necas-768x213The shortlist for the inaugural Northern E-Commerce Awards 2016 is revealed today – jump straight to the list here.

A large number of entries from across the North made for a challenging and robust judging session yesterday ahead of the awards dinner on Wednesday 21 September in Manchester.

Entries were submitted by a wide variety of companies, organisations and agencies and included several of the UK’s and the region’s most successful E-Commerce brands.

The North is now acknowledged across the UK and beyond as a hotbed; both of emerging companies and agencies at the cutting edge of e-commerce technology, but also several multi-million-pound turnover e-tailers with an increasingly global footprint. And it’s not just large corporates leading the way in e-commerce. Recent research released by EBay showed that the Manchester conurbation has the highest number of e-commerce start-ups per head of population in Europe.

UKFast_Logo1From back bedrooms to global concerns, e-commerce, with roots harking back to the pivotal roles played by legendary mail order companies – with a keener than average eye on ROI – is clearly in our blood up here!

The Northern E-Commerce Awards, in association with our headline partner UKFast, has been created by Don’t Panic Event Management and Prolific North.

Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones

CEO of UKFast, Lawrence Jones MBE, added: “With arguably the largest network of ecommerce clients in the North it made perfect sense for UKFast to get behind this celebration of Northern British online talent.

“There is an extraordinary amount of tech talent in the North and ecommerce entrepreneurs play a huge part in this success of this quest.”

For further information about the evening or to book tickets, please visit our dedicated site or contact Don’t Panic on 01706 828855 or email

We’d like to thank our outstanding panel of judges for all their hard work and patience working through such a number and variety of quality entries. The list of this year’s judges follows and full biog info can be found here.

NECA Judges


Arianne Donoghue

Arianne Donoghue

Elizabeth Clark, CEO, Dream Agility
Liliana Ashton, E-Commerce & Digital Business Consultant
Graham Benson, CIO, Rental Cars
Stefan Casey, Business Innovation Manager for Retail, Food & Drink, The Retail Institute
Bertie Cordingley, Managing Director/Founder, Rock, Pamper, Scissors
Pete Young, Head of Digital, MediaCom
Zak Edwards, Founder, Prezzybox
Aaron McGrath, Sales Director, Bing Ads
Vikas Shah, Managing Director, Swiscot Group

Paul Hornby

Paul Hornby

Paul Hornby, Head of E-Commerce, Shop Direct

Dan Cluderay, Owner, Approved Foods
Arianna Donoghue, Digital Marketing Manager,
Neil McKay, Chief Executive Officer, Endless Gain
Jamie Merrick, Director of Digital Solutions, Demandware
Tony Wood, Group Head of Digital & E-Commerce, Sofology
Mark Leach, Head of E-Commerce, Missguided
Richard Gregory, Director of Tech North
Chris Fletcher, E-Commerce & Digital Marketing Specialist, Visualsoft
Warren Jacobs, Managing Director, Active Win

Stefan Casey

Stefan Casey

Lawrence Jones, CEO, UKFast

Brendan Keegan, Senior Lecturer, MMU
Richard Kemp, Head of Creative and Social Media, Late Rooms
Henry Marshall, Head of Paid Search, House of Fraser
Steve Tigar, CEO, Money Dashboard
David Wood, Founder & CEO, Jam Pan
Davina Lines, E-Commerce Club

Northern E-Commerce Awards 2016
in association with UKFast

The shortlist


Food and Drink E-Commerce Website of the Year

Beer Hawk Hunting Out the World’s Best Beers,
Mando and Robinsons Brewery
NUBA Health,
Creamline Dairies,

Endless_Gain_Logo_GreenFashion/Apparel or Footwear E-Commerce Website of the Year – sponsored by Endless Gain

Banana Moon & Fantastic Media
Fresh Generation UK,
Nothing But EPIC &
Nublue &
The Jewel Hut by Nublue


3PL_logoBeauty, Heath & Well Being E-Commerce Website of the Year – sponsored by 3P Logistics

Carousel PR
Charlotte Tilbury Go Global
Click Consult & Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor
Contour Cosmetics
Potionshop Ltd

DIY, Home, Furniture & Interior Design E-Commerce Website of the Year

Fluid Digital &
HSS Hire Group Plc

Sports, Leisure, Toys E-Commerce Website of the Year

E3creative & Ascot Racecourse
Fluid Digital &

NECAs maginus logoB2B E-Commerce Website of the Year – sponsored by Maginus

Actavo & Fantastic Media –
HSS Hire Group Plc

Cathcart Logo with IT RecB2C E-Commerce Website of the Year – sponsored by Cathcart Associates

Ampersand & Poundland
Contour Cosmetics
Fluid Digital &
Fluid Digital &
Mando and Robinsons Brewery

NECAs ecommerce club logoE-Commerce Start-Up of the Year – sponsored by the Ecommerce club

Brand Attic
Business Comparison
Contour Cosmetics
Creamline Dairies Ltd
HSS Hire Group Plc
NUBA Health
Tom Wilcock &
Victoria Molyneux Want That Trend

oneiotaE-Commerce App – sponsored by One Iota

Dreamr and The Sole Supplier App
Missguided iOS App
MyVery App Launch and Development

Best E-Commerce Platform

One iota & MESH
Visualsoft VS3 Platform

Innovation Award

Dream Agility Integrated Feed and Bidding Tech Platform
Very App

Delivery/Logistics Provider of the Year

The judges decided not to release a shortlist for this category, the winner will be announced on the evening of the awards.

Conversion Optimisation Agency of the Year

Endless Gain
Hit Search Limited
Nothing But EPIC

Endless_Gain_Logo_GreenE-Commerce Company of the Year – sponsored by Endless Gain

HSS Hire
Shop Direct

E-Commerce Agency of the Year – Small

Fluid Digital
Nothing But EPIC
Onstate Limited
Return on Digital

E-Commerce Agency of the Year – Large

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