Website of the Year

The Shortlist 2015

The sites that are in the running for GWG Website of the Year 2015.

We've been delighted to see entries from previous GWG Awards who have returned with new and improved sites, as well as impressive entries from newcomers. As always, it's a hard task to whittle down the entries to a shortlist but the judges have risen to the challenge. We will be publishing a list of highly commended sites in due course, who similarly deserve recognition.

We hope that you'll find that the shortlist represents a snapshot of some of the amazing things that are happening online today. Take the time to browse the list and we're sure you'll be bookmarking some of these sites.

The category winners and overall Website of the Year will be announced by Nick Hungerford of Nutmeg at the Awards Reception on Monday 16th November at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, Albemarle Street, W1, London.

RETAIL

THE LETTEROOM
www.theletteroom.com

The Letteroom is unique in that it is the only website that has invested heavily in the typographic side of gifts.

RARE PINK
www.rarepink.com

Rare Pink was founded to change the way people shop for engagement rings, offering customers an online and in-person shopping experience and a sentimental bespoke designed engagement ring that is ethically sourced and at a very competitive online price.

PSYCHE
psyche.co.uk

Psyche.co.uk aims to try and share some of the retail drama and personality of the store and bring fashion speedily to your door wherever you are in the world.

HOME

MODENUS
www.modenus.com

A virtual hub for design professionals and design savvy consumers to source products and to engage with one another via Modenus’s social media channels.

THEROOMEDIT
www.theroomedit.com

theROOMedit is an essential site for shoppers in search of style inspiration for an interiors project. Explore abeautiful rooms, from genuine homes, to find the style ideas that will suit your own living space.

URBANARA
www.urbanara.co.uk

URBANARA provides the world with beautiful, high-quality homewares, without the sky-high price tag. It works directly with suppliers, producing in small batches to minimise stock and delivers direct to your doorstep. By cutting out all the additional margins that traditional retailers add on, it can offer you high quality products at up to 60% less than on the high street.

LUXURY

BELSTAFF
www.belstaff.co.uk

Belstaff is a global luxury lifestyle brand steeped in its unique British heritage and the spirit of adventure.

BLACK TOMATO
www.blacktomato.com

In March 2015 the site re-launched with a more editorial approach to finding the perfect holiday. The company loved the emotive connection of some of the earlier travel posters from the 1950s and wanted to celebrate this era, combining it with the cutting edge and modern style of Black Tomato.

TRULY EXPERIENCES
trulyexperiences.com

Truly’s aim is to inspire you; to enable you to create extraordinary experiences that you can then share with the people who matter most, those experiences and the resulting memories that last a lifetime.

GARDENING

MYGARDENSCHOOL
www.my-garden-school.com

MyGardenSchool gives students from around the world the opportunity to study beginner to advanced level practical online gardening courses in a range of subjects via weekly video tutorials and personal tuition from some of the world’s leading experts in horticulture.

WIGGLY WIGGLERS
www.wigglywigglers.co.uk

Supplies worms to companies, local authorities and individual customers, as well as home composting kits. Monthly news, and an online shop.

FOOD & DRINK

HONESTLY HEALTHY
honestlyhealthyfood.com

Honestly Healthy delivers cutting edge knowledge around alkaline food in the form of YouTube videos, recipes and education from Natasha Corrett and her team of nutritional experts .

NAKED WINES
www.nakedwines.com

Naked Wines invests directly in winemakers; it doesn't invest in sales, marketing, middle-men and other things you can't taste, all of which means your money goes further.

BEST OF BRITISH

BEYOND BESPOKE
www.beyond-bespoke.co.uk

An online magazine 'The BB Edit', a dedicated directory including profiles of its members (all of which are within the British luxury sector). It’s the first of its kind , a consumer facing website that dedicates itself fully to British luxury.

BOB BOOKS
www.bobbooks.co.uk

Combines digital photos and your text to make one-off beautifully bound books. Starting from £15.99, these photo books can commemorate weddings, anniversaries, a special occasion, your children (the list is endless), whilst making the most perfect present and personal keepsake. Launched an iOS app, to allow users to design and order photobooks straight from their iPads and iPhones.

