Finalist Summaries

Best Awards Event by a Publisher – under 700 Attendees

Aesthetics Media Ltd – Aesthetics Awards

The Aesthetics Awards bring together the very best in medical aesthetics and leaders in the profession to celebrate the achievements of the past year in this fast growing industry. Awards are presented to those who have worked hard to represent the highest standards in clinical excellence, product innovation and practice achievement and have truly excelled in the field of aesthetic medicine, from clinics and individual practitioners to manufacturers and suppliers.

Attracting 626 guests, the Aesthetics Awards 2016 were held in London at the stunning Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Winners were recognised in 24 categories and over 160 entrants were successful in reaching the final stages.

The Awards are seen as the ‘must attend’ awards event in the industry and we receive excellent feedback each year. When individuals get emotional whilst accepting an award it shows how much they value this recognition of their hard work and that’s the best reward for us as a team.

“The Aesthetics Awards is the pre-eminent awards in the UK and we want to be the best of the best – this is just a great achievement to be recognised as the best in the UK.” 2016 Winner

Watch the 2016 highlights – http://bit.ly/AestheticsAwards2016Highlights


Caspian Media – The Amazon Growing Business Awards

Created by Real Business 18 years ago, supported by the CBI and sponsored by Amazon, The Amazon Growing Business Awards are the UK’s most established and respected recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success. The 2016 event, held at The Brewery in London on 30th November 2016 marked a particularly successful year; with the new partnership with Amazon, the addition of new categories which helped generate exceptional press coverage, and a significant increase in the quantity and quality of submissions. The aim for 2016 was, of course, to create an event that was financially successful, but the team also strived to create an Awards that finalists, winners and sponsors were all proud to be a part of. It was important that this was not ‘just another black tie awards ceremony’. We recognised that many of the companies entering would want to use the event to further their business needs; either through PR or networking. A huge emphasis was placed on PR outreach and set out to ensure that the night itself was informal, relaxed and fun, and that it maximised the opportunities for these exciting growing businesses to interact and learn from one another. As well as recognising the success of individual businesses, the categories are designed to showcase the talents of the country as a whole and the vital role growing businesses play in our economic health. As such, the Growing Business Awards have a campaigning role – highlighting the economic importance of the UK’s SMEs.


Civil Society Media – The Charity Awards

Now in its 18th year, the Charity Awards recognise and reward excellence in charity leadership and management.
The cause-specific category structure means that any charity, big or small, can have a chance of winning.

No other charity sector awards programme has such a rigorous application and judging process. The expert, independent judging panel assesses each entry against ten Hallmarks of Excellence – attributes such as Innovation, Effectiveness, Sustainability – in an intensive process that involves two days of individual marking followed by two days of debate and decision. Some applicants even have their entries interrogated at face-to-face interviews.

To help applicants understand what each of our Hallmarks mean, we have created guides containing case studies, expert advice and analysis on each one.

Winning and shortlisted charities are profiled in all Civil Society Media’s titles: Charity Finance, Fundraising and Governance & Leadership, as well as online, giving the charities the biggest exposure possible in the sector.

We are the only awards in the sector to offer free places at dinner to all shortlisted charities, and we also don’t charge applicants to enter, unlike some other awards programmes.


Crain Communications – Plastics Industry Awards

The Plastics Industry Awards are firmly established as the forum for recognising and rewarding excellence in the plastics industry. Held annually, the event rewards innovation and exceptional performance from the best companies and the best people in plastics design and manufacturing in the UK and Ireland.

With 16 Awards covering companies and individuals and all aspects of plastic product design, manufacture and recycling, the Plastic Industry Awards cover all sectors of the industry and give companies, large and small, the opportunity to enter and succeed in the competition.

Wanting to refresh a successful formula to mark the 100th anniversary of organisers Crain Communications, the 2016 awards were enlivened by adding a 1920s Great Gatsby theme to the whole event, with period dress and an evening of sparkling and spectacular entertainment including aerial artistes, laser lights, fire acts and more.

Unparalleled in the plastics industry, the awards were highly acclaimed by guests, winners, industry event supporters and commercial sponsors alike. Combining business networking, entertainment and pure fun, the event has become the highlight of the plastics industry calendar. More than 650 people attended in 2016, an increase of 5% increase on the previous year.


Energy Live News – The Energy Live Consultancy Awards

The Energy Live Consultancy Awards (TELCA) were started in 2013. The vision was to create a prestigious awards programme and night for the Energy Sector to build new standards for an unregulated market.

