The online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across Surrey, have been celebrated at the third annual Digital Awards. The Surrey Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work from across the county.
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 last month.
Hosting the awards 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.
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 the Online Retailer and Website: Small Business categories, 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 the Use of Social Media for Business category, for their ‘Guide To Surrey’ digital accounts.
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 category, 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 for Website: Sports and Entertainment, and Dorking web designer, OH Creative for Paella Fella in the Website: Tourism & Hospitality category.
For the first time in the award’s 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 and Capricorn Media.