Love, Fudge and Hydrant were among the design groups honoured at the Big Chip Awards in Manchester last week.
Organised by digital trade association Manchester Digital, the ten-year-old digital awards scheme for the North West attracted 215 entries from more than 120 companies.
Big Chip awarded its grand prix to animation studio The Neighbourhood for the second year running, while Love scooped the awards for best new media group and best digital marketing and brand development.
Bolton-based graphic design agency Fudge won the award for best use of visual design. Web design group Hydrant was named the best digital outfit in Cumbria.
Two new categories were introduced this year. The new international award for innovation went to Manchester-based Internet phone website phonefromhere.com.
The Anthony Wilson original modern award was established in honour of the late broadcaster, who presented the Big Chip awards for four years before his death in 2007. This year it went to digital experience design group Skylab.
The awards extended beyond the North for the first time by bestowing Lincoln company Pi Eye Games with the game of the north award.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at New Century Hall in Manchester last Thursday evening, hosted by broadcaster Terry Christian.