The business energy market is worth billions and 50-70% of the sales that suppliers achieve comes from companies called energy brokers. Most brokers are professional and work hard for their customers, however there are some that do not work so professionally and give the sector a bad reputation.

The programme was created by independent publisher Energy Live News which is an award winning daily news site with a track record of innovative journalism and a highly-respected name in the sector.

TELCA was designed to be independent and rigorous, so the winners and even the shortlisted companies would feel proud and could use the awards as a marketing/sales tool.

We know that TELCA have changed the way the energy world works, by creating a programme that benchmarks energy brokers and drives their behaviours to be more trusted, more transparent and more focussed on their customers’ needs.


Informa – Scrip Awards

The Scrip Awards were launched in 2005 to fill a gap in the market for a global business awards event for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. While there were other smaller awards covering national markets or specific sectors of the industry such as marketing, there was nothing encompassing the whole sector internationally. Scrip, the world’s leading publication covering news, analysis and data for the pharma and biotech with a strong and long-standing international reputation, was uniquely positioned to take up the challenge. By launching the Scrip Awards, it was able to take advantage of the wider events management expertise found within its new parent company, Informa plc, which bought the Scrip brand in 2004.

The 2016 Scrip Awards were the largest to date, with a 30% increase in revenue year-on-year, over exceeding on our number of entries as well as bringing together influencers across the industry.

We believe that while the Scrip Awards may not be the biggest, they are the best in that they:

  • fill the gap in the market for high-level recognition for an industry that is often overlooked
  • are a commercial success, meeting tough profit targets
  • meet sponsors’ needs to align themselves with this industry in a meaningful way
  • provide an international networking event for delegates and sponsors
  • are an enjoyable event, much anticipated in the industry

Last Word – International Adviser Best Practice Adviser Awards 2016 in partnership with Old Mutual International

In June 2016, International Adviser launched the Best Practice Adviser Awards in partnership with Old Mutual International. The Awards were launched with the aim to give recognition to global financial advising individuals and practices within the industry that are, or have made, the transitions towards best practice.

Nine categories across five global regions; Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa & Middle East were identified to drive entries for ranging from – excellence in professional development, excellence in client service to best adviser firm per geographical region. The golden accolade of global best adviser was chosen from the winners of each best adviser of each region.

Five global Award ceremonies were held from September to November 2016 in London, Cape Town, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Last year’s Awards were the first in the industry to reward business excellence and gives both International Adviser and Old Mutual International the opportunity to drive the agenda for best practice within the advice industry.

 

Best Awards Event by a Publisher – over 700 Attendees

EMAP – Nursing Times Awards

The Nursing Times Awards, which launched 30 years ago, celebrates the unsung nursing heroes, recognising individuals, teams and innovative projects that are improving healthcare in the NHS and independent providers, enabling them to showcase and disseminate best practice to the wider health professional audience. This sets a benchmark for other organisations to learn from, so improves practice, care and safety throughout healthcare provision.

We wanted to create a wow factor for 2016, and we achieved this when HRH Prince of Wales, hosted a reception for 90 of our finalists at Clarence House, on the afternoon of the awards. The reception created a buzz, which was talked about before, during and after the event.

Feedback from the night always makes us very proud of the work we do, some of the great testimonials include:
“From a nurse’s point of view it’s just so prestigious just to have won this” – Winner 2016
“These awards provide a recognition of the special contribution that nurses make to patients, families and carers everywhere” – Sponsor 2016
“I wouldn’t miss this for the world, I just love being a part of it” – Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England


Farmers Weekly – Farmers Weekly Awards

The 2016 Farmers Weekly Awards took place at a time of change and uncertainty for farmers.

However, times of change are also times of opportunity. And if you are looking for reassurance that British farmers have what it takes to grasp that opportunity with both hands, look no further than our winners and finalists.

Our awards are all about celebrating these success stories. They help to showcase the very best of British farming to the wider community, and they inspire others to aim as high or higher.


Investment Week – Fund Manager of the Year Awards

In 1995 there were no award ceremonies specifically for fund managers. The industry needed to recognise the contribution, skill and expertise of the fund managers themselves (not the marketers and sales people) and this needed to be done in style. Specifically we set about; creating a judging process, panel and approach that had the rigour and integrity that this industry deserved and an event experience to rival a major stage show.

Now, some 22+ years on the Fund Manager of the Year Awards have many imitators but nothing comes close to the prestige of winning one of these coveted awards and no party comes close to 1300 people on a summers evening at the Royal Albert Hall with some of the best known acts in the world.

Revenues have shown consistent growth and the industry continues to support the event by turning out in ever increasing numbers.

