REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2021

REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2021

REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2021

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners have been announced!

On the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 95th Birthday, 205 outstanding UK businesses have been given the royal stamp of approval and awarded the most prestigious business award in the world. Five of these companies were successful in scooping awards in two separate categories – a hugely impressive feat.

Many congratulations to all the winners across the four categories:

  • 122 International Trade winners
  • 48 Innovation winners
  • 18 Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) winners
  • 17 Sustainable Development winners

This year’s winners include London-based organisation Luminary Bakery. Established in 2014, this baking business and café helps women in deprived areas of the capital through issues such as long-term unemployment and domestic abuse by offering a safe, professional environment where they can use baking as a tool to gain skills and recover their independence.

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise only the most exceptional businesses in the UK. Each and every winner will have met the robust criteria and proved their worth. This is a remarkable achievement at any time – but especially in these challenging times – and it is fantastic to be able to celebrate British business strength and resilience.

Winners are permitted to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on their marketing materials. They are also given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy. Awards are valid for a five-year period.

REGIONAL WINNERS

Winners represent every region of the UK and the numbers are relative to the entrants. Every year there are calls for more businesses outside of London and the South East to enter. Where would you fit into this list?

  • 38 winners from London
  • 26 winners from East Anglia
  • 22 winners from the South East
  • 19 winners from the South West
  • 17 winners from the West Midlands
  • 17 winners from the North West
  • 16 winners from Yorkshire & Humber
  • 15 winners from the East Midlands
  • 13 winners from Scotland
  • 11 winners from the North East
  • 6 winners from Wales
  • 5 winners from Northern Ireland

You can find a full list of winners here.

CLIENT SUCCESS

Over recent years, we have supported a number of clients to win a Queen’s Award – as shown amongst our case studies.

COULD YOU WIN A QUEEN’S AWARD IN 2022?

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from entering the Queen’s Awards this year. To confirm your achievements, the awards look BACK at past performance – it is important to remember this at all times.

So, if you have been growing year-on-year and business has been going well, this could be your time to gain a valuable award to support your business to grow in 2021.

If you want to find out how your business can join the elite list of winners, contact us now.

The 2022 entry programme will open on Saturday 1st May 2021 and deadline in September 2021.

FREE QUEEN’S AWARDS STRATEGY SESSION

We have organised a FREE awards strategy session dedicated to the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, so that you receive plenty of useful and insightful pointers about what it takes to land the world’s most prestigious business award.

Places are limited, so it’s best to sign up now to avoid disappointment.

This exclusive session will take place on Friday 11th June at 11.00am.

Click here to secure your place.

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Exclusive Opportunity to Get Ahead in Awards

Exclusive Opportunity to Get Ahead in Awards

Exclusive Opportunity to Get Ahead in Awards

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

DO YOU WANT TO RAISE YOUR PROFILE, GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND ACHIEVE YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL?

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or business leader, your primary focus should be how to evolve and develop so that you can move your business forward. Standing still gets you nowhere. There is always room for improvement, however much success you might have experienced in the past.

Take the next step in your business journey by winning awards, and benefit from all of this:

  • Raise brand awareness
  • Acquire more customers
  • Increase your turnover
  • Attract lucrative new partnerships
  • Generate investment opportunities
  • Win more pitches than your competitors
  • Improve employee engagement, team morale and retention
  • Attract the highest calibre of new recruits

Don’t waste years of time, finances and resources by trialling high-value strategies that have no guarantee of a return on investment. Awards give you instant credibility, and demonstrate that you are a leading name in your sector, while providing reassurance to potential customers that they are in safe hands.

WITH THOUSANDS OF AWARDS AVAILABLE, HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START?

It can be a real minefield choosing which awards are best to help you achieve your personal objectives. Fear not, as the answer is right here… As the Founder of August, I’ve got a passion for helping entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to get the recognition they deserve. The best place to start is to devise a clear strategy which identifies the awards opportunities that are most relevant to your own story. Undertaking a healthy portion of research at the outset to determine entry requirements will ultimately pay dividends.

