4 Awards you can enter now as we get back to business

4 Awards you can enter now as we get back to business

Retail Industry Set To Thrive

4 Awards you can enter now as we get back to business

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

Monday 12 April 2021 will go down as the day when – finally – a degree of ‘normality’ has returned to these shores following the first significant easing of our national lockdown. It has meant that a huge number of UK businesses have been able to re-open to the public and start to benefit from much-needed revenue streams.

This really is a significant landmark in our recent history, following months of uncertainty and upheaval for business owners across the country. Simply surviving and getting through this challenging period has been the priority for most people, who have been working tirelessly to get to this window of opportunity. After all the hardship, trials and tribulations since late-2020, it is now time for the business community to thrive.

To celebrate this ‘new beginning’, and to recognise the extraordinary work that has been undertaken by countless business leaders in a range of retail-related sectors, we have hand-picked a selection of relevant awards that are currently open for entries. 

BUSINESS AWARDS OPEN NOW:

 

 

 

 

THE RETAIL INDUSTRY AWARDS
These long-running retail awards are now in their 26th year of operation, and offer all kinds of businesses the chance to be recognised for their efforts across four distinct category types:

Independent Categories – for independent convenience retailers operating up to 10 stores.
Multiple Categories – open to grocery retailers with more than 10 stores.
Company-Owned Categories – for individual stores belonging to a group with more than 10 company-owned, managed stores.
Symbol / Franchise Categories – open to symbol, fascia and franchise groups operating within the UK convenience store market.

Showcase what you’ve achieved in the UK grocery retail sector – whether you’re a largest supermarket or small independent stores – in everything from the best use of new technology to local community engagement. What’s more, all of the awards are FREE to enter.

Entry deadline: Monday 31 May 2021

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THE eCOMMERCE AWARDS
Open to all retailers, relevant agencies, marketers and any company that trades online, the eCommerce Awards offer a wealth of different categories under these sections: ‘Industry’, ‘Marketing and Engagement’, ‘Specialist’, ‘Website’ and ‘Business’.

Of the 33 categories available in total, specific ones include ‘Best Food & Drink eCommerce‘, ‘Best Fashion eCommerce‘ and ‘Best B2B eCommerce site‘.

With companies from all industries stepping up their digital strategies to meet changing customer demands and lifestyles, it has become critical for high street retailers to make their online offering as effective as possible. Get the recognition that you and your colleagues deserve for your outstanding efforts over the past year by entering these highly regarded awards.

Entry deadline: Monday 24 May 2021

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THE CREATIVE RETAIL AWARDS
Retailers have had to work harder than ever to maximise the limited opportunities that have existed over the past 12 months to increase sales. The Creative Retail Awards celebrate retail innovation and design for all forms of outlet including shopping centres, supermarkets, high streets, pop-ups, retail concepts and in-store features.

There are 22 awards up for grabs, including categories such as ‘Innovative Display Product‘, ‘Food / Beverage and Supermarket Design‘ and – new for 2021 – ‘Bar and Restaurant Design’.

The awards night itself is a dynamic and inspirational annual event that blends networking with an informal party atmosphere celebrating the diversity in the retail industry.

Entry deadline: Friday 30 April 2021

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THE RETAILX BRAND EXPERIENCE AWARDS
Providing a memorable experience is everything when you are trying to tackle the current challenging retail climate. The RetailX Brand Experience Awards give businesses the ideal platform to showcase their new technologies and strategies for winning customer attention.

The awards feature 10 categories including ‘Marketplace Strategies & Technologies’, ‘Pivot Strategy’ and ‘Digital Innovation: Creating a Cohesive Brand Experience’.

With all entries completely FREE, this is your ideal chance to get involved, demonstrate the impact that you’ve made within the retail industry and show how you’ve raised the stakes for your competitors.

Entry deadline: Monday 7 June 2021

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ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

If you would like to become an award-winner and reap the rewards of your success in the retail sector – or any other industry – we can help take care of the entry process from start to finish.

