React. Adapt. Adopt: How awards are responding to the global crisis

React. Adapt. Adopt: How awards are responding to the global crisis

React. Adapt. Adopt: How awards are responding to the global crisis

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

Having been on full lockdown for over a month, the awards and events industry have had to react, adapt, and adopt in response to the current Coronavirus crisis.

Back in March, we shared how the awards industry is being affected, and we told you that ‘the show must go on.’ And that is still true.

Award organisers around the world are utilising online entry platforms, video judging sessions, and live streaming their awards ceremonies so that you can still win the awards you deserve.

Because at the end of the day, the value of winning awards is in the recognition you receive and what you do with that new power. The winner’s logo is just the start!

Here’s how just a few of our top industry awards have reacted to the crisis and the opportunities this gives you to get involved and recognise your own business’s ability to React. Adapt. Adopt.

EUROPEAN CONTACT CENTRE & CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS

Just one of the awards making a change is the European Contact Centre and Customer Service Awards (ECCCSA).

During this time, getting your customer service right has never been more important, or more challenging. Your customers will remember how you treated them during this time and that will play a huge role in whether they stick with you or not!

The ECCCSAs is one of the longest-running and largest awards programmes in the customer contact industry. The awards recognise organisations across Europe that are leading the way in delivering exceptional service to customers.

Chair of the Judges Ann-Marie Stagg has introduced new categories so that you can thank those teams that have gone above and beyond to respond quickly to the coronavirus outbreak;

  • Best Homeworking Programme
  • Responding to a Crisis – Supporting Colleagues
  • Responding to a Crisis – Supporting Customers
  • Responding to a Crisis – Providing Leadership
  • Responding to a Crisis – Supporting the Community
  • Responding in a Crisis – Best Partnership Solution

LLOYDS BANK NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are considered THE business award to win in the UK.

With backing from Lloyds Bank and other fantastic partners including Elite Business, SME Guidance for Business Growth and Institute of Export & International Trade. Plus media partners including The i, Yorkshire Post and The Scotsman, the National Business Awards continuously support their entrants.

This year they are continuing as normal, with judging scheduled for September and their awards ceremony taking place in November. But as a special thank you, they will be adding an extra special tribute to the heroic work of the NHS during the crisis.

Awards Director Sarah Austin said;

Sarah Austin NBA Awards Director - statement

OTHER RESPONSES

Some of the other things award organisers are doing is extending their submission deadline. They understand people are collaborating on entries remotely causing delays, people are furloughed and writing award entries may not be a priority right now (or it might be the perfect time!).

But they still want to see those entries and make sure the companies that deserve to win, have a chance to get their entries in!

Awards International who run the Digital Experience Awards and UK Business Awards amongst others have taken their full process online for some of their awards. They’ve also added the ‘Awards International Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Heroes’ award, for finalists to nominate their colleagues or suppliers who have gone above and beyond to contribute to their organisation during the crisis.

WINNING AWARDS IN 2020

There is no doubt that awards this year will be different, and the recognition they bring is more valuable than ever for motivating your people and strengthening your brand.

If you don’t enter this year, you will miss out on a whole year of recognition for the success you have already achieved in 2019. Awards look back not forward – they want to see results, evidence and case studies of what you have achieved until now – so don’t give up on all that because of the current storm.

We are all in this together, and awards programmes over the coming months and years will reflect this time period and shine a light on those who persevered, showed resilience. and had the strength to help others and themselves.

We are still open and working to support the best businesses to win the awards they deserve. Get in touch today to book your free consultation and we can discuss how awards will help you grow in 2020 and beyond.

 

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Awards Open in May 2020

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Awards Open in May 2020

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By Donna O’Toole

Hello and welcome to your monthly round-up of awards open throughout May!

The world is still in a state of flux with lockdown and social distancing rules in place. But we’re still here supporting businesses to win top industry awards, and award organisers around the world are adapting and updating their programmes to help entrants get the most out of their programmes.

Awards look back at what you have already achieved in the past 12-18 months, so now is the time to celebrate those achievements and strengthen your brand for the future.

The importance and benefits of winning business awards is more important than ever. The value, credibility, and huge boost that awards bring your business, product, employees and customers is vital for business growth.

  • Winning valuable business awards will:
  • Raise your business profile
  • Build team morale and motivation
  • Make you stand out in your industry
  • Encourage new customers/clients to choose you
  • Provide fantastic PR opportunities

And so much more!

So take a look at some great awards open now and give your people and business a boost.

AWARDS OPEN MAY 2020

The Sunday Times & HSBC Top Track 100

The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s top 100 private companies with the biggest sales. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each July.

