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Craig Dean's Big Chip Leadership Award Win

We’re extremely pleased to announce that our Chief Executive, Craig Dean, has received the Leadership Award at this year’s Big Chip Awards. This accolade goes to an individual who has shown exceptional, positive leadership and a commitment to the wellbeing of their company.

Big Chip is now in its 20th year and is the UK’s longest running digital industry awards. Run by trade association, Manchester Digital, the Big Chip Awards celebrate excellence in digital and technology across the north. This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel and drew over 400 attendees. With big winners on the night including Co-op Digital, we’re proud that Craig is in such good company in receiving recognition from the largest digital industry awards outside of London.

In presenting Craig with the Leadership Award, Big Chip stated:

“The values he has created in his organisation, his passion for the younger generation and how he has created a culture of learning and innovation is really fantastic.”

Anyone who reads our blog regularly knows that we have an ethos. Our mission remains to positively impact our employees, customers, and community, through a culture of learning, growth and innovation. Craig joined Web Applications UK in 2005 as a consultant, before being promoted to Operations Manager, Managing Director, and finally Chief Executive. He’s always been passionate about learning, training and development, which is why he transitioned Web Applications into a company led by values. Craig has helped structure and lead people with similar beliefs to come together to form a company that continues to grow and succeed.

Big Chip also highlighted Craig’s passion for the next generation and his commitment to developing the skills of young people. Training and development is not only at the heart of Web Applications as a company, but it’s also something Craig has extended into our community. He regularly mentors young people through sponsorship of events like Hack Manchester, by giving guest lectures at local schools and universities, and by encouraging our staff to give back by volunteering at our code clubs for children.

We’re very proud of Craig’s success and we have no doubt that he will continue to drive change, improvement and growth here at Web Applications.