Simply get in touch and we can choose the categories you are most likely to win, before doing all the work for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Awards Open in April 2021

Awards Open in April 2021

March 2021 - Awards Open

Awards Open in April 2021

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

Hello, and welcome to your monthly round-up of awards!

Every month, we like to find some of the biggest industry awards that you can enter right now and share them with you.

So, here is your selection of awards that are now open in April:

AWARDS OPEN NOW

Stevies International Business Awards

Stevies International Business Awards

The ‘International Stevies’ include numerous categories in departments ranging from Human Resources and Customer Service to IT and Management.

Over 20 new categories have been added this year to recognise the fantastic responses of people and businesses to the pandemic – these include ‘Most Valuable Corporate Response‘ and ‘Most Valuable Product‘.

Earlybird Deadline: 13 April 2021
Deadline: 12 May 2021

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The Learning Awards

Recognising innovation and achievement in workplace learning, the Learning Awards – which are free to enter – are highly regarded within this sector and have been running since 1996.

A total of 18 categories are available this year, including ‘Innovation in Learning Award’, ‘Learning Technologies Award’ and ‘Learning Leader of the Year’.

Deadline: 24 September 2021

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The HR Excellence Awards

These awards celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals who have pushed the boundaries of people strategy over the last year. This is a chance for your HR heroes to shine in the spotlight.

The 18 categories include ‘HR Team of the Year’, ‘Best Learning & Development Strategy’ and ‘Best CSR Strategy’.

Deadline: 13 August 2021

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Institute of Customer Service Awards 2021

Institute of Customer Service Awards

Individuals and organisations that have implemented successful customer service strategies are recognised in the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards.

Amongst the 16 categories offered in 2021 are ‘Best Customer Experience‘, ‘Best Use of Customer Insight‘ and ‘Customer Feedback Strategy‘.

Deadline: 21 May 2021

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The UK Social Media Awards

The 29 award categories in 2021 are strategically focused to ensure diversification is recognised and campaigns are rewarded for their specific goals and achievements.

Categories this year include ‘Best Use of Social Media In a Crisis’, ‘Best Integrated Campaign’ and ‘Best Small Agency’.

Earlybird Deadline: 23 April 2021
Deadline: 7 May 2021

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ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

To inspire you, we have curated lists of awards you could be winning in your industry or profession.

Click here to take a look, or get in touch if you would like us to choose the categories you are most likely to win and do all the work for you.

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The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021 are now open

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021 are now open

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021 are now open

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

The 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards are now open. Sponsored by Starling Bank and BT, these awards recognise the achievements of outstanding and innovative entrepreneurs across all industry sectors.

GBEA Founder, Francesca James, has established a thriving community that has benefited 50,000 entrepreneurs over the past nine years. We are delighted to have joined in an exciting new partnership that will see us work alongside Francesca and her team throughout 2021.

A total of 18 categories are available this year, including ‘Disruptor of the Year’, ‘Entrepreneur for Good Award’ and ‘Great British Entrepreneur of the Year’.

GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS 2021 CATEGORIES

The full list of categories include:

  • Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Disruptor of the Year
  • Entrepreneur for Good Award
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
  • Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Fashion & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Foreign Innovation Award
  • Health & Wellbeing Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Made in the UK Award
  • Pivot Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Great British Entrepreneur of the Year

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Entries Open: NOW
Entry Deadline: Friday 4th June
Shortlist Announced: w/c Monday 28th June

Click here for more information on the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and good luck to all entrants!

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

If you would like some support with your entries, we are here to help. We can take care of your entries from start to finish, working with you to choose the best category, put together the best story to score highly with the judges, and to provide expert insights throughout.

Get in touch today to find out how we can support you to win.

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The International Digital Experience Awards 2021 are now open

The International Digital Experience Awards 2021 are now open

The International Digital Experience Awards 2021 are now open

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By Donna O’Toole

The 2021 International Digital Experience Awards – formerly the UK Digital Experience Awards, are now open for any business displaying innovation and best practice excellence in the field of digital experience.

