Impression DP are proud to annouce winning the ‘Best Digital Start Up’ at the Yorkshire Insider Digital and Technology Awards 2011 last night.
The cream of the region’s marketing, web design and IT community came together last night for Insider’s 11th Yorkshire Digital & Technology Awards. Among the big winners was Leeds-based digital agency Numiko, which picked up two awards for Best Business-to-Consumer Website and Best Web Design Team.Guest speaker Ajaz Ahmed, founder of Freeserve, told the audience at the Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries, that Yorkshire companies can go on to become global players. “If we can create better websites and back-end technology then we might also be able to produce some of the big companies that can go on to become some of the global players of the future,” he said. The awards were presented by Stuart M McFarlane, sector manager of digital and new media at Yorkshire Forward, who revealed that Yorkshire’s digital and new media sector is the fastest growing in the UK. The awards are sponsored by Baker Tilly and Yorkshire Forward. Shaun Mullins, partner at Baker Tilly, said: “We work with and come across many successful Yorkshire based digital and technology companies. In a rapidly developing environment Yorkshire is well placed to accelerate the growth of such businesses.” The Awards Best Digital Start Up Winner: Impression DP The judges said of Impression DP: “They started off being print focused and have embraced the web. They clearly reflect the integrated nature of digital, digital print, marketing.” The judges also noted Impression’s strong increase in turnover and the fact the company was already on the acquisition trail. Shortlisted: Engage Interactive, Zeal Digital Best Business to Business Website Winner: QUBA (for Symphony Event Management Software) In a very hard fought category, the judges thought long and hard before selecting QUBA as their winner. They said that the agency’s Symphony Event Management Software website was user-friendly and inviting, encouraging the target market of event managers and conference organisers to click through for a demo. This has brought significant commercial benefits to the organisation, with demo requests coming in every week. Shortlisted: The North Space for Comply Direct, NetConstruct for Lewis PR, twentysix (for Aggregate) Best Business to Consumer Website Winner: Numiko for ITV.com This was a very high quality category, with all of the entries generating high marks from the judges. Numiko’s work for ITV.com focused on the hit TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! They were especially impressed by the sheer volume of video clips and information. They said it takes the excitement of the TV show and adds value for viewers. Chapter Eight earned a high commendation for Share Jewellers – the judges saying that the work had transformed their business model. Highly Commended: Chapter Eight for Share Jewellers Shortlisted: PureNet for buyshedsdirect.co.uk, Designition for Rafis Spice Box Best Trading Platform Winner: Chapter Eight for Open Payment System The judges said Chapter Eight’s Open Payment System platform “integrates with the other parts of the business, and was very solid”. They added: “Instead of writing a payment system for each client, Chapter Eight has come up with a cloud-based service that complies with all payment standards. It is multi-channel and designed to work across all of sales channels, whether online or not.” Shortlisted: NetConstruct for voucherexpress.co.uk Best Web Design Team Winner: Numiko Our judges said of Numiko: “They do an outstanding job, their excellent work included the Edinburgh Festival site, which must have been a nightmare to produce but they pulled it off. They also produced the website for ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here – they are a Yorkshire company that is nationally and internationally recognised, and well received by all. They are consistently pushing the boundaries.” Shortlisted: Technophobia, Panoetic Best Application of Mobile Technology Winner: aql One entry really stood out, which is aql. The judges said: “There is genuine innovation in creating technology that enables people to ring a single number and have a number of people’s phones ring. Yet again they have set their mind to dealing with mass data and come out with a knockout solution. They were head and shoulders above the rest. They really are an innovator.” A high commendation went to MyKnowledgeMap which our judges said was an excellent development in the business issue of getting information to students. Highly commended: MyKnowledgeMap Shortlisted: Chapter Eight Best Educational Software or E-learning Initiative Winner: MyKnowledgeMap MyKnowledgeMap has gone one better than their highly commended in the previous category. Our judges said it was “way ahead of everything else, hits all the buttons”. They added: “With tremendous long-term potential, this is the kind of thing that can roll out across all the NHS teaching hospitals. It has scalability and it can roll out into other fields. It saves costs which is very important in the current climate. It is innovative. Best of all, it is relatively straightforward.” Shortlisted: Radiowaves, Webanywhere for Student Jotter Best Software Provider Winner: e@SY Connects e@syConnects is a piece of software that enables neighbourhood watch groups to report incidents and other groups to provide social care in the community. The judges praised the “funky use of new technology to improve everyone’s lives”. The judges added: “They have a massive logistical job to co-ordinate so many organisations in South Yorkshire. Bringing together those stakeholders in itself is to be commended.” Shortlisted: P2 Technologies IT Efficiency Award Winner: Science Warehouse Our judges said Science Warehouse was an “interesting, cloud-based procurement solution that allows companies to have an internal procurement catalogue”. They added: “This may not sound sexy but it is something that is helping universities and other organisations to streamline their procurement and save time and money.” Shortlisted: Branded3 for Interflora Best Digital Advertising Campaign Winner: twentysix for Pringles Twentysix Digital’s work for Pringles, was, in the view of our judges, “clever, interactive, something that we as a region should be thoroughly proud of”. They added: “It showed fantastic use of technology such as webcams, digital image processing. Competing against world leading agencies – to get that brief is testament to the agency’s success. Who says you need to run off to London for your creative work?” Shortlisted: QUBA for Sleepmasters Best App Winner: Aurora Sound Studios designed by Limelight Software Limelight Software’s Aurora Sound Studio came in for strong praise from our judges, who said it was “very sophisticated and a really nice mixture – the unanimous feedback from users is positive”. They added: “Their sales figures are really quite respectable – this is a significantly successful piece.” Shortlisted: V Festival Guide by Ashley Bolser Agency, Orientation specific iPhone website designed by Engage Interactive