New Century Hall set for dinner

The 2008 Big Chip awards took place in Manchester on Thursday 22 May.

The sell-out audience of 500 guests was welcomed with a champagne reception sponsored by North West Vision and Media before sitting down to dinner in the 1960's listed New Century Hall.

Terry ChristianThe last five Big Chips were hosted by the late Anthony Wilson. This year Terry Christian took on the role and kept to the tradition with his provocatively pro-Manchester and pro North West comments. After dinner Terry introduced a short video prepared by shortlisted micro-enterprise Monster Music videos. The video drew attention to Anthony Wilson's long involvement with the digital industries - guests laughed at archive footage of a 90's IT programme hosted by Wilson, including scenes of Bill Oddie attempting to use a computer by waving a mouse in the air.

Then after a dynamic animation by Bes Bejupi, Terry introduced the awards themselves.

Winners

Lots of new names received awards, including double wins for Love Creative who won New Media Agency of the year, Edunation and Trader Media Digital. Hydrant won Best from Cumbria for the second year running. The updated Hall of Fame shows Code Computer Love still with more Big Chips than anyone else, but the other front runners Stardotstar now share second place with The Neighbourhood - Grand Prix winners two years running.

As the map prepared by PushON shows, the winners were spread across the North West - and beyond in the case of the Game of the North award.

Dinner and party

Urbis CentreThe New Century Hall team came up with what must surely be a post-ironic menu, but with the emphasis on local and fair trade: terrine of Cheshire chicken livers, choice of Derbyshire lamb or "Rusholme" curry, and Manchester tart with Vimto jelly. Complemented by fair trade wines from Chile and South Africa.

Many then went on to The Modern bar and restaurant in the Urbis Centre where the party went on until 3am. A communication problem meant that many were left queuing outside to get in - a problem that was eventually resolved, but not before some people had given up. Big Chip apologises to anyone who was disappointed.