What does recognition really do? The New Year Honours List 2022

What does recognition really do? The New Year Honours List 2022

What does recognition really do? The New Year Honours List 2022

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

New Year Honours List 2022

The much-anticipated New Year Honours List has now been revealed and includes 1,278 inspirational individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in their respective fields, such as the Armed Forces, the sporting arena and even through services to the UK from overseas and internationally.

There is always a lot of media hype around the celebrities who receive honours, but it’s brilliant to see hundreds of our community heroes recognised in the List. These are the ‘everyday’ people who use their time, skills, and incredible spirit to give back to their fellow humans, professions, industries and communities in one way or another – and often despite their own personal battles.

Honours range from the Companion of Honour and the Order of the Bath, through Knighthoods and Damehoods, to CBEs, OBEs, MBEs, and the BEM.

Who received an Honour?

The statistics show greater diversity amongst the recipients than ever before:

  • 156 people (12.2%) were appointed CBE or higher.
  • 1,122 candidates (87.8%) were selected at OBE, MBE and BEM level, as follows: 253 at OBE, 508 at MBE, 361 at BEM
  • 799 (63%) of all recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
  • 612 women received honours, accounting for almost half of recipients (47.9%). What’s more, 35.9% of recipients at CBE level and above are women.
  • 15.1% come from ethnic minority backgrounds.
  • 13.3% of the successful candidates are disabled or have a long-term health condition.
  • 25.5% of recipients considered themselves to come from a lower socio-economic background.
  • 3.5% of recipients are LGBT.

Demonstrating that it’s never too early or late in life to make an impact, there are many heartwarming examples of recognition for young and old alike.

At one end of the age spectrum, 11-year-old Tobias Weller – who has cerebral palsy and autism – became the youngest ever recipient of the BEM for his outstanding charity fundraising. Whilst magician Henry Lewis (below), was appointed MBE at the grand old age of 102 for his work with the Magic Circle.

Read on for highlights from the 2022 Queen’s New Year Honours List and to find out how and why to nominate someone you know for recognition too.

Combatting the Pandemic

Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK government’s Chief Medical Advisor was recognised along with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam – Whitty’s deputy – as both men received knighthoods for their tireless work to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many more medical experts have also been honoured, including Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency, and Dr June Raine, head of the vaccines regulator MHRA, who have both been made dames. The Cabinet Office said nearly one in five (19%) of the honours are for Covid-related service.

Community Heroes

Having been inspired to raise money for the North Devon Hospice after they cared for his elderly neighbour before he passed away from cancer, 12-year-old Max Woosey (below) camped outside for almost 640 nights… and has managed to generate the incredible sum of nearly £680,000 for his efforts. He’s now been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Chrissie Simmons, a longstanding housekeeper from Condover College – a school for people with additional needs, has been appointed an MBE for her efforts during the pandemic after she implemented new measures which helped keep residents and staff safe. Despite evidence that people with learning difficulties were “extremely vulnerable” to the effects of Covid-19, the college experienced no deaths whatsoever.

Abeda Suleman Vorajee came to England from Pakistan when she was 16 and has spent decades working to improve community understanding. She became a school governor in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, in her 20s and went on to promote links between different communities in the area with a particular focus on empowering young ladies and supporting women from all backgrounds. She has also been appointed an MBE. Demonstrating true altruism, charity workers who have supported various vulnerable groups throughout the pandemic were recognised.

Bridget Stratford from Newcastle University received a BEM for her services to refugees and asylum seekers, while Lisa Powis also received an award as the founder of charity ‘Painting Our World in Silver’, which has helped tackle the issue of loneliness throughout the pandemic.

Other people recognised for serving their local area include Ifran Shah who helped young people and the community in Redbridge, London, and Mohammed Miah for his charitable fundraising work in Oldham. Although 2021 has not been an easy year, these individuals went the extra mile in a bid to help local residents.

Business Leaders & Entrepreneurial Excellence

Amongst those recognised for their contributions to business are Steve Murrells, the Co-op Group’s Chief Executive, and Roger Burnley, who stepped down as Chief Executive of Asda in last year. Both have been made CBEs after being honoured for services to the food supply chain amidst staff shortages, pandemic restrictions and global disruption.

Bina Mehta, KPMG UK’s chair (above), was recognised with an OBE “for services to trade and investments in the UK and female entrepreneurs”, while former HS2 chair Douglas Oakervee has been awarded a knighthood for services to transport and infrastructure delivery. Gary Jordan – chairman of the Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Business Club – has been awarded an MBE for services to the economy and community of Mansfield and Ashfield.

In terms of furthering regional business activity, there were honours for the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive, Liz Cameron, who received a CBE for services to the promotion of Scottish and UK international trade, and Lesley Moody, President of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, who was appointed OBE for services to business and to the community in the North East.

Sporting Honours

With the rescheduled Olympics and Paralympics taking place last summer in Tokyo, a number of our talented athletes were honoured for their incredible performances in Japan. Hugely decorated cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny (below) – guests at the 2021 Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards – were made a knight and a dame, and Tom Daley received an OBE for services to “diving, LGBTQ+ rights and charity”.

There were OBEs for Paralympians Hannah Cockcroft, Kadeena Cox and Hannah Russell, while gold medal-winning Olympians Jonathan Brownlee (Triathlon) and Hannah Mills (Sailing) were awarded the MBE and OBE respectively. After becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title, Adam Peaty was appointed OBE.

The newly crowned 2021 Sports Personality of the Year, Emma Raducanu, made it an unforgettable few months by receiving an MBE following her extraordinary US Open tennis triumph.

Promoting Sustainability

As green processes and sustainability become more important than ever, it was great to see a number of prominent figures receive recognition for their exceptional work in this sphere. Professor Myles Allen (below), the University of Oxford’s professor of geosystem science (and the first UK scientist who demonstrated the need for a global transition to net-zero emissions in 2006) is now a CBE. In addition to teaching at Oxford, he has written for a range of groundbreaking reports, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on 1.5C.

Elsewhere, an OBE was awarded to the Head of Regulatory Affairs at RWE Renewables, Zoe Keeton, who has amassed over 20 years’ experience in the UK’s renewable energy sector, and another was given to National Grid’s Head of Futures Dr Catherine McClay.

We would love to highlight the individual achievements of everyone on this year’s Honours List but hopefully this has provided an insightful summary.

The Power of Recognition

So what can this kind of recognition really do?

Recognition conveys appreciation. It says thank you. It shows gratitude. It builds relationships. It inspires innovation. And ultimately, it drives people forward with more vigour than ever to do even more good in the world.

We see the impact of recognition in the workplace all the time – a study revealed that employees who are given recognition show:

26% increase in engagement
22% increase in effectiveness
33% increase in innovation

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88% of employees who were recognised for their contribution said they were more motivated and inspired to do even better work. It’s not about doing something just to get recognised, it’s about being altruistic and using what you can to make a change and have an impact.

Now It’s Your Turn

To ensure that exceptional individuals in the UK continue to be recognised for their respective efforts, it’s vital to nominate people we know for the impact they have made to society.

Should you have any questions or would like to discover more about how we can support you to get someone special the recognition they deserve, simply get in touch here.

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A Celebration of British Business Excellence

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A Celebration of British Business Excellence

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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.

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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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How is your business becoming more green and sustainable?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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