The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2020

Business Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are open for 2020!

These are one of the most prestigious business awards in the UK. They provide a national platform for you to share your success story.

And with media partners including Business Matters Magazine, The i, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post, the PR opportunities are incredible and not to be missed!

We have supported entrants to win year-on-year and for the second year running we have been chosen as the awards official entry partner.

So if you are headquartered in the UK and have a great success story, these are the awards to win!

AWARD CATEGORIES

The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award
The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year Award
The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award
The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award
The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award
The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Data Excellence Award
The Give a Grad a Go Employer of the Year Award
The Castle Corporate Finance Scale-Up Business of the Year Award
The LDC Growth Through Innovation Award
The Virgin Atlantic Customer Experience & Loyalty Award
The Artificial Intelligence Award
The Business Enabler of the Year Award
The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Leader of the Year Award

HOW TO ENTER

The first stage is to submit your award-winning written entry; early-bird deadline 24 April 2020 and the final deadline is 5 June 2020.

And on the 27 March 2020 we will be hosting a ‘How to Write a Winning National Business Award Entry’ webinar. The webinar is free and you can click here to sign up.

The shortlist will be announced the 14 July 2020. Finalists will then be asked to present to a panel of judges in September 2020.

EXCLUSIVE AWARDS SUPPORT

We have no view or influence on the judging process. But we do have years of experience in crafting winning entries and we know what catches the judges’ attention.

Our support for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is highly limited.

We only work with one organisation per category.

So if you would like our support to win get in touch today to secure your preferred category.

And we will see you at the glamourous awards ceremony in London on the 10 November 2020!

 

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International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day

By Donna O’Toole

International Women’s Day is recognised globally.

It is a day to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements. It also serves as an annual call to action for gender parity.

The world may be slowly moving toward equality, but there is still a lot to do

WOMEN LEADERS

One positive trend is the number of women in leadership roles,

  • From 2018 to 2019 the number of women on FTSE 100 boards increased from 29% to 32%
  • 38.9% of FTSE 100 NEDs are women – the most ever recorded
  • From 2018 to 2019, the number of women on FTSE 250 boards increased from 23.7% to 27.3%
  • There are only 3 all-male FTSE 250 boards remaining
  • 32.8% of FTSE 250 NEDs are women.

Source: Cranfield School of Management, The Female FTSE Report 2019

Source: World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, 2020

Source: World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, 2020

Having women on the board and as business leaders is hugely important.

Women leaders are role models for others to look up to and be inspired to succeed.

And that’s why we celebrate International Women’s Day by encouraging women to put themselves forward and to win awards!

WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

Winning awards as a business leader or entrepreneur will boost your profile, improve your personal brand and position you at the forefront of your industry!

There are hundreds of awards that specifically recognise women, including;

BEYOUROWN Women in Business Awards

Women in Defence Awards

Women of the Year Awards

The WISE Awards (Women in Science Technology & Engineering)

Computer Weekly 50 Most Influential Women in UK Technology

Stevie Awards for Women in Business

TechWomen 100 Awards

Inspirational Business Women in STEM Awards

But you don’t have to enter awards only for women.

There are lots of entrepreneur and business leader awards open to everyone, where every candidate is judged based solely on their achievements. You can find a list here.

HOW TO WIN AWARDS

So whether you are a businesswoman ready to grow your profile or you know a leading lady who deserves recognition for her achievements, the time to start winning is NOW!

And we’re here to help.

Helping individuals win is something we’re incredibly proud of. If you need some support please get in touch and we can give you the very best chance of winning.

 

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Awards Open in March 2020

Awards Open in March 2020

Awards Open in March 2020

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

Welcome to the March edition of our monthly awards roundup!

Every month we highlight a handful of awards open and waiting for your entries. And March is a particularly special month.

On the 8th March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. And we like to celebrate this day by encouraging you to nominate the incredible businesswomen in your organisation!

Take a look at some of the business awards open now, and click here to view some of the top Women in Business Awards

MARCH AWARDS

Marketing Week Masters

The Marketing Week Masters celebrate and reward the best in marketing. They award the work that combines creativity and innovation with effectiveness – setting new standards for the industry.

Deadline: 3 April 2020

CIPD People Management Awards

The CIPD People Management Awards are one of the most respected annual celebrations of the people profession. Showcasing work that represents the very best of HR, learning and development, organisational developments, you have the opportunity to be recognised in 19 categories.

Early Bird Deadline: 26 March 2020

Deadline: 30 April 2020

CIPS Excellence in Procurement

After 20 years of the CIPS Supply Management Awards, they have rebranded for the new decade. The CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards will reward and honour the entire procurement and supply chain profession. 

Early Bird Deadline: 26 March 2020

Deadline: 23 April 2020

START WINNING

There are thousands of awards out there, for every industry and business type. So trying to find the right ones for you can be difficult, but that’s where we come in.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you find the right awards and categories for you.

And take a look at our awards lists here.

 

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Awards Open in February 2020

Awards Open in February 2020

Awards Open in February 2020

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

February is officially awards season. 

Hollywood stars, directors and musicians from around the world attend some of the most prestigious awards in Music and Film industries; The Oscars, The Baftas, and The BRITs.

But don’t let the celebrities have all the glory!

The following awards are open this February. You can also find more awards to enter here.

FEBRUARY AWARDS

UK Customer Experience Awards

The UK Customer Experience Awards are open on the 14 February 2020.

