About Us

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“We will help you to achieve your personal and professional dreams by winning the best awards in the world” – Donna O’Toole, Founder, August Recognition

Donna O’Toole – Founder

Donna has helped hundreds of businesses, brands, entrepreneurs, and leaders across the world to raise their profile by achieving valuable awards and recognition for their achievements.

Named one of the world’s top 25 Customer Experience Influencers, and recognised for her outstanding contribution to national and international awards judging, Donna is known for her unrivalled success rate in the most prestigious industry awards in the world.

Her work has also resulted in the most accomplished entrepreneurs, business leaders and community champions receiving The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and recognition in The Queen’s Honours List.



In 2021, August Recognition became part of Dent Global. As leaders in strategy and technology for entrepreneurial businesses, Dent services over 3,500 clients across the world from their head offices in London, Sydney and Toronto. Together, we are on a mission to support entrepreneurs and business leaders to Be brave, Have fun and Make a Dent.

Shannon Amos – Operations Manager

Responsible for all aspects of customer service, client management, operations and invoicing, Shannon is your primary point of contact and will provide dedicated support for you along your awards journey with us.

Ben Griss – Marketing & Communications Manager

Ben manages our marketing activity, working closely with awards partners and organisers to share insights and promote our position as a thought-leader within the awards industry, as well as maintaining our position as a top UK awards agency.

Awards Team

Our growing team of trained awards consultants and writers includes Olivia, Amy, Emily, Kris and Hilary. Together, they bring a wealth of collective knowledge and experience from a wide range of sectors and, using our unique ‘WINNER’ method, they create outstanding award entries and presentations for the most prestigious awards in the world including all leading industry awards and The Queen’s Awards.

Supporting us is Alex Barton who collects vital awards information for our awards database, ensuring our bespoke awards strategies feature the most credible and valuable awards competitions in the world.

A Winning Formula

Together we offer an unrivalled awards service that consistently achieves impressive success rates and 5-star feedback whilst making a positive impact in the world. The result: countless happy customers who have seen their businesses grow and flourish after winning awards. Are you ready to follow in their footsteps?

Contact us to start your awards journey…


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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