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, on 27th September 2018. 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


The Categories

Young Innovator

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Branding in a Digital Environment

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Best Digital Campaign

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Best in Health Tech

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Best use of Digital by a Charity
Rewarding improvements through innovation that directly impact the growth and sustainability of the charity and its aims.
Hardware of the Year
What’s the most innovative, useful, or successful hardware released in the past year?
App of the Year
Which was the most innovative and well-received app by a South West based company this year?
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.

Social Impact
This award is for an organisation which has supported its wider community using digital.
New Startup of the Year
A team which has emerged as the leader of the pack amongst the South West’s most innovative start-ups.

Our Judges

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

The 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!

Community Partners

What to expect on the night…

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