Two Jay founder announced as Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2017
Wow. What an accolade. Jamie Jackson, Founder of Two Jay, took home the award for Digital Entrepreneur of the Year at the DEA awards 2017. We had an unbelievable night celebrating Jamie’s success, and we’re also proud to have been shortlisted for Digital Agency of the Year!
The Digital Entrepreneur Awards (otherwise known as the DEA’s), is the only national awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating internet entrepreneurialism. Acknowledging key people and businesses within the industry who are truly leaving their mark. Based in Manchester - the digital capital of the North - the ceremony is a prestigious and much-anticipated event with attendance from a range of online businesses, from startups to large corporates. Category winners are chosen by expert judges who are passionate about digital innovation and creativity.
As one of the main awards, and most respected, the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year award boasts a 19-strong line-up of unparalleled talent. Giving credit to an individual or pairing who represent a true pioneering advancement in digital. This year’s shortlist was extremely competitive, but Jamie’s achievements were a clear stand out for the judges.
Like many entrepreneurs, Jamie found school challenging and after failing his exams realised he was destined for something more, outside of the curricular. After leaving school, he wanted to learn to drive but couldn’t afford the lessons. He quickly came to an agreement with his driving instructor... he would build him a website in exchange for driving lessons. Clever. Entrepreneurial some might say?
After being able to provide a solution to somebody’s problem and being proud of the finished product, Jamie discovered his love for digital. He decided to take the next step and become a freelance web designer (despite the challenges of dial-up internet in the ‘90s!). Whilst establishing himself and building his skills, Jamie worked in a number of full-time digital roles and continued his freelance work in his spare time.
In 2012, Jamie decided the take the plunge and go at it alone. At first uncertain it was the right decision, Jamie suffered a broken arm from an unfortunate Ice Hockey incident, which meant that he couldn’t work - it was this that give him the final push. Starting work on small websites from home, he had no investment and no outside help.
Determined to succeed, in just his first two months he completed more projects than in six months at his previous roles. With this success, Jamie had the confidence to establish 2J Commerce, and after five years of hard work, trials and challenges, the company has experienced exponential growth beyond anticipation. Now known as Two Jay, a renowned web development agency and Enterprise level partner of the industry’s largest platform for online stores worldwide. Our team currently comprises of 50+ eCommerce and web development specialists, with no plans to stop there.
Jamie has true entrepreneurial spirit and is an inspiration to his team. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Congratulations Jamie!
Thank you to the DEA awards for such a great night, and congratulations to all of the other well deserved winners, it was great to hear of your achievements. Here’s to another successful year in digital.