Vote for our Digital Awards Champions

Gold winners of the 2016 Essex Digital Awards are up against other gold winners from five other regions for overall supremacy in the first ever Digital Awards Champions event. Digital Awards Champions are voted for by the public and winners will be announced 9 February 2017 at London’s British Film Institute Southbank.

Voting is limited to one vote per category per person. Votes can be entered here before 20 January 2017.

The Essex Digital Awards

Digital AwardsThe Essex Digital Awards were set up in 2013 to recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county. In 2016 two Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) companies, & Polar Creative won in their categories…

  • – Gold Award for Website: B2B
  • Polar Creative – Gold Award for Website: Marketing & Creative, a specialist online training company, won a Gold Award in the B2B category in recognition of their modern and innovative management training solutions. Since working with EIP has won contracts with some major multinationals and has moved to premises double the size to accommodate extra new staff.

Polar Creative, a creative design agency in Chelmsford, was a runner up in the “Best Small Business Website” category in the 2014 awards. Last year they won a Gold Award in the Marketing and Creative category. EIP has also been working with Polar Creative and has introduced processes to streamline their activity. This has resulted in Polar Creative expanding their workforce and the company now has a continued plan of expansion.

Regional Digital Award winners 2016

The full list of Gold winners from the 2016 events for Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey who will be competing against each other include…


  • BAO Agency (Cambridgeshire)
  • Countryside (Essex)
  • Bishop’s Stortford College (Hertfordshire)
  • Ashford For by Pillory Barn (Kent)
  • Willen Hospice by Interdirect (Milton Keynes)
  • WS Planning & Architecture (Surrey)

Website: School, Education or Charity

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK (Cambridgeshire)
  • Havering College (Essex)
  • Bishop’s Stortford College (Hertfordshire)
  • Demelza Hospice Care for Children (Kent)
  • Supershoes by Amasci Creative (Milton Keynes)
  • Hemsley Fraser by Lab (Surrey)

Mobile App

  • Pocket Sergeant (Cambridgeshire)
  • My World Of Atoms (Essex)
  • Country Eye by Ether Creative (Kent)
  • The British Museum by Vusiem (Milton Keynes)
  • StaySafe (Surrey)

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

  • Visit Essex (Essex)
  • Visit Hertfordshire by Red Bullet (Hertfordshire)
  • The Hop Farm by Ether Creative (Kent)
  • Grand Central Birmingham by Interdirect (Milton Keynes)


Website: B2B

  • Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing (Cambridgeshire)
  • (Essex)
  • Oakmont Construction by Tutch Media (Hertfordshire)
  • Lumina Energy by ifour (Kent)
  • Westfourstreet (Milton Keynes)
  • Sage Pay by Lab (Surrey)

Website: Sports & Entertainment

  • Gymkit UK by Echo Web Solutions (Cambridgeshire)
  • Monkey Madness Play Centre by Laban Brown Design (Essex)
  • 1000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic (Hertfordshire)
  • BritPong by Breakthrough Funding (Kent)
  • Film My Show by The Big Yellow Feet Production Company (Surrey)

Use of Video for Business

  • Imagen EVP (Cambridgeshire)
  • Ford by Burrows (Essex)
  • Cincera (Hertfordshire)
  • BritPong by Breakthrough Funding (Kent)
  • Milton Keynes Museum by Wise Guys (Milton Keynes)
  • Buttons Children’s Parties (Surrey)

Use of Social Media for Business

  • Bridges Cafe (Cambridgeshire)
  • Ford by Burrows (Essex)
  • Fluid Studios (Hertfordshire)
  • Diggerland UK (Kent)
  • Lindsay Does Languages (Milton Keynes)
  • The Guide 2 Surrey by TG Media Group (Surrey)

Website: Small Business

  • The Cult & Classic by BAO Agency (Cambridgeshire)
  • Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing (Essex)
  • Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs (Hertfordshire)
  • Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design (Kent)
  • Bombinate Web Design (Milton Keynes)
  • The Great Holiday Collection by OH Creative (Surrey)

Blog: Entertainment

  • Musings & More (Cambridgeshire)
  • Bang On Style (Essex)
  • H2Open Magazine by Ecce Media (Kent)
  • Milton Keynes Kids (Milton Keynes)
  • Expert Home Tips by Veneficus (Surrey)

Blog: Business

  • Zoetis by OST Marketing (Cambridgeshire)
  • North Essex Parking Partnership by Colchester Borough Council (Essex)
  • Deep Phat Digital (Hertfordshire)
  • ifour (Kent)
  • Lindsay Does Languages (Milton Keynes)
  • Ramsac (Surrey)

Polar CreativeWebsite: Marketing & Creative

  • Sookio (Cambridgeshire)
  • Polar Creative (Essex)
  • Bespoke Verse (Hertfordshire)
  • TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells by ifour (Kent)
  • Red Giraffe (Milton Keynes)
  • Flic Creative (Surrey)

Online Retailer

  • Cambridge Saxophone (Cambridgeshire)
  • Bulk Powders (Essex)
  • Bespoke Verse (Hertfordshire)
  • Childrensalon (Kent)
  • Barker Shoes by Visual Identity Creative (Milton Keynes)
  • Corporate Baby (Surrey)

Website: Lifestyle & Culture

  • Cambridge Food Collective (Cambridgeshire)
  • Essex Baby (Essex)
  • Wildgoose by Tutch Media (Hertfordshire)
  • Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing (Kent)
  • Dhaniya Authentic Indian Cooking by Aubergine (Milton Keynes)
  • La Residence Interiors (Surrey)

Responsive Website

  • Aston Shaw by Hype Marketing (Cambridgeshire)
  • Countryside (Essex)
  • Lyndhurst Financial Management (Hertfordshire)
  • DS-Virgin Racing by Zest (Kent)
  • Building Transformation by SOtechnology (Milton Keynes)
  • Cielo Move by Valiant Design (Surrey)

About the Essex Innovation Programme

The Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) works with established companies and start-up businesses to help them to develop, and take to market, innovative products and services.

See here for more information on EIP.

Source [Digital Awards]

Helen Quinnell
Helen Quinnell

Innovation Manager

07918 904941


I work with innovative SMEs across Essex providing a range of support to enable business growth through the Essex Innovation Programme. This includes business mentoring for start-ups, early stage and established companies, signposting to funding and finance, as well as arranging networks and events to provide opportunities for business collaboration.

Emma Wakeling
Emma Wakeling

Business Innovation Manager

07921 397050


Leading on the Essex Innovation Programme and developing new support mechanisms to enable Essex businesses to grow. Managing a team of experienced private sector business mentors who work closely with multi-sectoral established businesses and start-ups to embed innovative practices. Focusing on product (including intellectual property), process, organisational and marketing innovation. Developing key collaborative strategic partnerships with industry and academia.