 


We are excited to have partnered with
Dent – a hugely successful multi-award-winning training organisation, to offer a two-part workshop this May. In these insightful sessions, you will receive a wealth of practical tips that will really help you to develop a winning awards strategy that works for you. I will talk you through the exclusive Six Pillars of Awards Success method and other useful tools, so that you’re empowered with the knowledge and skills to confidently move forwards in your awards journey. All for just £69 plus VAT! 

GET AWARDS: SESSION 1

Wednesday 19th May 2021
9.30am – 1.00pm (BST)

GET AWARDS: SESSION 2

Wednesday 26th May 2021
9.30am – 1.00pm (BST)

It’s time to take action and start reaping the lucrative benefits of winning awards. Stop waiting and start winning!

Discover more and secure your place by clicking here.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER AWARDS

Three prestigious awards will be closing for entries within the next few weeks – this is your final opportunity to get involved, show what your business has to offer and walk away with a highly regarded new award that raises your value in your marketplace.

The UK Business Awards 2021 are now open

UK BUSINESS AWARDS

These awards will recognise the businesses, teams and individuals that are shaping the future of British business and enterprise. This year, there is a focus on how businesses have coped with the pandemic and the Brexit transition period. The 26 categories include ‘Best New Business’, ‘Best Sustainability Initiative’ and ‘Best Business Response to the Crisis’.

Entry Deadline: Friday 21st May

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’.

Entry Deadline: Friday 21st May

INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS

Any business displaying innovation and best practice excellence in the field of digital experience should consider entering these awards, which were formerly known as the UK Digital Experience Awards. Showcase the exceptional work that your company has achieved in 20 categories such as ‘Best Digital Transformation’, ‘Most Effective Digital Marketing Strategy’ and ‘Best Digital Response to the Crisis’.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday 26th May

NEED SUPPORT WITH YOUR ENTRIES?

If you want to submit the strongest award entries, we are here to help. We can take care of your entries from start to finish, including choosing the best category, crafting the best story to score highly with the judges, and providing expert insights to get you to the winning post throughout. Get in touch today to find out how we can support you to win.

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NEW AWARD – Celebrating the Best in British Business

NEW AWARD – Celebrating the Best in British Business

NEW AWARD – Celebrating the Best in British Business

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

We are delighted to be a partner of the 2021 Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, which were launched last week by Sarah Austin, and will celebrate the resilience, innovation and creativity of British businesses. Whatever the nature and sector of your business – big or small, an innovative new start-up or an established industry player, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase the excellent progress that you’ve made over the past year.

With a series of exceptional networking events for finalists, these awards – proudly sponsored by Lloyds Bank – will culminate in a fabulous awards ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Tuesday 9th November 2021 when the 12 category winners will be crowned.

Categories range from ‘The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award’, to ‘The Purpose Before Profit Award’ and ‘The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award’.

LLOYDS BANK BRITISH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2021 CATEGORIES

The full list of categories includes:

  • The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award
  • The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award
  • The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award
  • The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award
  • The Employer of the Year
  • The Business Enabler of the Year Award
  • The Purpose Before Profit Award
  • The Technology Innovation Award
  • The Mid-Market Business of the Year Award
  • The LDC Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • The Scale-up Business of the Year Award

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Entries Open: NOW
Early Bird Deadline: Friday 6th May (save £50 per entry)
Entry Deadline: Friday 25th June
Shortlist Announced: Mid-July

Click here for more information on the 2021 Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, and good luck to all entrants this year!

WE GET THE INSIDE SCOOP

Our Founder, Donna O’Toole, caught up with Sarah Austin about this year’s awards in more detail on her Winning Awards podcast.
Listen now to discover:

  • How you can benefit from being involved in the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards
  • How the awards will work in their inaugural year
  • What we can look forward to at the 2021 awards ceremony

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

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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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