The 2019 Judges were...
Chris Tipping – Director, The DM Lab
Chris Tipping has been working in marketing for over 15 years, running a successful, multi award-winning digital marketing agency for almost 10 years - The DM Lab. The company has worked with businesses locally, nationally and all over the world. A Hereford born man, who has heavily invested his time in the local community running a football club alongside his business. His vision is clear - to make brilliant marketing simple, demystifying anything to do with the world of digital marketing. He has a plethora of skills, ranging from web development to technical SEO.
While running The DM Lab, he has had the opportunity to work with clients with multi-million pound marketing budgets, ensuring that their digital campaigns are delivered to the highest possible standard. Delivering to this level has resulted in The DM Lab becoming a multi award-winning business, recognised nationally as it is locally.
Sharon Pocock, FCCA, Founder, Kinder Pocock
Sharon Pocock FCCA formed Kinder Pocock in 2005, and is known for continuously improving her clients' experience, and embracing new technologies, having managed Kinder Pocock's move to the Cloud in 2012. She is constantly investigating new and simpler ways of doing things, particularly where these make the load lighter for her clients. As a result Sharon and Kinder Pocock have won and been shortlisted for several awards for technology improvements, and client care, having won the Herefordshire Business Award for Professional Services Business of the Year 2018, Practice Excellence Client Service Firm of the Year 2017.
Charlotte Thomas – Business Solutions Centre in Hereford
Charlotte Thomas moved to Hereford 25 years ago from Cheshire via London where she developed a passion for building business relationships. She has continued to work in both Herefordshire and throughout the West Midlands within business development applying her experience of health and safety, recruitment and HR, Apprenticeships and training. She has also established and developed her own local business and understands only too well the challenges that new and emerging companies have in getting established and continuing to flourish. With experience of both public and private sector funding and grants and access to experts Charlotte has become one of the main go to professionals that companies may want to meet for advice and support for any business moving forward as the Business Development Manager at the University of Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre in Hereford. She is also the Chair of the Herefordshire Marches Skills Provider Network and is passionate about enabling opportunities for all.
And now meet our host...
Matt Teale – Award-winning presenter ITV News Central Midlands
Matt Teale is an experienced broadcaster with thousands of hours of live television under his belt. An award-winning presenter and programme maker, Matt has fronted national news for ITN and sports coverage for Sky News. He is currently a main presenter of ITV News Central in the Midlands and also fronts British Forces News on Forces TV. In a career spanning twenty years, his assignments have taken him to Afghanistan, South Africa, The United States, The Falklands, China and across Europe. Matt was brought up in north Herefordshire and has been the organiser of the Shobdon Food Festival for over thirteen years. The not for profit event has raised over a hundred thousand pounds for local charities and good causes and helped pump many thousands more into the Herefordshire economy.