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august ɔːˈɡʌst/ adjective: respected and impressive.


Helping inspirational businesses and individuals build their brands with valuable recognition.

August will help you stand out as an industry leader by winning awards and gaining prestigious recognition for your business and personal achievements.

Led by Donna O’Toole, an experienced awards expert and national awards judge, August delivers everything you need to help you raise your profile and your profits by making you a winner; from creating an awards strategy to getting your entries past the winning post, we will help you improve your credibility via respected and impressive recognition from the best awards in the world.

With our help, hundreds of businesses, brands, entrepreneurs, and leaders have received recognition from awarding bodies across multiple industries; achieved outstanding results in The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise competition, and have even received honours from MBEs to knighthoods from The Queen.

Under Donna’s guidance, our team of award writers, PR and Marketing experts and Social Media Managers support entrepreneurs, innovators, global technology companies, exporters, charities, retailers, SMEs, celebrities, and household names to achieve all their personal and professional goals thanks to the credibility delivered by their award wins.

What People Say About Us

"Donna has worked with Close Brothers Premium Finance and Close Brothers Retail Finance over 2016, successfully raising the profile of our people and organisation through winning exceptional national awards. Her guidance and strategic advice has been invaluable and we are delighted to have benefited from raising our profile to our customers and contacts across the industry."

Sharon Bishop, CEO, Close Brothers Premium Finance & Close Brothers Retail Finance

What People Say About Us

"Donna has helped me to raise over £250,000 this year alone through raising the profile of my charity initiatives. She always puts the best interests of my projects first, is trustworthy and highly conscientious and I would recommend her for any profile raising activities."

Michael Tobin OBE

What People Say About Us

"I have been working with Donna over the last few years and I have to say, I have found her to be the consummate professional, always keeping her promises, a great marketer and PR guru."

Neil Skehel, Ceo, Awards International

What People Say About Us

"Donna’s unique skill-set and naturally engaging advice have transcended these award wins, ultimately helping us to identify and shape the USPs of business, thus influencing our strategy, proposition and marketing. "

Alex Marsh

What People Say About Us

"Brilliant! Your collaboration with our teams and your competence in understanding our business as an external contributor was exemplary!"

Winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2016

What People Say About Us

"Donna was brought in to help us with our submissions for the Law Society Excellence Awards. Donna came in and advised us what we needed to do and we won the Law Society Excellence Award for Business Development. This meant a lot to us as the Law society is our professional body and we had tough competition. We would definitely use Donna again and would have no hesitation in recommending her to other businesses – she truly is an expert in her field."

Fiona Martin, Director & Head of Employment Law, Martin Searle Solicitors

What People Say About Us

"Fantastic How to Win Awards Masterclass today. Lots to think about and take back to the business."

Megan Walker, ABA Quality Monitoring

What People Say About Us

"Previously I’d chucked applications at awards and then stood back and hoped, I hadn’t applied any strategy and I certainly hadn’t really thought through the content. At today's How to Win Awards Masterclass, you’ve helped me far beyond award applications. Your delivery was perfect; informative, supporting and light."

David Williams, Shuttle

What People Say About Us

"Donna helped us to understand all the different elements of the Queen's Award application process. The application itself looked hugely complex and time-consuming, which is an added stress when you are busy running a business. Donna took that stress away and helped us to see how what we considered business as usual was in fact incredibly important to our application"

Simon Murie CEo SwimTrek, Queen's award for enterprise for innovation 2017 winners


What People Say About Us

"Donna's guidance and advice was invaluable when preparing our submission for a number of awards this year. We knew we had a compelling case and Donna made us rethink how we presented the information to ensure that we didn't waste any words or valuable presentation time. She helped us to lay out the detail in a way that ensured judges could clearly see compelling evidence aligned to judging criteria. Donna challenged our thinking and helped us to ensure that nothing was left to chance. Time spent with Donna was time very well invested!"

Moyra Smith, Mercuri International 


What People Say About Us

"Donna’s masterclass gave me a fantastic insight into what it takes to win awards. It made me look at entering awards differently and made me approach the process in a new way. I found how to write awards part of the day extremely useful as this is something that can be carried forward and used on a day to day basis."

Pauline Saunders, Learning and Performance Institute


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

As well as directing and writing entries across all industries and awards programmes, we specialise in helping businesses to win one of the most recognisable and revered awards in the world – The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. In fact our drive to create outstanding results has created an unrivalled 100% success rate.

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Personal Branding

Personal branding strategies wrap up our services, helping business leaders and entrepreneurs to engage and connect with their target audience and position themselves as thought leaders through bespoke personal websites alongside LinkedIn and Twitter management campaigns and a targeted approach to gaining inspirational recognition.

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Awards Success

Just a few of the awards our clients have received recognition from include:

Award Winning Consultancy

We have excellent relationships with UK and International awards organisers and are delighted that the high quality of our work allows us to be recommended to businesses looking to enter their awards and that we are the first choice for supporting entrants via educational awards webinars.

Our values are key to our success, and yours. We enjoy seeing the immense benefits winning awards brings to the businesses we work with and we promise to do our best to deliver those benefits to your business. We know how much winning an industry award or a Queen’s Award means to you and your company, and the potential difference it could make to your future results. That’s why we will only work with you if we truly believe you fulfill the criteria required to enter and we will guide you to the awards that we believe will meet your goals and give you the very best outcomes.


Contact us to us to book your free consultation and discuss your recognition goals.

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