Hull Live Digital Awards 2018

Coming together to celebrate the regions Digital Vibrancy.

Hull Live Digital Awards 2018

Hosted by Hull Live

Now in their 5th year, the Digital Awards – brought to you by KCOM & Hull Live – demonstrate the region’s digital vibrancy. We want to showcase the inspiring work of individuals and companies across East Yorkshire who are at the cutting edge of digital business. By recognising the excellence that exists within a whole industry that is globally, socially & commercially relevant to Hull’s industrial & cultural revolution, these awards can really celebrate how times are moving forward.

Deadline for Entries: 28 Jul 2018
Shortlist Announced: 31 Jul 2018
Awards Ceremony: 20 Sep 2018


Best Digital Innovation

New ideas are the lifeblood of the fast-moving digital industry. We’ll be looking for a unique design or innovation which has helped a company or organisation take a step forward in their digital journey. The winner of this product could work in hardware or software, refining a successful product to make it even better or coming up with a great new concept from scratch. Clever ideas for bringing traditional businesses into the digital arena will also be considered.

Best Mobile App

Judges will be looking for a stand-out App, showing innovation, imagination and flair. The App, either a stand-alone App or interactive element to a website, should be attractive but also useful and evidence of interactivity will be expected. Apps with either a consumer or a commercial focus can be considered and the winner should be able to demonstrate strong take-up in its target market. Successful firms should show style and flair in their design.

Best E-Commerce

A company or organisation that can show itself to be a true vanguard of digital commerce. This could range from an online based retail business to a sports club using online to build its core business. Firms of all sizes can be considered, from small new companies up to major organisations driving change. Businesses which have fresh ideas for selling products online will be looked favourably on and creative thinking will be rewarded.

Best Hardware

The judges will assess entrants for evidence of creating novel devices of genuine utility or usability – hardware that supports clear impactful improvement in the lives or situations of its end users. Preference will be given to entries designed for integration, allowing inclusion into larger, broader solutions. The category is open to firms of all sizes and could be won by a young firm with disruptive technology or an established one with a relentless focus on improvement.

Best Global Reach

The judges will assess entrants for evidence of leveraging their own unique digital (hardware or software) products and services to gain commercial contracts outside of the UK. Preference will be given to those organisations that have been able to demonstrate that the export of their services has led to increased local turnover and consequent growth/recruitment etc. Every digital business has the potential to be global and judges will reward the firms that have seen that opportunity and really grasped it.

Young Digital Person of the Year

This category will recognise an individual under the age of 25 who has made an impact on the digital landscape in Hull and East Yorkshire in the last year. They could be a game designer or web developer, artist or software specialist. The region’s success in the digital arena depends on talent staying in East Yorkshire and judges will look to reward the best and brightest young people for their efforts. The winner could be an entrepreneur or an excellent employee whose work has made a difference to their business.

Best Digital Start Up

A company or organisation that has launched in the last two years and has already found a strong and loyal digital following, customer base or audience. This award can recognise success in a wide range of fields, from online retail to web development or marketing. The winner will have bold ambitions and clear evidence their growth plans have got off to a solid start. Judges will be looking for bright, adaptable firms not afraid of challenging the established order.

Best Digital Marketing Communication

This award includes social media, website & video

Creative campaigns are common, ones that work less so! We’re looking for a one-off marketing or promotional campaign, or continuous excellent use of digital tools such as social media, to promote a business, organisation or event. East Yorkshire is home to a wealth of marketing talent and the best firms in the field recognise digital is now at the core of their operation. Judges will be keen to see eye-catching graphics, unusual videos and impressive ideas on adding value to content.

Best Emerging Technology

The judges will assess entrants for evidence of creating innovative technology (hardware or software) that broaches new territory in some significant way and that represents progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage. Examples of currently emerging technologies include educational technology, information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Best Use of Technology within Education

As more schools and colleges sign up to digital, we’ll be looking for a stand-out performer in education who is using digital technology to interact with pupils, staff and the public. The winner will have embraced the internet’s possibilities for teaching and be able to show how its use has helped pupils develop their skills. Judges hope to see creative uses of technology which goes beyond the occasional use of slideshows.

Digital Ambassador of the Year

Awarded by the judges to an individual, company or organisation that is leading the way in digital application and development and helping inspire others on the community. The winner will be focused on making the region a great place for start-ups and tech firms to work, and tirelessly promote it to external organisations. They will play a key role in making the digital economy successful.



Arco's mission is to keep people safe at work. Our fourth generation, family owned business is committed to delivering that mission through our core values. Our values are more than just statements; they define our reasons for being in business and what it means to be part of our extensive Arco family.

By investing in our own people we are able to offer expert advice and support to our customers. Since 2008 we have trained over 150 Arco staff in a range of professional health and safety qualifications, including IOSH and NEBOSH certification. We will continue to provide training to our teams so they can offer practical support and sensible advice.

Together with our training and consultancy division, Arco Training and Consultancy, we offer the most comprehensive health and safety services available. Our team of highly qualified experts work in partnership with you to offer practical, hassle-free services to ensure that your work place is safe and compliant.

As market leaders we offer the widest range of PPE in the UK. Our National Distribution Center holds an impressive 22,000 products and our network of over 40 branches cover the UK and Ireland, ensuring you can get what you need when you need it. If you have got a large order or bespoke requirements then come and talk to us about a deal.

