Posted on July 28, 2016 by staff

Digital gong increased profile of mental health charity


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

A platform to provide support for mental health conditions, Big White Wall provides 24-hour-a-day support without the need for a professional referral.

The organisation works with the NHS, the armed forces, employers and universities with its software available online or through an app.

BWW’s Barry Hughes said claiming the technical innovation within the public sector award showed that a new model for the delivery of public services is possible.

“Being recognised by our peers as a leading digital enterprise strengthens our argument that there is a sustainable and credible model for change to the way public services are delivered,” he said.

BWW has since expanded in both the UK and US, with a total of 60 staff in those nations and New Zealand.

Fellow 2015 DEA winner Rebmark found recognition outside the legal professional to be a great source of pride while long-established Irish sportswear manufacturer O’Neills has used 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.