The Sussex Digital Awards was launched last year solely to showcase online work from across Brighton, East Sussex and West Sussex. Sussex Business Times was lucky enough to attend the big event last month at Pelham House in Lewes

The online achievements of some of the most progressive organisations across Sussex have been honoured at the first annual Digital Awards. Accolades across 14 categories including “Website”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to businesses, charities and schools at Pelham House in Lewes, on April 13.

Hosting the Sussex Digital Awards 2017 was former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey who handed Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a group of worthy winners, while special guests included Ana Christie from Sussex Chambers of Commerce, Dan Wallman of Sussex Council of Training Providers, and SBT’s own Lee Mansfield, all of whom presented awards.

Walking away with the Gold award in the flagship “Website” category was Brighton-based digital agency Boz Boz, who won for their work on behalf of TV presenter Jeremy Paxman. The Disabilities Trust, an autism charity in Burgess Hill, scooped the top prize in the “Use of Social Media for Business” and East Grinstead agency, Magnify Creative, won “Online Retailer” on behalf of Campania Food and Wine.

Also on stage, claiming Gold in the “Use of Video for Business”, were Midnight Communications for BRITA Vivreau” and Advantage Air Systems from Horsham were victorious in “Website: Small Business”. The top award in “Mobile App” was picked up by Carousel for Curing Perfect, an online graphic novel, while Gold in the “Blog” classification went to full-time digital writer Tom Briggs for “Diary of the Dad” and “Responsive Website” went to 5and3: Integrated Communication Solutions from East Grinstead.

The “Website: Marketing & Creative” Gold went to Brighton branding studio Made By Spoken and “Website: B2B” to 4D Data Centres in West Byfleet. Also on top of the podium were The Cookshelf by Superlative Design in “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, from Brighton, in “Website: School, Education or Charity”.

Cheryl Piper, PR & Communications Manager at Rockinghorse Children’s Charity said: “We are so pleased to have won this category, it was a tough category with loads of great competition and this will take pride of place in the office and we’re so grateful to everyone who judged the award and found us worthy of winning it.”

There was also a special “Spirit of Sussex” award, which is given to one organisation chosen for attracting significantly positive exposure to the county and this was presented to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the annual motor racing event on the Goodwood Estate which attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year.

Host, Robin Bailey described the sell-out event as a “smash-hit success”. He said: “We are absolutely delighted with the reaction to the first Sussex Digital Awards. We received a very large number of high quality entries, the presentation evening was packed to the rafters and the atmosphere was electric. This has been a great evening of celebration for the talented people of Sussex, bravo!”

Sussex Digital Awards 2017: Winners List 

Blog

 Gold: Diary of the Dad

Silver: Denyse Whillier

Bronze: Muddy Stilettos Sussex

Mobile App

Gold: Curing Perfect by Carousel

Silver: MyTeamSafe by Hillingar

Bronze: M-Tickets by Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus

Online Retailer

Gold: Campania Food and Wine by Magnify Creative

Silver: Cowdray Estates by 247 Creative

Bronze: Vinscovery by Nik Hannay Ltd & Ollie Hyde

Responsive Website

Gold: 5and3: Integrated Communication Solutions

Silver: Focus Digital Media

Bronze: Turner & Hoskins by Magnify Creative

Use of Social Media for Business, in association with Sussex Business Times

Gold: The Disabilities Trust

Silver: Barfoots by Kitch Media

Bronze: Arundel Castle by Midnight Communications

Use of Video for Business

Gold: BRITA Vivreau by Midnight Communications

Silver: Egg Media

Bronze: IBDrelief

Website, in association with Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Gold: Jeremy Paxman by Bozboz

Silver: Internet Matters by Pragmatic

Bronze: 5and3: Integrated Communication Solutions

Website: B2B

Gold: 4D Data Centres

Silver: Infigo Software

Bronze: Ticketmedia by Made By Spoken

Website: Lifestyle and Culture

Gold: The Cookshelf by Superlative Design

Silver: Woman Alive by CPO

Bronze: SixtySix Productions by ifour

Website: Marketing & Creative 

Gold – Made By Spoken

Silver – Jeremy Paxman by Bozboz

Bronze – 5and3: Integrated Communication Solutions

Website: School, Education or Charity

Gold: Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

Silver: TeamUp Bexhill by Rother Voluntary Action

Bronze: Internet Matters by Pragmatic

Website: Small Business, in association with Sussex Council of Training Providers

Gold: Advantage Air Systems

Silver: Brighton Digital Women

Bronze: Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design

Website: Tourism and Hospitality

Gold: Condé Nast Johansens by Pragmatic

Silver: Cowdray Estate by 247 Creative

Bronze: Coast B&B by Studio Polpetto

Spirit of Sussex

Gold: Goodwood Festival of Speed

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