These awards will champion organisations on their digital transformation journey, and reward those initiatives, strategies, teams and individuals that have powered this vital change during 2020 and into 2021.

Now is your chance to get involved and showcase the excellent work that your company or organisation has achieved.

A total of 20 categories are available, including ‘Best Digital Transformation‘, ‘Best Digital Response to the Crisis‘ and ‘Most Effective Digital Marketing Strategy’.

INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS 2021 CATEGORIES

Read the full list of categories here:

  • Best Digital Transformation
  • Best Digital Response to the Crisis
  • Best Web Support
  • Best Use of AI
  • Best Use of VR / AR
  • Best E-Commerce Website
  • Best Use of a Digital Platform
  • Best Use of Customer Feedback
  • Best Use of Digital in Sales & Marketing
  • Best Use of Digital in Delivery
  • Use of Digital for Vulnerable Customers
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Use of Digital
  • Best Use of Digital in Health and Wellbeing
  • Best Digital Advertising
  • Marketing Campaign Automation
  • Best Use of GDPR
  • Most Effective Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Best Use of SEO
  • Digital Team of the Year
  • Digital Influencer of the Year

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Entries Open: NOW
Super Early Bird Deadline: Friday 9th April
Early Bird Deadline: Thursday 29th April
Final Entry Deadline: Wednesday 26th May
Awards Finals: Friday 15th July

Click here for more information on the 2021 International Digital Experience Awards, and good luck to all entrants!

NEED SUPPORT WITH YOUR ENTRIES?

If you would like some support with your entries, we are here to help.

We can take care of your entries from start to finish, working with you to choose the best category, put together the best story to score highly with the judges, and to provide expert insights throughout.

Get in touch today to find out how we can support you to win.

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Celebrating the achievements of women across the world

Celebrating the achievements of women across the world

Celebrating the achievements of women across the world

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By Donna O’Toole

When it comes to talented, determined and successful women, one of the leading ladies is Whitney Wolfe-Herd – the Bumble founder and world’s youngest female self-made billionaire.

Her story of overcoming adversity to make it right to the top is a great example of what can be achieved with a burning desire to make a positive impact.

If you are a female business leader – or if you know a woman who is driving change and success in her role – then our list of Women in Business Awards should provide the inspiration to getting much deserved recognition.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the National Business Women’s Awards and the WISE Awards (amongst many others) offer a platform to improve your personal brand, grow your profile and gain external credibility.

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Since launching our Winning Awards podcast, Donna O’Toole has interviewed many women who have either received recognition or been influential within the awards industry itself.

SARAH AUSTIN

Our first podcast featured Awards Director, Sarah Austin, as she gave useful pointers and advice about putting your brand on a national platform.

PAULINE SAUNDERS

Episode 3 saw Donna interview Pauline Saunders from the Learning & Performance Institute, where she talks about their flagship awards programme – The Learning Awards.

DR REBECCA ZHI HERBERT

In Episode 10, the founder and Academic Director of Wisdom Spring Education, Dr Rebecca Zhi Herbert, tells her fascinating personal story that received recognition in a pandemic-specific awards category.


ALISON EDGAR MBE

Alison Edgar MBE, also known as “The Entrepreneur’s Godmother”, meets Donna in Episode 12 to explain how to turn your biggest challenge into your superpower and make it onto the 2021 New Year Honours List.


CHARLY YOUNG

Most recently, the co-founder of The Girls’ Network, Charly Young, appears on Episode 14 where she reveals how our campaign is supporting their one-to-one mentoring scheme. Read more about this initiative in our next story below!

 

EMPOWERING GIRLS IN THE UK

We have recently partnered with The Girls’ Network to offer our support to this extremely worthy cause.

Each time one of our clients wins an award, we will celebrate their success by making a donation to The Girls’ Network, which supports over 1,000 girls aged 14-19 each year across the UK to reach their potential.

By supporting this initiative with our Who Wins When You Win campaign, we are helping to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

If you want to recognise your success by winning awards and supporting The Girls’ Network, contact us today.

It’s time to stop waiting, and start winning!

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