UK Business Awards – The Dons

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Niki Gageby

Principal Consultant, Boost Awards

Awards spotlight – UK Business Awards 2019 (The Dons)

Do you think your business, team or even a specific individual deserves recognition for outstanding achievement?

The UK Business Awards (UKBA) is your chance to recognise and honour this with an independent ‘seal of approval’.

Now in it’s fourth year the UKBA (aka ‘The Dons’) is dedicated to rewarding those who have demonstrated exceptional business performance, shaping the future of business. Beyond being a vehicle for sharing best practice, the UKBA enables organisations who enter, whether an SME or large company, to promote professional improvement, learning, and personal development.

With 18 categories to choose from, including two new ones, ‘Wellbeing at Work’ & ‘Innovation of the Year’, there’s a category for everyone; from innovation to social enterprise to work environment, examples of all initiatives in business and industry are welcomed by the organisers Awards International.

Perhaps you’ve introduced a new wellbeing initiative, which has driven a wholesale culture change in your organisation? Or maybe you’ve launched an interesting training programme? Perhaps you’ve implemented transformative technology or indeed an innovation that has revolutionised your business? Have you successfully launched a new business in the last two years that deserves recognition? Or do your team deserve recognition for outstanding performance and impact?

Take a peek and have a think; do you ever read about industry gongs that competitors have won and think “it should have been us”? Entering the UKBA’s could be the beginning of something very special – 2019 awards success!

uk business awards

Many people are daunted by awards submissions and what it entails but, unusually, the organisers make sure they are there to help you every step of the way, with dedicated awards consultants, free case studies, articles and webinars. You may also find it useful to look at some of the previous winners for inspiration. Finally, they also make sure you’re not left hanging at the end, with all finalists receiving a benchmark feedback report with competitors scores and judges’ comments.

uk business awards winners

“It was such a great experience; from entry submission to presenting to the judges to a lovely award ceremony the whole process was enjoyable and an opportunity to meet so many people”

Karen Findlay, Partner Manager, Complaints, Three

How to enter

With regard to the all-important deadline date, you have until 5th July to submit your entries. The standard entry fee is £349.00 +VAT, and this then entitles you to £179.00 +VAT for any additional entries.

Once you’ve registered and paid, you’ll be given access to an online entry portal where you’ll find an entry template that’s the same for every category.

The awards entry process is in two parts, with half the marks being awarded for the 2,000-word written entry. Finalists are then invited to present their initiative to a panel of independent judges at the Awards ceremony on 8th November 2019 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London, to earn the second half of their scores. Importantly the transparent scoring criteria is endorsed by the Cranfield School of Management and accredited with the prestigious Gold Awards Trust Mark from the Independent Awards Standards Council, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at raising standards and public trust in the awards industry. 

The gala dinner also offers a unique networking opportunity, with hundreds of leaders from a diverse range of companies gathering to share best practice ideas and celebrate outstanding business initiatives. 

The categories

There are 18 categories to choose from broken down by sector, discipline and people specific. All categories should be considered for B2B and B2C companies, SMEs and large organisations.

 

Sector – specific categories:

  • Professional Services
  • Retail & E-Commerce 
  • Insurance/Banking & Financial Services
  • Telecom & Communications
  • Utilities

Discipline specific categories:

  • Wellbeing at Work (new for 2019)
  • Best Place to Work
  • Business Change or Transformation
  • Customer Centric Organisation
  • Disruptive Business Model
  • Innovation of the Year (new for 2019)
  • Best New Business 
  • Operational Excellence
  • Best SME 

People specific categories:

  • Management Education & Training
  • Team of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspirational Leader
uk business awards collaboration

“A wonderful event, superbly managed and great fun. Rare that so many professionals get to share best practice in such a collaborative forum. Thank you for a great day.”

Luka Winterborne, Centrica

“What a uniquely incredible experience…Accepting the awards later on that day during the Gala dinner and hearing Sky being called out is something I’ll always remember.”

Alex Sawyer, Site Co-ordinator, Sky UK

Top tips

With 50% of the overall scoring riding on the written entry, it’s really important to tick all the right boxes. Maybe you’re wondering where to start? The best advice I can give is to make your entry interesting and make sure you’re telling a story!

The UK Business Awards shortlisted over 45 companies in 2018 – that’s a lot of reading for the judges! You need to grab their attention – and keep it. Avoid waffle and unsubstantiated claims like “we received excellent feedback”; include facts, figures and evidence that satisfy the category criteria. It’s also really common to fall into the trap of focusing on what you did and not what you actually achieved – it’s important to find a blend of the two.

Next steps?

Has my guide helped make you think “We could win that” or “Let’s do this”? Or perhaps you are looking at the entry form, not knowing where to start! If so, then I recommend you let us help with the creation of your written submission. We’ve been helping businesses enter and win business awards, including successfully winning UK Business Awards, since they first launched. Details of our award entry writing services can be found here.

Owing to the popularity of these awards we’re getting booked up fast, so please get in touch asap to see how we might be able to help. Our team would be happy to give you a call to help you double-check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email directly via info@boost-awards.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Niki

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,300 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Niki Gageby and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Images used with the kind permission of UK Business Awards, who sponsored the content. 