If you love your customers and keep them at the heart of everything you do, the UKCXAs is the perfect programme to enter.

With over 20 categories available, no matter your business size or industry you can prove to your customers you are doing the very best, and show your employees you recognise their efforts to keep customers happy!

Deadline: 19 June 2020
Finalists Announced: July 2020
Finalist Presentations and Ceremony: 8 October 2020

Take a look at last year’s highlights here.

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are open on the 19 February 2020.

As one of the most prestigious business awards programme in the UK, the awards provide a national platform for you to share your success story.

With media partners including Business Matters Magazine, The i, The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post the awards provide unique PR opportunities for all finalists and winners. Highly valuable PR for free!

We are supporting entrants again this year by partnering with the National Business Awards to host a free webinar on the 27 March 2020.

Deadline: 5 June 2020
Finalists Announced: July 2020
Finalist Presentations: September 2020
Ceremony: 10 November 2020

Growing Business Awards

The Growing Business Awards are now open for 2020 and will deadline on 26 June.

The awards celebrate the strength, vision and resilience of fast-growing companies and the entrepreneurs behind them.

If you have a success story and can show fast growth, this would be a fantastic award for you.

Deadline: 26 June 2020
Finalists Announced: July 2020
Finalist Presentations: 18 September 2020
Ceremony: 25 November 2020

ENTER AWARDS AND WIN

If you want to enter awards and improve your chances of winning, we would love to hear from you.

Contact us today to find out how we could help you win. You can find more information about our services here.

 

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What Makes an Award Winner?

What Makes an Award Winner?

What Makes an Award Winner?

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

The Seven Priceless Qualities it Takes to Win Awards

When it comes to awards there’s not much I haven’t seen or done.

I have judged, written, directed, coached, created, re-imagined, analysed and interrogated more award entries and presentations than I can possibly count. From both sides of the table.

And I have been very lucky to have delved behind the scenes of many awards programmes across the world, and gotten under the skin of many of the people entering them!

Naturally, I look for patterns, trends, and data that give me the insights I need to be able to support people to win.

And what I find is always interesting and valuable. But nothing fascinates me more than the human behaviours and qualities that I see on my journey.

Yes it’s important to produce numbers and evidence in order to have a good chance of winning. But it’s the emotional drivers behind our human connection that make the difference between a close second-place and a winner.

So here are seven qualities that I regularly see in award winners, and I believe are fundamental to their success. How many of them will you demonstrate in the next awards you enter?

AWARD WINNERS ARE…

Relatable:

They are honest, and make a true emotional connection through their stories. They don’t try and paper over the cracks or pretend to be superhuman. They face challenges head-on and talk about them openly. They laugh at their mistakes and tell you the truth about how they feel. They rise in the face of adversity and learn from their setbacks. They don’t dish out blame, they are accountable, proud, and willing to share every part of their journey.

People-focused:

They actually care. No really, they do! They put themselves in other people’s shoes to truly understand the experience they are creating for customers, employees, partners, and the community around them. They are objective, realistic, and inclusive. They are able to look at their product, service, and business behaviours from multiple perspectives. If they don’t like what they see and hear, they change it. And if they do, they still try to make it better.

Inspirational:

It’s fair to say that some industry sectors, awards, and categories don’t make it easy to showcase an inspiring story. But some award-winners can make even the dullest sounding award category a truly inspirational experience. They are able to use their industry knowledge and insights to deliver something special. They have a clear purpose and the passion to motivate, move, and inspire others to think deeper, try harder, and achieve more.

Innovative:

Possibly the most overused and misunderstood word in the awards dictionary, and yet it’s one of the important qualities award-winners show!

In plain English, innovators are doing something that is truly ‘new and unique’. It may be enabling a small but important change, or it might be creating a major industry shift, but game-changing award-winners are undoubtedly pioneering a new way. They might not even consider themselves innovators, but they are working smarter and faster, and they don’t stop until they find different ways of doing things that improve the customer experience and employee experience, and they get great results!

Reflective:

This is a quality that many could benefit from, but only the special few genuinely show. Being able to reflect back on their actions gives award-winners the ability to measure, understand, and clearly communicate their achievements. And it gives them the power to change and improve. They never stop reflecting, tweaking, adapting, and re-measuring, which means they know what works and what doesn’t, and it helps them to get better and better.

Energetic:

These award-winners use their own energy to carry you through their journey effortlessly. Their enthusiasm creates a natural buzz, and their presence empowers and energises the people around them. They light up the room and exude natural warmth. They carry their colleagues when they need support, and they know when to stop and refuel so they don’t become a drain. They are productive and driven, but never to the detriment of others.

Altruistic:

These winners naturally care about someone or something that doesn’t simply benefit themselves or their business. There are no egos to manage here. They are selfless in small or big ways, but those ways have meaning, and come from the right place. They are not faking it to make it. They have a real interest in the impact they are having on people, the planet, and the causes close to their hearts, and they do what they can to make a difference.

ARE YOU AN AWARD WINNER?

Actually, my list could go on. There are so many positive qualities I’ve seen on my awards journeys, and I can’t wait to experience so many more in 2020.

What qualities do you think make award-winners stand out? I’d love to know what you think makes a difference.

Or do you think you have the right qualities to be an award winner? If so, let me know! I’d love to have a chat and find out more.

 

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