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: 1 WEEK LEFT TO ENTER SDA17

There is just one week left to enter the Surrey Digital Awards 2017.

Submissions for SDA17 – the first and only scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county – will close on January 13 at 5pm.

The complete list of open categories for entry is:-

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

The SDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking on March 9.

SDA17 is supported by Surrey County Council, Woking Works, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, projectfive, Surrey Mirror, Tandridge District Council and Capricorn Media.

Entry is free and can be made on this website.

SURREY: One Month Left To Enter SDA17

There is just one month left to take part in the Surrey Digital Awards 2017.

Entry for the scheme – which is open to businesses from every industry sector, as well as charities and schools – is free to enter.

There are a range of categories including “Website: School, Education or Charity”, “Mobile App, “Blog” and “Use of Video for Business”.

Entry for the scheme closes on January 13, 2017, at 5pm.

SDA17 will culminate in a Presentation Evening at HG Wells Conference and Events Centre on March 9, 2017.

Headline Sponsor for SDA17 is Surrey County Council, the event is also backed by Surrey Chambers of Commerce as Key Supporter.

Winners of the SDAs are chosen by an independent judging panel made up of digital experts and people from large organisations including Sky Sports.

Robin Bailey, Chair of the Digital Awards Judging Panel, said: “We have already received a large amount of entries, once again.

“Surrey is a very switched on, digitally, and we want businesses of all sizes and industry sectors and charities and schools to give themselves a chance to get the recognition they deserve.

“In just three years winning a Surrey Digital Award has become a much sought after accolade and this is your chance to strive for that, go for it!”

All Gold winners of SDA17 will automatically qualify for the Digital Awards: Champions and compete against successful entrants from all other Digital Awards regions in London.

To enter for free now click here

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.”

To enter click here

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: 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: 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

SURREY: SDA16 Tickets Available Now

Tickets for the Surrey Digital Awards 2016 are available now.

The Presentation Evening, which takes place at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking, on March 10, is a celebration of digital talent from across the county’s businesses, schools and charities.

The event- which is now in it’s second year – has been hailed a “fabulous networking opportunity” according to organisers.

On the night, gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented to winners across a range of categories including “Use of Video for Business”, “Blog”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Mobile App” and the flagship “Website” category.

The Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal, 1/3 bottle of wine per person.

The event – which is sponsored by Surrey County Council, Nero Blanco, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the University of Surrey Business School – is being covered by the Surrey Mirror who will be there on the night taking pictures of the action and all winners.

Tickets are price at £54.95 + VAT and can be ordered through this link http://sda16.eventbrite.co.uk

SURREY: SDA 2016 – Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Surrey Digital Awards 2016 have been announced and the Presentation Evening tickets are now available.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes at the winners’ ceremony on March 10 at HG Wells Conference and Events Centre, in Woking.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to shift quickly following last year, which was hailed a tremendous success.

SDA organisers claim this year’s event will be the “best one yet”, with plenty of  networking and organised fun lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Presenting an award at the Presentation Evening will be Nero Blanco IT, which signed up as Associate Sponsor for the scheme this week.

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.

Conrad Murray, Senior Messaging Architect at Nero Blanco IT, 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 2016 Presentation Evening 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 £54.95 + VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten. To purchase tickets click here http://sda16.eventbrite.co.uk/

The SDAs, which are being supported by Surrey County Council, Surrey Mirror, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the University of Surrey Business School, are the first and only scheme within the county to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.


Surrey Digital Awards 2016 – The Finalists

Blog: Business
Inside Outside Marquee Hire
Plantpassion
Ramsac
Rapport Solutions
Reigate Grammar School Weather Station
Resourceaholic by Glyn School
WATB Creative

Blog: Entertainment
Adele Mitchell
All About U
Busylizzy
Expert Home Tips by Veneficus
Kirstie Smillie
Media For Good
UHub

Mobile App
BrandStreet
Explore Thames by Big Orange Software
StaySafe
The Good Time Guide by TG Media Group
uMAXit Football by Big Orange Software

Online Retailer
Aubeterre Blue
Corporate Baby
Deco Baby
Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
Pomegranate Living
The Guardian Bookshop by Lab
Thinklaser by WATB

Responsive Website
418:Conf by WATB
Better Bones by Lab
Chaddesley Sanford
Cielo Move by Valiant Design
Maag Kitchens
Mirage Parties by WATB
WS Planning & Architecture

Use of Social Media for Business
Challengers
Cophall Parking Gatwick by Space & Time Media
Denbies Wine Estate
Howard Cundey LLP
Surrey Mummy
taxhelp.uk.com Ltd
The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group

Use of Video for Business
APVideo
Buttons Children’s Parties
Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
Ramsac
The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
The Creative Colony
Wurkrs

Website
Better Bones by Lab
Chaddesley Sanford
Corporate Baby
Inalytics by Valiant Design
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Sage Pay by Lab
WS Planning & Architecture

Website: B2B
Corporate Baby
Flic Creative
Inalytics by Valiant Design
Sage Pay by Lab
TaxHelp.uk.com
The Clever Consultancy
Voices UK

Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Busylizzy
La Residence Interiors
Lend Lease by Lab
Maag Kitchens
The Guardian Bookshop by Lab
The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
The Hersham Hub

Website: Marketing & Creative
Flic Creative
Girl Friday Media
Lorraine Ansell Voiceover Artist
The Creative Colony
Voices UK
WATB Creative

Website: School, Education or Charity
Daisy First Aid
Hemsley Fraser by Lab
Leatherhead Youth Project
Oakleaf Enterprise
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Rydens Enterprise School

Website: Small Business
418:Conf by WATB
Aubeterre Blue
Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
La Residence Interiors
Maag Kitchens
Surrey Mummy
The Great Holiday Collection by OH Creative

Website: Sports & Entertainment
Campaign Paintball & Multi Activity Centre
Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
Get Rocking
The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
Topspin Monkeys
Voices UK