Birmingham digital agency scoops national entrepreneurs award

A Birmingham web design and digital agency is celebrating after its work in supporting other businesses across the UK was recognised at the National Entrepreneurs Awards.

Custard Factory-based Digital Group Media (DGM) saw off competition from over 70 entries in the Best Business Enabler category thanks to their ability to “focus on what their clients’ customers want, think, need and do online”.

The firm’s category was one of eight at the National Entrepreneurs Awards run by Entrepreneurs Circle, which is based at the NEC Business Park and has several thousand members across the UK and a growing international following.

Now in their 7th year, the awards were presented virtually due to the pandemic, which also saw the awards postponed from their original March date. There were 411 entries with DGM’s category proving the most competitive, with over 70 entries.

Founded in 2008 by James Middleditch, the agency now has four full time employees, including business partner Danny Kemp who joined James in 2012 to create the partnership, plus a wide network of freelance specialists.

Middleditch said: “I know it is a cliche but this is a genuine shock. When we put in for the award we knew we’d be up against it due to the quality and variety in our category and we were chuffed to bits just to get to the final if I’m honest.

“Ultimately, what we’re all about is building success stories online. We have tremendous respect for our clients and the businesses that they’re growing. It’s hard work but it’s a two-way street and that approach leads to great mutual partnerships. We only work on projects where all the people involved are dependent on positive outcomes and meaningful results. This result for us is testimony to that approach and I am so proud of the team for all of their hard work, it’s a shame we couldn’t celebrate it all together but maybe next year!”

The founder of Entrepreneurs Circle is Nigel Botterill, an award-winning entrepreneur and published author on building successful businesses having created nine separate £1m plus businesses himself.

He said: “Entrepreneurs are always focused on what is coming next, they are typically very bad at recognising what they’ve achieved and how far they have come. As a result, the great work that they do often goes unnoticed.

“So we wanted to shine the spotlight on the amazing things that so many entrepreneurs have achieved in building their businesses and where they are putting something back into their local communities and the national economy.

“The DGM team won the award for businesses that support other businesses, actively helping them to grow. This is really important to remember, especially in light of the incredible challenges of this year. The great thing is, DGM have helped others whilst also being able to grow as business owners themselves, so we really do salute them.”