After months of deliberation, the hotly contested Good Web Guide Awards, in partnership with headline sponsor, themission, came to a glittering close on Wednesday 20th November at The Royal Institution in London. The event, which was attended by the cream of the country’s online talent, is held annually to honour the very best and most innovative websites, apps and blogs of the year. It rewards excellence in every digital category, covering the luxurious to the philanthropic; the experiential to the ethical; and the stuff of aspirational lifestyle through to that of transformative every day use. The event also bestows the most coveted award of the evening: the Website of the Year.

themission Good Web Guide Awards 2019 were presented by legendary Sky Sports Rugby presenter, Alex Payne, who presided over the ceremony with aplomb and ensured it went with a bang. The Awards are greatly anticipated in digital circles, always garnering much social media activity and buzz – and, indeed, 2019 was no different.

As the presentation got under way, The Good Web Guide’s Arabella Dymoke said, “Tonight is a celebration of talented people across a range of fields who are dedicating their lives to achieving the exceptional in the digital world.”


The Good Web Guide Awards were set up both to recognise excellence and with the driving belief in creating a level playing field for the established all the way through to the start-up. All shortlisted entries were put to an esteemed assembly of digital experts, who took into consideration quality of design, usability, content and product or service. These venerated judges included the luminary likes of Hello! Magazine’s Rosie Nixon through to blogger, Not Such A Model Mum. Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey to influencer, Sarah Tasker. Another such expert judge, Conde Nast’s Education Editor Tori Cadogan reflected on, ‘a tough decision given such a brilliant field,’ a sentiment that was echoed by every judge through every category. On one thing they were united: the competition was fiercer than any other year preceding.


The Website of The Year, the most prestigious award of the evening, went to AnyJunk, 2019’s extremely worthy winner. Voted one of the UK’s 100 most exciting, fast-growth companies and winner of ‘UK Business of the Year‘ at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards 2017, AnyJunk has reinvented bulky waste collection with technology and has grown to become the UK’s largest operator, undertaking around 2,000 clearances per week.

On hearing of the company's win, founder and CEO, Jason Mohr had this to say, 'We are super happy and proud to win. The Good Web Guide Awards are about celebrating websites with simple user journeys that deliver great value services and products customers can trust. So winning Website of the Year is not only a fantastic recognition of all the hard work the team has put into the AnyJunk site, but also – on a more practical note – should definitely help reassure new visitors about the credibility of our solution! '

Judge, Natasha Courtenay-Smith, CEO of Bolt Digital, said, "People think an online business or online success is about sitting behind a laptop, never seeing a product or talking to a customer. The best use online solutions to solve real world problems alongside the things that really matter such as excellence of service, speed of service, great customer relationships and quality solutions to real world problems. AnyJunk have bought together their digital platform to solve a real pain point for households across the UK and bought in excellent customer service and fast solutions at the same time. A worthy winner."


This was awarded to Bob Books, the go-to destination for personalised photobooks, calendars or wall art for cherishing precious moments. There is no need for photos to fester on your mobile when there is such a simple solution to hand; turn them into beautiful photobooks in a few simple steps. Judge, Kinvara Balfour, director, writer and producer said, "The app and website explain clearly and simply what the business offers, and how the viewer/potential customer can engage with that service within one or two downward scrolls or clicks."


New for 2019, this award recognises the huge talent in the blogosphere with Kate Watson-Smyth's award-winning interior design blog, Mad About The House, winning the top prize. Arabella Dymoke commented, "In today's world, so many bloggers have forgotten their roots and devote all their time to Instagram. Not so with Kate Watson-Smyth who is consistent across all platforms, with a great podcast as well, co-hosted with Sophie Robinson, The Great Indoors. If you're in need of some interiors inspo, you now know where to head, Mad About The House, Kate has all angles covered."


After frenetic voting, Spacemasks, the self-heating eyemasks, with endorsements from the likes of Grazia, Vogue, Tatler, The Times, won the most votes for this award, as voted by the public. Arabella Dymoke said, "We're big fans of Spacemasks at The GWG and it was lovely to see what a loyal following Harriet has, who took up her cause and voted for Spacemasks, with the votes rising at a hurtling (even meteoric) speed."



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