The search for Scotland’s best digitally-focused businesses is on, as entries flood in for The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards. The awards, now in their ninth year, are organised by…
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Date : Thursday, October 19, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
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Contact Heather Steven on 0141 302 6018.
Now open for entries!
Now in their ninth year, these dynamic industry awards recognise the success of businesses large and small in seizing the opportunities offered by digital technology and the internet.
All types of digital project are eligible for entry: websites, games, mobile technology, business software, public installations or even a simple but effective social media campaign can be put forward. The only requirement is that you can demonstrate success – be that inventive, financial or simply in terms of popularity.
Previous winners have benefited from international success, demonstrating that Scotland is a world leader in pushing technological boundaries. Don’t just take our word for it; visit the previous winners section to see for yourself.
As the digital industry changes and evolves our award categories are evaluated and reviewed to ensure they are relevant and in line with industry developments. This year’s categories focus on the advancement of digital via e-commerce, charity/social enterprise and rewarding key personnel.
The Herald is committed to supporting these important industry awards and welcome entries from your organisation into the awards this year.
Business to Business Award sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Equator for AXA Business Insurance
- Software Advisory Service – Winner
- After Digital for EDF Energy
E-Commerce Award sponsored by Business Gateway
- Blue2 Digital for shop.theopen.com
- TEFL Org UK – Winner
- The Weather Digital for Glengoyne Distillery – Commendation
Charity and Social Enterprise Award sponsored by Wheatley Group
- Blue2 Digital for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail
- Equator for Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries
- Maryhill Integration Network – Winner
- Yard Digital for Big Hearts
- Cahonas Scotland – Winner
- Scottish Refugee Council
- Whitespace for Mary’s Meals
- Women’s Support Project
Public Sector Award
- NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Sexual Health (Sandyford)
- NHS Lanarkshire – Winner
- Storm ID for Scotblood
- We Are Snook, Young Scot, Mental Health Foundation and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde for Aye Mind
Best Mobile App
- Cobra Mobile for Let’s Go Run Around
- DOGFI.SH Mobile for Sugar Smart – Winner
- Screenmedia for Edinburgh Festival Fringe App
Consumer Engagement Award presented by s1jobs
- 999 Design for Financial Times
- NEU for Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Album Launch – Winner
- Radiator Digital for Mactaggart and Mickel
- The Weather Digital & Mackerel Media for Glengoyne Distillery
Education and Training Award sponsored by SQA
- GoodPractice and Edrington – Winner
- Junction-18 for Learn Direct & Build
- School Cloud Systems
Student Award sponsored by FanDuel
- Alasdair Ireland for Your Book List
- Alberto Negro for 5 Style
- Jennifer McGregor for CrohnieClothing – Winner
Best Use of Social Media Award
- BBC Scotland for The Social
- Cahonas Scotland for #CheckYerBawballs
- Young Scot and the Scottish Government Marketing Team for Bad Romance – Winner
Digital Professional of the Year Award presented by Enigma People Solutions
- Gary Ennis, NSDesign
- John McLeish, Equator
- Laura Blackhurst, LUX – Winner
Digital Agency Award sponsored by Enigma People Solutions
- Equator – Winner
- Storm ID
How To Enter
Each entry should contain an entry statement about your project / business and should be appropriate to the category you are entering. Once you have completed your entry, please convert your document into a PDF and upload along with completing your details on the form displayed on the right of this page.
All entries should be a maximum of 750 words and include the following information:
- Objective – What did you want to achieve? Who was the target audience?
- Strategy – Explain the strategy behind the project. What steps did you take and what challenges did you face?
- Execution – How did you implement the project from start to finish? In what way was your project innovative?
- Effectiveness – What were the results?
- Budget – Provide a brief outline of the costs involved – this information will be treated confidentially.
Students Entry Statement
All student entries should be a maximum of 750 words and include the following information:
- Objective – What type of brief was set? Who was the target audience?
- Strategy – Explain the strategy behind the project. What brought you to this decision? What steps did you take to create this idea?
- Execution – How did you implement the project from start to finish? In what way was your project innovative? How creative was the project?
- Effectiveness – Describe the potential impact of this project. What possible business results could be achieved?
Please also describe what you have learnt as a result of your project (personal development, skills gained, success and potential improvements).
Please check the entry rules by clicking below –
SUPPORTING MATERIALS – Additional items can be submitted to help us evaluate your entry, for example: images, reviews. Please ensure supporting materials do not exceed 3 pages and are saved as the number of the category you are entering and your organisation name. For example: Category 4. The ABC Company.
(please complete all fields)
David Mains – Director, Enigma People Solutions
David Mains is a Director of long established and highly recognised recruitment consultancy Enigma People Solutions. Specialising in digital, development, and technology support vacancies, David’s expertise has helped grow and develop many successful businesses and start-ups.
