SURREY: Plug And Play Pick Up Two Awards at SDA17

Following the third annual Surrey Digital Awards on 9 March, we spoke to Gabrielle Richardson, Operations Manager at Plug and Play, who won Gold for ‘Website: Lifestyle & Culture’ for their work for Somlo, as well as silver in ‘Website: Sports & Entertainment’ for The Jockey Club Live.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
We are a full service digital agency offering web design and digital marketing services to a wide range of clients. We started out in a spare bedroom in 2006 and now have a team of 15 and offices in Surrey and London. Our clients are a mix of small businesses, startups and large corporates each looking to improve their online presence, which is where we come in.

What made you get involved in the SDAs?
We love working with our clients in Surrey- it’s where we started out and we’ve always had a strong presence in the area. We’re really proud of the work we’ve done recently and jumped at the chance to showcase it.

What does winning gold at the SDAs mean to your organisation?
Being recognised for our hard work with our nomination was really exciting, so winning was just the icing on the cake. Somlo was a real passion project for us so we’re thrilled that it’s been so well received.

Where will you be putting your award?
We’re leaving our office in Godalming to move to a base in Guildford over the next few months, so we are looking forward to our award taking pride of place in our new home!

What was your most memorable moment from the SDA presentation evening?
Sadly we weren’t able to make it to the night itself! We were really disappointed not to be able to pick up our award or meet any of the other nominees on the night, but will definitely be there next year.

What’s the best thing about the Surrey business community?
The variety of different businesses in Surrey is really interesting. We work with clients based in both London and Surrey and our Surrey clients are certainly as much fun as the London ones!

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SURREY: DadBlogUK Discuss Winning Gold at SDA17

Following the third annual Surrey Digital Awards on 9 March, we spoke to John Adams, founder of DadBlogUK, who won Gold in our ‘Blog’ category.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
I originally set my company up as a PR company. It was something I did on the side while blogging about parenting and fatherhood was a hobby. Over time, however, I realised I could make money as a blogger and turned the business on its head with the focus on blogging and writing with PR becoming a sideline. The fact remains, however, that I am the main carer for my children. I fit my blogging activities around family life: the school run, after school clubs, homework etc.

What made you get involved in the SDAs?
The Internet is without borders and operates internationally. This is how I have always approached my blogging. Although I have an International focus, I thought it was about time to cement my reputation as a Surrey-based blogger. I entered the awards in the hope it may increase my profile. I certainly didn’t expect to win a Gold award.

What does winning gold at the SDAs mean to your organisation?
Winning the Gold award is superb recognition of what I do. It increases my profile and further demonstrates that us bloggers are now a part of the mainstream media scene and have influence.

Where will you be putting your award?
I will be putting up some picture hooks and hanging it on the wall in my office.

What was your most memorable moment from the SDA presentation evening?
The most memorable moment was when Robin started reading out the description of the Blog award Gold winner. I was convinced Informed Choice was going to win but he started describing a parenting blog. As I was the only parenting blog in the finals it was clear I had won the award. I then had a minor panic as I knew I’d have to get on stage and say a few words when I hadn’t prepared anything! I was sat next to Catherine from Deco Baby who won the Silver Online retailer award. She had turned to me beforehand and said she thought I was going to win. They were very kind words but I was totally unconvinced until the big reveal.

What’s the best thing about the Surrey business community?
I have always found the Surrey business community to be very friendly and approachable. Being so close to London, I think the community is influenced by the city and very dynamic. I am glad to be a part of it.

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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: County Council Backs SDAs For Third Year

 

The Digital Awards team is thrilled to announce that Surrey County Council is offering its support for a third year.

Since day one the county council has backed the Surrey Digital Awards, which was set up in 2015 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Deputy Leader Peter Martin, will present the “Website” category at the SDA17 Presentation Evening in March next year.

Mr Martin described Surrey as the “one of most digitally advanced counties in the UK”.

He added: “Surrey is a digital leader and these awards give businesses, charities and schools from across the county a great opportunity to receive recognition for the brilliant work they are doing.”

The Surrey Digital Awards is open to businesses from any industry and digital agencies from inside Surrey may enter their client’s work, even if the client is outside of the county.

Entry is now open for the SDA17across 15 categories and anticipation is building about who will claim the prestigious “Spirit of Surrey” award in the Spring, following the success of Brooklands Museum this year.

