly, carefully and professionally.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the EDA Judging Panel, said: “Having known Nimbus Hosting from a number of the Digital Awards events now I can say they are a real pleasure to work with.

“They are also highly successful and respected in offering website hosting solutions, so if you are considering this or want to find out why it’s worth doing, I’d recommend you contact them.”

For more information about Nimbus Hosting Click

To get in touch with Nimbus Hosting about the EDA17 promotion email: [email protected]

CHAMPIONS: Nimbus Sponsors First Champions Event

Leading IT company, Nimbus Hosting, is to sponsor the inaugural Digital Awards Champions.

The Hertfordshire-based firm – that specialises in offering web-hosting services to digital agencies – will attend the landmark event which takes place at BFI Southbank on February 9.

It is the first time overall Digital Awards winners will be decided from across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey combined.

The Champions across each of the categories will be decided by public vote.

It is the third time Nimbus Hosting has backed the Digital Awards after they took Headline Sponsorship of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016 in September and Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 last month.

Digital Awards host, Robin Bailey, explained the importance of Nimbus’ support.

“Without the backing of highly credible companies like Nimbus, the Digital Awards wouldn’t work.

“We are extremely grateful for their support in 2016 and for the Champions event next year.”

For more information about the services available from Nimbus Hosting, including website hosting, domain registration and security packages click here

To contact Nimbus Hosting call 0208 0909 664 or email [email protected]

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: CDA16 Winners Announced

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

Accolades across 15 categories including “Website”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the Cambridge Belfry, in Cambourne, on November 24.

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 Tim Dunton, from Headline Sponsor, Nimbus Hosting, Noelle Godfrey from Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cllr Ian Bates from Cambridgeshire County Council and Laura Welham-Halstead of Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, all of whom presented awards.

Steve Bowyer delivered an insightful keynote speech on behalf of Opportunity Peterborough, who backed the Awards for the first time this year.

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

Leading the way on stage were a pair of winners who both saw double after scooping Gold across two separate categories.

BAO Agency, from St Ives, won Gold in the overall “Website” category and claimed top spot in “Website: Small Business” for their work on behalf of women’s designer fashion retailer The Cult & Classic.

Also claiming double-Gold was Hype Marketing in “Website B2B” and “Responsive Website” celebrating their achievements for Histon accountancy firm Aston Shaw.

Bridges Café, in central Cambridge, scooped the top accolade in the “Use of Social Media for Business” category for the second year running.

“Blog:Business” Gold went to Comberton-based OST Marketing who entered their work for the global animal health company Zoetis.

Across in “Blog: Entertainment” top spot on the podium was taken by lifestyle writer Musings & More and “Online Retailer” Gold was landed by Cambridge Saxophone.

Alzheimer’s Research UK won Gold in the highly competitive “Website: School, Education or Charity” classification and “Use of Video for Business” went to Willingham-based Imagen EVP.

Pocket Sergeant was recognised for its “Mobile App”, adding Gold to their Silver won last year and “Website: Marketing & Creative” saw the independent judging panel pick Sookio for the top place.

Peterborough design agency, Echo Web Solutions won out in “Website: Sports & Entertainment” for Gymkit UK and Cambridge Food Collective by Callia Web won in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture”.

Sponsoring and supporting the event were Nimbus Hosting, Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridge News, Opportunity Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Department for International Trade, Clare Reeves Voiceovers and Capricorn Media.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Cambridgeshire’ award which was handed to the Cambridge Folk Festival, celebrating its 51st year of bringing some of the world’s most revered singers and bands to the county.

They were commended for “going above and beyond the call of duty over many years for the betterment and promotion of Cambridgeshire” and more recently for their digital work.

Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 – The Winners

BLOG: BUSINESS

BRONZE – Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing
SILVER – PEM
GOLD – Zoetis by OST Marketing

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

BRONZE – Richard Designs by Chameleon Studios
SILVER – Say Sally May
GOLD – Cambridge Food Collective

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BRONZE – Hereward Sports & Leisure by Echo Web Solutions
SILVER – Bear Grylls Survival Race by Creative Code
GOLD – Gymkit UK by Echo Web Solutions

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS – In Association with Cambridge News

BRONZE – Hartley’s Jelly by OST Marketing
SILVER – Dream by OST Marketing
GOLD – Bridges Cafe

BLOG: ENTERTAINMENT

BRONZE – Jessica In Your Ear
SILVER – Say Sally May
GOLD – Musings & More

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

BRONZE – Alpima by Onespacemedia
SILVER – MW Luxury Packaging by Onespacemedia
GOLD – Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

BRONZE – East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) by Studio 24 Partnership
SILVER – Headstart Day Nursery by Catfish Web Design
GOLD – Alzheimer’s Research UK

ONLINE RETAILER – In Association with GCGP Enterprise Partnership

BRONZE – Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
SILVER – Barhams & Sons by Webigi Digital Systems
GOLD – Cambridge Saxophone

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

BRONZE – Ieso Digital Health by OST Marketing
SILVER – PEM
GOLD – Imagen EVP

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

BRONZE – Prescription PR
SILVER – BAO Agency
GOLD – Sookio

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS – In Association with Connecting Cambridgeshire

BRONZE – Barhams & Sons by Webigi Digital Systems
SILVER – Cambridge Food Collective
GOLD – The Cult & Classic by BAO Agency

MOBILE APP

BRONZE – L8 Datanet
SILVER – Simply Good Food TV by Tell Me First
GOLD – Pocket Sergeant

WEBSITE: B2B

BRONZE – JT Cranes by Stanton Shallcross
SILVER – Geek Designs
GOLD – Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing

SPIRIT OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE

GOLD – Cambridge Folk Festival

WEBSITE – In Association with Nimbus Hosting

BRONZE – Lucy Cavendish College by Chameleon Studios
SILVER – Alzheimer’s Research UK
GOLD – BAO Agency

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: CDA16 – What a Line-up!

Excitement soars towards fever pitch as the big night draws closer…the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 is now just one day away.

But who will be take their rightful places on top of the podium?

Which companies will be able to tell their customers that they have picked up one of Cambridgeshire’s most exciting new awards?

The envelopes are sealed and all will be revealed.

Apart from a record number of entries into CDA16 representing a broad range of industry sectors, we are are also very proud to have the received support of many of the most influential organisations across the county.

Our Headline Sponsor for CDA16 is Nimbus Hosting one of the south-east’s leading web hosting companies.

Also onboard for the second year running are Connecting Cambridgeshire, Cambridge News and Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership.

And for the first time this year we also welcome the backing of the Department for International Trade, Opportunity Peterborough and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Tomorrow evening is going to be big and we are delighted to be teaming with Capricorn Media and Clare Reeves Voiceovers, both of whom will play their parts in making it a night to remember.

So, before we all get caught up in the hysteria of tomorrow night’s Cambridgeshire Digital Awards, we wanted to take a moment to offer our thanks to all of these organisations for their fabulous support over the past few months.

See you all tomorrow,

The CDA Team

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Flood, Fire, Hacking And Infection – Free Disaster Recovery Advice

At the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards we’re very proud to have the support of Nimbus Hosting, a leading IT company that specialises in providing web hosting services to digital agencies and e-commerce sites.

One of the company’s missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

And with CDA16 under two weeks away, the team at Nimbus Hosting, our Headline Sponsor, has put together a whole host of free advice on how to create a contingency plan should your IT systems ever be plagued by a disaster such as fire, flood, a hacking or malicious malware infection.

Here’s Nimbus Hosting’s blueprint for creating an effective ‘Disaster Recovery Plan’

A Disaster Recovery Plan From Nimbus Hosting

The world of digital is great but with everything now online, businesses need to learn to navigate new risks. As well as physical risks of fires and floods damaging our IT infrastructure, how would your business or your clients businesses cope with being hacked or becoming infected with malicious malware?