POSH TOTTY
www.poshtottydesigns.com

Posh Totty is the go-to place for personalised jewellery and unusual gifts. Founded by Alice Rivers-Cripps in 2004, the brand is a favourite of many a celebrity (Richard Curtis and Emma Freud are regular customers).

PROPERTY

FOXTONS
www.foxtons.co.uk

Foxtons.co.uk is regularly voted the best in the business. Every property, regardless of price, features floorplans, 360° virtual tours, numerous high-resolution photographs, slide shows, local information, location maps, aerial views and full colour brochures. Named Best Real Estate website in the UK on multiple occasions.

OPUN
www.opun.co.uk

Opun believes that making your home beautiful should be beautifully easy. It uses modern software and deep experience in the home improvements sector to bring a level of customer service that has, until now, been missing. Opun works with the most trusted and experienced trade partners, vetting everyone thoroughly and individually.

PURPLEBRICKS
www.purplebricks.com

Purplebricks is spearheading the rise of hybrid estate agencies, combining a revolutionary online platform with local property experts on the ground.

POSITIVE SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

DIMPSEY
dimpsey.co.uk

Dimpsey is an all-in experience helping busy people to get some quality time. The website gives potential guests a window into the experience - showing them what Dimpsey is all about, celebrating the craftsmanship found in the Dimpsey Hut.

PLUM OF LONDON
www.plumoflondon.com

An ethical knitwear label with sustainability at its core. The label creates contemporary alpaca knitwear in colourful hues and contemporary designs whilst entire collection is made in Britain.

ARTS/CULTURE

FROM THE BOX OFFICE
www.fromtheboxoffice.com

Find more than 30,000 show reviews and opinions from West End Theatre goers from around the world, plus more than 15,000 seat reviews for 90% of the West End venues.

SCREENHITS
www.screenhits.tv

A global platform for discovering some of the hottest shows from around the world across all devices. This b2b and b2c marketplace enables content owners to sell their content directly to broadcasters in the b2b marketplace and to consumers on the b2c platform.

TRAVEL & LEISURE

REFUND.ME
www.refund.me

Refund.me is the only site with proprietary Advanced Business Logic technology and UK/Europe-wide legal team assisting passengers with flight delays/cancellations covered by EU Regulation 261/2004. Passengers simply input their details. The engine analyses flight data providing instant determination of claim eligibility.

SECRET ESCAPES
www.secretescapes.com

Secret Escapes was founded in 2010, going where no travel brand had gone before – making luxury travel accessible by combining flash sales with 4* and 5* holidays.

ULTIMATE LUXURY CHALETS
www.ultimateluxurychalets.com

The portfolio is updated every season to include only 100 of the very best luxury chalets to rent in the Alps. The website was the first in its market to go fully responsive and remains cutting edge in website development and maintenance.

STARTUPS

GADGETTE
www.gadgette.com

A tech site written by and for women - a safe space for women to talk about tech without condescension. It's only been going for three months but Gadgette is already the biggest women's tech site in the UK. It's been written about and quoted in publications including the Guardian, New Statesman, Engadget, Forbes and Fortune.

HOUSEKEEP
www.housekeep.com

Housekeep.com is the award-winning online booking platform for professional home cleaning. Housekeep is disrupting the £4bn home cleaning market, building the FIRST real-time booking service for cleaners, which enables customers to book online, knowing there’s a cleaner available for the time/day requested.

MOVEHUB
www.movehub.com

Find out all the important information about your new home, including the social scene, local attractions, crime rates and education, Movehub can also help you plan the best way for you, your family and belongings to get there.

SALES GOSSIP
www.salesgossip.co.uk

SalesGossip is an essential site for savvy consumers, ensuring they will never miss a promotion from their preferred retailers ever again, while its personalised nature allows users to access the most relevant information immediately.

