Awards Open in April 2020

Awards Open in April 2020

Awards Open in April 2020

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

Welcome to the April edition of our monthly awards roundup!

We’re not going to pretend everything is normal, because we all know life (personal and business) is far from that for most of us. The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption and we’re all just trying to stay safe and keep afloat.

However, the importance and benefits of winning business awards still stands. In fact, maybe more so than ever.

The value, credibility, and huge boost that awards bring your business, product, employees and customers is just as important as it has ever been for business growth.

Winning valuable business awards will:

  • Raise your business profile
  • Build team morale and motivation
  • Make you stand out in your industry
  • Encourage new customers/clients to choose you
  • Provide fantastic PR opportunities

And so much more!

So if you find yourself with time now that you never had before, and you want to celebrate what you had ALREADY achieved (because awards look back at what’s already happened) don’t neglect entering awards during this period, take a look at some great awards open now.

The awards industry is adapting and changing due to the impact of the Coronavirus, but it’s all for the better and you can read more about this here.

AWARDS OPEN APRIL 2020

HR Distinction Awards

The Annual HRD Awards celebrates innovatively designed and executed people strategies, that have contributed to outstanding organisational performance and play a role in curating the new business landscape.

Deadline: 14 May 2020

Global Recruiter Awards

The Global Recruiter Awards is your chance to shine, to go head to head with your contemporaries on a level playing field, responding to clear criteria and to be judged by a panel of industry professionals who understand what it’s like to build a business, and to rise above the competition.

Deadline: 14 May 2020

Retail Industry Awards

The Retail Industry Awards have continued to cast a spotlight on the industry’s highest-flyers, strongest performers and hottest brand launches. The awards are one of the only events which bring together the entire industry, as it celebrates the success of the smaller independent retailers alongside the larger supermarkets and symbol groups.

Deadline: 22 May 2020

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BUSINESS AWARDS

There are thousands of awards out there, we’ve handpicked just 3 we know are credible and valuable to their industries for this newsletter – but there are thousands more out there that could help you meet your business goals in 2020.

To find the best business awards for your organisation we can offer you two great solutions:

1. We can create your bespoke awards strategy for you.

Or

2. You can join our ‘Create your 2020 awards strategy’ live online training event and learn how to find the best awards and categories and make your own awards plan.

With an awards plan in place you will be so much more focussed and you will win more! Get in touch today for more information and to book your free consultation.

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Awards Open in March 2020

Awards Open in March 2020

Awards Open in March 2020

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

Welcome to the March edition of our monthly awards roundup!

Every month we highlight a handful of awards open and waiting for your entries. And March is a particularly special month.

On the 8th March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. And we like to celebrate this day by encouraging you to nominate the incredible businesswomen in your organisation!

Take a look at some of the business awards open now, and click here to view some of the top Women in Business Awards

MARCH AWARDS

Marketing Week Masters

The Marketing Week Masters celebrate and reward the best in marketing. They award the work that combines creativity and innovation with effectiveness – setting new standards for the industry.

Deadline: 3 April 2020

CIPD People Management Awards

The CIPD People Management Awards are one of the most respected annual celebrations of the people profession. Showcasing work that represents the very best of HR, learning and development, organisational developments, you have the opportunity to be recognised in 19 categories.

Early Bird Deadline: 26 March 2020

Deadline: 30 April 2020

CIPS Excellence in Procurement

After 20 years of the CIPS Supply Management Awards, they have rebranded for the new decade. The CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards will reward and honour the entire procurement and supply chain profession. 

Early Bird Deadline: 26 March 2020

Deadline: 23 April 2020

START WINNING

There are thousands of awards out there, for every industry and business type. So trying to find the right ones for you can be difficult, but that’s where we come in.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you find the right awards and categories for you.

And take a look at our awards lists here.

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Awards Open in February 2020

Awards Open in February 2020

Awards Open in February 2020

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

February is officially awards season. 

Hollywood stars, directors and musicians from around the world attend some of the most prestigious awards in Music and Film industries; The Oscars, The Baftas, and The BRITs.

But don’t let the celebrities have all the glory!

The following awards are open this February. You can also find more awards to enter here.

FEBRUARY AWARDS

UK Customer Experience Awards

The UK Customer Experience Awards are open on the 14 February 2020.

If you love your customers and keep them at the heart of everything you do, the UKCXAs is the perfect programme to enter.

With over 20 categories available, no matter your business size or industry you can prove to your customers you are doing the very best, and show your employees you recognise their efforts to keep customers happy!

Deadline: 19 June 2020
Finalists Announced: July 2020
Finalist Presentations and Ceremony: 8 October 2020

Take a look at last year’s highlights here.

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are open on the 19 February 2020.

As one of the most prestigious business awards programme in the UK, the awards provide a national platform for you to share your success story.

With media partners including Business Matters Magazine, The i, The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post the awards provide unique PR opportunities for all finalists and winners. Highly valuable PR for free!

We are supporting entrants again this year by partnering with the National Business Awards to host a free webinar on the 27 March 2020.

Deadline: 5 June 2020
Finalists Announced: July 2020
Finalist Presentations: September 2020
Ceremony: 10 November 2020

Growing Business Awards

The Growing Business Awards are now open for 2020 and will deadline on 26 June.

The awards celebrate the strength, vision and resilience of fast-growing companies and the entrepreneurs behind them.

If you have a success story and can show fast growth, this would be a fantastic award for you.

Deadline: 26 June 2020
Finalists Announced: July 2020
Finalist Presentations: 18 September 2020
Ceremony: 25 November 2020

ENTER AWARDS AND WIN

If you want to enter awards and improve your chances of winning, we would love to hear from you.

Contact us today to find out how we could help you win. You can find more information about our services here.

