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: 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.

SURREY: University of Surrey Backs New Innovation Award

The University of Surrey Business School has partnered with the Surrey Digital Awards for a brand new award to recognise digital innovation.

The University of Surrey Business School “Digital Innovation Award” – new for SDA16 – will reward one company that has used digital technology to improve the experience of their customers or increase the productivity of their staff.

Entries will be judged by a team of experts at the University of Surrey Business School and the new accolade will be presented at the Surrey Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening, which takes place on March 10, 2016.

Entry for the “Digital Innovation Award” is open for THREE WEEKS ONLY until February 1, 2016, and can be made via the link below.

Businesses wishing to enter will need to be able to describe their organisation’s business activities, explain how they have been digitally innovative in the past twelve months and how they have benefitted from this innovation.

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

Surrey Business School – in Guildford – offers a range of high-quality, challenging programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as executive education across the business and management and accounting and finance spheres.

The School is also home to CoDE, the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy.

Professor Roger Maull, Co-Director of CoDE at Surrey Business School said: “The University of Surrey’s Business School is the home of Centre for the Digital Economy (CODE).

“CODE’s aim is to research the social and economic impact of the digital revolution. We have five areas of focus: digital platforms; Internet of Things; crypto-currencies; the processes of agile innovation and developing algorithms for analysing large datasets and have received over £4m of funding from the UK research council and Europe for our research in these areas.

“CODE works closely with both established and emerging businesses that are trying to take advantage of the opportunities that digital provides.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the 2016 Surrey Digital Awards and looking forward to reading the nominations to the new Digital Innovation category.

“We’re looking for organisations large or small that have seized the opportunities of digital technology and are creating new products and services or transforming how customers are being engaged through e.g. better data analytics.

“Digital technology is transforming every aspect of our lives so from hi-tech innovators to communities with a great idea we want to hear from all of you.”

Andy Pritchard, from Premio64, the team behind the Surrey Digital Awards said: “We are thrilled to be working with Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey, a highly respected institution.

“It great that they’re putting their name to our new ‘Website: B2B category and we look forward to having the opportunity to host the “Digital Innovation Award” for the first time.”

The team at Surrey Business School pride themselves on offering courses that are both academically rigorous and practically relevant, making extensive use of guest speakers from business and industry and embedding their own internationally excellent research into their programmes.

Surrey Business School is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and they have created a vibrant and stimulating environment in which their faculty, students and alumni work with corporate businesses, SMEs, start-ups, national and local policy-makers, government and the third sector.

For more information about Surrey Business School and the opportunities for partnering with businesses, visit http://www.surrey.ac.uk/business-school

To make an entry for the Surrey Digital Innovation Award click here http://surreydigitalawards.co.uk/innovation/

SURREY: Surrey County Council To Head SDA16

Surrey County Council has signed up as Headline Sponsor of the Surrey Digital Awards for the second year running.

As part of the arrangement the local authority – which has headquarters in Kingston-Up-Thames – will present the flagship “Website” category at the Presentation Evening in March next year.

They will also receive a host of publicity benefits including coverage with the media partner of SDA16, the Surrey Mirror and Dorking and Leatherhead Advertisers.

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

Cllr Peter Martin, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council, explained why the organisation chose to back the Awards once again.

“Surrey County Council are pleased to support the Surrey Digital Awards for 2016. Creative Technology is an important sector in Surrey, and the Surrey Digital Awards provides the opportunity to celebrate the range of digital expertise from across the county.

“Supporting the achievements of Surrey business is important and as one of the few sector specific business awards in Surrey we are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the second year, and wish all the entrants success in the 2016 awards.”

Entry is now open for the Awards across 15 categories including a new “Website: B2B” class.

Andy Pritchard from Premio64, the team behind the Awards said: “It gives us immense pride to welcome Surrey County Council back as our Headline Sponsor.

“To have an organisation such as this, which is at the heart of the communities across the county, is a great thing for the Awards.

“We were pleased to have receive such a huge interest in the Digital Awards last year and we are delighted to share that platform with the Council once again.”

Judges for SDA16 hail from a range of impressive organisations including Sky Sports and the London’s digital agency community.

Categories in SDA16 include “Website”, “Use of Social Media for Business” and “Mobile App”.

Entry takes less than two minutes to complete via http://surreydigitalawards.co.uk/enter