The awards, held at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, is without doubt the jewel in the crown and is one of the most impressive events in Incisive Media’s calendar.


Max Publishing – The Licensing Awards

The UK Licensing Awards are recognised as the largest licensing (IP) industry awards in the world.

The Licensing Awards are owned and organised by The Licensing Source Book (published by Max Publishing).

The Licensing Awards have become accolades to strive for, their integrity is unquestioned as an endorsement of excellence right across the intellectual property field.

The Awards event is an extravaganza that befits the dynamism of the licensing sector.

The Licensing Industry is a community.

The people within the industry see the awards as a benefit in terms of networking, hosting clients, rewarding staff and recognition

The industry is dynamic, innovative, consumer-reflective, fun, entertaining, intelligent and prestigious. The Licensing Awards reflect all of this and much more.

The 2017 Licensing Awards will take place on Tuesday 12th September in The Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel and will be attended by 1,400 people.


Mix Media – Mixology Awards

Mix Media Ltd is a Manchester based independent B2B publisher which delivers the monthly title Mix Interiors (www.mixinteriors.com). In 2005 we created Mixology Awards (www.mixology-awards.com). Mixology has grown to become the largest and most prestigious celebration for the UK Commercial Interior Design Community.
We deliver two awards ceremonies per year – a London event in June and a Northern event in Manchester in December. 2016 was a record year for these awards in terms of entrants, attendees, sponsorship and ticket revenue, profitability and guest feedback.

Mixology Awards are the benchmark by which publishers should aspire. Engaging, informative, emotive, appealing, sustainable – our awards not only complement but enhance our Mix Media brand whilst generating a valuable revenue stream.

An invite to Mixology Awards is one that is never passed up!


EMAP – Ground Engineering Awards

The Ground Engineering Awards has developed from a small and niche awards event into an industry wide gathering, attracting not only industry leaders but external influencers and clients, to become the industry’s largest and most critical event of the year. We took a massive step year on year, but focusing efforts on upgrading companies to category sponsors and by driving unique companies to enter the awards. We emphasised our marketing campaign on our expert panel of 40 judges and the value provided by the live judging process. Through this we were able to deliver 30% growth in revenue and in turn are moving the event to an evening ceremony in 2017 as a result of the attendee feedback and YOY revenue growth.


PMGroup – Communiqué Awards

The Communiqué Awards programme is specifically designed to recognise and commend excellence and best practice in local, European and international healthcare communications. The programme highlights the range and complexity of the issues facing healthcare communications professionals today and, against this backdrop, the extent to which outstanding work ultimately delivers real improvements in healthcare, enhances patient experience, builds trust with stakeholders and augments industry reputation.

A benchmark of excellence The Communiqué Awards programme provides a showcase for healthcare communications, together with the means to champion the highest possible standards and help shape future thinking. The judging process is rigorous, surprising many who are judging for the first time.

Launched In 1998 by publishers PMGroup, the awards are a true highlight of the pharmaceutical industry calendar and have grown to attract over 900 people, from pharmaceutical companies, charities and the agencies that support the industry.

 

Best Awards held alongside a Conference or Exhibition

Association of Accounting Technicians – Training Provider Conference

AAT have turned their Training Provider Conference into an action packed event which now hosts the Training Provider Awards on day one. It has become the ‘must attend’ event in the calendar of an AAT Approved Training Provider.

Holding an awards ceremony has meant AAT could focus directly on celebrating the successes of training providers from the previous 12 months. AAT tutors change the lives of so many, from individuals, to small organisations and multinational corporations. The awards give training providers the chance to be recognised.

Creating an element of competition encouraged training providers to raise the overall teaching standards in their pursuit of being recognised by the AAT Training Provider Awards.


Datateam Business Media – Housewares Innovation Awards

The Housewares Innovation Awards launched alongside the Housewares conference back in 2010 to celebrate the housewares industry’s best products, retailers and individuals. However, as the awards grew, members of the industry soon wanted a dedicated event.

Housewares magazine and digital partner www.HousewaresLive.net therefore teamed up with Spring Fair to bring the 2016 Innovation Awards to Birmingham on Monday 8th February, hosted by food critic and TV personality Jay Rayner.

Speaking at the time, Will Jones, Home Enhancement Sector Director of BHETA, and sponsor of Britain’s Best Salesperson, said: “It’s the practical potential of the Housewares Awards for retail engagement – something which BHETA pioneers very successfully – which makes their new alignment with Spring Fair so appealing and exciting. It’s great to congratulate – it’s even greater to see commercial potential realised as well!”