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What Makes an Award Winner?

What Makes an Award Winner?

What Makes an Award Winner?

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

The Seven Priceless Qualities it Takes to Win Awards

When it comes to awards there’s not much I haven’t seen or done.

I have judged, written, directed, coached, created, re-imagined, analysed and interrogated more award entries and presentations than I can possibly count. From both sides of the table.

And I have been very lucky to have delved behind the scenes of many awards programmes across the world, and gotten under the skin of many of the people entering them!

Naturally, I look for patterns, trends, and data that give me the insights I need to be able to support people to win.

And what I find is always interesting and valuable. But nothing fascinates me more than the human behaviours and qualities that I see on my journey.

Yes it’s important to produce numbers and evidence in order to have a good chance of winning. But it’s the emotional drivers behind our human connection that make the difference between a close second-place and a winner.

So here are seven qualities that I regularly see in award winners, and I believe are fundamental to their success. How many of them will you demonstrate in the next awards you enter?

AWARD WINNERS ARE…

Relatable:

They are honest, and make a true emotional connection through their stories. They don’t try and paper over the cracks or pretend to be superhuman. They face challenges head-on and talk about them openly. They laugh at their mistakes and tell you the truth about how they feel. They rise in the face of adversity and learn from their setbacks. They don’t dish out blame, they are accountable, proud, and willing to share every part of their journey.

People-focused:

They actually care. No really, they do! They put themselves in other people’s shoes to truly understand the experience they are creating for customers, employees, partners, and the community around them. They are objective, realistic, and inclusive. They are able to look at their product, service, and business behaviours from multiple perspectives. If they don’t like what they see and hear, they change it. And if they do, they still try to make it better.

Inspirational:

It’s fair to say that some industry sectors, awards, and categories don’t make it easy to showcase an inspiring story. But some award-winners can make even the dullest sounding award category a truly inspirational experience. They are able to use their industry knowledge and insights to deliver something special. They have a clear purpose and the passion to motivate, move, and inspire others to think deeper, try harder, and achieve more.

Innovative:

Possibly the most overused and misunderstood word in the awards dictionary, and yet it’s one of the important qualities award-winners show!

In plain English, innovators are doing something that is truly ‘new and unique’. It may be enabling a small but important change, or it might be creating a major industry shift, but game-changing award-winners are undoubtedly pioneering a new way. They might not even consider themselves innovators, but they are working smarter and faster, and they don’t stop until they find different ways of doing things that improve the customer experience and employee experience, and they get great results!

Reflective:

This is a quality that many could benefit from, but only the special few genuinely show. Being able to reflect back on their actions gives award-winners the ability to measure, understand, and clearly communicate their achievements. And it gives them the power to change and improve. They never stop reflecting, tweaking, adapting, and re-measuring, which means they know what works and what doesn’t, and it helps them to get better and better.

Energetic:

These award-winners use their own energy to carry you through their journey effortlessly. Their enthusiasm creates a natural buzz, and their presence empowers and energises the people around them. They light up the room and exude natural warmth. They carry their colleagues when they need support, and they know when to stop and refuel so they don’t become a drain. They are productive and driven, but never to the detriment of others.

Altruistic:

These winners naturally care about someone or something that doesn’t simply benefit themselves or their business. There are no egos to manage here. They are selfless in small or big ways, but those ways have meaning, and come from the right place. They are not faking it to make it. They have a real interest in the impact they are having on people, the planet, and the causes close to their hearts, and they do what they can to make a difference.

ARE YOU AN AWARD WINNER?

Actually, my list could go on. There are so many positive qualities I’ve seen on my awards journeys, and I can’t wait to experience so many more in 2020.

What qualities do you think make award-winners stand out? I’d love to know what you think makes a difference.

Or do you think you have the right qualities to be an award winner? If so, let me know! I’d love to have a chat and find out more.

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Brexit: Keep Calm and Win Business Awards

Brexit: Keep Calm and Win Business Awards

Brexit: Keep Calm and Win Business Awards

Queen’s Honours

By Donna O’Toole

Keep Calm and Carry on

No more stalemates, and no more extensions. The UK will leave the EU 31st January 2020 at 11pm GMT.

Now, as the plucky saying goes, it’s time to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.

And one way to do this is to keep demonstrating that your business is strong, thriving and prepared for more national and international sales in 2020!

  • It’s time to SHOUT about your business and to increase market share.
  • It’s time to show you can innovate. To make a positive change in your industry.
  • It’s time to show that your business is resilient, stable and future-proof.
  • It’s time to show customers that they can trust you to look after them and their money.
  • It’s NOT time to reduce your brand voice to a whisper and let your competitors take over!

This is the time to use all your results from 2018/19 to win the biggest and best possible awards for your business.

Why?

Research shows that award-winning businesses are more profitable, have more engaged employees and stakeholders, and benefit from more valuable PR than their non-award-winning competitors.

Throughout the financial recessions of the last 100 years, the brands who’ve pulled back on their marketing have found themselves overtaken by the successful brands who were brave enough to shift gears and keep going.

And, they found it pretty hard to catch up again once it was all back to normal, they’d effectively handed over their top spot as the market leader.

So to help you see through the potentially tricky transition minefield, look at the awards that can be a fantastic business-strengthener. The awards that will help you meet your growth goals, despite the B-Word!

If you back off now, you will lose out to your competitors who are continuing to sing about their successes. And we wouldn’t want to see that!

How we can help

We are offering ONE FREE 30 MINUTE post-Brexit awards call to every company who wants to find out which awards they could win in 2020.

Contact us to discuss how awards could help you and get FREE honest feedback on your chances of winning this year.

Don’t delay, like Brexit. Start winning now!

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