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UK Business Awards – The Dons

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Niki Gageby

Principal Consultant, Boost Awards

Awards spotlight – UK Business Awards 2020 (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 sixth 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 16 categories to choose from, including recent additions, ‘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 – 2020 awards success!

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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 15th May 2020 to submit your entries. The standard entry fee is £399.00 +VAT, and this then entitles you to £199.00 +VAT for any additional entries. Early bird entries before 30th April are £249 with additional categories just £139 when ordered at the same time.

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. In previous years, the awards ceremony and presentation was a physical event held in London, but this year in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the organisers have moved the entire event online. It will all take place online from start to finish on 9th July. 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 categories

There are 16 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:

  • Best SME
  • Insurance/Banking & Financial Services
  • Professional Services

Discipline specific categories:

  • The Best Sustainability Initiative/Programme
  • Best Remote Business
  • Best Co-working Space
  • Business Change or Transformation
  • Customer Centric Organisation
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Disruptive Business Model 
  • Well-being at Work Award
  • Best Place to Work
  • Best New Business

People specific categories:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspirational Leader
  • Team of the Year
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 2019 – 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 2020 (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 sixth 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 16 categories to choose from, including two recent additions, ‘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 – 2020 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 15th May 2020 to submit your entries. The standard entry fee is £399.00 +VAT, and this then entitles you to £199.00 +VAT for any additional entries. Early bird entries before 30th April are £249 with additional categories just £139 when ordered at the same time.

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. In previous years, the awards ceremony and presentation was a physical event held in London, but this year in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the organisers have moved the entire event online. It will all take place online from start to finish on 9th July. 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 categories

 

There are 16 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:

  • Best SME
  • Insurance/Banking & Financial Services
  • Professional Services

Discipline specific categories:

  • The Best Sustainability Initiative/Programme
  • Best Remote Business
  • Best Co-working Space
  • Business Change or Transformation
  • Customer Centric Organisation
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Disruptive Business Model 
  • Well-being at Work Award
  • Best Place to Work
  • Best New Business

People specific categories:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspirational Leader
  • Team of the Year
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 2019 – 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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