What does August mean?

As well as referring to the eighth month of the calendar year, August also means ‘respected and impressive’ – which neatly sums up the reputation that we’ve built up since the business was launched.

How long have you been helping people win awards?

Our Founder, Donna O’Toole, started working in the awards industry in 2012 and has amassed extensive experience that has been instrumental in establishing and developing the August name into a top UK awards agency.

What are your success rates in winning awards?

Our success rates are exceptional. 9 out of 10 of our full-service clients win when we write their awards and create their presentations. 85% of our entries reach the awards finals, and over 75% of those win an award.

Are you part of a bigger group?

Yes. On 30th April 2021, we became a part of Dent – a multi-award-winning training organisation that services over 3,500 clients globally from head offices in London, Sydney, and Toronto. We will, of course, continue to offer the same fantastic service to our clients, and this partnership has only made us even stronger.

Do you work internationally to help clients win awards?

Yes, we do. We have worked with clients to win awards in a number of countries across different continents, whilst we also have a great understanding of international awards.

What is your mission as a top UK awards agency?

Our mission is to empower businesses, teams and individuals with the trust, credibility and authority to build a better future for themselves and others across the world.

Discover how our Mission, Vision and Values work together to create the unique business that we are.

What are your company values?

We pride ourselves on three core values that epitomise everything about our business:

  • We will always operate with Clarity to ensure the process is as transparent and clear as possible for you.
  • Our Confidence stems from our excellent success rates and the strength of our experienced team – by working with us, we will ensure that you are confident, positive and bold in your awards journey.
  • Our final value, Commitment, is evident in every facet of our operations – whether it’s our determination to make you a winner, our carefully crafted awards entries or our dedication to customer care.

Who do you have in your team?

August Recognition is led by our Founder, Donna O’Toole, who is supported by:

  • Shannon Amos – Operations Manager.
  • Ben Griss – Marketing & Communications Manager.
  • Alex Barton – Administration Assistant.
  • Our growing team of trained awards consultants and writers, who bring a collective knowledge and experience from a wide range of sectors.


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We are the chosen awards agency partner at many world-leading awards:

What People Say About Us

“I couldn’t be happier, or more shocked, to have won a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Donna’s guidance was invaluable, and without her support and expertise we would have never even entered, nevermind won!”

Andrew Burnett-Thompson, CEO, SciChart


What People Say About Us

“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. 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

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 masterclass gave me a fantastic insight into what it takes to win awards. I found the training extremely useful as this is something that can be carried forward and used on a day-to-day basis."

Pauline Saunders, Head of Events, The Learning & Performance Institute

What People Say About Us

“We were so proud to win gold in our category at the UK Business Awards. Thanks again Donna for your advice on our initial submission – which really helped shape the entry. The whole team is delighted with the result!”

Helen Nesbitt, Head of Content, Farrer Kane

What People Say About Us

“Donna’s guidance and advice was invaluable when preparing our submission for a number of awards this year. She helped us to lay out the detail in a way that ensured judges could clearly see compelling evidence aligned to judging criteria, challenged our thinking and helped us to ensure that nothing was left to chance. Time spent with Donna is time very well invested!”

Moyra Smith, Strategic Business Manager, Mercuri International

What People Say About Us

“The awards training has been one of the most unique, informative, and inspiring days the team have ever completed. I was really impressed Donna at how you engaged and interacted with my team – you are a real inspiration and a lady bursting with personality. Keep up the amazing work!”

Andrew Scott, CEO, Ascot Group and Business Leader Magazine

What People Say About Us

“We haven’t won an award since 2007 but in the last 5 months – we have won 5, including a really prestigious one last Friday from the City of London. So just wanted to say thank you – the course really helped switch the way we thought about entering these and the results speak for themselves!”

Amy Walters, Business Manager, Bow Lane Dental Group


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