The Freedom to Win Awards

The Freedom to Win Awards

The Freedom to Win Awards

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

‘FREEDOM’ TO WIN AWARDS

As we celebrated ‘Freedom Day’ to signify a return to some sort of normality for the UK, there is a sense of optimism that the business world is – finally – getting back on its feet.

The feeling of being free to express yourself once again has a definite parallel with the awards industry, where virtually all businesses are potentially eligible for a range of different awards – the opportunity to showcase your unique achievements and impact is there for the taking and all it takes is that leap of faith to start your awards journey.

However, with thousands of awards and individual categories out there, it’s a real minefield if you’re not sure which awards are right for you to meet your business’s core goals. That’s where we can help.

CRAFTING A BESPOKE AWARDS STRATEGY

With a clear awards strategy, becoming an award-winner will help you achieve your core business goals.

Our research shows that businesses with a bespoke annual awards strategy win more awards than those without. We will work with you on a one-to-one basis to plan your unique route to awards success. We will then present a detailed awards strategy that will kickstart your awards journey and raise your profile across your industry and beyond.

You will benefit from:

  • Full awards assessment, research and analysis
  • Exclusive awards insights
  • Guidance on which awards you have a good chance of winning, and why
  • Detailed information for planning and budgeting for each award

Then, with a full understanding of your best awards opportunities, you can either choose to work on all the award entries and presentations yourself, or instruct us to substantially increase your chances of winning and save you hours of valuable time by selecting one of our full awards service packages.

WORK WITH A LEADING AWARDS AGENCY

With extensive experience at getting recognition for our clients – in all sectors – we are well-placed to look after your awards needs. If you would like to learn more about getting a bespoke awards strategy created for your business, simply click here.

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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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Awards Open in July 2021

Awards Open in July 2021

July 2021 - Awards Open

Awards Open in July 2021

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It’s July, summer is here, and it’s the ideal time to stop waiting and start winning awards! Here’s your selection of awards that are currently open for entries:

AWARDS OPEN NOW

 

The Globee Awards

Created in 2003, the Globee Awards comprise 11 different business awards competitions, recognising the accomplishments and contributions of companies and business executives and professionals worldwide.

The Business Excellence Awards has a total of 11 category groups this year – each of which has a number of individual award categories. The groups include ‘Best New Business (Founded between 2016-2021)‘, ‘Diversity Awards Categories Group‘ and the ‘COVID-19 Business Response Awards Categories Group‘, where the categories are all FREE to enter.

Deadline: Friday 13 August 2021

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The Lending Awards

This is the only awards programme distinguishing and rewarding individuals, teams and businesses across Alternative Lending, Commercial Finance, Commercial Finance, and Mortgage Industries, celebrating and recognising excellence across the entire lending market.

Among the 34 categories available are ‘Best Challenger Bank‘, ‘Best Commercial Lender‘ and the ‘Business Leader of the Year‘.

Deadline: Friday 20 August 2021

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The Better Society Energy Awards

The Better Society Energy Awards are open to suppliers, distributors, innovators, users and financiers of clean energy to promote best in class strategies and celebrate the successes on the journey to net-zero and beyond.

The 18 categories available include ‘Green Energy Supplier of the Year‘, ‘Education Award‘ and ‘Community Energy Champion‘.

Deadline: Friday 20 August 2021

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The Drum Awards for Content

These highly regarded awards celebrate the work that cuts through in the branded content space – whether you are an individual, agency, brand or organisation producing effective content executions. As the awards are global, there are no barriers to entry.

A wide range of 28 categories can be entered, including ‘Most Innovative or Creative Use of Content‘, ‘Best Use of Content on Social Platform‘ and ‘Best Integrated Campaign‘.

Deadline: Wednesday 25 August 2021

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The National Fitness Awards

The National Fitness Awards recognise achievement and excellence in all corners of the fitness industry, and are open to any gyms which will have been operating for two years or more on the date of this year’s awards. Facilities that have been open or less than two years can enter the Newcomer of the Year category.

