The South West is a region buzzing with innovation, startups and talent but is too often overlooked in favour of London and other large areas.  

With that in mind, we’re introducing the South West Digital Awards.

From Bristol-based companies selling their products internationally to young developers working out of their bedroom in Cornwall, the awards will be a chance to highlight, reward and encourage digital innovation in the region. 

The event will take place in Plymouth, the centre of the region, in September/October 2019 with the date TBD. Plymouth is the perfect location for the awards, acting as a middle ground between the bustling cities of Bristol & Exeter, the coastal towns of Bournemouth & Poole and the country’s farthest hubs of Truro & Redruth.

Unlike any awards before, the evening will be a massive celebration of the South West with interactive exhibits, a live panel and more.

Shortlisted contestants have worked with:

The South West Digital Sector 


Tech Sector Growth Potential

Digital Jobs

Digital Startup Launches


Increase in Digital Business Turnover


Increase in Digital Tech Businesses


Digital Growth Optimism

Digital GVA

2019 Tickets 

The 2019 Categories

Young Innovator
The Young Innovator category was created to highlight the exemplary work of young people in the South West. This award has an upper age limit of 25 years old.

Best Online Marketing Campaign
This award will reward the team which stepped outside of the box and implemented an engaging, disruptive and successful online campaign.



Best use of Digital by a Charity
Rewarding improvements through innovation that directly impact the growth and sustainability of the charity and its aims.



Product Design of the Year
What’s the most innovative, useful, or successful product released in the past year? This award will recognise just that, enabling digitally connected products to shine.



App of the Year
Which was the most innovative and well-received app by a South West based company this year? App of the year is one of the most popular and exciting categories.



Digital Art of the Year
Recognising the best digital artwork that has been created across the South West. All digital mediums are accepted.



Branding in a Digital Environment

This award will recognise digital businesses and creative teams that have created stand-out branding for themselves or clients.



Best in Health Tech

This award will reward innovation in the healthcare sector, this could be anything from hardware to detect disease to software that can forecast illnesses.



Software of the Year

What’s the most innovative, useful, or successful software from a South West based developer? This could be anything from HR to FinTech.



Best Tech Hub
This award will reward an organisation which has supported its tenants, users and the local tech community to grow and flourish through its existence.



New Startup of the Year
A team which has emerged as the leader of the pack amongst the South West’s most innovative  and new start-ups.


Web Design of the year
With a focus on beautiful and high functioning web design that encourages usability, this award looks to recognise the best web designs of the year.




The 2018 Judges

Lindsey Hall
Chief Executive
Roland Gude
Strategic Director
Rich Adams
Corporate Projects Manager

The 2018 Venue

Affectionately known as The Red House, The Plymouth School of Creative Arts is the perfect location for the awards. With its dramatic overhang and strong colour scheme, it is a physical representation of the awards and the school’s creative and aspirational approach.

The Red House is an award-winning building in itself, winning a RIBA architectural award and subsequently being featured in the critically acclaimed Architect’s Journal.

Designed by architects FCB Studios, it will provide a fantastic environment for celebrating digital in the Southwest


There’s loads of ways to get involved with the awards. We can create a bespoke sponsorship package that fits your brand, your goals and introduces you to a wide audience in digital industries. As well as sponsors and partners, we’re also keen to get community groups involved, so get in touch!

2018 Programme 

Community Partners

Who supplied in 2018?

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