Deadline: 29 May 2020

PR Week Awards

The PR Week Awards provide the opportunity to showcase your creative and ground-breaking campaigns, hard-working teams and outstanding achievements over the last year. The awards offer over 30 categories to choose from. Give your work and people a chance to be recognised for their accomplishments. 

Deadline: 4 June 2020

Training Journal Awards

The TJ Awards are part of the Training Journal brand which supports those involved in workplace learning and development with their CPD. The Awards recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world. The categories allow a broad range of companies and individuals to participate and reflect the increasing diversity and scope in the L&D landscape.

Deadline: 12 June 2020

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BUSINESS AWARDS YOU ARE LIKELY TO WIN?

There are thousands of awards out there, we’ve handpicked just three here which are credible and valuable to their industries – but there are so many awards out there that could help you meet your business goals in 2020.

The businesses with a proper awards strategy win more awards than those who jump in and out ad-hoc. So let us take the guesswork out of awards and create a bespoke awards strategy tailored specifically to your business, detailing each and every award you can enter and have a good chance of winning and giving you the best chance of success.

Get in touch today to book your free consultation and find out how we can support you to win!

 

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HiB Queen’s Awards Innovation Winner 2020

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

On the Queen’s 94th Birthday, luxury bathroom retailer supplier HiB was recognised as one of just 220 British businesses to win the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

From humble origins selling mirrors from his North London home in 1990, HiB Chairman, Warren Ginsberg spent almost 30 years growing a thriving family business whilst challenging the status quo of the bathroom industry. By creating innovative bathroom products to give customers more choices and benefits than ever before, HiB is at the forefront of bathroom design in the UK and worldwide today.

In 2014, after significant business growth and development, HiB became the first bathroom products manufacturer to embed Colour Temperature Changing (CTC) technology into bathroom mirrors, newly pioneering an entire sub-industry. From there they have gone on to further innovate, adding Bluetooth Technology and heated pads to keep mirrors crystal clear and steam free to meet the needs of the modern consumer’s gadget-loving, tech-driven, always-on lifestyle, allowing them to play music or even talk on the phone.

HiB Globe Mirror (1)

ROAD TO SUCCESS

Assessment

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise the outstanding achievements of British business in the fields of, Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

The eligibility criteria is stringent and there is a rigorous entry process. So before we support anyone to enter we run an assessment to determine whether the business is ready to win.

In Spring 2019, with HiB’s 30th year anniversary approaching, managing director Robert Ginsberg thought it would be wonderful to mark the company’s success by winning the most prestigious business award in the UK and when he told us their story, we knew from the very first assessment that they had what it takes to win a Queen’s Award.

After passing our assessment, we were confident HiB had a great chance of winning in the innovation category. So we got to work finding out every detail about the business and their industry-leading products.

Crafting the Nomination

We met the HiB team at their national distribution centre in Tamworth where we were hugely impressed with how the business is run and enjoyed the family feel that they have maintained despite their scale.

Inspire House Photo (002)

It was wonderful to hear of all the community and charity projects they get involved in too, like ‘Around the World in Different Ways’ where the whole team is fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK and the National Autistic Society. You can read more about this and support here.

After discovering so much about the business, we were able to support the team to carry on with their main business focus whilst we crafted their nomination, demonstrating and evidencing their business achievements to prove the many reasons why they deserved to be recognised as one of Britain’s best businesses.

THE ROYAL STAMP OF APPROVAL

We thoroughly enjoyed supporting HiB from entry in the summer, to shortlisting in the autumn, and finally winning in April 2020.

As winners, HiB will now be able to shout about their achievements by;
● Displaying the globally recognised winners logo for the next 5 years across their website, products, and communications
● Flying the official Queen’s Award flag at their UK Headquarters, Inspire House
● Maximising PR opportunities in regional, national and industry press
● Leveraging their win to increase sales and enhance customer relationships
● Being invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace
● Hosting an official event with the Lord Lieutenant who will present them with their award and commemorative glass trophy

We are so proud to have been able to support another fantastic, well-deserving British business to win. And at a time where the world is in a state of flux it has been a hugely positive message for HiB to bring to their customers, teams and partners – demonstrating that the UK is a place for strong family businesses to thrive in the future.

Robert Ginsberg, Managing Director said,

“Product development is at the heart of our business vision and our design teams continuously drive the company forward with new, inventive concepts to benefit the wider community. Across the HiB and Novum ranges, our mission has always been to provide mirrors, cabinets, lighting and ventilation solutions which combine stunning aesthetics with the very latest technology and our growing product collections are a clear demonstration of that vision.

“We inspire a strong company culture across our workforce, which is based upon our core values of excellence, teamwork, community and innovation. As a business we value the creativity and vision of all our employees, which helps us work towards a common sense of achievement. This has been particularly clear over the last few months.