We have a ‘Live and Cooking with Housewares’ stand at Spring Fair, where finalists’ products will be demonstrated by The Hairy Bikers, Jeremy Pang – the founder of school of WOK and kitchenware expert Malcolm Harradine. ‘How Clean is Your House?’s Aggie MacKenzie and wine expert Joe Franzia will also be making an appearance.


Macmillan Cancer Support – Macmillan Volunteer Conference and Awards

The Macmillan Volunteer Conference and Awards in 2016 bought together 265 attendees for two days of learning, networking and sharing and an unforgettable night celebrating exceptional volunteers that go above and beyond their expected volunteer role, to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. After a rigorous and competitive judging process by panels made up of volunteers, eight exceptional individuals won awards in eight national categories. The Volunteer Awards 2016 was hosted by a long-standing Macmillan Volunteer and the winning stories were shared with conference attendees using emotive and inspiring videos of interviews with the winners, their nominators and people affected by cancer – there was not a dry eye left in the audience.


we.CONECT Global Leaders – Intra.NET Reloaded Berlin

The Intra.NET events were established in 2012 and have grown into the leading events in the fields of intranet, enterprise communication and digital workplace, taking now place in three different locations: Berlin/Germany, London/UK and Boston/USA.

The 6th annual Intra.NET Reloaded Berlin 2017 is the biggest conference of its kind in Europe bringing together over 250 decision makers from IT, Internal Communications and Business departments from international organisations, who are responsible for creating tomorrow’s digital workplace.

The Intra.NET Awards were launched alongside the event in 2014 and are now taking place for the 4th time. They were set-up to find the most successful intranet and digital workplace projects internationally and share as well as benchmark them within the global Intra.NET community. The awards have been a success from the start and have always attracted many applications internationally from various companies. Based on previous success we will also be launching the Intra.NET Awards in Boston this year.

The Intra.NET Berlin including the Intra.NET Awards are the place for the community to meet, share experiences, network and benchmark their projects. The success of the overall Intra.NET Awards derives from a growing community, passionate award applicants who are eager to share their project success.

 

Best Awards by an Association

Association of Professional Landscapers – The APL Awards

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) comprises accredited landscape companies who design, build and maintain gardens throughout the UK. The rigorous inspection process to join is the toughest within the industry.

The APL Awards have been established now since 1995 and celebrate the high calibre of landscaping offered by members, it started out taking place in local pubs and has now worked its way up to the stunning venue of The Brewery. The annual lunchtime event sets out to promote members’ commitment to quality landscaping and keeping their customers completely satisfied.

The 2016 event saw a new internal team take on the organisation, record breaking entry numbers and attendance figures.


Awards Portfolio  Limited – Emerging Payments Awards

The Emerging Payments Awards recognises and celebrates the best the payments industry has to offer. In 2016, 200 companies from across the globe entered 22 categories, which were assessed by an impartial team of 31 expert judges. After publishing the shortlist, the winners are announced at our glittering ceremony attended by 650 of the industry’s most senior opinion-formers and decision-makers at The Hilton, Park Lane. It’s the emerging payments industry’s most prestigious event and best networking opportunity. And a legendary party. It’s where reputations are made and deals done.


European Flexographic Industry Association – EFIA Industry Awards Gala Dinner

EFIA, the European Flexographic Industry Association, was established in 1972 and held its first annual gala awards dinner in 1982. The dinner continues to grow in popularity and now attracts over 500 people to network and celebrate the best of flexography.

It is a unique event with awards covering every area and every substate using the flexographic process. This includes suppliers, printers, brands and retailers.

EFIA celebrates the people and the process.


The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association – GIMA Awards

Britain has long been admired around the world for its gardening excellence, however, the techniques and materials involved in gardening tend to be long-standing, traditional and slow to change. Gardening is rarely associated with innovation, leading trends, or bold new ideas. Yet continued evolution is essential – to inspire future generations about gardening; to create products that seize new technologies and meet changing tastes; and to keep British gardening truly great.

The GIMA Awards help to fill that need. This annual awards event, which pre-dates the 1980s is designed to nurture fresh energy within the industry by encouraging and recognising innovation and excellence from gardening suppliers.

Having built momentum over the years, today the Awards are targeted by scores of member companies each year as an unmissable chance to make their product introductions shine. The Awards cover every shopping opportunity found in a typical garden centre – from plants to petcare, gifts to growing media, furniture to water features – and additional marketing, export and overall awards see companies competing at a business level too. Hundreds of entries are generated, the judging process is scrupulous, the results hotly anticipated, and winners announced to a sell-out audience of suppliers, retailers, media and special guests at a prestigious ceremony each July.

