Awards Open in February 2021

Awards Open in February 2021

Awards Open in February 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 open in February;

AWARDS OPEN NOW

The Grocer Gold Awards
One of the blue riband events of the £200bn grocery retail and wholesale sector, hosted and produced by The Grocer. The 2021 programme will shine a light on the extraordinary achievements of companies and individuals since the coronavirus outbreak in January 2020 across 35 categories, including nine new categories.
Deadline: 8 March 2021

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The National Technology Awards
One of the biggest celebrations of technology, organised by National Technology News. There are 33 categories available, including Start-up Tech Company of the Year, Tech Growth Business of the Year, Tech for Good Award and Consumer Product of the Year to name a few. Plus, they have introduced a new category for 2021: Data-driven Product of the Year.
Deadline: 12 March 2021

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The British Data Awards
Recognise and celebrate the data success stories of start-ups to global giants, and everything in between, with categories including Innovation of the Year, Data for Good Initiative of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Data Leader of the Year – to name a few.
Deadline: 19 March 2021

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The CIPD People Management Awards
Recognising and rewarding the outstanding people and initiatives that are transforming businesses. There are 21 categories available, including four new ones: Best Flexible Working Initiative, Best Organisational Development Initiative, Best Community Initiative and Best People Analytics Initiative.
Early-bird Deadline: 25 March 2021
Final Deadline: 29 April 2021

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The Global Good Awards
Celebrating the organisations that are making strides towards a better world for people, the planet and the global economy and creating change across all aspects of purpose-driven sustainability and social impact. They have 18 categories available, including two new categories; Waste Reduction & Minimalisation Award and COVID Crisis Champions Award.
Early-bird deadline: 26 March 2021
Final Deadline: 23 April 2021

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Awards Open in October 2020

Awards Open in October 2020

Awards Open in October 2020

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

Hello and welcome to your monthly newsletter of awards open throughout October!

Now usually we’d all be donning our best black-tie outfits and heading to glamourous venues for awards ceremonies and celebrations, but with events still not able to go ahead, we’ve had to adjust to virtual ceremonies.

And what a fantastic job the award organisers have been doing!

UK EXA 2020 virtual ceremony

We’ve had the pleasure of attending several virtual awards ceremonies this year, and for all the finalists the buzz of being up for an award is still there. And the excitement of hearing your name read out as the winner is still palpable, even on Zoom!

It’s been fantastic to see teams and individuals getting the recognition they deserve for their work, especially for those winning specific COVID-19 crisis categories.

Winning awards has never been so important. Having a winners logo on your website, marketing and comms will play a huge part in building back better and ensuring your customers that you are the right choice.

Take a look at some awards you can enter right now!

AWARDS OPEN OCTOBER 2020

Think Global Awards

The Think Global Awards are open for entry from individuals, companies, and communities. The awards are a way of recognising achievements and promoting the awareness of thinking globally for individuals, communities, start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, global brands, and large scale international organisations.
Deadline: 30 November 2020

Complaints Handling Awards

These are the only awards in the UK dedicated to recognising complaint handling excellence. Brought to you by Awards International, the UKCHA celebrates the incredible work done by complaint handling professionals – and gives you a chance for recognition!
Deadline: 10 December 2020

Innovation in Talent Development Awards

The Innovation in Talent Development Awards are given in recognition of an innovation that has a measurable impact on an organisation or audience, moves the talent development industry forward, is sustainable, and is replicable. This award can be presented to an individual or a team.
Deadline: 31 December 2020

STOP WAITING. START WINNING.

There are an abundance of awards around the world just waiting to recognise the best businesses in their industry, sector or country.

If you have good results, a good case study or project you are really proud of, the time to enter awards is NOW.

Because if you wait too long, your results will become old news and you’ll miss out.

Take the first step today and complete the Win Business Award Test to find out if you are ready to enter and receive your invitation to our next Awards Strategy meeting!

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The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards with Awards Director Sarah Austin

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards with Awards Director Sarah Austin

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards with Awards Director Sarah Austin

Winning Awards Podcast

By Donna O’Toole

Putting your brand on a national platform with Sarah Austin, Awards Director at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

In this episode of the Winning Awards Podcast, Donna O’Toole chats with The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, Awards Director Sarah Austin.

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious awards programmes, recognising and rewarding excellence across all sectors. These awards are considered “the ones to win” – all UK companies are invited to enter, regardless of size or industry. The awards have a range of categories suited for any successful organisation to tell their story.

Sarah shares;

  • her journey into events and awards, from doing work experience at the NBAs and getting her degree in Events Management
  • the challenges for the events industry and their suppliers in 2020
  • the opportunities available to NBA finalists and winners 
  • her plans for the 2020 awards programme and beyond

And more!

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EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

[01:47] Sarah got her first taste of the thrill of the National Business Awards and live events from doing work experience at the NBAs and going on to get her degree. Since then the awards have changed and evolved over the years.

 

 

“…for 24 hours I went into this madness, table planning, helping people with all these queries and really just running around the Grosvenor House in high heels. And it was brilliant. And I loved it. And that’s when I got the taste.”