Know your IT infrastructure

Find out what cloud services you’re actually using, what you’re paying for, what you need and what can go. Make sure you know how these services interlink with other parts of your business; if you lose your web server do you lose your email too?

A lot of companies prefer to keep different aspects of their business with different companies to try and minimise the risk of losing everything at once for example, keeping web hosting and email hosting with separate companies. Although this is recommended, make sure you know how to access all of this information and have the log in details for when you need them. This is also a great opportunity to have a quick audit of what you’re actually paying for.

Identify your risks

As well as protecting yourselves against physical elements like floods and fires, it’s often underestimated the damage that can be caused by virus infection, hacking or accidental deletions. With the majority (77%, according to a study back in 2013) of business now relying on technology and the internet for their daily operations it’s necessary to think about where your risks are most likely to occur to prepare for them.

If you have a high number of staff, do you control, know and have a record of who has access to what? Is everyone in the organisation using secure passwords? These are all questions worth considering when making a disaster recovery plan.

Back-ups

Even businesses that take every security measure possible can get hacked, especially if they are specifically targeted. Regular backups ensure that even if your site is compromised, you can get it restored quickly and easily. Occasionally, updates can break your website’s design or functionality and some updates can be buggy, in which case you can use a backup to restore to a previous version.

Backups are one of those annoying expenses that never seem all that necessary until they are absolutely vital.

Test your backups

It’s tempting to put a backup system in place and forget about it, cross it off your list and move on. Unfortunately this is not the case. Regular testing of these backups is essential and as important as having the backups in the first place. Imagine if at the moment you need them the most, you find out it hasn’t been working for months or has been corrupted.

Make sure you configure your site to display a 503 code status page

When a site does experience downtime, whether planned or unplanned, it’s important to make sure there is a 503 code status page displayed to not only let your visitors know what’s going on but also let Google know and prevent them removing your site from listings.

If, during a crawl, a search engine finds that some content no longer exists, for example if it gives a 404 HTTP status, it will remove that content from the search results until it can come back and verify that it’s there again. If this happens often, it’ll take longer and longer for the content to come back in the search results.

Why is it so important to have a plan in place?

Every business that operates online is susceptible to an IT disaster and the only way to make sure that your business softens any interruptions is to have a speedy recovery from a pre-organised disaster recovery plan.

To get in touch with Nimbus Hosting email: [email protected]

 

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA16 Presentation Evening Report

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

Accolades across 15 categories including “Website”, “Blog” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on September 22.

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 Tim Dunton, from the headline sponsor Nimbus Hosting, Tom Shurville of Associate Sponsor, Distinctly, Carole Luck from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Ian Webber of Lexus Hatfield and James Selby from the Department for International Trade.

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

Bishops Stortford College saw double after scooping Gold in the flagship “Website” category and in “Website: School, Education or Charity”.

Also walking away with two top-placed accolades were Stevenage-based design agency Tutch Media who won Gold in “Website: B2B” for their work on behalf of Oakmont Construction and in the “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” for Wildgoose.

Red Bullet landed the top Award in the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” classification for its Visit Hertfordshire website design and Fluid Studios, from Baldock, won Gold in the “Use of Social Media for Business” area.

Online poetry and gift retailer Bespoke Verse, in Berkhamsted, made it a third double-haul by claiming Gold in the “Online Retailer” and “Website: Marketing & Creative” sections.

Leading the way in the “Blog” category was Deep Phat Digital and the plaudits went to Elstree studio Cincera in “Use of Video for Business”.

Watford retailer 1,000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic landed Gold in “Website: Sports & Entertainment”.

HDA16 was sponsored by Nimbus Hosting and Distinctly

It was also backed by the Mercury, Lexus Hatfield, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Also victorious were Harpenden and Hitchin’s Lyndhurst Financial Management in “Responsive Website”, and Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs, in Hertford, for “Website: Small Business”.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Hertfordshire’ award which was handed to the film and TV centre Elstree Studios, the home of Star Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, who were commended for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and promotion of Hertfordshire’ through their digital work.

