The winners of the fifth annual Essex Digital Awards were announced at a sold out event in Chelmsford tonight (May 3, 2018).
A total of 36 awards in gold, silver and bronze were presented to deserving businesses, charities and schools across the county at Hylands House.
The EDAs has the largest following of any business awards held within the county and exists to celebrate online achievements.
Headline sponsor for EDA18 was Freelance SEO Essex and the event was also backed by Essex Chambers of Commerce, Superfast Essex, The Millennials Coach, Essex County Council Apprenticeship Promotion & Brokerage Hub, Nimbus Hosting, Barclays and Heart Essex.
Leading the way with two Gold awards was Coggeshall-based design agency Chilligraphics who took the top prize in Best Website: Marketing & Creative and Best Website: Small Business.
Gold in Best Website: Lifestyle & Culture went to sixredsquares, from Southend, who also clinched a silver and bronze in Best Online Retailer and Best Website: Tourism & Hospitality.
Taking the flagship Best Website award was Shaken Udder by Colchester-based designer MediaVita while Wedding Day Angel came out on top in Use of Social Media for Business.
Retirement planning specialists, Sound Financial, in Basildon, landed Gold in Use of Video for Business and Garda Design scooped the top prize in Best Blog.
Best Online Retailer went to lingerie company The Bra Closet with New Hall School in Chelmsford taking the plaudits in Best Website: School, Education or Charity.
Red7Marine by Colchester-based Voice Communications made the top of the podium in Best Website: B2B and The Swan Hotel by Green Square took were victorious in Best Website: Tourism & Hospitality.
Design Thing came first in Best Website: Sports & Entertainment for their work on behalf of trampoline park Base Jump.
Iain Johnson, Director at the EDAs, said: “What a fantastic night!
“To see so many innovative Essex businesses, schools and charities in one room, celebrating their successes is so exciting.
“Over the past five years the EDAs has grown from zero to becoming the largest business awards held within the county.
“We are very proud of this and grateful for the support we receive, but for 2019 we are planning some major changes to the scheme.
“Watch this space to find out how we plan the to make the Awards even bigger and better than ever before.”
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader for Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: “The Essex Digital Awards recognised and celebrated innovations in the field of online communications for businesses in the county. The awards brought together top digital communicators in Essex who raised the bar in digital communications. We are delighted that our Apprenticeship Hub and Superfast Essex sponsored categories at the Essex Digital Awards and I’d like to congratulate all of the winners tonight.
“Essex is leading nationally on the number of small-business start-ups and is due to its international links; two airports, ports and close proximity to London, it’s the perfect place to start a business or relocate.”
Also backing the EDAs were Indy Consultancy, Clare Reeves Voiceovers, Department for International Trade, Brentwood Borough Council, Basildon Council, Maldon District Council, Rochford District Council and Southend on Sea Borough Council.
Essex Digital Awards 2018 – The Winners
Gold – Garda Design
Silver – Knight West Estate Agents by Digital Reflow
Bronze – VerriBerri
BEST ONLINE RETAILER
Gold – The Bra Closet
Silver – The Ragged Priest by sixredsquares
Bronze – BoldLine Clothing by Studio Link 11
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS
Gold – Wedding Day Angel
Silver – Your Healthy Living Magazine by JFN Productions
Bronze – Magnificent Stuff
BEST USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS
Gold – Sound Financial Planning
Silver – The Robin Cancer Trust
Bronze – Countryside Properties by Focus Integrated
Gold – Shaken Udder by MediaVita
Silver – New Hall School
Bronze – Prested Hall by Hughes & Co Design
BEST WEBSITE: B2B
Gold – Red7Marine by Voice Communications
Silver – Riviera Drinks by Focus Integrated
Bronze – Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP
BEST WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Gold – The Vida Consultancy by sixredsquares
Silver – Elequra by Website Design Ltd
Bronze – Crafty Arts
BEST WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Gold – Chilligraphics
Silver – Polar Creative
Bronze – Charlotte Speculo – Floral Designer by Scott Pearson Design
BEST WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY
Gold – New Hall School
Silver – St Peter Ad Vincula by Chilligraphics
Bronze – The Robin Cancer Trust
BEST WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS
Gold – Chilligraphics
Silver – Happy Little Bundles
Bronze – The Bra Closet
BEST WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Gold – Base Jump by Design Thing
Silver – Chelmsford City Racecourse
Bronze – Team BRIT by Digital Reflow
BEST WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Gold – The Swan Hotel by Green Square
Silver – Aldeburgh Fish & Chips by Hughes & Co Design
Bronze – DJP Hospitality by sixredsquares