Winners of a coveted GIMA award can expect more than peer recognition and a chance to network. They also gain a point of product and branding difference that impresses their existing and potential trade customers. Many companies also highlight their win on packaging, labelling, point of sale, public relations, advertising and promotions, creating a stand-out selling point to consumers.


Great Place to Work Institute – UK’s Best Workplaces Awards

The Best Workplace awards are one of the UK’s most highly regarded and sought-after workplace awards and are regarded as the gold standard of employer awards. The Awards presentation celebrates organisations who deliver excellence, honouring more than 100 organisations who have been awarded the coveted Best Workplace status.

Redactive Media Group has managed the Best Workplace awards since 2013 and our development of the awards has led to improvements which have exceeded all expectations. The event has grown by more than 500 people from when we took over the event management: numerous companies have gone from booking one table to booking four due to their enjoyment of the evening!


Healthcare People Management Association – HPMA Awards

As a team, Chamberlain Dunn bring the HPMA a quality high profile awards programme, with minimal financial risk to the association, and with member benefits at its very heart.

Entry into the competition is free of charge and open to any healthcare HR professional working in the UK, so good practice from any corner of the UK can be spotlighted. All finalists who are HPMA members are given free tickets to the celebration ceremony with additional tickets offered for sale to their teams at minimal cost. As a result we see almost every finalist represented, very often joined by their teams which makes for a great atmosphere ‘on the night’ – and a highly appreciated recognition of the wider team contribution to projects.

Our sponsor community is the lifeblood of the competition; highly valued and involved at every level.
The HPMA Excellence Awards programme brings new professionals and organisations into the HPMA community, encouraging both inter-professional collaboration and cross-sector working. The awards introduce new audiences to the association every year – both as potential members and future commercial supporters or partners and breeds ambassadors for the future awards programme.


The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland – Self Management Awards

Since 2011, The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) has hosted the Self Management Awards to coincide with the annual Self Management Week. The aim of the week is to raise the profile of all the innovative work improving lives of people living with long term conditions in Scotland. The Self Management Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and reward inspirational people and organisations who are leading the way in changing the way health and social care is delivered to people with long term conditions and celebrate individuals whose lives have been transformed through self management.

Ultimately, we aim to make self management approaches the norm for both health and social care professionals and people living with long term conditions. By leading the way with inspirational examples, the Self Management Awards contribute to achieving this aim.


United Kingdom Warehousing Association – UKWA Annual Luncheon & Awards

The UKWA is a long standing association that at the time of the appointment of its new Chief Executive Peter Ward had been in decline, with falling membership and a dated brand image. The task facing the new Chief Executive was to revitalize the Association, stem the loss of membership, reposition UKWA to make it relevant and attractive to existing and potential members, and to rebuild the membership base.

As part of a major overhaul of the image and approach of UKWA, the new CEO identified the importance to members of opportunities to network with peers and meet with potential customers. Therefore, he focused on refreshing the key event of the UKWA calendar, the Annual Luncheon & Awards. The focus was changed from an internally focused ‘get together’ of members into a professionally marketed event designed to attract not just members, but potential members and the customers served by those members.

The new style event has been extremely successful, with record attendance figures, positive feedback and renewed engagement from members. As part of a wider marketing campaign, the event has helped reverse membership decline and put a newly energised industry association firmly back on the map!

 

Best Awards Social Media Campaign

Charity Film Awards – Charity Film Awards

The philosophy of the Charity Film Awards was to create increased views of charity videos and social media interactions for the charities using the narrative structure of an awards programme to drive the social engagement.

In the digital age, charities’ ability to create video content and share it to communicate their stories and messages is powerful and essential. Video in all its forms is a crucial part of the modern charity’s marketing toolkit. The Charity Film Awards celebrate the very best examples of the art.

Two emails to 20,000 charities, has generated more than 38 million social media impressions before the Awards ceremony has even taken place.


Incisive Media – The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards were launched in 2011 with the goal of better connecting with our audience through a face-to-face event, providing a high profile platform to celebrate the most exciting businesses and individuals in the green economy, and diversifying BusinessGreen’s revenue stream to make it less exposed to volatility in the online advertising market.

The initial goal was to deliver a profitable event for around 150 people and provide a boost to the profile of a number of green companies. Over the past six years the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards has surpassed all expectations. The event has become the UK’s largest and most prestigious green business awards, consistently bringing together over 500 top executives from across the industry and hosting a raft of CEOs, parliamentarians, and government ministers.