BUSINESS

HIRED.CO.UK
www.hired.co.uk

This leading online marketplace for technical talent officially opened a London office at the end of March, Hired's first city outside the US. During a successful four month trial period in the United Kingdom, London's best technology companies have responded strongly to Hired's curated pool of responsive, high-quality candidates.

KITCHEN CUT
www.joinkitchencut.com

Kitchen CUT is a complete kitchen management system. Quickly and accurately create and cost dishes with allergen and nutrition info, produce stock take, wastage and breakage reports and gain vital analytics and insights to make your business more profitable.

MONEY MOVER
www.moneymover.com

The website takes a fresh slant on financial services. It is honest, open and transparent, and seeks to inform and educating its users.

EDUCATION

MYGARDENSCHOOL
www.my-garden-school.com

MyGardenSchool gives students from around the world the opportunity to study beginner to advanced level practical online gardening courses in a range of subjects via weekly video tutorials and personal tuition from some of the world’s leading experts in horticulture.

MY PHOTO SCHOOL
www.my-photo-school.com

Online photography courses that offer excellent value for money with the first and only online photography school to offer a classroom learning experience from the comfort of your own home.

REALLY USEFUL

JUSTPARK
www.justpark.com

An app and website that connects drivers with parking spaces. JustPark works by connecting drivers with underused parking spaces - driveways, hotels, car parks, churches, schools or businesses. It has made these property owners over £12.5m.

THE MEMO
thememo.com

The Memo is a new publication for people curious about the future, reporting on the individuals, technology and ideas changing the world.

MUMFIDENTIAL
www.mumfidential.com

Mumfidential.com is a small but perfectly-formed resource to inspire mothers through the highs, lows and baby brain moments of motherhood.

FINANCE

MISS LOLLY
www.misslolly.com

Financial advice for women, the site is not designed for profit and is there solely to offer information that is correct, independent and most of all understandable.

ORBIS INVESTMENT ADVISORY
www.orbisaccess.co.uk

Orbis Access is a new type of investment company that aims to democratise investing by making it easy for everyone to invest over the long term.

SOCIAL/COMMUNITY

CHILDCARE.CO.UK
www.childcare.co.uk

The UK's largest childcare and tutors search site, helping connect parents with local childcare providers and tutors. The website has over 1.4 million members and recently started advertising on national TV with an advert, voiced by celebrity mum of 3, Davina McCall.

GOVFACES
www.govfaces.com

GovFaces is the online platform for easy and direct interaction between citizens and politicians. Its remit includes journalists, organisations, and academics to make sure all voices are heard.

TRUSTED HOUSESITTERS
www.trustedhousesitters.com

Providing a simple solution to a very common problem, connecting home and pet owners who need a sitter with trustworthy people who want to housesit; reliable pet lovers and experienced home minders who are willing to live in your home and look after it while you’re away (usually for free).

CHARITY

IKCA
www.ikca.org.uk

The internationally known charity was founded by Pakistani cricket captain, Imran Khan after his mother died from cancer in 1985. He wanted to change the future of cancer patients in Pakistan and set up the charity in order to raise money to build a specialist cancer hospital in Lahore.

SPORT RELIEF
www.sportrelief.com

Sport Relief is when the great British public get active and have fun to help change lives, taking place in March each year. Run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016.

VISIT NUNNEY
www.visitnunney.com

Promoting tourism, business and the arts in Nunney, Somerset, run by local volunteers.

HEALTH/BEAUTY

HEALTHISTA
healthista.com

The UK’s fastest growing women’s health website. Created by real women for real women, delivering its readers news, features, blogs, videos and expert advice they can trust to make them look and feel better.

MY BEAUTYMATCHES
www.mybeautymatches.com

MyBeautyMatches offers women the chance to discover unbiased, personalised beauty recommendations from one of the largest marketplaces in Europe, saving them time and money, for the first time ever.

TOOTHPICK
www.toothpick.com

Toothpick is an online, real-time booking platform for dental appointments. Patients go to Toothpick.com and browse, compare and review dental service providers, and book straight into the dentist's calendar over a real-time connection

2 November 2015