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UK Business Awards – The Dons

niki gageby

Niki Gageby

Principal Consultant, Boost

Awards spotlight – UK Business Awards 2019 (The Dons)

Do you think your business, team or even a specific individual deserves recognition for outstanding achievement?

The UK Business Awards (UKBA) is your chance to recognise and honour this with an independent ‘seal of approval’.

Now in it’s fourth year the UKBA (aka ‘The Dons’) is dedicated to rewarding those who have demonstrated exceptional business performance, shaping the future of business. Beyond being a vehicle for sharing best practice, the UKBA enables organisations who enter, whether an SME or large company, to promote professional improvement, learning, and personal development.

With 18 categories to choose from, including two new ones, ‘Wellbeing at Work’ & ‘Innovation of the Year’, there’s a category for everyone; from innovation to social enterprise to work environment, examples of all initiatives in business and industry are welcomed by the organisers Awards International.

Perhaps you’ve introduced a new wellbeing initiative, which has driven a wholesale culture change in your organisation? Or maybe you’ve launched an interesting training programme? Perhaps you’ve implemented transformative technology or indeed an innovation that has revolutionised your business? Have you successfully launched a new business in the last two years that deserves recognition? Or do your team deserve recognition for outstanding performance and impact?

Take a peek and have a think; do you ever read about industry gongs that competitors have won and think “it should have been us”? Entering the UKBA’s could be the beginning of something very special – 2019 awards success!

uk business awards trophies

Many people are daunted by awards submissions and what it entails but, unusually, the organisers make sure they are there to help you every step of the way, with dedicated awards consultants, free case studies, articles and webinars. You may also find it useful to look at some of the previous winners for inspiration. Finally, they also make sure you’re not left hanging at the end, with all finalists receiving a benchmark feedback report with competitors scores and judges’ comments.

uk business awards winners

“It was such a great experience; from entry submission to presenting to the judges to a lovely award ceremony the whole process was enjoyable and an opportunity to meet so many people”

Karen Findlay, Partner Manager, Complaints, Three

How to enter

With regard to the all-important deadline date, you have until 5th July to submit your entries. The standard entry fee is £349.00 +VAT, and this then entitles you to £179.00 +VAT for any additional entries.

Once you’ve registered and paid, you’ll be given access to an online entry portal where you’ll find an entry template that’s the same for every category.

The awards entry process is in two parts, with half the marks being awarded for the 2,000-word written entry. Finalists are then invited to present their initiative to a panel of independent judges at the Awards ceremony on 8th November 2019 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London, to earn the second half of their scores. Importantly the transparent scoring criteria is endorsed by the Cranfield School of Management and accredited with the prestigious Gold Awards Trust Mark from the Independent Awards Standards Council, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at raising standards and public trust in the awards industry. 

The gala dinner also offers a unique networking opportunity, with hundreds of leaders from a diverse range of companies gathering to share best practice ideas and celebrate outstanding business initiatives. 

The categories

There are 18 categories to choose from broken down by sector, discipline and people specific. All categories should be considered for B2B and B2C companies, SMEs and large organisations.

 

Sector – specific categories:

  • Professional Services
  • Retail & E-Commerce 
  • Insurance/Banking & Financial Services
  • Telecom & Communications
  • Utilities

Discipline specific categories:

  • Wellbeing at Work (new for 2019)
  • Best Place to Work
  • Business Change or Transformation
  • Customer Centric Organisation
  • Disruptive Business Model
  • Innovation of the Year (new for 2019)
  • Best New Business 
  • Operational Excellence
  • Best SME 

People specific categories:

  • Management Education & Training
  • Team of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspirational Leader
uk business awards collaboration

“A wonderful event, superbly managed and great fun. Rare that so many professionals get to share best practice in such a collaborative forum. Thank you for a great day.”

Luka Winterborne, Centrica

“What a uniquely incredible experience…Accepting the awards later on that day during the Gala dinner and hearing Sky being called out is something I’ll always remember.”

Alex Sawyer, Site Co-ordinator, Sky UK

Top tips 

With 50% of the overall scoring riding on the written entry, it’s really important to tick all the right boxes. Maybe you’re wondering where to start? The best advice I can give is to make your entry interesting and make sure you’re telling a story!

The UK Business Awards shortlisted over 45 companies in 2018 – that’s a lot of reading for the judges! You need to grab their attention – and keep it. Avoid waffle and unsubstantiated claims like “we received excellent feedback”; include facts, figures and evidence that satisfy the category criteria. It’s also really common to fall into the trap of focusing on what you did and not what you actually achieved – it’s important to find a blend of the two.

Next steps?

Has my guide helped make you think “We could win that” or “Let’s do this”? Or perhaps you are looking at the entry form, not knowing where to start! If so, then I recommend you let us help with the creation of your written submission. We’ve been helping businesses enter and win business awards, including successfully winning UK Business Awards, since they first launched. Details of our award entry writing services can be found here.

Owing to the popularity of these awards we’re getting booked up fast, so please get in touch asap to see how we might be able to help. Our team would be happy to give you a call to help you double-check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email directly via info@boost-awards.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Niki

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,300 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Niki Gageby and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Images used with the kind permission of UK Customer Experience Awards, who sponsored the content. 

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