Our innovative social media campaign has played a crucial role in extending the reach of these awards and ensuring BusinessGreen remains fully engaged with its influential and wide-ranging audience.


Recruitment and Employment Confederation – The IRP Awards

From the entry process, announcing the shortlist and to announcing the winners, The IRP Awards is a yearlong project and building member engagement is key for us. This year we wanted more, with the announcement of the shortlist in September 2016, we decided to use the opportunity for a social media campaign to help the shortlisted show off to the world of the social media that they had been shortlisted for an award.

The idea of the shortlisted campaign was simple. We designed boards with IRP Awards branding and a circle cut out in the middle, and created a ‘You’ve been shortlisted – what to do next’ instructional infographic to be sent out to everyone who made the shortlist. Our target audience was the 116 shortlisted individuals and companies. The idea and call to action was to tweet us a picture of themselves and their team using the board and celebrating their success with the hashtag #IRPAwards, and then to book their tickets for the awards night. We wanted to celebrate our members, so they would be more likely to continue to engage with us – not just for the IRP Awards, but for IRP products in general.


Stroke Association – Life After Stroke Awards

The Life After Stroke Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of people who have shown remarkable courage and determination in rebuilding their lives following a stroke. The event took place on 16 November 2016 at The Dorchester, London. 400 guests sat down to a three course dinner followed by the presentation of 11 awards each hosted by a celebrity supporter of the charity. The event was hosted by stroke survivor Chris Tarrant OBE and Baroness Karren Brady is the patron of the event.

The event aims to raise the profile of life after stroke through the media and celebrity support and generate offers of support and donations to the Stroke Association. The awards were sponsored by Toni & Guy, NEXT plc and Irwin Mitchell and the media partner was the Daily Express. The Life after Stroke Awards demonstrates the incredible achievements of everyone affected by stroke. And by sharing these incredible stories we are able to inspire many stroke survivors who thought recovery may not have been possible.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology – The Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards

On December 1 we hosted the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards.

The ceremony recognised the work of amazing young women engineers. It’s a night of hearing inspirational stories, celebrating their achievements and networking with likeminded engineers and recruiters.

We host this event every year because, in 2016, women still make up only nine percent of the engineering and technology workforce. We at the IET think that #9PercentIsNotEnough. Nine percent is disproportionately low, especially considering the number of talented female engineering and technology graduates who finish university with excellent grades.

To raise awareness of this shocking figure we used social media to ask people to share a picture with 9% written on their hand, tweeting it using the hashtag #9PercentIsNotEnough. The tagline was simply “raise your hand if you agree that #9PercentIsNotEnough”. We successfully used this campaign to help attract more young woman engineers to our awards ceremony.

Our campaign was enormously successful, with hundreds of people taking pictures to show their support including prominent UK Members of Parliament Lindsay Hoyle, Chuka Umunna, Chi Onwurah and Heidi Alexander as well as Robot Wars judge Noel Sharkey, television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and technology reporter Kate Russell.

 

Best Awards Website

Awards International – International Business Excellence Awards

The website for IBX 2017, drives every stage of activity for the established International Business Experience Awards. From entry, through judging process, attending the finals and presentation event and provision of detailed feedback; the website manages all aspects of the programme. This has led to a truly international event, attracting increased number of entries and judges each year on a profitable basis and highly professional basis. As an international awards company, currently running 15 award programmes in three different countries, Awards International works to high standards with Professor Malcolm McDonald, Emeritus Professor of Cranfield University as our Academic Advisor to ensure the rigour of our entry and judging requirements.

The website is the centre of our success in running so many high-quality events, with modest staff numbers (30 FTEs worldwide) and enables us to produce highly detailed and valuable feedback to ALL entries within 48 hours of our live judging sessions.


BAFTA Tech – BAFTA Nucleus

The BAFTA Awards Entry System simplifies awards management with secure intuitive entry forms and automated online payments. The system offers secure data management and password protected accounts for awards admin, entrants and judges. It also handles seamless video management. Developed by BAFTA for our own awards, BAES is now licensed by the Royal Television Society, Media Business Insight (Broadcast Awards, Screen Awards, Shots Awards), the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and Creative Diversity Network.


Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards launched the first website in history allowing users to vote with a tweet or social share when it was founded in late 2008. Since then, the Shortys have grown rapidly alongside the social media landscape every year. This year, nominees in the Shortys received over 5 million votes from the public, up 50% from the prior year in addition to over 13 million page-views from users in major countries around the world.

