Warrington-based eCommerce and digital marketing agency, Space48, won the Big Chip Award for Best e-Business project last year as a result of its work with luxury makeup brand Charlotte Tilbury. Since then the business has recruited 10 additional staff members and turnover has increased 60 per cent this year. The business has won a number of new clients since winning the Big Chip Award, most notably the online retailer Simon Jersey. Space48 is also in a phase of international expansion – last year it launched Charlotte Tilbury's eCommerce site in the US and it is currently in the process of launching a new website for Better Bathrooms in Germany.

We spoke to Jon Woodall, founder and managing director at Space48, about what the business has been upto since winning last year's award:

How has winning a Big Chip Award helped your business?

Winning the Best e-Business award for a second year in a row gave us a great platform to shout about the great work we do. We've had clients say that one of the reasons they appointed us was because we're an award winning business. Our year on year turnover is also up significantly and we've almost tripled the number of people we employ in the past two years.

The popularity of the Big Chip Awards seems to be growing year on year, and deservedly so. We're just putting the final touches to our entry for this year and look forward to another great event!  

What advice would you give to other businesses thinking about entering?

I'd strongly advise any digital businesses doing great work across the North to enter the awards. With five brand new categories for this year, there's something for everyone - from digital agencies, to app developers and games designers, right through to start-ups and students. The first two entries are free and it's a really simple application process; just make sure you stick to the category criteria and give tangible examples of results and you can't go far wrong.

The calibre of work showcased last year was extremely high and I have no doubt it'll be the same this time around.