Posted on July 29, 2016 by staff

DEA winners Space 48 set for further ‘significant growth’


Space 48 says winning a Digital Entrepreneur Award last year “was great for business”.

The Cheshire-based company focuses on creating Magento platforms for retailers.

Since its inception in 2008, the business has grown to a team of 37 staff with a turnover of £1.85m.

Web development work and digital marketing services for clients including Better Bathrooms, Charlotte Tilbury and Naylors Equestrian supported their 2015 win in the small digital business of the year category.

“Winning a DEA was great for our business,” says commercial and marketing manager Alex Shepherd.

“The team love to be recognised for their hard work and it also offers a form of endorsement which certainly helps when approaching clients from a new business perspective.

“We saw significant growth last year and are on track to see even greater growth this year with several new business wins, not to mention growth in projects from the existing customer base.”

Mental health organisation Big White Wall found that winning a DEA in 2015 increased the profile of their work.

Rebmark found recognition outside the legal professional to be a great source of pride while long-established Irish sportswear manufacturer O’Neills was recognised for using e-commerce to move up a level in recent years.

Younger businesses Digital Six , The Whisky Exchange, Mubaloo and PushON have kicked on since winning at the DEAs.

The DEAs are coming to Manchester’s Palace Hotel on November 9th.

The awards champion the country’s finest digital entrepreneurs and businesses and are now in their 12th year, with a total of 17 awards up for grabs.

New judges in 2016 include:

  • Steve Purdham, chairman and founder, 3Rings Care
  • Claire Braithwaite, tech advisor at Manchester Growth Company
  • Richard Law, chief executive, GB Group
  • Paul Bason, Director Digital Innovation, MMU
  • Jess Jeetly, Founder and MD, JEETLY

Other confirmed judges include Lawrence Jones, CEO and co-founder of UKFast; Jonathan Wall, controller, Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra; and Tom Bloxham, chairman and co-founder, Urban Splash.