The Big Chip Awards entry deadline is fast approaching, with entries closing on March 17th. So, if you still haven’t finished your entry we decided to catch up with some of last year’s winners to get their advice on how to write a winning Big Chip submission, to find out what winning a Big Chip has meant for them and their business and to get some stories about the awards night itself.The Big Chip’s are the biggest awards that celebrate digital excellence in the North and there are 20 categories to enter this year including new categories, the Little Chip Placement/Apprentice award, which recognises the rising stars in digital and the next generation of digital professionals and Best User Experience, looking for excellence in the increasingly important field of user experience.Entries for the Big Chip Awards close on the 17 March 2014 and all of this year’s categories can be viewed here.The shortlist announcement will be on Thursday 1 May and the official ceremony and dinner will take place at Manchester’s Midland Hotel, on 3 July 2014.Find out more and enter today > Oliver Lees, Digital Marketing Manager, Space 48Best E-Business Project Award 2013 – Taps Website Redevelopment 1.       Can you tell us any ways that winning a Big Chip has helped your business - for example by raising your profile, making you stand out or leading directly to new business?Winning the award for Best E-Business project in 2013 really helped to raise the profile of our business. It lead to new business opportunities that may otherwise not have been available without winning the award.2.     What advice would you give to any digital companies who are thinking of entering the Big Chip Awards 2014?They should definitely enter! Pick your strongest piece of work and be sure to pay attention to all the questions on the Big Chip submission form. Using stats and evidence to back up your claims is vital.3.       The Big Chip Awards ceremony is legendary. Do you have any good stories from previous events that you want to share?Our team are known for enjoying a few champagnes when the occasion arises. The 2013 Big Chip Awards were no exception, with our very own MD, Jon, waking up the next morning with a half-eaten kebab in one hand, and a Big Chip Award in the other! Richard Eskins, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityLittle Chip Student Award 2013 - James Mcavady, BSc Web Development1. Can you tell us any ways that winning a Big Chip has helped your business - for example by raising your profile, making you stand out or leading directly to new business?Winning Little Chip did a number of things; it raised the profile of the student winner who was about to graduate and enter the job market. It enhanced the profile of the department and staff within the North West digital industry and it has hopefully inspired the students that follow.2. What advice would you give to any digital companies who are thinking of entering the Big Chip Awards 2014?As educators, this is very different to us. However, the digital industry is a close knit community in the North so it is as much about being a part of it all, as much as anything. 3. The Big Chip Awards ceremony is legendary. Do you have any good stories from previous events that you want to share? For us it has been the delight of taking our nominated students, made even better when we see them win. On a personal note, I did tell the chap sat next to me that we had met a few months ago at a friends BBQ. He denied it all. I still think I was right! Gavin Male, Managing Director, R.O.EYE  Big Chip – Digital Agency of the Year – R.O.EYE. 1. Can you tell us any ways that winning a Big Chip has helped your business - for example by raising your profile, making you stand out or leading directly to new business?The Big Chip Award win had a two-fold effect on our digital agency - pedigree and reassurance to external clients and prospects as well as internal recognition for the team that they were doing an outstanding job!2. What advice would you give to any digital companies who are thinking of entering the Big Chip Awards 2014?Entering the Big Chip Awards is a hugely worthwhile exercise.  The process is quick and simple, they are prestigious and established awards and with two entries free every digital business should consider entering.3. The Big Chip Awards ceremony is legendary. Do you have any good stories from previous events that you want to share? An excellent night - there's little better than a Northern night out and the Big Chip's is up there with the best. Our last visit to the awards involved several glasses of wine, some jovial clients...and a duck.  We'll say no more! So after reading that, is there a reason not to enter? Entries can be submitted online at www.bigchipawards.com. The first two entries are free. Subsequent entries cost £95. The closing date for entries is 17 March 2014.Good Luck!