“Despite the difficult times many of us are facing, it is heartening to know that we can share some positive news with our partners, suppliers, employees and wider community and celebrate this significant award, which is a huge achievement for everyone at HiB.”

HiB people

And we were delighted to know how much they enjoyed working with us too, with such lovely feedback:

We are delighted to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category and would highly recommend Donna’s services. Her professional advice and guidance was invaluable during the application process and we would like to thank her for all her efforts. With Donna’s help, we were able to put together a comprehensive submission for the esteemed award and we are thrilled with the results.” Steve Kaye, Marketing Director, HiB

Could you win a Queen’s Award?

Feeling inspired? Think you could be a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winner? Don’t know how or where to start? Then get in touch!

We will consult with you and give you an honest assessment. If you’re not likely to win, we will make sure you understand why, and when to apply in the future. And if you do have a good chance of winning, we will let you know the next steps to take.

UK Businesses of all sizes can win a Queen’s Award. All you need is at least 2 full-time employees and good growth. And remember, the awards look back at your past financial performance, so don’t let what’s happening now put you off entering!

The competition opens in May and deadlines in September each year. Nominations take many WEEKS and more often months to prepare. We limit how many projects we work on each year, so if you want to enter contact us now for your free honest assessment.

 

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2020

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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The 2020 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners have been announced!

On Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 94th Birthday, 220 outstanding UK businesses have been given the royal stamp of approval and awarded the most prestigious business award in the world. Congratulations to the winners across the four categories:

  • 128 International Trade Winners
  • 66 Innovation Winners
  • 19 Sustainable Development Winners
  • 7 Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility Winners

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise only the most exceptional businesses in the UK. Each and every winner will have met the rigorous criteria and proved their worth.

This is a remarkable achievement at any time, but especially in these challenging times, it is fantastic to be able to celebrate British business strength and resilience.

REGIONAL WINNERS

Winners represent every region of the UK and the numbers are relative to the entrants. Every year there are calls for more businesses outside of London and the South East to enter. Where would you fit into this list?

  • 27 winners from the East
  • 12 winners from the East Midlands
  • 35 winners from London
  • 7 winners from the North East
  • 30 winners from the North West
  • 4 winners from Northern Ireland
  • 8 winners from Scotland
  • 36 winners from the South East
  • 23 winners from the South West
  • 8 winners from Wales
  • 15 winners from the West Midlands
  • 15 winners from the Yorkshire and Humber

You can find a full list of winners here.

CLIENT SUCCESS

Every year we support our clients to win a Queen’s Award, and 2020 was no different.

One of our proud winners in 2020 is luxury bathroom retailer supplier HIB, whose industry-changing products led them to win The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

Product development is at the heart of HIB’s vision and their design teams continuously drive the company forward with new, inventive concepts to benefit the wider community. HIB’s mission has always been to provide mirrors, cabinets, lighting and ventilation solutions which combine stunning aesthetics with the very latest technology and their growing product collections are a clear demonstration of that vision.

Steve Kaye, Marketing Director at HiB Ltd said, “We are delighted to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category and would highly recommend Donna’s services. Her professional advice and guidance was invaluable during the application process and we would like to thank her for all her efforts. With Donna’s help, we were able to put together a comprehensive submission for the esteemed award and we are thrilled with the results.

Could you win a Queen’s Award in 2021?

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION** Don’t let the current crisis stop you from entering the Queen’s Awards this year. To establish your achievements the awards look BACK at past performance.

So if you have been growing year on year and business has been going well, this could be your time to gain a valuable award to support your business to grow in 2021.

If you want to find out how your business can join the elite list of winners, contact us now.

The 2021 entry programme will open 1 May 2020 and deadline September 2020.

In the meantime, we’ll be running our popular FREE Queen’s Awards assessments.

Places are limited and we promise to give you only honest and frank feedback on your chances of winning. So you’ve got nothing to lose by talking to us.

Get in touch today to book your assessment.

 

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Awards Open in April 2020

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Awards Open in April 2020

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Welcome to the April edition of our monthly awards roundup!

We’re not going to pretend everything is normal, because we all know life (personal and business) is far from that for most of us. The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption and we’re all just trying to stay safe and keep afloat.

However, the importance and benefits of winning business awards still stands. In fact, maybe more so than ever.

The value, credibility, and huge boost that awards bring your business, product, employees and customers is just as important as it has ever been for business growth.

Winning valuable business awards will:

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And so much more!

So if you find yourself with time now that you never had before, and you want to celebrate what you had ALREADY achieved (because awards look back at what’s already happened) don’t neglect entering awards during this period, take a look at some great awards open now.

The awards industry is adapting and changing due to the impact of the Coronavirus, but it’s all for the better and you can read more about this here.

