The Herald Digital Business Awards are open for entries

The hunt is on for Scotland’s best digitally focussed businesses as the ninth Scottish Digital Business Awards in association with DigitalBoost opens for entries.

Organised by The Herald and supported by DigitalBoost, Business Gateway, Enigma People Solutions, SQA and, the Scottish Digital Business Awards is a national showcase for the very best in digital business, whether operating in social media, app development or e-commerce sites.

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at the Business Gateway National Unit, said: “The Herald Digital Business Awards are a recognised part of the Scottish business calendar.

“As a key element in the Scottish Government’s digital strategy, the Business Gateway delivered DigitalBoost programme is helping to increase knowledge and skills in this crucial area, with SMEs across the country benefiting from an integrated series of fully funded digital services, including online tutorials, digital health checks, one-to-one advice and a comprehensive workshop programme.”

Digital Boost will be supporting the E-commerce Award this year.
The awards recognise the success of organisations, large and small, in seizing opportunities offered by digital technology and the internet.

Since inception in 2008, the awards have grown in popularity and stature and have become a key date in October’s calendar.

Last year’s winners include NHS Lanarkshire, which took home the Public Sector Award, and NEU for Coldplay’s A Heart Full of Dreams album launch, which won the Consumer Engagement Award.

This year there are eleven categories, from the Education and Training Award, Best Use of Social Media and Digital Professional of the Year Award.

The Digital Agency Award category, which is supported by Enigma People Solutions, will be presented to the agency which has carried out the most advanced digital innovation in Scotland.

The winner will demonstrate technical/creative expertise as well as commercial success for their team or business. Judges will be looking for evidence of work per client.

David Mains, director, Enigma People Solutions, said: “Being involved with these brilliant awards, helping to recognise and reward the great digital businesses that are driving Scotland forward, it’s something that’s really important to us.”

The awards also place importance on showcasing Scotland’s commitment to learning through the Education & Training Award, supported by SQA.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA chief executive said: “Harnessing digital technology can bring many benefits to business, including the upskilIing of employees.”

The closing date for entries is Thursday, August 24, 2017.  Full details are available at or by calling Heather Steven on 0141 302 6018.