Award history


2015 AwardBruntwood

Sponsored by

 

Winner 2015

mumsintheknow.co.uk with

mumsintheknow.co.uk mumsintheknow.co.uk

The judges said

A clear target market, explosive growth and a solid business model were the factors that convinced the judges to name Mums in the Know as Best Startup.

Entrant's description

Mums in the Know is a rapidly growing, hyperlocal network for Mums across the UK. Providing unique, real time, authentic, event based content that keep mums "in the know" at to what is happening in their local area. Harnessing the power of social media, connecting mums and providing local information online, whilst building and championing a strong local community vibe.

Shortlist

  • Air Black Box Company Ltd
  • Formisimo
  • Mums in the Know

Criteria

This category is open to any enterprise that is building its own product and is based in the North. The enterprise should have started in business after March 2012 and should be developing one or more products (or services) on its own initiative, not to-order for a client or clients. The product(s) or services(s) should be original and innovative in some way.  The award recognises originality and acumen in pursuing commercial or other objectives.


2014

Winner 2014

Degree53 with Degree53

Degree53 Degree53

The judges said

The judges described Degree 53 as a credit to Manchester. They highlighted the work the agency has done designing apps for the sports betting industry, and in particular they praised a complex API integration that created a super-simple experience for the customer.

Entrant's description

Degree 53 are a digital design agency specialising in web, mobile and native applications across a multitude of platforms. We are an independently owned organisation that lets creativity and innovation flourish. For our employees, we give them an environment where they can feel as comfortable as possible. We want them to enjoy coming to work every day and be passionate about what they do, as a company we feel that the perfect mix of experience and emerging talent has given us the foundations to help transform Manchester into the leading digital hub in the country.

Shortlist 2014

  • Degree53
  • Formisimo Ltd

Criteria 2014

This category is open to any freelancer/contractor or enterprise that has started in business since September 2012 and is based in the North. The award recognises enterprises that show particular promise of becoming successful.

The criteria were revised in 2013 to allow businesses that have started in the last 18 months to enter. This was in recognition that some start-ups need more than one year to demonstrate their potential. Businesses that started before September 2012 should consider entering Best Established Freelancer/Micro-Enterprise or the Big Chip Digital Agency Award.


Sunderland Software City2013

2013 award sponsored by:

Winner 2013

Yippee Entertainment Ltd

Yippee Entertainment Ltd Yippee Entertainment Ltd

 

The judges said

The winner here is a games studio born out of the closure of a previous video game business. The judges were impressed with the quality of the work being produced and by the strong revenue growth the company has shown. Combine these with the experience of the team and the judges expect great things from Yippee in the future.

Commended

Playrise Digital Ltd.

Playrise Digital Ltd.

 

Shortlist 2013

  • Boardwalk Studio Ltd
  • Playrise Digital Ltd.
  • Yippee Entertainment Ltd

Criteria 2013

This category is open to any freelancer/contractor or enterprise that has started in business since September 2011 and is based in the North. The award recognises enterprises that show particular promise of becoming successful.

Best Start-Up was a new category in 2013 replacing Best Newcomer (Enterprise).


2012

Winner 2012

Status Digital

Status Digital Status Digital

 

The judges said

Launching a new agency is challenging at the best of times; doing so in the harsh economic climate of the winter of 2011 was very tough indeed. So the judges were particularly impressed with the way Status Digital managed its launch, keeping its retained clients and recruiting new ones, and hitting all its financial targets in the process.

Shortlist 2012

  • Givey
  • Status Digital

Criteria 2012

This category is open to any freelancer/contractor or enterprise that has started in business since March 2011 and is based in the North. The award recognises enterprises that show particular promise of becoming successful.


2011

Winner 2011

cahoona

cahoona cahoona

 

The judges said

Building a new business during recession is no easy task, yet this company has tripled staff and doubled revenues in the last year. Award winners already, despite their youth, the judges were happy to add another trophy to their mantelpiece.

Shortlist 2011

  • BLISS
  • cahoona
  • Flipbook
  • myParcelDelivery.com
  • Umpf

 


2010

Winner 2010

 

Wooshii.com

Wooshii.com Wooshii.com

 

The judges said

This year saw a strong field of newcomers; some tentative first-time racers, others hitting the ground running, with world-class campaigns delivered straight out of the blocks. The winner took a new approach to an old problem, using the unique properties of the internet to bring what was once only available to big companies with reach of any small or medium-sized business.

Shortlist 2010

  • 4i Security
  • Cahoona
  • Digital Blah Blah
  • PiP Interactive
  • web Video Marketing ltd (webVM)
  • Wooshii.com

 


2009

Winner 2009

AdInsight

LABEL AdInsight - Best Newcomer AdInsight

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The judges said

Closing the loop between online and offline conversion is one of the key challenges facing advertisers as digital media grows in importance. The winner here tackles this problem in a way accessible to both advertisers and media agencies alike and the judges said they're looking forward to further innovation in this space from the company behind it.

Entrant's description

AdInsight is one of the most advanced call tracking solution available in the UK which allows businesses to track each of their advertising campaigns through to a lead or sale and inject that information into a web analytics platform like Google Analytics.

AdInsight displays all the call data graphically on a web interface, which helps businesses quickly:

• Identify which adverts generate the best ROI, so they can optimise their advertising spend accordingly.

• Helps them increase their profitability by allowing them optimising and test their ad copy for better conversion rates.

• Identify staffing problems.

• And more.

 

Shortlisted entries 2009

 


2008

Winner 2008

Best Newcomer is a new category in 2009.

Best Freelancer/Micro-enterprise was won in 2008 by Flashtemple