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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Date : Thursday, October 20, 2016
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407.
Thank you for supporting the awards this year!
Now in their eighth 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: 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 and DigitalBoost, along with our partners, would like to thank everyone who entered and attended the awards this year. Congratulations to our winners and finalists. We hope to see you all in 2017!
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
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).
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 check the entry rules by clicking below –
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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 media, software 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”. David is also honoured to have joined the Creative Technologies Industry Advisory Board at the University of the West of Scotland.
Outside of work he’s a poorly skilled but enthusiastic player of 5-a-sides and an avid supporter of “Glasgow’s best football team”, Partick Thistle.
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. 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.”
Nicola Kenny – Digital Manager, Edinburgh International Festival
Nicola is the Digital Manager at the Edinburgh International Festival, which brings some of finest performers and ensembles working today, from the worlds of opera, music, theatre and dance for three weeks in August. Her work at the International Festival spans across all things digital from strategy to implementation. An experienced marketing professional, she has worked in a range of different arts organisations in Scotland with a particular focus and passion for all things digital.
Steven Grier – Country Manager, Microsoft in Scotland
Steven Grier represents Microsoft’s business in Scotland. From humble IT beginnings on Margaret Thatcher’s YTS Scheme with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1989 so began a journey through oil (BP), booze (United Distillers), funerals (Co-Op) and software, ultimately finding himself at Microsoft in the year Windows XP launched (Bing it!). Passionate about Scotland, inspired by innovation and with a soft spot for education and skills – he likes technology when it makes people smile. Married with a young son he has set himself the life challenge of finding the perfect balance between competitive cycling, a fondness for craft ales, Burns poetry and Scandinavian power metal music. It may take some time.
Vivienne MacLaren – Head of Marketing, Arnold Clark
Vivienne is an award-winning marketing and communications strategist with a propensity for digital marketing. With 20 years’ industry experience, she has cultivated significant perspective working across both client and agency sides in Scotland and London.
Vivienne has driven some of the UK’s leading brands, including those of the financial services, utilities, retail, charities, tourism, media, education, drinks, sports and arts sectors.
Having held senior positions in leading UK communications and digital agencies, in 2007 Vivienne founded one of Scotland’s first dedicated digital marketing agencies.
Currently, she heads up the Arnold Clark Marketing department, recently recognised with a Drum award for ‘Best In-house Marketing Team’ for its agile work culture.
Mike Neilson – Digital Director, Scottish Government
Mike Neilson is Digital Director for the Scottish Government, working to ensure Scotland benefits fully from the opportunities of the digital revolution. He is responsible for a major programme on broadband infrastructure investment, for developing digital public services, for Scottish Government work on participation and digital economy and also leads on Smart Cities for the Scottish Government. Mike is a lifelong public servant, having worked for the UK Treasury, the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels and for the European Commission before moving to the Scottish Government. He has worked on a wide range of public policy issues from financial regulation to environmental policy. He has particular experience of public sector structural reform, particularly in the water, housing and marine sectors.
Kelly Milford – Regional Manager, SQA
Kelly is a Regional Manager at SQA where she has worked for 11 years. She started her career at The Scottish Executive, where she worked in the education department. Kelly then moved to The Prince’s Trust Scotland coordinating, then managing the xl programme in schools. Kelly enjoys spreading the word on the vast array of qualifications in SQA’s portfolio and working with schools, colleges, employers and training providers.
The comprehensive programme of fully funded workshops has been designed specifically to support SMEs’ development into digital technologies and ultimately to bring business benefits. The workshops are led by a team of digital specialists and include topics such as e-commerce, data analytics, digital strategy and creating engaging content.
As well as the national workshop programme, up to 21 hours of one to one adviser sessions with digital specialists are also available to businesses that need extra support on digital topics.
The DigitalBoost Healthcheck is available on the Business Gateway website -helping businesses assess their current digital know-how through a series of questions. The results guide them to relevant online guides and workshops.
For more information and to take the healthcheck visit: www.bgateway.com/digitalboost or speak to your local Business Gateway office.
DigitalBoost is funded by Digital Scotland and delivered by Business Gateway in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
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