The Shorty Awards website is built, designed and maintained by our incredibly talented, small internal team of designers and coders, and is now on its ninth iteration. Creating the site ourselves allows us to maintain our voice, brand and image as we grow. Our team focuses extensively on design and usability. The site has to appeal to an audience that includes everyone from teens to top-level execs. Due to the nature of our awards show, we experience visitors in waves, the busiest time being our month long voting period, when our page sees its largest influx of visitors and clicks.


The British Photography Awards

The British Photography Awards website was built by the two founders with a desire to do more to help the world. The challenges were numerous. Writing a website that had no direct market comparison was challenging, but this is to be expected as the dynamic, innovative model was new to the marketplace. It involved building a regionally-based photography competition and combining it with an informative choice-based charity fundraiser. The various payment forms and submission storages for high resolution files were the comparatively easy parts.

Unlike many other awards, as we deal in photos, the entire process had to be functional online. By this, I mean the judges can access the submissions, which are all stored on the cloud, and the entire awards can be run from anywhere. As we incorporated third party branding, we also had to proof check our content and presentation with our numerous charity partners. Our social media linkage is fully integrated so all news updates on our website automatically publish onto our channels. We have an alerts system in place that gives us updates when people enter, view certain content and tells us which charity is supported, and by whom and where the photos were taken.


Wirehive – Wirehive 100

The Wirehive 100 awards and league table showcase digital excellence and recognise the outstanding work and exceptional individuals from digital agencies in the southern counties based outside of London.

It is our mission to give hardworking digital agencies in the south of England the recognition they deserve and to keep adding to the surging trends of growth in this dynamic industry.

Our quest for continuous improvement doesn’t just stop at the event itself. With digital agencies as our target market, our self-designed website had to stack up against the work they were entering. With this in mind, we created a one-stop-shop for both entrants and judges. The Wirehive 100 portal allows entrants to complete all of their awards transactions, including entries, submissions, ticket purchases and guest lists in one handy dashboard.

The past five years have been an incredible journey for us at Wirehive running these awards. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and genuine affection for Wirehive 100 from digital agencies in the South and the wider industry.

 

Best Judging Panel and Process for an Awards

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers – Operations Managers Awards

The Operations Managers Awards have established a unique place in the hospitality sector by identifying, celebrating and developing the leadership group in middle management that have the responsibility of delivering business success across a multi-site estate, leading and supporting licensees and their teams and all the time with due regard to responsible alcohol retailing and the range of other challenges that particularly apply to a multi-site leisure business.

The judging of individual entries is extensive, robust and transparently fair. It involves a wide range of senior industry executives and a unique mentoring relationship between the Finalist and their Judge. The Entry Paper requires complex narrative answers, the Field Judging is up to 12 hours of close scrutiny during a normal day of business visits and the Finals panel sessions are in front of six individuals who are looking for only the very best answers to their penetrating questions.

The Ops Awards have been run for 20 years on an annual basis and have revealed future industry leaders, prospective go-it-alone entrepreneurs and always have added value to the participants, their companies and the hospitality industry as a whole. They also achieve a high reputation for personal satisfaction and enjoyment for everyone taking part.


Chamberlain Dunn – Advancing Healthcare Awards

The Advancing Healthcare awards for allied health professionals and healthcare scientists is a UK-wide awards programme which attracts the support of the government departments of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and other blue-chip sponsors. To judge entries from over 60 different professions and specialties, we have developed a robust two-tier judging process which has won the respect of judges and entrants alike. The judging panels comprise those nominated by sponsors, experts from the allied health professions and healthcare science, previous winners, patient representatives and others who we think will keep the process fresh and rigorous. The ‘Infosheet’ sets out category by category who is eligible, the judging criteria and questions which entrants must answer related to the criteria. Entries are scored on-line by at least two judges, and the three top scoring entries in each category are invited to present to a panel of judges on the judging day. From this the winners are selected together with an overall winner chosen from the category winners – top secret until the awards lunch. The judging day is described as an inspiring occasion for judges and entrants alike, with an outcome that showcases the work of healthcare professionals whose contribution to patient care is so often overlooked.


Civil Society Media – The Charity Awards

Now in its 18th year, the Charity Awards recognise and reward excellence in charity leadership and management.

The cause-specific category structure means that any charity, big or small, can have a chance of winning.

No other charity sector awards programme has such a rigorous application and judging process. The expert, independent judges assess each entry against ten Hallmarks of Excellence – attributes such as Innovation, Effectiveness, Sustainability – in an intensive process that involves two days of individual marking followed by two days of debate and decision. Some applicants are interrogated at face-to-face interviews.

