The StartUp Awards National Series debuted this year to highlight the dynamic startup scene across the country that skyrocketed during the pandemic, and has been rolled out in nine UK nations and regions, supported nationally by BT, Clearco, Moblox, Fearless Adventures and with regional support from Moja Group.
Destination Digital Marketing is a digital marketing agency based in rural Bakewell in the Peak District that offers a full range of digital marketing and website strategy support services. Led by Debbie Porter, the brand works with many household brand names including HECK, Mr Fothergill’s, St Moriz, Darlac Tools and Faith In Nature, as well as established online brands, and local rising star brands in the region.
The final was held at the Secret Space in Birmingham and saw twenty different awards given out to new businesses in categories such as Innovative StartUp of the Year, Social Enterprise StartUp of the Year and Green StartUp of the Year.
The awards were judged by a panel of prominent judges, including successful entrepreneurs such as Stefania Pellegrino of Purely, Tom Walker of Holy Moly Dips and serial entrepreneur Piers Linney.
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Of the award, the judging panel commented on Destination Digital’s winning entry, “It sounds like Debbie has overcome some huge hurdles in her life at a very difficult time. Moving past the emotional aspects, she has clear plans moving forward and has offered some data about progress to date.”
“I love this entrepreneur’s drive and her resilience in turning adversity into a new start.”
Debbie Porter, Managing Director of Destination Digital Marketing, said: “It is absolutely thrilling to win this award whilst the UK is in the grip of inflation rate rises, having already survived the pandemic lockdowns and the negative effects Brexit and the Ukraine conflict have had on the economy. Starting up a new business is hard work in the best of times, but doing it under such difficult economic circumstances means that anyone taking this task on right now is doing a remarkable job. We work hard day-in and day-out for our clients at Destination Digital, so this recognition of how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved is a real boost for the whole team.”
Originally formed as the Wales StartUp Awards in 2016, the awards series has joined forces with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to take the celebration of newly formed businesses nationwide.
Creator of the awards Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE said the inaugural event not only celebrated the best new firms in the Midlands, but recognised the amazing entrepreneurial talent across the nation: “We’re so proud of the amazing reception the first year of the StartUp Awards National Series has had across the country.
“There are some exceptional stories of dedication and passion from founders of new firms across the Midlands and it was an honour to showcase these local entrepreneurial heroes in Birmingham last night. As this year’s competition has shown, there are some incredible businesses across all parts of the Midlands and, with the right support, there is huge potential for entrepreneurs to be the real engine of the regional economy over the next few years.
“A huge congratulations to everyone who won last night and especially to Simon and Nathan at Live Tech Games who were named StartUp of the Year. Given that they started their business in the same month that the economy was shutting down due to COVID-19, this is an incredible achievement that they should be very proud of. They and many of the businesses showcased last night are going to have a significant impact on their sector and I hope that many other entrepreneurs in the Midlands will follow in their footsteps over the next few years.”
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