The third Lincolnshire Digital and Tech Awards 2017 celebrated the county’s most innovative and creative digital technology companies.
Some 250 business representatives attended the awards held at The Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, as part of Lincolnshire Tech Week on Thursday, May 18, in anticipation of winning an accolade for their digital achievements.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior presented the evening, revealing there had been over 100 entries across the 12 categories with around 40 local companies and individuals making the shortlist for the awards.
A judging panel, made up of business leaders and experts from across Greater Lincolnshire, met on Wednesday, April 26 to give their verdict on the record number of applications.
Neil Everett, CEO at Software Europe, winner of the Business of the Year category, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have won an award, it has been an amazing experience. The room was full of amazing businesses and it is fantastic to know we have been a part of that.
“We had a thoroughly good evening, it has been great to see other businesses winning some awards.”
Daniel Ionescu, founding director of Stonebow Media, the breakthrough digital publishers of The Lincolnite, Lincolnshire Reporter and Lincolnshire Business, said: “The digital businesses we’re celebrating throughout Lincolnshire Tech Week are putting the county on the map, and we congratulate every one of our awards finalists for the part they play in disrupting industry with groundbreaking technology.
“The awards were the biggest yet and truly reflected the excitement that’s rumbling over digital industry in Lincolnshire.
“We want to thank all our awards sponsors, as well as our Lincs Tech judging panel, whose dedication and support has been integral to the success of the biggest digital celebration in the county.”
The winners of the 2017 Lincolnshire Digital and Tech Awards are:
Contribution to Technology: Daniel Westlake, MD of Cursor
Daniel Westlake was awarded with a special award as an ambassador for Digital and Tech Industries in Lincolnshire.
On receiving the award, which was secret until the night itself, Daniel said: “It was wholly unexpected! It was really nice to be recognised but I also think it is a big pat on the back for what is going on in Lincolnshire.
“I think what the awards are doing here is excellent and what it is doing is championing Lincolnshire businesses and in particular the tech businesses, which are really showing the way forward.”
Tech in Education: Riseholme College
Sponsors: Lincoln Minster School
Runners-up: Tension Group
Online Retailer of the Year: Santa Sacks Co.
Sponsors: Lincolnshire Business
Runners-up: Gifts from Handpicked
Entrepreneur of the Year: Paul Cooper – Pocket Sergeant
Sponsors: The Lincolnite
Runners-up: Peter Watson – Chatty Imp
Global Ambitions: Inzpire Ltd.
Sponsors: Lincoln Half Marathon
Runners-up: Page Tiger
Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year: Chatty Imp for ‘Share the Love’
Sponsors: Your Print Partner
Runners-up: Zazzle Media for ‘AO.com’
Small Business of the Year: Page Tiger
Runners-up: Greens Water Systems
Rising Star: Greg Downey from Orderwise
Runners-up: Julie Keen from Pink Jacket Marketing
Best Use of Multi-Media: Visit Lincoln
Sponsors: Peachy Events
Runners-up: Epix Media
Startup of the Year: Pocket Sergeant
Sponsors: Business Lincolnshire
Runners-up: Tension Group
Innovation in Tech: Screen IT Media
Sponsors: University of Lincoln
Runners-up: Tenantia Ltd.
Product of the Year: Inzpire Ltd.
Business of the Year: Software Europe
Sponsors: Streets Chartered Accountants