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: SDA17 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Surrey Digital Awards 2017 have been revealed and tickets for the Presentation Evening are now available.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories are now in with a chance of claiming Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the third SDA dinner ceremony on March 9 at HG Wells Conference and Events Centre, in Woking.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly, following last year’s event, which was hailed a great success.

The SDA team claim this year’s event will be a ”night to remember”, with networking and entertainment lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Presenting awards at the Presentation Evening will be Headline Sponsor Surrey County Council, Woking Works, the Associate Sponsor, and Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

Also present will be sponsors and supporters projecfive, Capricorn Media, Tandridge District Council, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.

The event is also supported by Clare Reeves Voiceovers.

The Surrey Digital Awards 2017 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 £62.50 + VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten. To purchase tickets click here.

The SDAs is the first and only scheme within the county dedicated to selling the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.


Surrey Digital Awards 2017 Finalists

BLOG
Dadbloguk.com
Enjoy the Adventure
Expert Home Tips by Veneficus
Informed Choice Radio
Ramsac
Valiant Design
WATB Creative

MOBILE APP
Forfeit Football by Sonin App Development
Job Sheet Pro by Time4 Apps
Math Stacks by Time4 Apps
Perchang
SaidSo Wealth Dashboard for Chapters Financial by Kyan
SMART SAA by Sonin App Development
Veloscient

ONLINE RETAILER
Coco Bay by Ansell & Clarke
Curtain Call by Drum Studios
Deco Baby
Denbies Wine Estate
Harry Brompton’s London Ice Tea by OH Creative
Jenloupa
Pomegranate Living

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE
Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital
Chaddesley Sanford
Equinox Aromas by Thunderbolt Digital
Four Eyes Insight by Valiant Design
JCP Consultancy by KPC Creative Communication
Kyan
Rapleys by Plug and Play

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS
BBC Surrey Radio
Guildford Business Hub
Jellybean Creative
Nicky Kriel Social Media Coach, Trainer and Consultant
RHW Solicitors
taxhelp.uk.com
The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS
Baggage Solutions by Drum Studios
Counselling Directory by Memiah
Dixons Carphone by Design Film Digital Solutions
Happy Socks by Content Creatures
IDBS by Create Convo
Videocall
WS Planning & Architecture

WEBSITE
Denbies Wine Estate
Knights Property by go6 Media
Red Hot Yoga
The Jockey Club Live by Plug and Play
Updata Infrastructure by NXT Digital Solutions
WATB Creative
WS Planning & Architecture

WEBSITE: B2B
Evolve Digital
Four Eyes Insight by Valiant Design
Rapleys by Plug and Play
Shippo by WATB Creative
The FSE Group by Ansell & Clarke
Updata Infrastructure by NXT Digital Solutions
Voices UK

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Aubeterre Blue
Brooklands Museum
Red Hot Yoga
Somlo by Plug and Play
The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
The Lifestyle Library by WATB Creative
Walls and Floors by Plug and Play

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Faze One Media
Kyan
Oh Snap by Thunderbolt Digital
Posy Brewer – The VoiceOver Voice
WATB Creative

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY
Action for A-T
Challengers
Headway Surrey
Lumen Learning Trust Academy
Redwing by Kyan
Step by Step
Thamesmead School

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS
Coco Bay by Ansell & Clarke
Deco Baby
Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
La Residence Interiors
Peps & Pooks
Posy Brewer – The VoiceOver Voice
Your Art 2 Canvas

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Anthony Philipson by Thunderbolt Digital
Farleigh Golf Club
Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company
Guildford Fringe Festival by Room 11 Design
Lisa B Pilates by OH Creative
Point to Point by Kyan
The Jockey Club Live by Plug and Play

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Denbies Wine Estate
Foxhills Club & Resort
Glamping Holiday
Grayshott Pottery by KPC Creative Communication
Paella Fella by OH Creative
The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group
The Stephan Langton Inn by OH Creative

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

PM Declares Support for Superfast Broadband

The Prime Minister has declared her future support for High Speed Broadband in Parliament today (September 7, 2016).

Teresa May, who came to office in July, gave her backing to the UK-wide rollout of internet connectivity in the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the Summer recess.

Her statement came following a call for continued Government backing for the Superfast Broadband schemes across the country from James Heappey, MP, who supports a rollout in his Somerset constituency.

Mrs May said: “I am very happy to give my Right Honourable Friend that assurance and also to join with him in paying tribute to his Council and the work that they are doing and indeed all those involved in that innovative scheme. High Speed Broadband is an important part of the 21st century infrastructure and we will be doing everything we can to ensure it is there and available for people because that will enable us to develop jobs and grow prosperity in this country”.

The Digital Awards is working with and fully supports Superfast Broadband rollouts in Essex, Surrey and Cambridgeshire through Superfast Essex, Surrey Connects and Connecting Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

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: 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: 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