You can see a full list of the winners from HDA16 here

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Nimbus Hosting Headlines CDA16

A leading IT company that specialises in providing web hosting services to the digital agencies and ecommerce sites has joined forces with the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards.

Nimbus Hosting has signed up as Headline Sponsor of CDA16 just weeks after taking the same position at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

The move underlines the firm’s commitment to supporting the digital sector and encouraging more businesses to improve their websites’ infrastructure.

One of the company’s missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

Hosting services form the backbone of the internet as we know it, from simple HTML files to databases, all that data needs somewhere safe to call home.

While the cost is important, reliability is invariably the key factor for web designers and developers when choosing a host.

Nimbus ticks both boxes.

The company prides itself on offering a “personal and competitive service” in cloud hosting, dedicated servers and third party applications such as Magento, WordPress and XenForo.

To celebrate their connection with CDA16, Nimbus is offering a special promotion just for entrants of the scheme, which is the first and only awards in Cambridgeshire dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Meghan, Account & Marketing Assistant at Nimbus Hosting, revealed that her team is “very proud” to be involved with the second CDAs and offer two exclusive deals as a result.

“We are delighted to be Headline Sponsor of the CDAs, a scheme that celebrates the digital work of some fantastic businesses and organisations across a county that is renowned for its innovation.

“To mark this exciting moment we are offering all entrants of CDA16 a free migration to cloud hosting, meaning we’ll move all your sites over for you and there’s no upper limit on the number of sites we migrate for you.

“In addition, we’ll also offer you the first month free on any VPS (Virtual Private Server) or cloud based hosting packages and this is all covered by our six month guarantee.

“This is just our way of thanking all of the Cambridgeshire businesses, charities and schools who have made huge efforts through their digital platforms and we look forward to getting to know many of you at the Awards.”

As Headline Sponsor, Nimbus Hosting will enjoy a range of benefits including the opportunity to present the flagship “Website” award at the CDA16 Presentation Evening in November.

Meghan added: “Nimbus Hosting is a dynamic UK based company which specialises in working with the creative industries.

“We offer a personal and competitive service for all our clients and we pride ourselves on being recognised for our high levels of customer satisfaction and service.

“Nimbus specialises in cloud hosting and dedicated servers, and our range of hosting packages suit businesses of all sizes. We’ve been supporting a range of digital agencies large and small for several years.

“We love working with developers and digital agencies, who want to get on with their projects rather than dealing with hosting headaches.”

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the CDA Judging Panel, said: “We are delighted to have expanded our relationship with Nimbus Hosting into the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards.

“They are a fantastic team to work with and a highly credible organisation.

“If you have entered CDA16 I would strongly recommend getting in touch with Nimbus Hosting to take advantage of these great offers, you’ll be amazed by the quality of their services.”

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To get in touch with Nimbus Hosting about the CDA16 promotion email: [email protected]

HERTFORDSHIRE: Going For Gold In 1 Month

Excitement is building ahead of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards, which takes place in one month today.

Following the stunning performance by Team GB in Rio, businesses, charities and schools from across Hertfordshire will be going for Gold themselves at HDA16 following a record number of entries.

Competition is fierce across the 13 categories including the “Website” which will presented by Headline Sponsor Nimbus Hosting on the night.

Associate Sponsor Distinctly will be on hand to present to the winners of the “Online Retailer” category at the Presentation Evening which is at the University of Hertfordshire on September 22.

Gold, silver and bronze awards will be won in each category and Hertfordshire Mercury will not miss a second of the event.

Also backing the Awards are Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Supporters of the scheme include the Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Tickets are available now for a limited period, with a special discount offer on tables of 10. Visit the Hertfordshire Digital Awards page to apply.