Even though some of the key players at this year's GWG Awards on Monday 21st November were stranded on trains as a result of Storm Angus, spirits were running high at The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Both Sam Crocker, Digital Director at the missiontm (headline sponsor) and Anna Bance of Girl Meets Dress.com, who was due to present the Awards, were sadly missed.
Arabella Dymoke, MD of The GWG, welcomed the guests, saying, "Gathered in this room, we've got big thinkers, entrepreneurs and facilitators, changing the way we run our lives both on and offline." She continued, "The Awards give us the opportunity to reach out to new sites and ideas, to find out about game-changing practices. As we go into the New Year, we will be looking for new stories, guest editors and it's you we will be reaching out to." After thanking the judges and sponsors, Arabella introduced Ciaron Dunne of Genie Ventures, one of this year's expert judges, who kindly stepped in to announce the winners.
WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
It was a closely run contest but Bloom & Wild Flowers pipped ART UK at the post by winning the accolade GWG Website of the Year. Bloom & Wild is an online florist with a fresh approach to sending flowers. The innovative packaging, enabling flowers to be delivered through the letterbox, and signature attention to detail makes the Bloom & Wild experience unlike any other.
Anna Bance commented, "I am delighted that Bloom & Wild have won the GWG Website of the Year. I have been following them with a keen interest since their launch and have admired their innovation in the current flower-buying experience - a traditional market, which hasn't seen much innovation in the past twenty years." She continued, "Similar to Girl Meets Dress, both companies thrive in providing a service to essentially make women feel happy and special during the key moments in their lives. Congratulations to Bloom & Wild and I wish them continued growth and success!"
Ciaron Dunne with Sara Gordon & Aron Gelbard of Bloom & Wild
One of the judges, Alex Minchin of Zest Digital, said, "I love how this website is so simple, so clear, and unites an offline physical service with an online model. After navigating around, I was blown away by the simplicity."
From The Box Office won the People's Choice with its engaged community. The site provides a simple way for fans to access a wide range of events and a great booking experience by being informative, reliable, fast and secure.
EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
Coco Bay is an award winning, online swimwear boutique, showcasing the very best in designer bikinis, swimsuits and holiday clothing accessories.
Ben Clarke-Smith, Head of Customer Success, Feefo, sponsor of this special category, said, "We're delighted to present Coco Bay with the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Their dedication to delivering an outstanding experience for shoppers, as rated by their genuine customers, elevated them above the competition. Amazing service is clearly at the top of their agenda: they personally respond to reviews, resolve issues quickly and are very deserving of this accolade. Congratulations to everyone at the Coco Bay team!"
Launched in February, 2016, Art UK was originally Your Paintings, hosted on bbc.co.uk. This online register of photographs of every publicly owned oil painting in Britain is the only country in the world to have such a resource.
EXPORTING IS GREAT
Exporting is Great is a government service, funded by the Department for International Trade (DIT), helping British businesses find opportunities to export their goods and services.
EdPlace believes every parent should have access to quality educational support that effectively helps their child succeed. It does this by providing parents access to the best education tools, technology, resources & teachers. Subjects covered include English, Maths and Science across the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 to 4 with other subjects coming soon.
GREEN PLANT SWAP
GreenPlantSwap is a kind of 'Facebook for gardeners built around a database of 21,000 plants.' It's also location-based, a marketplace, an events platform, and enables members to list plants they have/want, linked to their growing information.
MY HOME TOUCH
HomeTouch is an online marketplace that allows clients to select their own carer through a list of recommendations and by browsing carer profiles which include videos, bios, DBS details and reviews from previous clients.
Lifesum is a Stockholm-based digital health company with over 15 million users. Using tech and psychology, it creates a tailored plan to help people live happier, more balanced lives.
BEST OF BRITISH
Jonny's Sister embraces British craftsmanship by producing unique and personalised gifts for children, adults and the home.
WVS was founded by vet Luke Gamble (star of TV's Luke' Gamble's Vet Adventures) in 2002. The website supports a commitment to improving animal welfare globally. WVS aims to BE the difference in animal welfare and the new website helps with this aim significantly.
Pandle is free, cloud based accounting software made with real people in mind. Pandle focuses on sole traders and small businesses and is simple and intuitive to use.
Market Porter works with a select group of independent, high quality suppliers such as butchers and cheesemongers to bring you the very best fresh produce direct from the suppliers.
MORE THAN WORDS
More Than Words was launched in 2010 by creative designer Lisa Long. It was the first website to offer customers a way of truly personalising their artwork. A one stop shop whereby you select your product, mix your own special colours, enter you words and choose your font.
Beyond Bespoke is the only platform for British companies and brands of quality to promote their products and services to an international audience.
KEN BELL ACCOUNTING
Ken Bell Accounting is a bookkeeping company founded over 20 years ago. The firm is now, by number of licences supported, the UK's largest Xero bookkeeper and the fourth largest in the world. The site has recently been overhauled, enabling clients to book and pay for online Xero tuition.
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.
Housekeep is the first real-time booking site for cleaners. Users view live availability, book and pay online, focusing on long term contracts. It's the only business building technology for this recurring relationship between consumers and cleaners.
BLOOM & WILD
Classlist is a website designed to make life easier for you when it comes to all things school related. Connect with other parents, organise events or even sell off that bike languishing unused in the shed. Thousands of parents across the UK already use Classlist to make life run more smoothly.
In Jan 2016, i-escape kids re-launched with an innovative, mobile-friendly design to highlight the key family-friendly features of the properties it lists.
The Good Web Guide has been delighted to have worked with the missiontm, marketing communications and advertising group, over the past six months as the Awards have continued to grow and attract entries from both established players and grass roots start-ups. Arabella Dymoke said, "Bray Leino and the missiontm have been part of The GWG family right from the start. As our headline sponsor, having the support of this incredible team with all its expertise has enabled us to widen the scope of our Awards, getting the word out there."
21 November 2016