Robin Bailey, the Chairman of the SDA Judging panel, said: “It is no secret that Surrey is a hotbed of digital talent and is a base for some of the most exciting technology companies in the world.

“It is fantastic news for the SDAs to continue to receive the council’s support and we will continue to shine a spotlight on Surrey’s brightest digital talent.”

Judges for SDA17 hail from a range of impressive organisations including Sky Sports and eir.com.

Categories in SDA17 include “Website”, “Use of Social Media for Business” and “Mobile App”.

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SURREY: SDA17 Open For Entry

The Surrey Digital Awards 2017 is now open for entry.

Businesses, charities and schools can now enter the 14 open categories for SDA17 and entry is free and easy to complete.

The scheme was set-up two years ago to recognise the online achievements of organisations across the county.

It is open to businesses from any industry that are based within the Surrey.

Designers based in Surrey are also allowed to submit their client’s work even if their client is based outside of the county.

The categories for SDA17 are:-

Website
Website: B2B
Website: Small Business
Website: Marketing & Creative
Website: Tourism & Hospitality
Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Website: Sports & Entertainment
Responsive Website
Mobile App
Use of Social Media for Business
Use of Video for Business
Blog: Entertainment
Blog: Business
Online Retailer

Chair of the SDA17 Judging Panel, Robin Bailey, said: “Following last year’s record entry numbers and a tremendously successful event, we are really excited about the success stories that the SDAs will share on behalf of businesses, charities and schools from this great county.”

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The SDA17 Presentation evening will take place in March, 2017.

The SDAs are supported by the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Surrey Mirror and Capricorn Media.

SURREY: SDA17 Entry Opens September 1

Entry for the Surrey Digital Awards 2017 will open on September 1.

Categories for the scheme include “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Mobile App” and “Website”.

SDA17 is the first and only Awards scheme dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses charities and schools across the county.

SURREY: SDA16 Winners On Film

The team behind the Surrey Digital Awards has released a set of video interviews with the Gold winners at that year’s event.

SDA16 unearthed an array of digital talent from businesses, charities and schools across the county on March 10 and we caught them on film, right after they claimed their awards.

Click here to view our interviews with winners and sponsors of the event including representatives from Surrey County Council, Nero Blanco IT, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Surrey Mirror.

SURREY: The Mirror Lauds Surrey Digital Awards 2016

The team at the SDAs love working with the Surrey Mirror, who have been our Media Partner since day one.

Following our second Presentation Evening at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre in March, the reporters down at The Mirror began compiling fantastic coverage of the big night.

In case you missed it, click the image above to see the two-page special about the fabulous winners and sponsors of SDA16.

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: Gatwick Airport Checks In For SDA16

One of Europe’s leading airports has checked in with Surrey Digital Awards as a sponsor.

Gatwick Airport – which boasts the busiest single-use runway in the world – is to sponsor the “Mobile App” category at SDA16.

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

Gatwick Airport – just a 30-minute train journey from Central London via the Gatwick Express – has transformed its marketing communications through digital technology in the past decade.

It commands a Facebook audience of more than 103,000 and has a Twitter following in excess of 256,500 (correct at 23/02/2016).

It also runs a real time arrivals and departures board through http://gatwickairport.com for the North and South Terminals.

The site also offers a journey planner covering car/motorbike, rail, coach/bus, bicycle and taxi options for passengers.

To underline its commitment to improving passenger experience through digital technology, Gatwick Airport has also introduced a range of customer services which can be accesses online including Premium Passport Control, a speedier route through security during busier periods, and an online booking service for flights, hotels and airport parking.

Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport, explained why her organisation chose to get involved with SDA16.

“We’re delighted to sponsor mobile app in the Surrey Digital Awards. The digital world is ever changing and core to everything we do at Gatwick – from communicating with our passengers and staff, to the safe operation of our terminals and runway.”

Iain Johnson, from the Surrey Digital Awards team, revealed that he was “extremely pleased” to have Gatwick on-board.

He said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gatwick Airport as a sponsor for the Surrey Digital Awards 2016.

“Gatwick Airport has been a champion of British business across the world for decades and has more recently moved its sales operation into the digital age with great a standard of execution and commitment.

“We are proud to be working with the Gatwick team.”

A team from Gatwick Airport will attend the SDA16 Presentation Evening at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking, on March 10, when the winners of the “Mobile App” category will be announced.