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Success for StrategiQ Employees at DevelopHER Awards

Success for StrategiQ Employees at DevelopHER Awards

Digital marketing agency StrategiQ enjoyed a successful night at the DevelopHER Awards in Ipswich on Wednesday, 27 November.


Established in 2015, the DevelopHER Awards celebrates the achievements of women working in technology in East Anglia, with an aim to inspire the next generation of developers, testers, technicians and digital project managers. 


Two of StrategiQ’s female employees picked up awards at this year’s event, which was held at Ipswich Corn Exchange. 


Designer Becky Evison went home with the Eye for Design Award, in recognition of the creativity and attention to detail she has brought to several of StrategiQ’s key client campaigns. Becky has been with StrategiQ for almost four years and is now developing her skills and role to encompass user experience (UX) and conversion rate optimisation (CRO). 


SEO executive Kara Thurkettle doubled StrategiQ’s award count on the night, walking away with the Innovation Award. The judges weren’t only impressed with Kara’s SEO expertise, but equally her victory at Innovate Suffolk’s 48-hour Hackathon earlier this year. Along with Shaun Plumber, a developer at software firm Coderus, Kara is now progressing development of Stress Buddy, their innovative mental health app. 


Sarah Smith, co-founder and CFO at StrategiQ, delivered the keynote speech at the awards. She admitted to “being out of her comfort zone” when launching the business with Andy Smith, her husband and StrategiQ’s CEO, in 2013. Six years later, StrategiQ has been named Suffolk’s Best Employer by the East Anglian Daily Times, with its number of female employees more than doubling in the past year.


“It is great to see the breadth of expertise and job roles that are filled by our female employees, and seeing two of them recognised with awards is fantastic,” said Sarah. “More than anything, it demonstrates the quality of female tech talent we are lucky to have in this region.” 

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