AWARDS OPEN APRIL 2020

HR Distinction Awards

The Annual HRD Awards celebrates innovatively designed and executed people strategies, that have contributed to outstanding organisational performance and play a role in curating the new business landscape.

Deadline: 14 May 2020

Global Recruiter Awards

The Global Recruiter Awards is your chance to shine, to go head to head with your contemporaries on a level playing field, responding to clear criteria and to be judged by a panel of industry professionals who understand what it’s like to build a business, and to rise above the competition.

Deadline: 14 May 2020

Retail Industry Awards

The Retail Industry Awards have continued to cast a spotlight on the industry’s highest-flyers, strongest performers and hottest brand launches. The awards are one of the only events which bring together the entire industry, as it celebrates the success of the smaller independent retailers alongside the larger supermarkets and symbol groups.

Deadline: 22 May 2020

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BUSINESS AWARDS

There are thousands of awards out there, we’ve handpicked just 3 we know are credible and valuable to their industries for this newsletter – but there are thousands more out there that could help you meet your business goals in 2020.

To find the best business awards for your organisation we can offer you two great solutions:

1. We can create your bespoke awards strategy for you.

Or

2. You can join our ‘Create your 2020 awards strategy’ live online training event and learn how to find the best awards and categories and make your own awards plan.

With an awards plan in place you will be so much more focussed and you will win more! Get in touch today for more information and to book your free consultation.

 

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How Coronavirus is Affecting the Awards Industry

How Coronavirus is Affecting the Awards Industry

How Coronavirus is Affecting the Awards Industry

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

These last few weeks have been totally surreal.

Last year, when the awards industry was planning its 2020 calendar of events, it did not expect to be re-planning them just a few months later, in possibly the most challenging circumstances any of us have ever known.

So naturally, after getting past the initial shock of the arrival of COVID-19 into our lives, and making all the necessary checks on our families, friends, colleagues, customers and connections. And after giving huge thanks for the incredible heroes looking after us all on the front line of hospitals, schools, shops and more, our conversations have turned to business.

The most popular business question I have answered all week is without doubt:

“So what’s happening in the awards industry?”

And my answer has been simple.

“The show must go on!”

Because that’s exactly what I’ve been told by awards organisers around the world. And my goodness they are rising to the challenge!

But before I give you the industry insights, and feedback from some of our most beloved awards programmes, I need to be clear about something.

Awards are NOT about shiny trophies, sparkly dresses, and penguin suits.

Awards are about PEOPLE.

  • The thousands of people who work in awards teams to deliver exciting, engaging awards programmes to recognise the best businesses and individuals across every industry.
  • The thousands of people who work in hospitality and events day and night to create and implement the spectacular ceremonies that bring your teams together.
  • The thousands of people who apply their expertise to every single awards programme with lighting, music, sound, and film as well as the artistes who entertain us.
  • The thousands of people who spend their ‘spare’ time judging your award entries and pouring over the tiniest details to find the right winners.
  • The thousands of people who work in awards, marketing, and PR agencies to support businesses and individuals to raise their profile through winning awards.
  • And the thousands upon thousands of people who work so hard every year in their businesses, departments, and teams to deliver the projects that are so worthy of awards recognition.

ALL these people matter to the awards industry.

And right now, they are ALL pulling together to do quite literally everything in their power to bring you the best awards you will ever experience. Despite the challenges.

Why?

Because we, the industry, are passionate about our purpose.

We are proud of our people and our skills.

And we are positive that we can help you to come through this incredibly difficult time with a stronger brand and a higher profile than ever before, so that you can move into the coming years with all the power you need to succeed.

We know the value that professional, credible recognition will bring to your business. We see the millions of pounds of business that happen at every awards ceremony. We experience the incredible partnerships and friendships made at the events. And we feel the power and energy that recognition gives to YOUR people and YOUR brands.

Right then…so what IS happening in the awards industry?

Adaption. Adoption. Innovation. That’s what.

The awards ceremonies due to take place over the next few months are either adapting and moving their ceremony to a later date, or they are adopting new technologies and innovating to take their celebrations online.

So there is no need for you to miss out on a single trophy, and you might even find that you end up with more time to prepare, and more valuable digital assets to promote you than ever before!

Remember, awards look BACK at what you have already achieved – so you can take advantage of this and use your growth from the last few years to help you get some positive PR for the years ahead.

We’ll also be setting up our training online so you’ll be able to use your time wisely to upskill and prepare for your next award entries very soon too.

Personally, my hopes for when we come through this, are that we will have grown as people, supported each other, innovated for good, and that the awards industry will be recognising people and brands for their incredible and heroic behaviour, resilience, partnerships, collaborations, crisis management and above all else, kindness.

Stay strong. Stay safe.

Together we will win.

 

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