20 April, 2009
Over 40 companies from across the Northwest will be competing this summer after being shortlisted for The Big Chip Awards, the Northwest’s annual awards for companies excelling in the use of IT and digital technology.
The 2009 awards have attracted hundreds of entries from companies across the whole of the region. A total of 60 entries are on the shortlist including 28 companies from Manchester and Greater Manchester, seven companies from Lancashire, three from Liverpool and 11 from Cheshire.
Manchester firms nominated in this year’s awards include Code Computerlove for Transpennine Express, ahd for its ahd168 animated robot film, TWBAManchester for ghd website and Love for Doctor Martens. Merseysiders shortlisted included Everton Football Club for its Bluetooth offering and Mando Group for the Liverpool Biennial 2008. Lancaster’s 15secondTV and Cheadle’s Lightbox Education were also shortlisted, the latter in three categories.
The panel of nine judges, chaired by Michael Nutley, editor of New Media Age magazine, and including Alasdair Rawsthorne of Manchester University, Alasdair Scott of Filter and Matt Locke commissioning editor at Channel 4, had the tough job of selecting the shortlist.
This year there are 13 Northwest categories, including some new ones – the ‘green’ award for technology, the Tasty Website award (a popular vote via SMS text messaging) Best Digital Marketing Campaign, Best Online Brand Development and Best Newcomer (Enterprise).
Added to these are the Game of the North award (open to companies in all Northern regions), and the International Award for Innovation. A special Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award will also be presented on the night.
Altogether, 46 Northwest companies have been short-listed for the awards, which boast MIDAS, NWRDA, MMU, Creative Manchester, Orchard Suits, Manchester Digital and Melbourne network solutions as sponsors.
Companies nominated for an award will automatically be entered into the Grand Prix category for the best overall entry.
The awards are organised by Manchester Digital, the trade association for the region’s digital sector and will be once again hosted by Manchester broadcaster and Celebrity Big Brother finalist, Terry Christian.
Chairman of Manchester Digital and Big Chip organiser, Shaun Fensom, said: “We were overwhelmed with the number of high quality entries this year and the judges had an incredibly difficult decision cutting these down to create a shortlist. The current economic downturn has not deterred the digital sector from highlighting its successes and we think we have some of the best entries since the awards began 11 years ago.”
The Big Chip Awards will be announced at a glittering awards dinner on Thursday 18 June 2009 at the Palace Hotel, Manchester.
The full shortlist can be viewed at www.bigchipawards.com
Source: Big Chip Awards