Amongst the 23 categories available are ‘National Gym of the Year‘, ‘Education Facility of the Year‘ and ‘Customer Service Award‘. A new category has been introduced for 2021 – the ‘Gym Team of the Year‘.

Deadline: Tuesday 31 August 2021

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The Health Tech Digital Awards

These annual awards recognise the best healthcare technology, how it’s been implemented in the healthcare setting, and the impact it has had on end users and customers.

Amongst the 39 categories offered in 2021 are ‘Best Communication Solution‘, ‘Best COVID-19 Solution for Mental Health‘ and ‘Best Innovation Project of the Year‘.

Deadline: Friday 3 September 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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June 2021 - Awards Open

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It’s June, summer is on the way and the awards entry season is now in full swing – it’s the perfect time to stop waiting and start winning!

So, here is your selection of awards that are currently open for entries:

AWARDS OPEN NOW

 

The Growing Business Awards

Now in their 23rd year, the Growing Business Awards recognise UK business achievements over the past 12 months by honouring the UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses.

A total of 25 categories are available this year, including ‘B2B Business of the Year‘, ‘Market Disruptor of the Year‘ and five different ‘Growing Business of the Year‘ categories – dependent on your company’s turnover.

Deadline: Friday 25 June 2021

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The UK Business Tech Awards

These highly regarded awards celebrate the finest tech businesses in the UK, and are seeking entries that have demonstrated innovative and exceptional use of technology to transform and grow companies.

Among the 29 categories available are ‘Tech Entrepreneur of the Year‘, ‘FinTech Innovator of the Year‘ and the ‘COVID Continuity Award‘. Three separate ‘Tech Company of the Year‘ awards are up for grabs, reflecting small, medium and large businesses.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday 2 July 2021
Deadline: Friday 9 July 2021

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The Learning Technologies Awards

The sought-after Learning Technologies Awards recognise the commitment, enthusiasm and passion for learning technologies across the world. Finalists are selected by an independent judging panel organised by the eLearning Network.

There are 20 categories available, including ‘Most Innovative New Learning Technologies Product‘, ‘Best Learning Technologies Project – Commercial Sector‘ and ‘The Best Digital Learning Transformation Programme Implemented in Response to COVID-19‘.

Deadline: Friday 30 July 2021

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The HR Excellence Awards

These awards celebrate the outstanding work that HR teams and individuals have done within organisations to make their businesses shine and push the boundaries of people strategy through diversity, inclusion, equality and positivity.

A total of 18 categories are available, including ‘HR Team of the Year‘, ‘Best Learning and Development Strategy‘ and ‘Best Crisis Management Strategy‘ (a new category for 2021 that takes into account the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic).

Deadline: Friday 13 August 2021

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The International Customer Experience Awards

Connecting participants, partners and judges from around the globe, Awards International’s awards events give them the chance to compete for the highest accolades in the world of customer experience.

Amongst the 15 categories offered in 2021 are ‘Customer Experience in the Crisis‘, ‘CX Team of the Year‘ and ‘Best Digital Customer Experience‘.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday 16 July 2021
Deadline: Friday 13 August 2021

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The SME National Business Awards

These awards raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SMEs nationally, and provide a veritable endorsement of success in business which offers exceptional marketing and PR opportunities.

A total of 21 categories are available, including ‘Best New Business‘, ‘Community Business of the Year‘ and ‘Young Business Person of the Year‘.

Deadline: Wednesday 25 August 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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REVEALED: The 10 Awards Personas – which one are you?

REVEALED: The 10 Awards Personas – which one are you?

REVEALED: The 10 Awards Personas – which one are you?

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

WHAT’S YOUR AWARDS PERSONA?

Most people who have considered entering awards – or have actively done so – typically fall into one of the following 10 Awards Personas.

Ultimately, ‘The Athlete’ will enjoy much greater success due to their logical and carefully planned approach, combined with a winning mindset and a tenacious personality.

