Influencing the UK digital strategy, northern fashion e-commerce soars, Google algo update, and more awards – AWD

Time to round up some of the articles from the digital world this week.

As the UK continues to be a digital powerhouse, Minister Ed Vaizey is looking for your input (yes you, at the back, picking your nose) on how we supercharge the UK economy with the magic that is “digital!” You can submit your suggestions for the UK Digital Strategy via email at

Riding the wave of the digital economy are two great on-line fashion retailers in Manchester. This week Missguided and Boohoo confirmed substantial year on year growth and both confirmed their plans to expand further internationally. In fact, international growth is a great opportunity for UK online retailers since our industry has some of the most advanced e-commerce deployments.

Moving onto more technical matters, the SEO community was speculating that a promised Panda update was rolling out last weekend, but Google later confirmed it was a more comprehensive update to the core search algo. Specifics of he update are, as usual, scarce and part of continued change.

Foursquare managementMeanwhile, Foursquare secured a hefty $45m of further funding to continued to build out it’s revenue generation. Earlier coverage had focussed on how this “down-round” would halve the valuation of the business, but I guess it’s now just more realistic.

While we often considered that Foursquare would make most of its revenues from ads in its two apps, it seems Enterprise sales of its location technology are the real ones to watch. As part of the deal, there’s a slight re-shuffling of the management team, which sees founder, Dennis Crowley, step up to the role of Chairman. You can read his opinion piece here.

Big Chip Digital Industry AwardsLast but not least, entries have now opened for the 18th Big Chip Awards, the largest digital industry awards.

You’ve got until the 7th March to submit your amazing work, and maybe I’ll see you there.

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