Arc Software

At Arc Studios we craft bespoke software solutions for businesses that operate both locally and internationally. Founded in 2014, we use the latest technology to help springboard our clients by using the most modern platforms and techniques available. We have become a trusted partner for our clients and a recognised leader in our field within C4DI - the biggest tech community in the North of England.

EyeWeb - Drink Reception Sponsor

Eyeweb is a modern and hard-working digital agency. Our riverside studio based in Hessle, East Yorkshire, houses our full-time team who specialise in branding, web design, custom development solutions and digital marketing. We fully immerse ourselves in our client's project and marketplace to guarantee the most engaging and productive online strategy for their businesses. This leads to an increase in customer enquiries and a measurable ROI. Visit our website

Hull College

Hull Live

The Hull Daily Mail's rebranded online platform.
Our new Hull Live name better reflects a live, digital news operation - but it will become so much more than just a news site
Hull Live as a name is intended to be perceived as more inspiring, innovative, and youthful. To make a step away from the association with regional print media.
To link with the family of regional ‘Live’ brands growing up across the country.

It's happening here.

Ideal Boilers

Ideal Boilers was founded in 1906, meaning that we have over 100 years of providing the best quality boilers to our customers continually working to meet ever-changing domestic heating needs.

Taking boilers from basements into kitchens in the 1920s, through to introducing pioneering high-efficiency technologies, we continually deliver reliable products designed with our customers in mind.

Today, Ideal remains at the forefront of the domestic and commercial heating markets, leading the industry in setting new standards and challenging technological boundaries. Our company remains true to its founding principles of quality, innovation and value – building on its rich heritage as we look to the future.


KCOM, making Hull and East Yorkshire a better place to live, work and visit. It is one of the UK's oldest communications services companies and are constantly evolving in order to continue to help customers create greater value from the way they interact, collaborate and connect with what matters to them.
In 2016 KCOM brought together all of their brands to build a single, integrated business so that their customers can access KCOM's full range of capability and expertise in the market. These brands consist of - Enterprises, Businesses and Consumers.


PureSpeed is the business only fibre broadband offering from Purebroadband.

We have partnered with Cityfibre a national infrastructure builder and operator. Our services are delivered over a pure fibre network which was purposely built to provide businesses in Hull with a true alternative to KCOM, without the need to compromise on service or quality. CityFibre are arguably the UK’s second largest infrastructure provider having purchased KCOM’s national network, adding to their already expansive fibre only network across the UK. In Hull, existing organisations already benefitting from the network include national mobile firms Three and EE, Hull College, Hull University and various NHS sites.

Purebroadband has operated in Hull since 2009 and our mission is to provide our customers with exceptional service levels and cost effective, reliable products. Our gigabit, fibre only products are driven by our passion for our city and our belief that Hull businesses deserve the best.

Since December 2017 we are also able to offer services over the KCOM network in the Hull area offering reliable fibre broadband at a great price.

Ron Dearing UTC

Ron Dearing UTC has opened a brand-new building for 2017 in Hull city centre and offers students a totally new and unique way to learn.

Backed by Hull University and the region’s leading employers, the UTC provides young people with an employer-driven academic, technical and vocational education that will significantly improve their higher education and employment opportunities and fast-track them into the careers of their dreams.

The building is equipped with the most advanced technology, focusing on our specialisms of Digital Technology and Mechatronics – a combination of IT and engineering.

RDUTC is a school that means business. Working in partnership with the University of Hull and the region’s leading employers, RDUTC provides students with an employer-driven academic, technical and applied education that gives them the edge in terms of higher education and employment opportunities and fast-tracks them into exciting and lucrative careers.

Our curriculum combines study for core GCSEs and A Levels with a range of technical and professional qualifications that employers and universities are crying out for. Our students have the unique opportunity to take the theory they learn and apply it to ‘real’ projects designed and delivered by our employer sponsors. This both extends their theoretical understanding and, crucially, enables them to develop their employability and technical skills in a real work environment. No other school or college in the area can offer this.

Spencer Group

At Spencer it starts with an inventive attitude, a desire to deliver the unknown, the difficult, the extraordinary. It’s what differentiates us from the rest.

We’ve been providing pioneering engineering solutions across the world for almost three decades. We think carefully, we analyse, evaluate and strive to be the first to find the best solution to help make the world what it is.

As one of the UK’s largest independent, family owned multidisciplinary engineering businesses we’re able to innovate, challenge and perform on every project and work closely with our clients to deliver high quality outcomes, every time.

We design and build large unique engineering projects in the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors. We think differently and we’re always looking for new ways to come up with original engineering solutions for our clients. Our approach is what makes us special.

We offer our clients the full engineering package; unique solutions, brilliantly executed, delivered differently.

We do things our way. The Spencer way.


Trident is the trusted partner of many of the world’s biggest and most admired brand owners. We have developed a significant proportion of the Western World’s “big shop” blue-chip packaging.

Our operations in 22 locations worldwide are fully integrated, meaning we are the only manager of digital brand assets to offer truly global capability.
We build strategic, long-term innovation partnerships with our customers, enabling them to protect the security, purity and integrity of their market-leading brands.

Founded in 1993 with just five staff, we now employ more than 600 people in the world’s biggest and fastest-growing markets. Our exponential growth is supported by our parent company, Sonoco Products Company, a U.S.-based global packaging company with annualized net sales of $5 billion.


Over the last 47 years, Wykeland has established an enviable reputation as a leading property development company, owning a substantial commercial property portfolio and working in close partnership with public and private sectors and the wider community to deliver buildings that meet today’s expectations yet achieve tomorrow’s standards.




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