The awards are almost here….

The Herald’s Scottish Digital Business Awards, which takes place next week, has attracted a record number of entries and is on course to be the biggest in the event’s history.

Judges said they have been impressed by the strong creative and technical skills displayed by companies which have entered.

Hugh Lightbody, lead officer at the Business Gateway National Unit, said: “With some of Scotland’s leading digital talent gathering in one place we know it is going to be an exciting and rewarding night for everyone.”

David Mains, director of long time event backer Enigma People Solutions, believes this year’s event is on course to be the biggest yet. He said: “We are looking forward to celebrating with finalists and winners on the night.”

Other backers of the event include Jumpstart, SCVO, City of Glasgow College and FanDuel.

Eileen McLaren, vice president of Engineering at FanDuel, said: “We are really looking forward to attending the awards this year. It’s a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the businesses and individuals that are putting Scotland on the international map for digital excellence and innovation.”

Brian Williamson, from Jumpstart, said: “Jumpstart is proud to support individuals & companies that make new ideas possible, stretching the boundaries of digital ventures and changing the way Scottish businesses contribute to the digital economy.”

SCVO’S Chris Yiu said: “This is the seventh year for the awards, and the first year for a new charity and social enterprise category. Scottish charities are doing some amazing things on the web, and we’re thrilled to be able to support and celebrate their achievements.”

Margaret Darroch, from City of Glasgow College, said: “We are all extremely excited for the awards next Thursday, it will be an evening of innovation, business and new talent.”