Scotland’s leading digital lights taste success at Herald awards

THE winners of The Herald’s latest annual Scottish Digital Business Awards were unveiled last night, showcasing the depth of talent, innovation and expertise in Scotland’s fast-growing digital and tech economy.

Held in association with DigitalBoost, and supported by Business Gateway and SQA, the awards took place at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow, where the winners of 12 contested categories were revealed. The event concluded with a further award, for Outstanding Contribution to the Digital Community, which was this year presented to Brian Corcoran, founder of the Turing Fest tech conference.

Now in their eleventh year, the awards set out to recognise the success of Scottish businesses, large and small, in harnessing the opportunities offered by digital technology. Categories covered areas such as e-commerce, charity and social enterprise, consumer engagement, education, social media and artificial intelligence (AI).

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer of Business Gateway National Unit, said: “The awards were a celebration of the passion, commitment and creativity of Scotland’s business owners, and I’m sure all in attendance felt inspired by our finalists’ innovative and effective use of digital technology.

“All those nominated were a testament to the hard work it takes to successfully move forward with digital business tools and the winners fully deserve our congratulations, particularly given the high standard of the competition.”

The Business Award, sponsored by Business Gateway, went to PODFather, which is designed for businesses with delivery drivers.

Blue2 Digital was awarded the E-Commerce Awarded, supported by DigitalBoost, for its work with Simon Howie, while Know You More received the Charity & Social Enterprise award. Neu – Quenchable won the Education & Training Award, supported by SQA.

Graeme Clark at SQA said: “These awards are a great way to recognise the important role that Scottish businesses are playing in driving technological innovation for the benefit of Scotland and its citizens.

“We are proud to support these awards and the achievements of our Education & Training finalists reflect the incredible potential of digital technology in creating new learning opportunities and supporting economic growth.”

The Digital Professional of the Year was given to Barry Fearn from The Lane Agency.  And Edinburgh-based Intelligent Mobile was named the 2019 Digital Agency of the Year.

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The winners:

Business Award – sponsored by DigitalBoost

Brand Calibre


Wheatley Group

E-Commerce Award – sponsored by Business Gateway

ARRAN – Sense of Scotland

Blue2 Digital – Simon Howie, The Scottish Butcher – WINNER


Storm ID – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Wholesale Domestic

Charity and Social Enterprise Award

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland – Discover Digital

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland – Humans of Scotland

Know You More – WINNER

Storm ID – Scottish Wildlife Trust

Public Sector Award

eCom Scotland – Children’s Hearings Scotland and West Lothian College – COMMENDATION

Horisk Leslie Development – OSCR

Storm ID – NHS Scotland – WINNER

App of the Year 

Blue2 Digital – Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail

Intelligent Mobile – Longleat App – WINNER

Neu – ExitBrexit

Screenmedia – Northumbrian Water Group

Consumer Engagement Award

After Digital – Chase Distillery – WINNER

Blue2 Digital – Simon Howie, The Scottish Butcher

Enterprise Screen – The Power of Attorney camp – WINNER

Equator – Dalata

Education & Training Award

Daydream Believers – COMMENDATION

Neu – Quenchable – WINNER

University of Aberdeen – Toolkit

Wheatley Group – MyHousing

Emerging Talent Award 

Adrian Cybulski – COMMENDATION

Jenn Hood – WINNER


Natalie Woods – COMMENDATION

Best Use of Social Media Award

DYW Glasgow – WINNER

Hydrogen – Highland Park

Hydrogen – SSE

McQueens Dairies


Innovative Use of AI Award


Storm ID – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – WINNER

Digital Professional of the Year

Barry Fearn, The Lane Agency – WINNER

James Duff – Wheatley Group

Wendy Edie – eCom Scotland – COMMENDATION

Digital Agency of the Year

After Digital

Intelligent Mobile – WINNER


Storm ID