Four for Flow as Big Chip Awards winners announced

Four for Flow as Big Chip Awards winners announced

Manchester Digital’s 19th Big Chip Awards saw 18 winners across 24 categories take home a coveted award.

Political commentator and comedienne Ayesha Hazarika announced the winners, who came from all over the North, with Flow Creative taking home an impressive four awards for its Funding Brand Campaign for Arts Council England.

Three new categories were introduced to the awards this year, including Big Chip IoT Impact Award, won by Things North, Big Chip Transformation Award, which Apadmi scooped with its work with NHS Blood and Transplant, and the Big Chip Leadership Award won by Gavin Sherratt of Mashbo.

Shaun Fensom, chair of the Big Chip Awards steering group, said: “Big Chip shows us how we’re doing in the North’s digital and tech industry. This year entries are up and standards are higher than ever - across multiple sectors in this ever-specialising world. We have seen how digital in the North has become an important part of the UK economy, I look forward to watching as it increasingly measures itself against global standards.”

The winning entries were picked by judges including celebrated designer Malcolm Garrett, Alastair Cole of The Engine Group, the BBC’s Bill Thompson, Joanna Blackburn from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Caroline Gorski, head of IoT at Digital Catapult.

Lawrence Jones MBE, founder and CEO at headline sponsor UKFast, added: “It’s incredible to see the leading talent from across the region come together to celebrate their achievements. The momentum in our digital and creative industries right now is extraordinary and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the very best projects and the very brightest talent.”

Paul Martynenko, president of awards partner, BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate all the Big Chip winners, which clearly shows the vibrancy and dynamism of the digital community in the North.

“As sponsors of the inaugural Leadership Award, I cannot think of a better winner than Gavin Sherratt, a dynamic entrepreneur who as well as growing his own start-up digital business, has done much to promote the digital future of the North.

“We’re also delighted to see the Little Chip Award, go to Benjamin Sinclair of Manchester Metropolitan University, who exemplifies the wonderful future that lies ahead for those who choose a career in our wonderful industry.”

The winners were: 

Best B2B Business Project

Duo Design with MathsWatch VLE


Best B2C Business Project

KMP Digitata with Aberdeen Airport contextual timeline


Best Digital Marketing/Branding campaign

Modern English and Foo Fighters with Foo Fighters Glastonbury Announcement Campaign


Best Freelancer/Micro Enterprise

Mighty Giant


Best Game

Code Computerlove with The Higher Lower Game


Best Mobile Application

Silverchip with Bolster with a pioneering, application-based business


Best Public Sector Project

Flow Creative with Arts Council England Funding Brand Campaign


Best Start-up



Best Tech for Good Project

MadLab with Make Stuff


Best Use of Animation

Flow Creative with Arts Council England Funding Brand Campaign


Best Use of Digital Design

Flow Creative with Arts Council England Funding Brand Campaign


Best Use of Search

Mediaworks & Stagecoach with All aboard for digital transformation


Best User Experience

After Digital and Donmar Warehouse with A high-end theatre experience online


Big Chip Digital Business Award

Reason Digital


Big Chip IoT Impact Award

Things North


Big Chip Leadership Award

Gavin Sherratt


Big Chip Transformation Award

Apadmi with NHS Blood and Transplant – DonorPath


Little Chip Placement/Apprentice Award

SharpFutures with Amy Williams


Little Chip Student Award

Manchester Metropolitan University with Benjamin Sinclair


Most Innovative Application of Technology

Geek Talent with redefining career advice with GoCareer


Anthony Wilson Award

Thompson Brand Partners with MindMate, a website helping to improve mental health


Grand Prix

Flow Creative with Arts Council England Funding Brand Campaign