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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The Freedom to Win Awards

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The Freedom to Win Awards

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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.

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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Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

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

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Retail Industry Set To Thrive

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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. 

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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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Does your business need a boost right now?

Does your business need a boost right now?

Does your business need a boost right now?

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By Donna O’Toole

As we begin January 2021 in the UK with another call to stay at home and save lives, there can be no doubt that the pandemic continues to make an impact on business.

Of course, this situation is very real for the awards industry too, but interestingly, this makes for some rare and very positive new opportunities that should not be overlooked.

I want to share some valuable insights with you now, so that you can take your business into 2021 with all the motivation and power you need to come out of this stronger than ever before:

  • Awards programmes have adapted to take any impact from the pandemic into account in your entries – so don’t let a blip while you pivoted or transformed put you off entering.
  • A new wave of categories has been embraced by awards, giving employers more opportunity to reward and celebrate their teams’ work during the pandemic, driving them forward with the boost they need to bring the business through the next wave.
  • More businesses than ever entered awards in 2020 – surprising but true! The most popular awards in the country received record entries, creating thriving, buzzing events.
  • Awards logos became more valuable than ever as the world went shopping online, seeking reassurance from award-winners’ logos on websites and social media, giving them the trust they needed to buy and know they were in safe hands. For example, one of our clients saw a 30% uplift in sales within three months of adding a logo to his site!

Many awards programmes took their ceremonies online in 2020 and will do so again in 2021. This means a few things:

  1. No hotels, no transport, no new LBD. So awards ceremonies have become better value than ever to attend and celebrate with your teams, suppliers and partners. You can even arrange awards hampers to celebrate in alternative ways together!
  2. Instant PR can be gained during ceremonies with screenshots of the events, teams, videos etc. and shared instantly online, which is where your target market is.
  3. Networking at awards has become easier than ever with opportunities set up for one-to-one and round table chats with entrepreneurs and leaders who can help you, and whom you might otherwise never meet… and who you certainly couldn’t take a screenshot with and share before now!
  4. International awards are more easily accessible than ever before as the pitches to judges and ceremonies are all online. This strengthens and grows your global audience in an instant, growing your reporting potential immediately.
  5. Even The Queen stepped up with an extra list of honours for people pulling together in business and the community during the pandemic!

So what do you do now? How do you make sure your brand stays alive and thrives in 2021?

I’d love you to come to my next FREE 2021 Awards Strategy Meeting. It’s just 1 hour, it’s all on zoom (obvs), and you can ask me any awards and business-related questions you like. I promise you will leave feeling braver, stronger and more inspired to take your business forward into 2021 with more power than ever before.

We have limited seats so click here to save your space now.

And if you don’t have time next week but you want to get started on making sure your brand still shines brightly in 2021, you can learn a lot from listening to inspirational awards stories on my podcast and you can start work on your award strategy and entries with our support at our next Awards Accelerator online training day on the 22nd January.

It’s time to stop waiting and start winning again in 2021.

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