Oddsphere / Shipster at the Prolific North Tech Awards. Left to right: Alex Downie, Niall Kelly, Rachel Bircher, Damian Walczak, Dominic Carter, Hayley Cowburn, Tony Cheetham, Charlie Yates and Alex Hayes. Photo by: Prolific North.

Shipster, a Manchester-based shipping integration platform, won the Silver Award for the coveted category of ‘UK eCommerce Software or Extension of the Year’ during the 2021 UK eCommerce Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by prominent television presenter, Jenny Powell, was held at the Montcalm Marble Arch in London on the 4th of November.

Developed by the Manchester-based software company OddSphere Ltd, Shipster is a shipping integration platform for eCommerce businesses that need custom shipping with any courier, warehouse or sales system. The shipping platform allows eCommerce companies to personalize and automate their shipment rules based on any criteria, such as parcel weight, store collection, product type, destination and more.

Shipster won the prestigious UK eCommerce Silver Award, in large part, because they adapted quickly and dynamically during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit negotiations, resulting in unprecedented growth and recognition. One of Shipster’s most noteworthy initiatives was the introduction of a pandemic support package that granted free additional shipping licenses to client medical and PPE suppliers to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Shipster also guided its clients into a post-Brexit shipping world by creating a new “Brexit” version of Shipster, designed to be compatible in both a deal- or no-deal scenario. They offered guidance and kept their clients abreast of the latest developments and changes, softening the transition into a post-Brexit and post-COVID landscape. Shipster has displayed a remarkable ability to remain agile and dynamic, prioritising client success at every stage.

Of the company’s recent success, the Owner & Director of Shipster (OddSphere), Hayley Cowburn, said, “I’m so proud of the team for the hard work and dedication they’ve put into Shipster – and continue to do so. Being recognised with this award is a fantastic achievement and we can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of our nominations.”


Besides winning the Silver Award at the UK eCommerce Awards, Shipster has had a string of noteworthy accolades this year:

•   Winners of the Digital City awards for the Systems Integrator Award

•   Finalists for SaaS Awards, Best SaaS Product for Shipping

•   Finalists for Prolific North Tech Awards, Small Tech Company of the Year

•   Finalists for the upcoming Engage Awards, Most Effective Remote Working Program

The UK eCommerce Awards celebrate and reward excellence across all retail sectors, emphasizing innovation, creativity, technology and the individuals behind the endeavors. Winning the Silver Award firmly cements Shipster’s status as the premier shipping integration platform in the arena.