Your Southend has been presented with the ‘Spirit of Essex’ gold award at the 2014 Essex Digital Awards, for ‘displaying outstanding innovation and commitment to taking Essex forward’.
The special award is handed to one winner annually who has gone beyond the call of duty to promote or enhance digital business in Essex.
At the awards ceremony on April 24, Your Southend was also highly commended for use of social media.
Created to reward businesses from across the county for their online initiatives, the Essex Digital Awards awarded bronze, silver and gold awards to local companies for their digital achievements including website design and the harnessing of social media.
In March, entrants were shortlisted down to 45 businesses in 9 categories with judges describing the standard of entries as “highly impressive”, before the winners were revealed at the awards evening.
Other companies who won awards included Essex Auto Group for use of video, Love Lily Rose for online business and Fever Marketing for their responsive Colchester Zoo website.
James, editor of Your Southend, said: “We are very proud to have won this special award and are pleased to be recognised for the online community we have built.”
He added: “We work hard to keep the people of Southend updated with the latest local information, news features and event coverage, whilst promoting our town in a positive light wherever we can.”
Iain Johnson, one of the organisers of the awards, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the success of the evening. To have a room full of so much talent from so many outstanding and worthy businesses, charities and schools was truly amazing.”
Mr Johnson continued to say: “We owe huge thanks to our associate sponsor, Freelance SEO Essex, and to the Essex Chronicle for supporting the scheme and to all of our brilliant sponsors. Plans are already underway for Essex Digital Awards 2015 and we’re aiming very high once again”.
Awards evening photo by Niki Jones.