Awards Open in July 2020

Awards Open in July 2020

Awards Open in July 2020

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

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

July is one of our busiest times of the year, we are super busy writing award entries, Queen’s Award nominations, and implementing bespoke award strategies for our fantastic clients.

Lots of award programmes deadline in the summer, with their awards ceremonies scheduled for the winter, so there are still plenty of awards up for grabs in 2020.

Plus, many awards have added COVID-19 categories to recognise those businesses and individuals who have still managed to provide an excellent service, or gone above and beyond to support their community and customers, despite being hit by the pandemic.

So if you’re ready to create some positivity in your business and win some business awards, take a look at just some of the awards open now!

AWARDS OPEN JULY 2020

Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards

The Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards are one of the world’s leading Awards celebrating leadership in sustainable business.The Responsible Business Awards recognise those that are truly having an impact on business, society and the environment – delivering a new blueprint for business in the 21st Century.
Deadline: 14 August 2020

The Learning Awards

The Learning Awards are on the highest accolades you can win in learning and development. Whether you work as an individual learning professional or part of a wider team, for a commercial learning provider or within an internal learning department, you should be able to choose a suitable category to enter.
Deadline: 25 September 2020

The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December.
Deadline: 25 September 2020

ARE YOU READY TO WIN BUSINESS AWARDS?

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  • Impact
  • Influence
  • Insight
  • Innovate
  • Improve

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Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Every year on The Queen’s Birthday, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise award winners are announced.

Each winner will have had their own motivation for entering; recognition for an innovative product or service, to differentiate themselves from their competitors, recognition for their exporting success or simply for the prestige.

No matter the motivation for entering, every winner comes away knowing they are one of the best businesses in the UK.

WINNERS PERKS

Not only do you receive an invitation to Buckingham Palace, the Lord Lieutenant of your County will visit your office as a representative of The Queen. The representative will award the company with a Grant of Appointment and commemorative crystal bowl with the winner’s emblem.

This is a really fantastic opportunity to get all of your employees, stakeholders, family and friends involved for a real celebration and to be part of the presentation ceremony. You can also invite local journalists and photographers to document the event and get some valuable news coverage and PR, letting everyone know of your success!

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For the five years following the win, all winners are granted the use of the official Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners emblem. The emblem represents prestige, notable achievement and is recognised globally. It’s a fantastic asset to use on your website, email signature, marketing materials and packaging.

Businesses who enter and unfortunately don’t win can still find the experience of entering beneficial. Unsuccessful entrants receive feedback, providing targets to work towards and outlining where they may need to focus to be successful next time around. This feedback isn’t just beneficial for re-entering but is often sound business advice to take forward and improve.

GROWING SUCCESS

Winners of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have reported improvements across the business;

  • 77% of winners have reported increased commercial value for the business
  • 73% of winning businesses have seen employee engagement increase
  • 73% of winners benefited from additional press coverage in local, national and industry press
  • 57% of International Trade winners received increased recognition from overseas

Most importantly, 85% of winners have said winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have met or exceeded their expectations.

Like most awards, it’s how you respond and utilise a win that can determine how much success you achieve off the back of the win.

An award like The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise needs to be shouted about. It is a huge achievement and is a fantastic tool to win new customers, clients, contracts, stakeholders and for recruitment. It is also a great statement to say to your existing contacts ‘The Queen has recognised us as one of the best businesses in the UK!’

THE QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE

The Queens Award for Enterprise programme opens in May and deadlines in September.

If you think your business has what it takes to win The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise then get in touch! We will give you an impartial, honest consultation on your chances of winning and if you are eligible.

Over the years we have had an 80 – 100% success rate with The Queen’s Awards. We will only take on clients who we believe have a high chance of winning and are the perfect candidate. Our success is your success.

Click here for more information on the categories and read our winners’ case studies.

 

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Awards Open in June 2020

Awards Open in June 2020

Awards Open in June 2020

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

It’s June, we’re officially halfway through 2020 and what a year we are having!

The world is still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, but as more businesses open back up, more people get back to work and social restrictions slowly lift, everything is starting to feel more ‘normal.’

And awards programmes are continuing to react, adapt and adopt new practices to ensure you can still get that all-important recognition, to boost morale and reward your teams for their efforts and hard work whilst strengthening and boosting your brand!

So if you’re ready to create some positivity in your business and win some business awards, take a look at just some of the awards open now!

AWARDS OPEN JUNE 2020

The Sunday Times Fast Track Tech Track 100

The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private tech companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and will be published in The Sunday Times 6th September 2020
Deadline: 6th July 2020

Financial Reporter Women’s Recognition Awards

The Financial Reporter Women’s Recognition Awards aims to support the growing momentum for a more diverse and equal financial services community, recognising the women in finance who are succeeding and creating change in a male-dominated industry.
Deadline: 31 July 2020

Learning Technologies Awards

The Learning Technologies Awards showcase some of the most recognisable, memorable, and life-changing learning technologies worldwide. They are internationally recognised and open to organisations of all sizes – if you offer outstanding learning technologies, then you should be entering!
Deadline to register entries: 30 June 2020
Final entry deadline: 31 July 2020

ARE YOU READY TO WIN BUSINESS AWARDS?

Take the win business awards test and find out exactly what your current ability to win awards is.

This free, confidential test measures your potential to win prestigious business awards by analysing performance across 6 key areas;

  • Inspire
  • Impact
  • Influence
  • Insight
  • Innovate
  • Improve

Your unique score will reveal your strengths and weaknesses and deliver practical, actionable tips to improve your results and help you raise your profile by winning awards. You’ll also be invited to a FREE awards strategy meeting to find out how to use your results to win!

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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;

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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

Awards Open in May 2020

Awards Open in May 2020

Industry Insights

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

HiB Queen’s Awards Innovation Winner 2020

HiB Queen’s Awards Innovation Winner 2020

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.

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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.

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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

HiB flying the QAE flag at their headquarters, Inspire House

HiB flying the QAE flag at their headquarters, Inspire House

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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