On a sizzling summer’s evening, the North’s digital community joined together at the splendid Midland hotel to celebrate the best in digital excellence.
Following a champagne reception, the 400 attendees were ushered into the Alexandra Suite for the evening ahead.
Celebrating its 17th year, Big Chip is the UK’s longest running digital industry award and is run by independent trade association – Manchester Digital.
Shaun Fensom, Chair, Big Chip Steering Group, welcomed everyone to the event and invited hundreds of digerati to recognise some of the North's finest digital achievements.
After a four course dinner and plenty of vino the awards ceremony kicked off with a witty repartee by engaging comedian Andrew Ryan and chair Alasdair Scott.
In anticipation of the winners being announced, Andrew and his ‘boyband’ performed an original rendition of Take That’s hit ‘Greatest Day’.
The digital projects nominated ranged from websites to animation; mobile apps to social media and digital brand to gaming.
Manchester-based Ampersand won the new award for Best B2C E-business Project with - Harvey Nichols: A success story of online luxury. The other new category for 2015 was the Best B2B E-business Project won by Climb Creative with ‘Where The Trade Buys’.
Other Manchester-based businesses successful on the night, included Stardotstar, who won Best Public Sector Project with First Steps; Access, who won Best User Experience with BAFTA Website; and iProspect Manchester won two awards – Best Use of Search with Driving Sign Up Growth across the UK for Pure Gym and the coveted Big Chip Digital Agency Award.
Engage Interactive secured three wins with Mr Men and Little Miss for Beefeater Grill and were awarded the Best Digital Marketing Campaign; Best Use of Social as well as the Grand Prix!
The award for the Most Innovative Application of Technology went to Wejo with Rewarding Driving. Glow New Media won the Best Application of Mobile with Merseyrail Official Passenger App.
The Best Use of Animation was awarded to Kilogramme with Tall Tales pt2 and Best Game: Lamplight Studios with A Pixel Story.
Music with Music website won the Best Use of Visual Design and the Best Not for Profit Project went to Connect Internet Solutions Ltd with SENDirect.
Mumsintheknow.co.uk received the award for The Best Start-up.
Other winners were: Best Freelancer/Micro Enterprise: Block 8; Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award ·Rhythm and ThirtyThree with DB Play, a Different Dimensions game for Deutsche Bank. The Little Chip Student Award:· Manchester Metropolitan University with Chris Chippindale, Richard Evans and Katrina McLaughlin and Little Chip Placement/ Apprentice Award: · UK Tights and Salford Business School with Marta Rodriguez Casares.
The winning entries were selected by head judge Alasdair Scott FRSA; fellow judges on the panel included Alistair Cole of The Engine Group, BBC journalist Bill Thompson, Daniel Nye Griffiths of Wired UK, Dr David Kreps from Salford University and Thinking Digital’s, Herb Kim.
Jon Myers of Marin Software, Nicole Yershon of Ogilvy and Tom Evans from BleepsBleeps were also on the panel.
Lawrence Jones MBE, CEO of headline sponsor, UKFast, commented: "The future is incredibly bright for the north-west with technology playing a key part in everyone’s success. The Big Chip Awards recognise Manchester’s central role in connecting every corner of the UK, just like the Industrial Revolution. Now, with speed being so integral to the success of websites and e-commerce, these connections allow Manchester to once again connect the UK. This ‘Industrious Revolution’ will put Manchester and the North West ahead of London for tech entrepreneurship within our lifetime.”
A memorable occasion
Big Chip 2015 was a great event and hugely enjoyable for everyone involved! We would like to congratulate all of those who received recognition for their digital achievements. Thank you for our nomination and we hope to be back next year!