Hilary Devey from Dragons’ Den crowns Textlocal best Digital Entrepreneurs

It’s been an exciting year for Chester based mobile marketing company Textlocal. After being listed in Media Momentum’s European top 20 fastest growing agencies list, winning awards for developing the best messaging platform on the market, and creating the best telecommunications website, the Textlocal owners Alastair Shortland and Darren Daws (pictured) have now been crowned as leading digital and media entrepreneurs across the North West.

The inspirational duo decided to go into business together back in 2005 with a passionate goal to bring simple to use text marketing systems and mobile web to UK businesses. Unlike their competitors, they enable any size business to communicate with customers or staff quickly, easily and cost-effectively with no set-up fees, monthly fees or contractual commitment. Textlocal’s business ethos has always been to provide clients with a tailor made Do-It-Yourself automated system, putting the power completely in their hands.

It’s no wonder then, that 2011 has been a rollercoaster of achievements for this ever growing business, which the North West EN Magazine judges including millionaire Hilary Devey, commended for being the most innovative and profitable business in the media sector over the past year.

Managing Director Darren Daws said “Alastair and I are extremely proud to have received this award, which clearly highlights how successful our business model is, not only for us, but for the 75,000 business we work with. We have dedicated our business to achieving the objectives of other businesses, understanding customer requirements, and putting their needs at the heart of everything we do, and being recognised in this way makes it all the more satisfying. Mobile marketing is transforming the way businesses communicate, and Textlocal is leading the way. ”

Today, Textlocal work with businesses from all sectors and of all sizes, from councils and universities, to big clients like Google, Manchester United, MySpace, Shell, Domino’s Pizza and Greenpeace.