Digital SME of the Year

SMEs are developing innovative digital services and products that are increasingly being recognised as underpinning the UK’s economic growth. This award is for an SME organisation that, in the last 12 months, has delivered digital impact in their business sector.

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Digital Twenty Four

Digital Twenty Four was started with the aim to help SME's and start-up businesses grow successfully online
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Digital Twenty Four

Digital Twenty Four was started with the aim to help SME's and start-up businesses grow successfully online. Covering most areas of digital marketing 'PPC, Social Media, Affiliate Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Email Marketing, Content Marketing , the agency have been delivering exceptional results with more agility and efficiency than larger agencies.

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Lostbox

Lostbox is the UK's largest online lost and found service and reaches five million people each week
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Lostbox

Lostbox is the UK's largest online lost and found service. We use the speed and reach of social media to reunite sentimental items and beloved pets across the UK and beyond. Lostbox has reaches five million people each week and have reunited over 85,000 items to date.

With the introduction of their new revolutionary app they are reuniting property quicker than ever. The app alerts users in the area of the missing person, item or pet using their current GPS location. With the police announcing they are withdrawing their lost and found, the app has attracted the attention of several forces and they are now in talks to roll it out across different regions.

In 2016 Lostbox launched a new smart tag which can be attached to items and pets collars. Each tags has three methods of reuniting including Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. When the tag comes in to contact with a mobile device the owner is sent the GPS location and can message the finder through the confidential messaging system.

NFC Tag Breakdown

Unilink Software

Unilink is a world leader in prisoner self-service and offender management software
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Unilink Software
Unilink is a world leader in prisoner self-service and offender management software. We provide award winning innovative solutions that have been shown by an independent York University study to reduce recidivism and enable the more efficient running of prisons.  In 2016 Unilink won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Unilink's biometric self - service system is a British world-leading product that works globally, safely, securely and efficiently. It allows prisoners to have some control over organising the things that matter to them: visits, food and canteen shopping. It releases prison officers from administration to focus on working with prisoners. It creates back office efficiencies. It has huge educational and rehabilitative power.   It has been at work for over a decade and is now in over twenty prisons in the UK, including every outsourced prison, and at over a dozen in Australia.  In 2016 Unilink won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation and in 2015 was awarded "Best Citizen App" and UK Digital Leader overall winner.

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UKCloud

UKCloud provides a true public cloud for the exclusive use of UK Public Sector organisations
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UKCloud
UKCloud provides a true public cloud for the exclusive use of UK Public Sector organisations. We are dedicated to helping our customers gain value from the agility and cost savings of using a sovereign, assured cloud platform. We provide a cloud proposition that delivers outstanding value and capability. From online tax returns with HMRC, complex data analytics at Genomics England and integrated vehicle and driver records at the DVLA (all hosted on UKCloud) moving workloads to the cloud has resulted in £600 million in savings for the UK-leading to the UK being recognised by the United Nations as the #1 digital government in the world. UKCloud, a small SME, is the power behind this success story, hosting over 200 UK public sector projects. Elsewhere the cloud is dominated by US giants. It is truly rare to find any significant market segment in which a local specialist player dominates the market, with AWS and Azure just distant rivals. However, UKCloud is the leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider to the UK Public Sector with 38% share on G-Cloud - the framework set up by the UK government for IT procurement. UKCloud's focus on service excellence and client value is behind this SMB success story - a small firm based in Farnborough, Hants with less than 200 staff is not only beating all them all in this market, but it is the fastest growing tech firm in the UK. Links to extra supporting documentation:  

Adzuna

Adzuna is a search engine for job ads used by over 10 million visitors per month that aims to list every job, everywhere
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Adzuna

Adzuna is a search engine for job ads used by over 10 million visitors per month that aims to list every job, everywhere.  We search thousands of websites so our users don't have to, bringing together millions of ads in one place. By providing smarter search options and powerful data about the job market, we give jobseekers the information they need to take control of their careers.

Adzuna's data also powers the Number 10 Dashboard, used by the Prime Minister and senior officials to keep track of economic growth on a daily basis.

Adzuna.co.uk was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro, formerly of eBay, Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and to help match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and keep Britain working.

Other achievements include raising millions in VC and crowdfunding, launching ValueMyCV, a ground-breaking and innovative CV valuation tool, and executing some exciting offline marketing campaigns on TV, tubes and buses; all of which combine to make Adzuna very much "one to watch".

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We Are Digital

We Are Digital is a major provider of digital and financial inclusion education
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We Are Digital

We Are Digital is a major provider of digital and financial inclusion education, working with over 100 housing associations, councils, charities and corporates nationwide, with the largest network of IT tutors in the country.

