The Digital Awards began in 2013, and since that time have expanded almost beyond recognition. What started as a local event dedicated to recognising great digital talent has evolved into a huge programme which covers Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes, Surrey and Sussex.
The awards welcome entries from agencies, as well as directly from local companies, schools and charities. Categories feature key areas where digital can make a real difference to businesses; covering everything from blogging and social media to responsive design and app development.
We entered the Digital Awards once before, back in 2015, and were very pleased to receive a Silver and a Bronze award. However, we’ve been so busy since then that we missed the deadline last year.
This year, determined to make the most of the local event, we entered again. We knew we’d been working on some great projects over the last year and felt we stood a good chance. To our delight we were announced as finalists in 4 categories:
Website: Marketing and Creative – Brave Little Tank
Website: B2B – CC Studio Architects
Online Retailer – Titan Grass
Use of Social Media – Trulawn Artificial Grass Ltd
Managing Director, Anthony Bliss, attended the awards along with Steve and Jo; we had planned to make it a whole team outing but Chris and Maddie were off on their holidays so couldn’t make it.
The lavish presentation night was held at the Ashford International Hotel. We were treated to live entertainment from ‘Poder de Tres’ featuring vocalist Hannah Iris Willingale, and there was plenty of time for networking before our evening’s meal, there was even a quiz (who doesn’t love a quiz!).
Former BBC presenter Robin Bailey hosted the award presentations, with some of the event sponsors handing out the winners plaques. Special guests included Pete Kenyon, from Headline Sponsor Cripps, and Stuart Tanton from The Kent Foundation.
Unfortunately, we didn’t walk away with any awards on the night. Of course we were disappointed, but we were up against some seriously strong competition, and just to be shortlisted from the hundreds of entries is a great recognition of our work.
It can be difficult to dedicate the time and effort to preparing applications for awards, especially if you are a small company, but we thoroughly recommend it! If your work is shortlisted – or even goes on to win – it’s a boost for the whole team. So make sure you get your entries in next year, we certainly will be.