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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

"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 helped us to understand all the different elements of the Queen’s Award application process. She took the 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, The Queen's Awards for Enterprise Winner 2017

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

“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, Close Brothers Retail Finance

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 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

Award Winning Consultancy

We have excellent relationships with UK and International awards organisers. Donna has even been recognised for her outstanding contribution to judging by the UK Employee Experience Awards.

We are the first choice for many awards organisers when recommending an awards agency who will support entrants to win by providing everything from free webinars on how to write a world-class entry or presentation, to expert awards consultancy and coaching.

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 fulfil 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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