A Celebration of British Business Excellence

A Celebration of British Business Excellence

A Celebration of British Business Excellence

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

After 18 months of supporting our awards industry partners, clients, colleagues and friends to survive, then thrive, it was amazing to be at our first live awards night of 2021 at The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards.

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, it was the perfect opportunity for catching up with so many inspirational individuals and coming together to celebrate everyone’s great resilience and success over the past year.

Huge congratulations must go to Sarah Austin (above) and her team for delivering a superb event that included special appearances from the Oxford Vaccine Group and our golden sporting couple – Jason Kenny CBE and Laura Kenny CBE (below).

When it was time to reveal who would walk away with the all-important trophies, things couldn’t have got off to a better start. Our parent company, Dent Global, won the ‘Business Enabler of the Year’ to become the evening’s first award winner. A beaming Daniel Priestley – Dent’s Co-Founder (pictured below with our Founder, Donna O’Toole), was on hand to collect this prestigious award.

It’s been an absolute joy to join the Dent group this year, and to share their incredible work and achievements supporting entrepreneurs with the world’s leading awards programmes. We couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved.

Here’s a summary of all the winners:

  • The Business Enabler of the Year Award: Dent Global
  • The Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award: Frenchic Furniture Paint
  • The Exporter of the Year Award: Direct Healthcare Group
  • The New Business of the Year Award: Evona
  • The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Philippa Main (Founder & CEO, Three Sisters Farm)
  • The Positive Social & Sustainable Impact Award: Jude’s Ice Cream
  • The Employer of the Year: Bovingdons Catering
  • The Local Business of the Year Award: Your Tender Team
  • The Purpose Before Profit Award: Sahan Cares CIC
  • The Technology Innovation Award: Octopus Energy
  • The Mid-Market Business of the Year Award: QBS Technology Group
  • The Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Simon Morrish (CEO, Ground Control)
  • The Scale-up Business of the Year Award: QBS Technology Group

There was also a special award given to the Oxford Vaccine Group for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Business’.

We were thrilled to celebrate the success of our amazing friends and clients who were shortlisted and winners across the categories, and who shone like the superstars they are amongst the absolute best in the UK. What a night!

Read more about the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards here.

 

FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of success at upcoming awards – so you can be a future award-winner like all of those above – we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your FREE place on our next session.

 

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To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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How is your business becoming more green and sustainable?

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How is your business becoming more green and sustainable?

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By Donna O’Toole

GET RECOGNISED FOR YOUR EXCEPTIONAL CSR WORK

Against the backdrop of the ‘COP26’ (26th ‘Conference of the Parties’) climate summit in Glasgow, we are all being urged to consider what we can do – both as individuals and businesses – to help combat climate change. Sustainability programmes have never been higher on the agenda across the world as we seek to become as green as possible.

Awards organisers have acknowledged this, and many have introduced new categories to recognise the organisations responsible for the most impactful sustainability programmes and policies. By celebrating these inspirational people, they are raising the profile of this critical area through an increased awareness of global environmental issues.

If you have been actively playing your part in this process, you should definitely look to enter relevant awards so that your work doesn’t go unnoticed. Winning awards will elevate your business, generate positive PR, provide a great sense of credibility and put you ahead of your competitors. As a result, you are more likely to achieve success in your respective industry, which comes in many forms such as increased sales, better recruitment and improved staff retention.

Here are some of the many awards that you should consider if you’re championing sustainability in your business:

 

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

Now in its 11th year, the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards brings together hundreds of the UK’s top green executives, entrepreneurs, investors, campaigners, and political leaders to showcase the many achievements of the green economy.

Among the 25 categories available are ‘Green Infrastructure Project of the Year‘, ‘Sustainability Executive of the Year‘ and ‘Renewable Energy Project of the Year‘.

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The Sustainability Awards

The Sustainability Awards honours those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice. They welcome nominations from businesses of all sizes, locations and maturity, and offer increased exposure for the exemplary accomplishments of leaders, initiatives and organisations working to reduce the impact of their business on our environment.

There are 6 categories available including ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year‘, ‘Sustainability Leadership Award‘ and ‘Sustainability Service of the Year‘.

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The National Recycling Awards

The National Recycling Awards are highly regarded in the recycling and resource management sector, with winning projects and teams rightly recognised for their achievements within the industry and further along the supply chain. The awards seek to recognise and reward excellence and inspire others, for the advancement of the sector.

Among the 16 categories available are ‘Recycling Excellence‘, ‘Social Value Initiative‘ and ‘Recycled Product of the Year‘.

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The International CSR Excellence Awards

These international awards recognise responsible, caring companies who are in a privileged position to be able to help those who depend on them for their livelihoods, and others less fortunate. They can be a realistic force for good.

The awards recognise a total of 41 different areas of CSR including ‘Fair Trade‘, ‘Sustainability‘, ‘Innovation‘, ‘Ethical Investment‘ and ‘Community Commitment‘.

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FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of success at any of these awards – or any other upcoming awards – we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your place on our next session.

 

DISCOVER MORE

To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Are you making the most of your awards results?

Are you making the most of your awards results?

Are you making the most of your awards results?

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By Donna O’Toole

HOW TO GET THE MOST VALUE OUT OF YOUR AWARDS RESULTS

Congratulations – you’ve been shortlisted or won an award! But what next…?

Now you can start getting some real impact and return on investment from your awards results. Check out the tips below in our 8-point PR plan:

1. Tell Your Team
Tell your team about your award results to recognise and reward their achievements and motivate them to achieve even more. If they don’t know why you were shortlisted, share your story, it’s good for them to know what you are doing well that’s got you this far, they are your best advocates!

