The fourth Lincolnshire Technology and Innovation Awards 2018, organised by CityX, 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, June 7, in anticipation of winning an accolade for their digital achievements.
Lincolnshire Tech Week, which is powered by the University of Lincoln and its Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire, is aimed at promoting and rewarding existing businesses in the tech world as well as to helping to educate and inform other companies looking to expand their knowledge and expertise.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior presented the evening, revealing there had been over 120 entries across the 19 categories with around 60 local companies and individuals making the shortlist for the awards.
A judging panel, made up of business leaders and experts from across Greater Lincolnshire, gave their verdict on the record number of applications.
Karl Blakesley, Marketing Manager at Orderwise, winner of the Business of the Year category, said: “We are absolutely over the moon. Our CEO, David Hallam, started Orderwise almost 30 years ago and he had grown it to be what it is today.”
Dean Graham, Founder of CityX and organiser of the awards said: “For the fourth annual Lincolnshire Technology and Innovation Awards we are really pleased to see a record turn out, a record number of businesses nominated and a record number of awards given away.
“It’s fantastic to see so many different businesses be celebrated and showcased at a large industry event and we look forward to next year.”
The winners of the 2018 Lincolnshire Technology and Innovation Awards are:
CityX Award: Leo Scott Smith
Leo Scott Smith was awarded with the CityX Award, which is awarded to the person who will put Lincoln on the map in the tech world.
On receiving the award, which was secret until the night itself, Leo said: “I am very pleased to have won the award, it wasn’t anything that I was expecting but I think that it is definitely something that reflects what we are doing currently.
“I was also very pleased with the comments Dean made specifically about how we are going to put Lincoln on the map because I hope that as well.”
Digital Innovation: Lincolnshire Co-Op and Cursor
Highly Commended: Bytron Aviation Systems
Innovation in Construction: Minster Surfacing
Highly Commended: Aeroscape
Innovation in Education: ScholarPack
Highly Commended: NetSupport Limited
Innovation in Healthcare: Selenity
Highly Commended: Streets Heaver Healthcare
Innovation in Tourism: Visit Lincoln
Highly Commended: The Sleaford and District Civic Trust
Digital Campaign of The Year: Distract – Action On Hearing Loss
Highly Commended: Knapton Wright – Bruce Equipment Inc.
Creative Agency of The Year: Optima
Highly Commended: Distract
Startup of the year: KryptoKloud
Highly Commended: Tension VR
Education Product of The Year: The Students’ Union Management System (SUMS)
Highly Commended: ScholarPack
Software Product of The Year: Bytron Aviation Systems – Skybook
Highly Commended: Khaos Control – Khaos Control Cloud
Product of The Year: Greens Water Systems – Softly Laundry Powder
Highly Commended: Optima – Marketing Lincolnshire Online Toolkit
Online Retailer of The Year: GiftsOnline4U.com
Highly Commended: applesandpips.co.uk
Entrepreneur of the Year: Charlotte Hay (The Creative Larder)
Highly Commended: Leo Scott Smith
Student Enterprise Award: Ben Williamson from Bishop Burton College
Highly Commended: ESTV at Grimsby Institute
Industry Ambassador: Neil Everatt – Selenity
Business person of the year: David Hallam – OrderWise
Highly Commended: Peter Watson – Distract
Small Business of The Year: Root2Recruit
Highly Commended: DBS Internet Marketing
Business of The Year: Orderwise
Highly Commended: Minster Surfacing