More than 20 North West companies took home top digital awards on Thursday night at the 10th anniversary of The Big Chip Awards, the North West’s annual awards for digital excellence.

Organised by Manchester Digital, the trade association for the region’s digital sector, the awards attracted a record number of entries, with more than 120 companies submitting 215 entries.

Among this year’s winners were Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, web development agency EduNation Ltd, 3T Productions Ltd and Bolton based graphic design agency, Fudge. Higgins and Bowers Freelance took the Big Green Chip Award for their development of Slipstream Energy Web Site while Matt Booth from Chorley agency Flashtemple was named Best Freelancer/Micro Enterprise in the North West.

The big winners of the night were The Neighbourhood who picked up the award for Best use of Animation, Best from Greater Manchester and the Grand Prix Award.

A certificate of achievement was awarded to The Neighbourhood as they took away the Grand Prix Award for the second year running, proving the strength of the animation industry in the region.

Other big winners were Merseyside-based Trader Media Digital who took two awards for Best Application of Technology and Best from Cheshire and Warrington.

Manchester-based Love scooped the Big Chip New Media Agency Award and the winner of the brand new category, Big Chip International Award for Innovation was Manchester’s Phonefromhere.com.

For the very first time the Big Chip extended beyond the North West with the category Game of the North which was snapped up by Pi Eye Games in Lincoln.

Chairman of Manchester Digital, Shaun Fensom, said: “This year’s winning entries have proved the breadth and depth of talent that we have within the digital sector in the North West. To celebrate the tenth Big Chip we launched the International Innovation and Game of the North awards both of which attracted entries from outside the North West, showing that the Big Chips are now firmly on the digital map.

A full list of winners can be found at www.bigchipawards.com