Starting from its founder's bedroom in 2012 and launching its tutor network in 2013, in just four years We Are Digital has grown to become the largest provider of digital inclusion training to the social housing sector in the UK. Now a 15-strong team in Warwick, We Are Digital is a social business, which is having a profound impact on the housing association market.

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Freeformers

Freeformers is building a digital economy for all by creating the future workforce now
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Freeformers

Freeformers is building a digital economy for all by creating the future workforce now. It accelerates business growth through digital transformation, people, technology and workforce insight. It has helped 40,000+ frontline staff in 12 countries and trained 4,000+ diverse young people in digital skills and mindset for free.

This has directly helped more than two million customers adopt new digital products and services.

Freeformers has also enabled 2,000 people in head office jobs to adopt new ways of working, accelerating the creation of new business models, products and services.

Our social impact model has trained 4,000+ diverse young people in digital skills and mindset for free, to ensure they make an impact on the future of work.

And our Freeformers Digital Academy now has 20 young people working on the frontline as change agents inside two large organisations, Camelot and Dentsu Aegis, plugging their digital skills gaps.

Here they act as digitally-focused catalysts to wider organisational change, cascading their unique experience and ideas throughout the organisations.

Our home-grown digital tools constantly map to client KPIs and measure the digital mindset shift so we can continually reshape design and programme development.

In March 2017, we were named in the Philanthropic 30 by Real Business.

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PretaGov

PretaGov focus on developing low-code platforms that allow public sector organisations to operate more efficiently
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PretaGov

PretaGov focus on developing low-code platforms that allow public sector organisations to operate more efficiently and improve the value delivered to the public. The company has delivered successful projects to over 130 clients in the UK and Australia within the portfolios of Health, Transport, Emergency Services and Local Government.

The Government is pushing hard to move public services online. Efforts so far have used tremendous amounts of resources to hard code and deploy software to dedicated servers, using an army of developers. To achieve complete digital government would cost billions and take hundreds of years.

PretaGov focuses on developing low-code products that lead government departments out of this expensive quagmire to the digital future they are targeting. The company has helped more than 130 government clients in the UK and Australia to deliver great digital government. Their clients cover a range of departments, from Transport, Health and Emergency Services to Local Government. By using low-code technology and cloud-based solutions PretaGov is saving taxpayers' money and improving public services.

PretaGov is currently working with NHS Digital to implement digital discharge forms using its form-building platform PretaForm. The software allows NHS trusts to better manage workflows between hospitals and social care, freeing up vital resources and reducing the discharge delays experienced by some patients.

NHS Digital improving care transfers with PretaGov’s Digital eForms

KindLink

KindLink gives charities free digital tools to be more efficient and transparent, and shows donors the impact of their donations
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KindLink

KindLink is a social enterprise that gives charities free digital tools to be more efficient and transparent, and shows donors the impact of their donations. We are already helping more than 150 charities embrace digital technology and engage with their supporters.

Most charities in the UK do not have the resources needed to utilise digital technology for their operations and communications with donors, resulting in a widespread perception of inefficiency and lack of transparency within the sector. KindLink is a free online platform for charities to run their operations, from processing online donations at the lowest fees in the market, to managing projects; from keeping records of donors to managing volunteers - all integrated with KindLink social network and free of cost.

In the 6 months we have been working with charities, we have already helped more than 150 small and medium non-profit organisations embrace digital technology, raise funds for their valuable operations and save on costs. We have now launched our business proposition, giving companies the ability to display and track how much they have given to society (from donations to volunteering to gifts in kind), and build their brand by engaging and inspiring their clients and employees.

With 1,000,000 donating businesses in the UK, KindLink has the potential to revolutionise the way people and companies donate to and engage with charities and the nonprofit sector.

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Seedrs

Seedrs offers exposure to early stage equity for busy professionals via a simple digital process
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Seedrs Ltd
Seedrs launched in 2012, becoming first regulated equity crowdfunding platform in the world. The mission was to help ambitious growth focused business raise capital from smart, self-directed investors looking to invest into early stage equity. To date £200 million has been invested into more than 470 deals on the fintech platform and in February 2017, Seedrs was named the most active investor into private companies in the UK by independent deep dive research firm Beauhurst.   The brainchild of Jeff Lynn and Carlos Silva during an MBA at Oxford University, Seedrs launched a few years later in 2012, becoming first regulated equity crowdfunding platform in the world, on a mission to help ambitious business raise capital from smart, self-directed investors.  

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