It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces from the C4DI at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.
A key date in the Hull and East Yorkshire business calendar, the night saw some well-deserving winners from the city’s thriving tech community recognised for their amazing achievements.
Software development company Sauce was rightfully crowned Start-up Business of the Year.
In just 18 months, the rapidly growing team have worked with a number of international and locally-renowned organisations, including KCOM, Ideal, University of Hull, Hull University Union, Siemens and City Health Care Partnership just to name a few.
And, this is not the first time Sauce has been acknowledged for their easy-to-use customer-facing applications. In 2016, they bagged Best App at the Hull Digital Awards for their work with Hull University Union to develop a WelcomeFest mobile application for new and current students. Incredibly, they went on to win the same award this year for Siemens MyTime.
“We’re obviously delighted about winning the award. It’s been a mad 18 months. The progress we have made would simply not have been possible without the support of the C4DI community,” Matt Gibson, Co-Founder of Sauce enthuses. “Next year, it would be nice to see a few other businesses from the digital community represented at the Hull Business Awards. It was lovely to see Amy Knight from eskimosoup win an award, but every business needs digital, so there’s no reason we can’t all be there.”
Young Achiever of the Year, Amy Knight was rewarded for her hard work at social marketing agency eskimosoup. Since starting at the company as an intern, she has demonstrated her ability to work sensitively and creatively with clients. On top of this, she has successfully managed the Not In Our Community campaign, a multi award-winning project that enables young people to protect their friends from exploitation and grooming. Managing Director, John Gilbert has been blown away by Amy’s passion and enthusiasm in the direction of the business. Thanks to Amy’s focused and methodological approach, the business has been able to blossom.
“It is amazing to have won Young Achiever of the Year. It was a shock when I found out that I had been shortlisted. It feels so great to be recognised for the work that you do, but, I have to say that I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my colleagues or the wonderful projects that I have been lucky enough to work on,” Amy tells us.
It is brilliant to see our members reaping the rewards of their dedicated work. The ceremony not only demonstrated the diverse and vibrant business landscape of the region but also highlighted the vital role that technology and innovation play in the city’s future growth.