Essex County Council’s Apprentice Promotion and Brokerage Hub and Superfast Essex programme are helping to champion local Essex businesses and organisations by sponsoring the prestigious Essex Digital Awards 2018.
The event, established in 2013, will celebrate the online achievements of all businesses, charities and schools from across the county at Hylands House, Chelmsford on 3 May.
The Apprentice Promotion and Brokerage Hub will sponsor Best Website for Education, Schools or Charity, and offers free advice to Essex based businesses on the benefits of employing an apprentice and also works with schools across the county on apprenticeships.
Superfast Essex will sponsor the Online Retailer category. The Superfast Essex programme has an ambition to make superfast broadband available to as many Essex residents and businesses as possible.
There are twelve categories which are free to enter and an independent panel of judges preside over the entries with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards presented to the winners.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “We are delighted that the Apprentice Hub and Superfast Essex are sponsoring the Essex Digital Awards.
“Digital is crucial for any business and the awards recognise the importance of online presence and digital talent in Essex. The categories are judged by some of the world’s biggest companies.
“As an official sponsor, we are urging Essex businesses, charities and schools to enter into the awards.”
Iain Johnson, Co-Founder of the Essex Digital Awards, said: "We are extremely grateful to have been working with Superfast Essex for four years at the Essex Digital Awards.
"Over the past five years the Essex Digital Awards has grown to become an extremely successful event with hundreds of businesses each year competing for one of these much sought-after accolades.
"It is partly because of the support from organisations such as Superfast Essex and Essex County Council's Apprenticeship Hub that we have been able to build such a popular event.
"Fast and reliable broadband is at the heart of most modern, progressive businesses and it makes perfect sense that Superfast Essex and the EDAs continue to support each other on the mission to enable and promote this great county's digital economy.
"We are absolutely delighted to be working with Essex County Council's Apprenticeship Hub in 2018 and have the opportunity to promote their services to our vast audience of businesses”.