We at Vortex were thrilled to learn that we have been shortlisted in the Big Chip Awards today! We have been nominated in the ‘Big Chip Transformation Award’ category for our work with AKW which recognises businesses or agencies that have transformed their business through digital advancement. The Big Chip Awards are the biggest digital awards outside of London and the longest running in the UK – now in their nineteenth year.

Big Chip describe the award as for “organisations that implement technology solutions which transform and improve processes and create efficiencies, or from organisations who have successfully transformed and improved all or part of their business through technology”.

The category is new to the Big Chip Awards for this year. To get nominated, entrants had to submit a 500 word proposal describing how digitising part of the organisation or organisation’s work resulted in greater efficiency, improved service quality and/or improved profitability. Having such a short word allowance meant it was a challenge to explain such a huge project and all its elements. Out of over 250 entries this year, we are very pleased to be nominated and to feature on the shortlist alongside so many other outstanding agencies from the North.

AKW approached us to help them with their business change project, and we gladly took on the challenge of building their online store. AKW is the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible bathroom, kitchen and mobility support solutions supplying predominantly to councils and housing associations. There were several key technical obstacles to overcome to bring their process into one central point of entry. The objective was to increase efficiency with autonomous tools and processes that would drive the business through the more profitable channel of online. By transforming the way AKW can do business and their clients can manage their projects, this has enabled them to transform the business from offline to online.

The awards ceremony will be held on the 15th June at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester where will be eagerly awaiting the result!