[06:27] The National Business Awards have always aimed to celebrate the very best in British business and support British SMEs, which they do through their media partners and events, including their summer party at The House of Commons.

 

 

“The aims of the awards have always been to celebrate the very best of great British business. And so you can always under that umbrella, you know, there’s so much that you can work with, my particular themes that I like to bring out in it as you know, to celebrate innovation, ethics, teamwork, you know, very basic fundamentals and values that are important to a successful business.”

[10:57] The global pandemic has caused challenges for us all, and Sarah is no exception. Both personally and professionally, Sarah discusses some of the heartbreaking challenges for the events industry and their suppliers. Plus how vital the #WeAreEvents movement has been to raise awareness.

 

 

“I think the awards industry in particular, like with events, people by our very nature, were quite adaptable. So I knew that ideas would come out and we’d be okay but the with the #weareevents movement that’s happening recently and it’s like the camaraderie between everybody is amazing. And we can see, you know, all the venues lighting up and ready to send their message that we are events. We’re ready. We are adaptable. We can do it. And I think that’s so powerful.”

[18:24] Sarah and Donna reminisce about past NBA awards ceremonies and some of the amazing keynote speakers, Sarah also drops some hints on what to expect from the virtual 2020 awards ceremony.

 

 

“I think one of the things that 2020 is going to allow me to do is have more people involved than we normally would have. So I can’t give any names away. If you go by alumni, you will see we have you know, Buzz Aldrin, Tim Peake, Mo Farah. And you know, and that’s just the ones that come to my head. There’s been some incredible people. that we’ve had over the years. And I think each year we’ve set the bar higher and higher.”

[22:35] Awards naturally promote positivity, but a theme in this year’s entries was the confidence and honesty to say ‘this went wrong, but here’s how we adapted and coped with it’ and to see so many businesses going above and beyond to support their employees, customers and communities.[27:53] The National Business Awards give businesses the opportunity to say ‘we are the best in the country’ and Sarah’s message to those businesses who are wondering if they’re ready for national recognition is to seize the moment and put yourself forward.

 

 

“All of these businesses have something that is unique. And something that will be what perhaps to you is something quite normal. That actually if you put yourself in front of a panel of judges, that work that you do is sensational. You need to be recognised for that.”

 

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Winning Awards with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International

Winning Awards with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International

Winning Awards with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International

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Transparency and transformation in awards with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards international & Founder of UK & International Customer Experience Awards, Employee Experience Awards, Digital Experience Awards, & more!

In this episode of the Winning Awards Podcast, Donna O’Toole catches up with Awards International CEO Neil Skehel.

Awards International launched in 2008 and they successfully organise 11 Awards Programmes in the UK, UAE, Netherlands and Germany, giving much-deserved recognition to outstanding business initiatives. They believe winning awards creates real possibilities for personal and professional growth.

Neil shares;

  • His journey into awards, from award-winning McDonald’s Restaurant Manager to organising some of the most popular awards in the UK and Internationally,
  • The challenges of moving to digital award ceremonies in 2020,
  • His message to aspiring businesses.

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EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

[01:48] From Restaurant Supervisor to CEO of UK and International Awards Programmes, Neil shares his journey into the world of awards, how awards have played a huge part in his career and how he came to be CEO of Awards International.

“We’re all in the business, in the awards business. Do you know that? And I was thinking, you know, when I got my first award, I think it was for swimming five metres when I was about five years old, generally and awards play such an important part in people’s lives.”

[06:58] Awards International awards portfolio has been successfully growing, reaching into new markets including The Netherlands and Germany. In 2020 the pandemic has put a halt to all live events, but Neil and his team have pivoted to overcome the challenge.

“I thought we were done for I thought, “What on earth is going to happen?” And I spoke to a few people who I do use as mentors to sort of cheer me up from time to time. They were like, No, no, no, no, you’ve got to do this. You’ve got to make this work”

[11:26] Neil and his team have successfully converted their 2020 awards programmes to be fully digital using their own software that ensures their scoring is as robust and secure as their in-person judging, and the event is still entertaining and enjoyable for entrants and guests.[14:40] Transparency is key when it comes to judging, and Neil has no problems being open and honest about the judging process Using their own unique software and large panels of independent judges, everyone has the same chance of winning no matter whether you are an SME or a global corporation.

“So for me, transparency has always been a really important part of what we do.”

[20:14] As our world continues to change and adapt, there is a place for digital events but Neil assures us live physical events will come back once it’s safe to do. But for now all eyes are on the UK Customer Experience Awards and how the event will be as incredible as it always is year-on-year.[29:41] With the pandemic affecting all businesses in unique ways, Awards International have included specific COVID-19 categories to reward those who have gone above and beyond to help their business, customers or employees.

“But you know, the world has changed. There is no going back. You know we know the conversation will all be about what we are doing. So you have to change, you have to change the categories.”

[33:33] Neil’s final thoughts and overriding message for all businesses is to just ‘do it,’ enter the awards, now is the perfect time to enter and will help with the recovery.

“The challenges that the coronavirus has brought us entering your team for an award can be just so powerful in terms of their own performance, in terms of reward, in terms of fun in terms of development, and all of those things are really important now as ever before.”

 

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