How to Lift Your Blue Monday Spirits

How to Lift Your Blue Monday Spirits

How to Lift Your Blue Monday Spirits

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

Win Awards to Improve Staff Wellbeing

Christmas has come and gone in a flash, the New Year is well and truly upon us, the days are still short and cold, and we have just experienced Blue Monday – the “most depressing day of the year”. However, fear not…

Now is the ideal time to give your staff a boost through the power of awards, as many of the most prestigious industry awards are either open now or in the near future. Seize this moment to plan and launch your awards strategy for 2022.

As well as raising your business profile, generating greater brand awareness and increasing turnover, awards such as the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards, British Business Excellence Awards, Customer Experience Awards, Employee Experience Awards, Scale-Up Awards, and Learning Awards will also provide outcomes that are linked to improving the wellbeing of your workforce.

From employee engagement and retention, to raising morale and lifting entire communities, awards play an essential role in creating the ʻbest place to workʼ. Award nominations and wins can considerably improve staff motivation, satisfaction and development.

When we conducted a customer survey in 2021, we asked what had changed since simply entering awards – 83% said that ‘Team Morale’ had increased. What’s more, a research study by Sapio revealed that 32% of businesses saw an improvement in ‘Staff Retention’.

As a result, employees will speak more positively about their workplace, which could be a draw for experienced candidates. An award-winning business has a distinct advantage when it comes to attracting new clients, whilst also impacting the local community with added credibility, trust and purpose.

 

Stop Waiting. Start Winning!

With so much to gain, it’s time to take action, banish those blues, and get in touch with the awards experts at August Recognition. If you would like to discover more about how we can support you to win awards, simply get in touch here.

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By Donna O’Toole

Have you built a business that is driving great results?

Is yours a story about pioneering new ideas that are driving positive change?

Did you know that personal recognition can raise your profile, make you an industry leader, and help you build your business?

It’s a great time to reap the benefits of your hard work by putting your unique story forward into one of the great awards for UK entrepreneurs including the National Business Awards and the UK Business Awards, which both have categories for entrepreneurs and the best UK businesses.

And dedicated to entrepreneurs, the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Barclays Entrepreneur Awards celebrate and champion the stories of business leaders like you.

Business Accelerators

Both Natwest and Barclays run business accelerators. Entrepreneurial Spark (Espark) created by Natwest and Eagle Labs created by Barclays. Each of them support, provide guidance, and nurture start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

Both banks have also created their own award programmes The Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Barclays Entrepreneur Awards, which have fantastic opportunities for rising and established entrepreneurs to get recognition for their dedication.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards

The awards open in March and are held in five different regions. Winners of each region then go on to compete nationally. With 14 categories to choose take a look at which category you could be entering:

  • Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Entrepreneur for Good Award
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
  • Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Health & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Great British Entrepreneur of the Year

Barclays Entrepreneur Awards

The awards run from April to October and are held in seven different regions. Winners are then invited to the National finals to compete. Here are the five categories open to everyone;

  • Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – for new businesses challenging the status quo
  • Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year – for established entrepreneurs who’ve experienced rapid growth
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year – for entrepreneurs delivering transformative, social or environmental change
  • Icon of the Year – for prominent entrepreneurs leading the way for existing and future entrepreneurs
  • International Expansion of the Year – for high-growth businesses growing beyond the UK at pace

They also have two separate categories for their partnerships, so if you are part of Eagle Labs or Rise you can also enter:

  • Eagle Labs Innovation Award – for lab residents making an impact through digital innovation
  • Rise FinTech Award – for businesses building the future of financial services

So what are you waiting for?

These are two fantastic awards for you to be entering that can provide you with fantastic opportunities and boost your profile.

You can also take a look at our top awards for entrepreneurs and business leaders here or our top awards for SMEs and Start-ups.

If you would like help creating an outstanding award entry, get in touch today. We have a range of services to fit all budgets and we offer a free consultation to everyone who contacts us.

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