Glasgow is the real winner at The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2014

October 28, 2014

For the past six years, The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards has recognised the top digital talent in Scotland, both individuals and companies, who have demonstrated innovation and creativity through online tools to grow their business. At a glittering ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Thursday 23rd October hosted by BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer, more than 250 industry professionals celebrated Scotland’s digital industry.

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This year, the awards received a record number of entries which means making the shortlist is an even greater accolade. We caught up with some of the Glasgow based nominees and winners to see what the awards mean to them and for Glasgow as a creative hub…


Last year Equator was lucky enough be named Digital Agency of the Year and receive an award for our work for The Macallan, so we were honoured to be invited back to the awards after another successful year. We were once again nominated for Digital Agency of the Year and our MD John McLeish nominated for Digital Professional of the Year. The evening was a fantastic celebration of the exciting digital innovation that is happening in Scotland.

Pauline McLaughlin, Head of PR at Equator

Alienation Digital

We’re honoured to have been shortlisted again this year at the Herald Digital Business Awards. We were shortlisted for the Public Sector Award for our work on the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) project. Our entry is a great example of the hard work and skill of the Alienation Digital team and of an innovative and forward-thinking client. The LPO sought the help of AD to develop a fully responsive platform which would provide an optimal user experience for both their existing customers and to help reach out to a new, younger audience, whilst integrating with the third-party CRM and ticketing system Tessitura.  Unfortunately we weren’t successful on this occasion but a big well done to Blue2 Digital.

Cat Leaver, Head of Marketing at Alienation Digital

Innovation Digital

Innovation Digital was shortlisted for the Business to Business award for our work with Aggreko. We completely revamped the web portfolio of 38 websites with a total of 68 languages between them. The sites had responsive web templates for multiple devices and browsers and we developed a dedicated mobile website for limited internet connections. The highlight of the evening was getting the opportunity to reconnect with the digital community in Glasgow and see what great work is being done. We think Glasgow is a good location for digital businesses because the weather means we don’t mind working late nights…

Le’Anne Whitley, Account Manager at Innovation Digital

Chunk Digital

The Singer Takes It All is a gameshow where you can sing into your phone on a Wednesday and appear live on Channel 4 the following Friday. Chunk’s app allows viewers to record themselves singing and choose who makes the show – no annoying judges. The TV contestants then sing on a conveyor belt and the audience controls it with their phones, moving them forward into the gold zone or backwards out the door! The app was downloaded 580,000 times, there were over 20 million video views in the app and over 7.2 million live votes over 4 shows. We’re proud to win a Herald Digital Business Award and it was great to see lots of great Glasgow companies do so well.

Donnie Kerrigan, Founder of Chunk Digital and Chunk Games


Winning the 2014 Digital Agency Award is testament to the hard work of the Screenmedia team and our dedication to constant innovation within the digital space. We look forward to The Herald Digital Business Awards every year, but our win tops off what has been a great year for Screenmedia.  Glasgow is now one of the most exciting and progressive digital cities in the UK thanks to substantial investment from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise. We’re proud to be leading the way in the innovation of current and emerging technologies including peripheral technologies and the Internet of Things from our Merchant City studio.

Kenny Shaw, Managing Director at Screenmedia

See the full shortlist and winners on The Herald Digital Business Awards website

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