The 20th annual Big Chip Awards took place last night (Wednesday 4th July), in a ceremony which saw businesses, individuals and students across 21 categories take home a prestigious award.

Organised by digital and tech trade association Manchester Digital, the awards have celebrated excellence across the North for the last 20 years, making them the longest running digital and tech awards in the UK.

Over 400 industry professionals and guests attended the event, hosted at Manchester’s iconic Hilton Hotel. Winners included Co-op Food, who scooped three awards, including the Anthony Wilson Award which was chosen by special guest judge, Martha Lane-Fox and Flow Creative were the winners of the new ‘Best Creative Impact’ award.

To mark the 20th anniversary a one-off award was introduced, the Big Chip Pioneer Award, to highlight the outstanding contribution made by an individual to the North’s digital and tech industries over the last 20 years. This award was won by Dave Carter, formerly the Head of the MDDA, who through his role in pioneering projects in Manchester from the late 1980’s is credited with ensuring the city got an early start using on-line technology - a key factor in the development of its thriving digital and tech scene.

This year’s distinguished judging panel included design expert Malcolm Garrett – chair of the panel – the BBC’s Bill Thompson, Nikki Barton of British Airways, Thinking Digital’s Herb Kim, Jeni Tennison of Open Data Institute and special guest judge Martha Lane-Fox; all of whom praised this year’s particularly strong shortlist.


Chair of the Big Chip Steering Group, Shaun Fensom, said: “It’s great to have marked the 20th Big Chip with such an array of brilliant entries. We set out back then to show that the North can deliver great quality digital and tech projects. Now we’re proving year after year that in fact some of the best work you can find anywhere is being done right here. Well done to all our winners!”   

The 20th ceremony was supported by a range of organisations, including headline sponsor UKFast, BCS, Cisco and Bing.

Lawrence Jones MBE, CEO of headline sponsor UKFast, added: “It’s been an honour to once again be part of Big Chip and help to recognise the very best in our industry – it’s an unmissable event in the awards calendar so we were proud to sponsor for the fifth year running.”

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