 

1. The Imposter

– Can think of 100 reasons why they shouldn’t enter
– Doesn’t believe they can win, so what’s the point of trying
– Avoids the awards ceremony and watches the results on Twitter in their PJs

2. The Ostrich

– Sees awards as an overwhelming task they don’t want to deal with
– Head in the sand, shys away from the challenge
– Knows awards would help them, but would rather not compete

3. The Bridesmaid

– Excited to enter awards and always makes an effort
– Always a finalist, but never quite makes it to the awards altar
– Just wants to be noticed first, for once

4. The Misfit

– Doesn’t know their unique strengths
– Willing to have a go, but ends up in the wrong race
– All the gear, no idea – throws everything at the entry, hopes for the best

5. The Storyteller

– Tells an engaging and entertaining story
– Avoids the boring (but essential) data and evidence
– Fails to substantiate the story

6. The Tourist

– Sticks a pin in the map and heads off in the wrong awards direction
– Wants a taste of every opportunity
– Jumps into an award because their friend went last year

7. The Politician

– Doesn’t answer the actual question
– Makes impressive promises, but the numbers don’t add up
– Tells the judges what they think they want to hear

8. The Mathematician

– It’s all about numbers, graphs, formulas, and forecasts
– Logical, reliable, and a little bit dull
– Causes death by PowerPoint during the judging panel presentation

9. The Party Animal

– Decides to enter the award at the last minute
– Doesn’t really know how they got here, or where they are going next
– Puts more awards selfie photos on social media than the actual winner

10. The Athlete

– Knows what they want to achieve and what they need to do to get there
– Plans, prepares & trains to win the top award – no matter how long it takes
– Winning mindset lets them jump hurdles and keep going until they succeed

 

FREE Awards Strategy Guidance

If you would like to become ‘The Athlete’ and increase your chances of awards success, we recommend attending our Awards Strategy session, where I provide 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 places on Thursday 27 May 2021 at 1.00pm.

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Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

At this time – more than ever before – mental health and wellbeing is of particular importance as we recover from the global pandemic, which has severely affected millions of people across the world.

The current climate of uncertainty and doubt has impacted most of us in different ways and now, during Mental Health Awareness Week, we have the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of mental health and ensure that this message is spread as far and wide as possible.

In acknowledging this, the awards industry has reacted with the introduction of more dedicated awards and categories that recognise individuals and businesses that have launched effective, engaging mental health programmes.

POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

One such example is the Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards, which have recently been launched to champion the outstanding steps taken by employers, service providers and individuals in response to our global wellbeing crisis. Categories such as ‘Best Support for Furloughed Workers’, ‘Best Support for Remote Workers’ and ‘Best Covid-19 Company Response’ identify specific circumstances that have been directly influenced by the pandemic. Other categories celebrate more general mental health-related accomplishments like ‘Lifetime Commitment to Wellbeing’ and ‘Best Wellbeing Service Provider’.

In addition to awards themselves, the team at the Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards has organised a series of events for business leaders to explore workplace wellbeing hot topics including ‘Maintaining a wellbeing culture post-pandemic’. These are a great way to learn and discover new strategies for approaching this hot topic.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards are purely focused on recognising exceptional wellbeing initiatives that have transformed lives and had a huge positive impact. Entries can be made for categories including ‘Innovative Mental Health Intervention, ‘Support During the Pandemic’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Mental Health Sector’.

Other awards outside the wellbeing sphere have added new categories for 2021 to reflect the challenges that many businesses have faced with regards to looking after their employees’ mental health. For example, the European Contact Centre & Customer Service Awards now feature ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Programme’ and ‘Best Flexible Working Approach’ as part of their awards programme.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

If you have implemented a successful mental health and wellbeing programme within your business or organisation, we would love to hear your story as it could well be an award-worthy project. With extensive experience at getting recognition for our clients – in all sectors – we are well-placed to look after your awards needs. If you would like to find out more and get in touch with us, simply click here.

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We are all in this together and it’s vital that we can look after our peers – whatever they might be going through.

For more mental health information and access to a wealth of resources, head over to the Mental Health Foundation website.

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