2. Prepare Media Assets
Consider what media assets you have that you can use to share your results. Many awards will give you a finalists logo, but if not, you can easily make some effective, eye-catching social media images using a free online tool like Canva.

3. Add a Logo
Add your logo or image to the footer of your company emails, your social channels and your website. If you win multiple awards, you could even create a dedicated awards page on your website – just like Emma Mattress have done here – this will show visitors why they should choose you.

4. Tell Your Customers
Share the news with your existing customers – people like nothing better than to know they picked a good company to buy from or work with, and this is a great time to prompt their memory and see if you can offer them anything new. You could even make a ‘celebration’ offer to generate immediate new business.

5. Share on Social Media
Share the news on social media in a way that supports your purpose and goals. People are more interested in why you have been shortlisted or won, than the pure fact that you have. Use imagery that showcases your people, projects or products and add the awards organisers and any partner’s in your posts for maximum reach.

6. Create a Press Release
Don’t underestimate the power of local and trade press – these publications are more likely to include your story, which will boost your PR and Google rankings, and this is where the nationals spot their next stories. Always send to a named editor if possible – they’re usually listed in the publication… this proves you read it!

7. Share Your Success
Create your own ‘Who Wins When You Win‘ campaign. We will share your success with our charity partner when you win, and you could do the same for whoever you support, or you could devise a new way of celebrating and rewarding those around you when you win. This will give you another story to share to your audience!

8. Next Steps…
Don’t forget to check if your award has a presentation process to prepare for, or if you have booked your seats for the event. You need to be in it to win it, but it’s not about the volume of seats you take, but representing your brand positively – no matter what the final result.

So there you have it: plenty of opportunities to spread the word and get your winning message out there to a wide audience including your team, your customers and the local community – as well as potential customers.

 

FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of success at the European CXAs – or any other upcoming awards – we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your FREE place on our next session.

 

DISCOVER MORE

To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Ready to Win the European Customer Experience Awards?

Ready to Win the European Customer Experience Awards?

Ready to Win the European Customer Experience Awards?

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By Donna O’Toole

A CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Do you take great pride in how you treat your customers? Would you like to be recognised for all of the fantastic work you do in this area?

The inaugural European Customer Experience Awards (European CXAs) were recently launched to celebrate the inspirational efforts of CX professionals across Europe. With a total of 26 categories – each recognising a particular aspect of CX excellence – there are plenty of opportunities to get involved:

  • CX Classics: Recognising the different aspects shaping a world-class CX strategy (16 categories)
  • Digital CX: Focused on achievements in the digital arena (5 categories)
  • Nightingale CX: Focused on healthcare and vulnerable customers (3 categories)
  • CX Legends: Accolades celebrating the essential role of leaders and teams in CX success (2 categories)

To ensure you don’t miss out on your chance to showcase your CX skills at these prestigious new awards, here are the all-important dates for your diary:

  • Friday 28 January 2022: Early Bird Entry Deadline
  • Friday 4 March 2022: Entry Deadline
  • Monday 14 March 2022: Finalists Announced
  • Friday 6 May 2022: Early Bird Booking Deadline
  • Friday 3 June 2022: Booking Deadline
  • Thursday 16 June 2022: Awards Finals & Ceremony

Visit the official European CXAs website.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EUROPEAN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AWARDS

Donna recently spoke with the CEO of Awards International, Neil Skehel, about the European Customer Experience Awards on her Winning Awards podcast.

Winning Awards podcast - Neil Skehel

To find out how you can benefit from being a part of these new awards, simply click here to listen to this insightful podcast episode.

 

FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of success at the European CXAs – or any other upcoming awards – we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

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To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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How Can You Learn the Secrets of Winning Awards?

How Can You Learn the Secrets of Winning Awards?

How Can You Learn the Secrets of Winning Awards?

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

GET EMPOWERED AND WIN THE BEST BUSINESS AWARDS FOR YOURSELF

Would you like to win business and personal awards that will raise your profile, grow your business, and create an outstanding company culture? If so, where do you start?

With so many awards out there, and (literally) thousands of individual categories to choose from – each wanting something slightly different, it can be a real challenge to write an award entry that ticks all the right boxes.

However, no matter which awards you decide to enter, there are a number of key principles that will ensure you are in the best position to win. We have drawn upon all of our collective awards expertise to put together the ‘Awards Accelerator’ – the ultimate one-day training course that empowers you with all of the knowledge and skills to create award-winning entries and presentations.

Led by our founder, Donna O’Toole, this exclusive Zoom event provides access to all of the insights and inspiration you need to give you every chance of winning the world’s biggest and best awards.

 

 

Whether you are an entrepreneur ready to scale your business, or representing a large business in a global industry, you’ll benefit from all of this during the day:

  • Learn the technical secrets and methodologies we use to win the biggest and best awards in the world.
  • Get exclusive access to our unique award entry templates, case studies, examples and activities.
  • Plus… after the event you will have access to FREE expert feedback on the first award entry you write (usually worth £495 plus VAT).

Attendance is strictly limited and there are only FOUR more spots remaining for our next Awards Accelerator on Friday 5 November 2021, so don’t miss out. The cost per delegate is £495 plus VAT.

To discover more about the August Awards Accelerator and to secure your place, just click here.

 

FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of awards success, we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your FREE place on our next session, which takes place on Thursday 14 October 2021 at 1.00pm.

 

DISCOVER MORE

To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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