THE search to find Scotland’s best digitally focused businesses is on, as The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards get under way for the tenth year. Organised by…
In it’s tenth 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 projects are eligible for entry this year: websites, games, mobile technology, business software, public installations or even a simple but effective social media campaign. 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 welcomes you to enter any of the categories listed below.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The awards will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.
For further information on how to enter please contact Kirsty Loughlin on 0141 302 6016.
DigitalBoost (Title Partner)
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.
Business to Business Award
- AM Bid Services
- Encompass Corporation – Winner
- Red Evolution – Share my Office
- Screenmedia Design – Honeywell Aerospace
E-Commerce Award – Supported by DigitalBoost
- Big Red Digital
- Digital Six – ETB Technologies
- Labels4Kids Ltd
- Wholesale Domestic – Winner
Charity and Social Enterprise Award
- Assist Social Capital CIC
- Simon Community Scotland – Winner
- xDesign – Neatebox
- Young Scot
Pocket Sized Hands – Winner
Public Sector Award – Supported by RMD
- Ayrshire College – Winner
- Business Gateway – DigitalBoost
- NHS Health Scotland
- Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
Best Mobile Application (inc Games)
- Find a Player
- Ketchup Digital – Medsmart
- Ketchup Digital – Premier Punt
- xDesign & Whitespace – Winner
Consumer Engagement Award
- Equator – Clydesdale Bank
- KILTR WIFI
- LUX – The Food & Drink Agency – Winner
- Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
Education and Training Award – Supported by SQA
- Front Page – Disney Stars – Winner
- Innovation Digital – Scottish College for Educational Leadership
- Nucleus Financial
- Scottish Social Services Council: Making Better Decisions
Best Use of Social Media Award
- Ayrshire College
- DotScot Registry
- DYW Glasgow – Winner
- Equator – Clydesdale Bank
- Historic Environment Scotland
Digital Professional of the Year – Supported by Prudential
- Carole Logan – Equator – Commendation
- Jacqueline MacDougall – DigitalBoost
- John McLeish – Equator – Winner
- Kirstin Watson – Innovation Digital
- Louise Henderson – Scottish College for Educational Leadership
Digital Agency Award – Supported by Enigma People Solutions
- Screenmedia – 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.
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Michael Docherty – Senior Commercial Manager, Skyscanner
Michael Docherty is a Senior Commercial Manager responsible for Strategic Partnerships across both EMEA and the Americas for the global travel search engine, Skyscanner. Michael joined Skyscanner in 2014 having held a previous role at the Royal Bank of Scotland in a business analyst position, where he was responsible for delivering an enhanced complaint management system to over 5000 stakeholders. Since joining Skyscanner, the company has grown from 300 employees to a global organisation with ten offices and over 1000 employees. Michael was accelerated through Skyscanner’s fast-paced, extensive Graduate Programme experiencing the Scottish Unicorns transition from a traditional marketing and commercial structure to “Growth”. Both his current and past roles have demonstrated an aptitude to utilise digital technologies to create new value in existing business models, adapt quickly and ultimately drive commercial performance.
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.
David Mains – Director, Digital – Engage Recruitment
Davy has been involved with The Herald Digital Business Awards for the last nine years, as a sponsor and a member of the judging panel. Specialising in digital, development, and technology support recruitment, 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 His experience and knowledge has helped establish his reputation as a quality recruitment partner, rather than an “employment agent”.
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.
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson – CEO, CodeClan
As CEO of CodeClan, Scotland’s first Digital Skills Academy, Melinda is responsible for championing the growing digital sector by supporting and encouraging individuals into the world of software development. Her experience as a Global VP of Software Sales and Marketing for ISVs and Alliances at IBM, has given her an insight on how the world embraces technology for commercial and social success. In addition to her BS degree in Sales and Marketing Education, she has certifications from UCLA Women in Leadership, Executive Coaching and Mentoring from Edinburgh Coaching Academy. She was recognised in the “Top 100 Women” CRN Software Channel publication in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Melinda is experienced at leading diverse teams, at different stages of business maturity, with an emphasis of activating individuals to aspire to their dreams. She is also an advocate for encouraging women in the workplace, establishing a Digital Women’s Group at CodeClan, while also volunteering with Smart Works, a charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce.
Lorraine Mills – Consultant, Blue Rock
Lorraine started her career as a network engineer in 1996 with NVT Group. During this period she worked with Novell and Microsoft Network operating platforms as well as Cisco.
In 2005 after starting a family she qualified as a Computing teacher and entered the classroom environment. After working on testing of new Ethical Hacking courses for school in 2014 she decided that it was time to leave the classroom and upskill.
During 2016 she studied at Edinburgh Napier to complete a Masters in Advanced Security & Digital Forensics which is GCHQ certified. Since then she has been supporting SME’s in the fight against cyber attacks.
Gordon Stevenson – Digital Transformation Director, Newsquest Scotland & Northern Ireland
Gordon has worked in publishing since 1990, working latterly as Head of Digital for Trinity Mirror Scotland before moving to an expanded role with Newsquest in July of 2015 to present day.
“My role is to enhance the conditions which allow for accelerated online audience, subscriber and digital revenue growth.”
MORE JUDGES TO BE CONFIRMED
The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards in association with DigitalBoost takes place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at The Radisson Hotel, Glasgow. To be involved in this year’s event please contact Kirsty Loughlin, Events Executive on 0141 302 6016 or email email@example.com
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