David has worked in recruitment since 1994, having previously worked with News International & Mirror Group Newspapers. His career has encompassed high street, general, specialist, and consultancy recruitment businesses. This experience in a broad range of sectors and markets has helped Enigma People to establish a reputation as a quality recruitment partner, rather than an “employment agency”.
Outside of work, he’s a trustee of the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust, an avid “Jags” fan and coaches the Glasgow amateur football team for the Africa on the Ball charity.
Hugh Lightbody – Chief Officer Business Gateway National Unit, Business Gateway
Hugh graduated with a BSc/BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. On graduating Hugh joined Smiths Industries and trained in materials management, progressing to Production Control Manager at their Basingstoke factory. With a desire to contribute to Scotland’s future he then joined the Scottish Development Agency and has worked in various economic and business development roles within the public and private sector since then including Scottish Enterprise, running his own consultancy business, Local Government and now Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). In that time he has been involved in a diverse range of projects which has included everything from the development of the Forestry Contracting Association to successfully attracting the European premiere of Braveheart to Stirling.
Gordon Stevenson – Head of Digital, Newsquest Scotland & Ireland
Gordon has worked in publishing since 1990, and has spent 21 years working latterly as Head of Digital for Trinity Mirror Scotland before moving to the same position for Newsquest Scotland & Ireland in July of 2015 to present day.
“My role as Head of Digital for Newsquest Scotland & Ireland is quite simply: to create the conditions which allow for accelerated online audience and revenue growth.”
Sharon Moore – Industry Technical Leader for Travel & Transportation, IBM
Sharon is IBM’s Industry Technical Leader for Travel & Transportation and is tasked with innovating with, and leading the design of technical solutions for, IBM’s clients in T&T. She provides leadership to the technical community and works to increase IBM’s relevance to, and eminence in, this marketplace.
Sharon was recently included in a PWC article in The Scotsman as a top 10 Digital Disruptor in Scotland, and listed in Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Women of Influence 2016 and Business Cloud’s 100 Women in Technology. In line with her passions she sits on the Scotland Women in Technology board, and runs the BCSWomen group in Scotland, also recently becoming deputy chair of BCSWomen.
Natalie Davidson – Head of Digital Marketing, SSE
Natalie Davidson is Head of Digital Marketing at SSE, a FTSE 100 energy company and the UK’s largest generator of renewable energy. Natalie heads up a team of Digital Performance and Digital Engagement executives based in Perth and Glasgow. Natalie joined SSE back in 2002 after graduating from University. Fifteen years on, Natalie has gained experience on a wide range of Digital Marketing campaigns and Web Development projects including the launch of SSE’s social media channels and the development of SSE’s first meter reading app.
Natalie holds an MA in Management Studies with Sociology from the University of Glasgow, a BA in Business Management from Glasgow Caledonian University and a Diploma in Digital Marketing from The IDM.
Daniel Sedgwick – Prudential UK
Daniel is responsible for digital experience at Prudential UK. Over the past two years, Daniel has rebuilt the new digital capability within Prudential, with an increased focus on building best-in-class experiences underpinned by leading technologies and experience innovation. Daniel also created Prudential’s Digital Innovation Lab, which plays in the sweetspot between the latest technology, experience, business and customer thinking; driving out concepts, prototypes and live deliveries that push how Prudential engages and supports their customers.
Daniel’s early career was focussed on Marketing for firms in the retail, telecommunications, sports and technology industries, where he capitalised on the huge opportunities that rise from the power of digital and data.
In terms of the future, Daniel believes the greatest opportunities will come from firms who capitalise on the latest thinking around how data powers technology to create experiences that really delight customers.
Dr Jillian Ney
Dr Jillian Ney is the UK’s first Dr of Social Media and a Digital Behavioural Scientist.
She is a consultant to marketers, helping them to analyse and use social data to understand how customers make decisions. Her specialist field is in behavioural sciences and the analysis of social data to tap into audiences’ non-conscious thinking and behaviour.
Dr Jillian is a two time TEDx’er, an international speaker, and has presented her work at places including NATO, 10 Downing Street and the Market Research Society. She has worked with many household brands and agencies including, Manchester City Football Club, SSE, Vodafone, General Mills, IBM and PwC.
MORE JUDGES TO BE ADDED!
A free and comprehensive programme of workshops and online tutorials has been designed specifically to support SMEs’ development into digital technologies. Workshops throughout Scotland are led by a team of digital specialists and include topics such as e-commerce, data analytics, digital strategy and creating engaging content. The programme also adapts to meet current and emerging digital needs that may be pertinent to businesses such as cyber resilience.
In addition, up to 21 hours of one to one expert adviser sessions with digital specialists are also available to businesses that need extra support on digital topics.
The DigitalBoost Health check is available on the Business Gateway website to help assess a business’s current digital know-how, guiding them to relevant online guides and workshops.
To give your business a Digital Boost, or to take the health check, visit: www.bgateway.com/digitalboost or speak to your local Business Gateway office.
DigitalBoost is funded by DigitalScotland and delivered by Business Gateway.
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