Leeds Digital Festival Awards to shine spotlight on brightest and best

THE region’s finest digital businesses will be honoured at a major awards ceremony.

By Greg Wright
Sunday, 26th July 2020, 12:23 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th July 2020, 12:25 pm
Zandra Moore
Zandra Moore

The third annual Leeds Digital Festival Awards, which were originally due to take place in April, have been re-launched with support from Leeds-based Amsource and the top 100 law firm Ward Hadaway.

A spokesman said: “These not-for-profit awards celebrate the success of the digital and tech industry in Leeds and the wider city region in the last year. In the face of real adversity in recent months, the sector has continued to thrive.”

The final shortlisted nominees will be selected by a panel of experts from the Leeds digital and technology sectors. Judges include Cleveland Henry (UKCloud Health), Greg Wright (The Yorkshire Post), Zandra Moore (CEO of Panintelligence – winner of Tech Innovation of the Year 2019) as well as the chief officer of Economic Development at Leeds City Council, Eve Roodhouse.

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Sponsors of this year's awards include: Little Agency, University of Leeds, Crisp, Ad:venture, Sedulo, The Phoenix Partnership, Marsh, SCC, PanIntelligence and Leeds City Council.

Commenting on her role as a judge, Eve Roodhouse said:: “I’m delighted to be a judge for the 2020 Leeds Digital Festival Awards, and there is much for us to feel optimistic about in the city.

"This is a great way of us showcasing some of the areas where we can still do a lot together as a city.

"We are going to have our challenges in terms of the economy, but I think the tech and digital sector has a big role to play in terms of the momentum that the sector has, and how the sector can play it’s role in supporting the city and the region during this recovery.

"This is a brilliant way to build further momentum and show where those stars are in our tech and digital sector.”

Andrew Maeer, founder and CEO of Amsource said: “We’re delighted to have rescheduled the 2020 Leeds Digital Festival Awards, and look forward to hosting for the third year. It’s important we celebrate the ongoing successes of the sector in the Leeds City Region, and provide a platform to those individuals and businesses who deserve it the most.

Leeds Digital Festival co-founder and Director, Stuart Clarke, said: "It's great to see the Leeds Digital Festival Awards rescheduled and return for the third year. They're a reflection of the ethos behind the whole festival and its good to bring the digital sector together for a night of celebration and collaboration - in whatever format that may now be in“.

Zandra Moore, CEO of PanIntelligence, said: "As a previous winner at the Leeds Digital Festival Awards, I know first hand just how important that recognition and validation can be for both businesses and individuals alike.

"Becoming a judge, I'm hoping to help shine a light on those who deserve that same spotlight being shone on them, and their work highlighting for all to see. We have a thriving, vibrant technology industry in Leeds and across the north, and the Leeds Digital Festival Awards are a celebration of all these achievements."

Bill Goodwin, a partner at Ward Hadaway said: “"It is great to be supporting the Awards again this year alongside Amsource. The Awards reflect the strong and diverse range of technology-focused businesses in the Leeds City Region. It has been pleasing to see past winners go on to achieve great success and I look forward to seeing what this year's crop of nominations will reveal.”

The rescheduled awards will be held on the 30th of September, with the final format in line with the latest public health guidelines.

Nominations with be closed on August 7.

To put forward a company or individual for an award, submit your entry via the following weblink: https://leedsdigitalfestivalawards.org//nominate

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