We’re barely four weeks into 2024 but it’s already shaping up to be one of the biggest and most exciting yet for Don’t Panic. The team laid the foundations for a stellar year in 2023 and now we’ve hit the ground running, and we’re excited to share all our plans and social media updates from our stops around the world.

So, here’s everything you can expect to see from Don’t Panic over the next six months, with many more surprises along the way…


The Northern Digital Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and was hosted in Manchester for the first time in its history. The awards, which took place on Thursday 25th January, were hosted at the Hilton Hotel at the iconic northern landmark, Beetham Tower. Hosted by TV legend, Jenny Powell, the Northern Digital Awards are always one of the liveliest events on our calendar so make sure you check out all the winners, pictures, and highlights on our LinkedIn and Instagram.

As usual, the We Are Search awards will be taking the team around the world, clocking up plenty of air miles in the process. The APAC Search Awards will be live for the first time, making its debut in sunny Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday 31st January. As the latest award in the We Are Search calendar, the APAC Search Awards have a lot to live up to, but we’re positive the APAC region will show the rest of the world what they’ve got.

Northern Digital Awards 2024


We’ll be kicking off February with the European Content Awards, celebrating agencies, in-house teams, and individuals from across Europe who are creating innovative content in all its forms. Tune in to the virtual winner’s announcement on Tuesday 20th February 2024 at 3pm GMT.

Hot on the heels of the European Content Awards is the UK Dev Awards, which will be returning to London’s Montcalm Marble Arch on Wednesday 21st February. The awards showcase the UX people, the technical teams, the coders, and the designers who work behind the scenes to ensure businesses thrive in the digital world.

Finishing off our February whistle-stop tour is the UK Digital Excellence Awards on Thursday 22nd February, also at the Montcalm Marble Arch. The awards recognise and reward outstanding digital websites, marketing campaigns, software and tools and digital agencies and teams who are delivering results and profitability.

What a month!


In March, we’ll be hosting the UK Paid Media Awards, in association with Diginius. The awards will be celebrating its eighth anniversary and continuing to recognise the contribution that paid advertising delivers to engagement, clicks, leads, sales and ultimately profit. We’re especially excited to welcome Diginius as the headline sponsor after years of working together on the Search Award series.

April is all about the Global Social Media Awards! The awards, which are still available to enter (only just!!) celebrate businesses that are breaking the internet, smashing through ever-changing algorithms, and channelling the chatter into meaningful engagement that drives business success. Recognising small and large agencies and in-house teams, the awards are the ultimate social media accolade.


May will see the UK Company Culture Awards return to London for its fourth year – and it always proves itself to be a huge celebration. The awards, which are still open to enter (with the early bird deadline approaching fast), recognise the organisations that nurture their workforce, reward their staff, and create an environment that proves everyone is valued.

The Global Business Tech Awards will also be celebrating its fourth anniversary after another year of recognising the technology and the teams that improve business prospects and the customer experience. The globally renowned award is still open for entry, so make sure you check out all the updates over the next couple of weeks.

The European Search Awards will be celebrating its 13th anniversary this year but we’re not suppositious! The awards will be hosted in the historic city of Prague in the Czech Republic in May, making the European Search Awards a truly continental event. Stay glued to our social channels for further updates, including the venue.

European Search Awards 2023


We’ll round off the first six months of Don’t Panic’s 2024 portfolio in June with the Global Agency Awards. The awards recognise the strategies and campaigns agencies use to transform businesses and organisations, with the categories championing agencies large and small working across multiple industries. The global award always attracts the brightest and the best talent from across the world – make sure you join the virtual announcement to find out this year’s winners.

The UK Digital Growth Awards will return in June to celebrate the businesses that have seen exceptional growth over the last year. The categories recognise agencies and in-house that have grown through client wins, customer retention, quality of work, company culture, and development and always attract the rising stars in the digital world.

And the next six months…

Last year the Global Search Awards was celebrated live for the first time in its five-year history in Paris, so there’s plenty to live up to this year. We’ve yet to announce the next host city but we can promise that it’s just as iconic as the last!

We’ll also be launching the US Search Awards, MENA Search Awards, and the 15th UK Search Awards soon so keep a lookout for those too! It’s going to be THE year of search.

We recently announced the latest award to join our awards portfolio, the US Business Tech Awards. The awards will join the Business Tech series alongside the UK Business Tech Awards and the Global Business Tech Awards and we’re sure will be as big a success in the United States as it has been globally. Entries are now open!

We also have one more award up our sleeves, but you’ll have to stay glued to our social channels next week for the big reveal – we’ll see you there!

If you’d like to connect with Don’t Panic’s founder and Managing Director, Nicky Wake, feel free to reach out here.

We’ll be back in your inboxes soon with another update – stay tuned!

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