Essex Digital Awards

Wild Essex scoops digital award

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It’s been a good week. Wild Essex beat off hundreds of entrants at the Essex Digital Essex to walk away with one of the top prizes. We won the Silver Award – which means runner-up, I think – in the Website: Tourism & Hospitality category.

Getting nominated was our goal, so winning an award was beyond what we honestly expected; and a wonderful surprise. Although lots of hard work goes into our Wild Essex site, none of us are web designers… so perhaps it shows what can be achieved with lots of time on Youtube ‘how to’ videos, a wee bit of coding for idiots, and good content.

The hosts told us that a record number of ‘progressive’ businesses, schools and businesses had entered this year. I’m sure they said 900 entrants.

The event was held at Boreham House, near Chelmsford, on May 18. Lovely venue. A proper drive with a lily pond up the centre, longer and wider than a 100m running track. I’d never been before.

Former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey hosted, and gave out the prizes. It was a nice touch interviewing each Gold winner on stage about their op’s and how they’d achieved so much success. Made for a proper evening; not the traditional boring ceremony of speeches and hand claps.

My wife and I were on the same table as the students from Plume – Maldon’s Community Academy. They collected Gold for best Moble App (below). We got a special tour of their phones! Capped off a perfect evening.

Young people and students will remain part of Wild Essex’s ongoing success. Seevic IT (Year 2) students worked on the site earlier this year to improve its SEO, mapping and social media access. We hope to do something together again in September, maybe to help take things to another level.

In case you’re wondering, this is the website that pipped us to the Gold prize: Complete Caterers, based in Colchester (below). It’s a lovely story and nice service. Wild Essex features businesses that source local food, so I’ll be tapas[ing] the owner Karen up to see where she gets her shellfish and veg.

Well done to everyone who won on the night. Because we heard lots of good stuff, here’s the entire Essex Digital Awards 2017 winners list:–

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

BRONZE – Orsett Hall Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
SILVER – Wild Essex
GOLD – Compleat Caterers by Skyblue Creations

Blog: Business

BRONZE – Fireplace Products
SILVER – Darkworld Gaming
GOLD – Creative Quills

Blog: Entertainment

BRONZE – Project: Wanderlust by Langley Media
SILVER – All Things Spliced
GOLD – Greedy Gourmet

Mobile App

BRONZE – Maths Test by Andrew Suttle
SILVER – My Eye Spy by Morris Projects
GOLD – Plume Maldon’s Community Academy

Online Retailer

BRONZE – Fireplace Products
SILVER – Love Pleasure
GOLD – Yumchaa by Graphic Evidence

Responsive Website

BRONZE – Invest Southend on Sea
SILVER – Felsted School by School Website
GOLD – Utilize by MC+Co Marketing

Use of Social Media for Business
BRONZE – Wedding Day Angel
SILVER – The Good Vet & Pet Guide
GOLD – Amateur Photographer by Prime Creative

Use of Video for Business

BRONZE – The Robin Cancer Trust
SILVER – KPMG by Main Media
GOLD – Harry Flashman’s Tattoo Parlour by aQ2


BRONZE – Lumen Archaeology
SILVER – MC+Co Marketing
GOLD – Eurolind

Website: B2B

BRONZE – Inntel by Valiant Design
SILVER – Euroline
GOLD – Miru 3D

Website: Lifestyle & Culture
BRONZE – The Green Apron
SILVER – Katie Murphy Permanent Make-Up by Digital Reflow
GOLD – Marriage’s Flour

Website: Marketing & Creative
BRONZE – Photographer Liam Gillan
SILVER – MC+Co Marketing
GOLD – Polar Creative

Website: School, Education or Charity

BRONZE – The Linnean Society of London by Enovate Design
SILVER – Seymour House Day Nursery by Twist Interactive Design
GOLD – Felsted School by School Website

Website: Small Business

BRONZE – The Lampshade Company
SILVER – The Green Apron
GOLD – Miru 3D

Website: Sports & Entertainment

BRONZE – Colchester Leisure World by Colchester Borough Council
SILVER – JP Tackle by Twist Interactive Design
GOLD – Chelmsford City Racecourse

Spirit of Essex
GOLD – Wilkin & Sons

People’s Choice Award

GOLD – The Green Apron

Future of Essex

SILVER – Rebecca Jilks, The Boswells School
SILVER – Ross Aylen, Tendring Technology College
GOLD – Nathan Banks, The Gilberd School

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