Celebrating Exceptional Small Businesses Across Britain

Celebrating Exceptional Small Businesses Across Britain

Small Business Awards

Celebrating Exceptional Small Businesses Across Britain

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

VIEW OUR 10 AWARDS PERSONAS HERE

Additional lockdown-easing measures were recently introduced, which has brought us another step closer to returning to ‘normality’.

The past 14 months have presented a whole host of challenges to business owners – in almost all industries – and we are desperate to see small businesses start to thrive once again. With 5.9 million small businesses in the UK employing over 16.6 million people, and the combined turnover from UK SMEs totalling £2.2 trillion, these companies represent a huge chunk of our overall economy.

We have picked out a range of awards and specific categories that have been created to recognise the fantastic work undertaken by our outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs.

 

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS TO ENTER:

 

 

 

THE BRITISH BUSINESS AWARDS
These awards recognise the nation’s very best sole traders, micro businesses and small companies – as well as the services providers and advisers that support them.

You can register your interest for this year’s event to receive updates on when you’re able to submit your entry. Previous categories have included Technology Business of the Year, Sustainable Business Practice Award and Most Innovative Business Idea.

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THE SMALL AWARDS
Re-opening later this year, The Small Awards offer small businesses of all types the chance to have their moment in the limelight by winning categories including Best Digital-Only Business, Best Self-Employed Small Business Owner and the ‘Heart of Gold’ award, which goes to the business that contributes most to their community.

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THE FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES AWARDS
Celebrating the finest achievements of small businesses, the ‘FSB’ Awards include categories such as Start-Up Business of the Year, Business & Product Innovation Award and Family Business of the Year.

The postponed 2020 UK Final will take place on Thursday 27 May 2021, and you can register your interest for the next event by clicking here.

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SMALL BUSINESS CATEGORIES TO ENTER:

In addition to awards that solely target small businesses, many other established and highly regarded awards offer a number of categories related just to small businesses, such as:


Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Anyone who is leading a successful, innovative and resilient small business of 50 employees or less can be considered for the title of Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Entry deadline: Friday 4 June 2021


Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award

The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, newly launched in 2021, feature the Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award for British SMEs that have shown continual innovation as well as maintaining consistent growth and understanding their customers.
Entry deadline: Friday 25 June 2021


Customer Experience for SMEs

If you’ve been providing excellent customer service at your company, you can enter the Customer Experience for SMEs category at the UK Customer Experience Awards, which will recognise the best CX initiatives for smaller businesses.
Entry deadline: Friday 25 June 2021


ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

If you would like to become an award-winner and reap the rewards of your success, 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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REVEALED: The 10 Awards Personas – which one are you?

REVEALED: The 10 Awards Personas – which one are you?

REVEALED: The 10 Awards Personas – which one are you?

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By Donna O’Toole

WHAT’S YOUR AWARDS PERSONA?

Most people who have considered entering awards – or have actively done so – typically fall into one of the following 10 Awards Personas.

Ultimately, ‘The Athlete’ will enjoy much greater success due to their logical and carefully planned approach, combined with a winning mindset and a tenacious personality.

 

1. The Imposter

– Can think of 100 reasons why they shouldn’t enter
– Doesn’t believe they can win, so what’s the point of trying
– Avoids the awards ceremony and watches the results on Twitter in their PJs

2. The Ostrich

– Sees awards as an overwhelming task they don’t want to deal with
– Head in the sand, shys away from the challenge
– Knows awards would help them, but would rather not compete

3. The Bridesmaid

– Excited to enter awards and always makes an effort
– Always a finalist, but never quite makes it to the awards altar
– Just wants to be noticed first, for once

4. The Misfit

– Doesn’t know their unique strengths
– Willing to have a go, but ends up in the wrong race
– All the gear, no idea – throws everything at the entry, hopes for the best

5. The Storyteller

– Tells an engaging and entertaining story
– Avoids the boring (but essential) data and evidence
– Fails to substantiate the story

6. The Tourist

– Sticks a pin in the map and heads off in the wrong awards direction
– Wants a taste of every opportunity
– Jumps into an award because their friend went last year

7. The Politician

– Doesn’t answer the actual question
– Makes impressive promises, but the numbers don’t add up
– Tells the judges what they think they want to hear

8. The Mathematician

– It’s all about numbers, graphs, formulas, and forecasts
– Logical, reliable, and a little bit dull
– Causes death by PowerPoint during the judging panel presentation

9. The Party Animal

– Decides to enter the award at the last minute
– Doesn’t really know how they got here, or where they are going next
– Puts more awards selfie photos on social media than the actual winner

10. The Athlete

– Knows what they want to achieve and what they need to do to get there
– Plans, prepares & trains to win the top award – no matter how long it takes
– Winning mindset lets them jump hurdles and keep going until they succeed

 

FREE Awards Strategy Guidance

If you would like to become ‘The Athlete’ and increase your chances of awards success, we recommend attending our Awards Strategy session, where I provide a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your FREE place on our next session, which takes places on Thursday 27 May 2021 at 1.00pm.

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Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Increasing Awareness of Mental Health & Wellbeing

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By Donna O’Toole

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.

DISCOVER MORE

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

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

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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Celebrating the achievements of women across the world

Celebrating the achievements of women across the world

Celebrating the achievements of women across the world

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By Donna O’Toole

When it comes to talented, determined and successful women, one of the leading ladies is Whitney Wolfe-Herd – the Bumble founder and world’s youngest female self-made billionaire.

Her story of overcoming adversity to make it right to the top is a great example of what can be achieved with a burning desire to make a positive impact.

If you are a female business leader – or if you know a woman who is driving change and success in her role – then our list of Women in Business Awards should provide the inspiration to getting much deserved recognition.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the National Business Women’s Awards and the WISE Awards (amongst many others) offer a platform to improve your personal brand, grow your profile and gain external credibility.

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Since launching our Winning Awards podcast, Donna O’Toole has interviewed many women who have either received recognition or been influential within the awards industry itself.

SARAH AUSTIN

Our first podcast featured Awards Director, Sarah Austin, as she gave useful pointers and advice about putting your brand on a national platform.

PAULINE SAUNDERS

Episode 3 saw Donna interview Pauline Saunders from the Learning & Performance Institute, where she talks about their flagship awards programme – The Learning Awards.

DR REBECCA ZHI HERBERT

In Episode 10, the founder and Academic Director of Wisdom Spring Education, Dr Rebecca Zhi Herbert, tells her fascinating personal story that received recognition in a pandemic-specific awards category.


ALISON EDGAR MBE

Alison Edgar MBE, also known as “The Entrepreneur’s Godmother”, meets Donna in Episode 12 to explain how to turn your biggest challenge into your superpower and make it onto the 2021 New Year Honours List.


CHARLY YOUNG

Most recently, the co-founder of The Girls’ Network, Charly Young, appears on Episode 14 where she reveals how our campaign is supporting their one-to-one mentoring scheme. Read more about this initiative in our next story below!

 

EMPOWERING GIRLS IN THE UK

We have recently partnered with The Girls’ Network to offer our support to this extremely worthy cause.

Each time one of our clients wins an award, we will celebrate their success by making a donation to The Girls’ Network, which supports over 1,000 girls aged 14-19 each year across the UK to reach their potential.

By supporting this initiative with our Who Wins When You Win campaign, we are helping to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

If you want to recognise your success by winning awards and supporting The Girls’ Network, contact us today.

It’s time to stop waiting, and start winning!

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