To help applicants understand what each of our Hallmarks mean, we have created guides containing case studies, expert advice and analysis on each one.

Many charities say the very process of entering the Charity Awards is useful, even if they don’t win, as it forces them to really evaluate their project’s impact.

For the past six years the panel has been chaired by Andrew Hind CB, a former Charity Commission CEO and visiting professor in charity governance and finance at Cass Business School.

The judging panel is chosen for their own diversity of experience and expertise as executives and trustees, and collectively the current panel brings over 230 years of charity leadership to the table.


Direct Marketing Association – The DMA Awards

The DMA Awards (DMAs) is the annual, flagship event for the Direct Marketing Association: a celebration of how brave brands and visionary agencies unite to craft memorable, game-changing work.

With the marketing and creative awards’ space more saturated than ever in 2016 and the DMAs needed to cut through the noise and redefine its proposition as the most rigorous awards body in the industry, to live up to our billing as the most rewardingly hard to win awards in marketing.

And what sets the DMAs apart is not only the quality of the work we attract, but the calibre of the people we bring together to evaluate it.

Our judges champion lightning-sharp creativity and watertight strategy, and reward dazzling results that define work as the best of the best.


Keep Britain Tidy – Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK and rapidly becoming the international standard

This year 1,767 application were received and judged and 1,701 are proudly flying their Green Flag Award to demonstrate they are a quality park or green space that meets the needs of the community.

The scheme is judged by volunteers who give their time freely to the scheme. There are over 800 volunteer judges from organisations such as The Royal Parks, Historic England, English Nature and the majority of local authority parks departments. The scheme has a robust selection and training programme for judges, to ensure quality and consistency.

The criteria has been developed through extensive consultation with industry experts and is detailed in a guidance manual “Raising the Standard”.

The scheme is managed through a state of the art online system that handles all applications, allocations, judging results and feedback to applicants.

Satisfaction with the programme is high, this year our applicants said;
“The whole Green Flag experience has been very good, well organised and well run.”
“A really valuable and useful and important process”


NWL Chamber of Commerce – The BIBAs

The BIBAs, is referred to by entrants, as the ‘one they all want to win’. The BIBAs programme is much more than just an award. Its’ judging process is rigorous and unlike any other. A four-stage process (entry, quality checks, first round interviews, judging session at their business) ensures that those winning a BIBA, and being entered in to the BIBAs Academy, truly deserve this significant accolade.


Public Health Wales – NHS Wales Awards

The NHS Wales Awards were launched in 2008 on behalf of the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales to recognise achievement and good practice across NHS Wales in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the NHS. The 2016 Awards utilised 10 years of experience and knowledge of the Awards which comprise:

* A two-part process consisting of initial shortlisting of written entries followed by a two-hour visit to each finalist before choosing a winner
* Submissions are invited using an entry form refined over 10 years and which reflects the improvement methodology embedded across NHS Wales
* The eight categories have been developed to represent the key policy drivers of healthcare in NHS Wales, the wider public sector and Welsh Government
* The judging panels (comprising 24 judges in total) represent 15 professional bodies in Wales and enables a wide range of partnership working across health care and the wider public sector
* Judges are long-standing and are engaged and enthusiastic every year

The Awards team work with judging panels, organisational and communications leads from all health boards, trusts and supporting organisations to ensure a robust and efficient judging process is in place.


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – Health and Safety Awards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a registered charity. Celebrating our centenary year in 2017, we’ve been at the heart of accident prevention for the last 100 years. Our mission is to save lives and reduce injuries in all areas of life.

RoSPA’s Health and Safety Awards focus on workplace safety, and play a key role in our mission. The awards have run annually since 1956, and sixty years on the programme continues to grow.

Today the scheme is widely regarded as the leading means of celebrating and recognising excellence in health and safety management performance. With close to 2000 entries every year, including members and non-members from around the world, it is not only the longest running, but also the largest health and safety award scheme in the country.

 

Best New Awards Event

23 Events – The Wedding Industry Awards

The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is a client-voted, rigorously judged awards process and event series for the wedding industry.

TWIA was established by Damian & Anna Bailey. Damian has been a wedding photographer for 13 years and has photographed more than 500 weddings in that time. Damian noted that there was no reliable and trusted way in which excellent wedding suppliers could be officially recognised as such and very little for newly engaged couples to go on when looking for wedding suppliers for their weddings.

TWIA was established to recognise and reward excellence in the wedding industry and to help wedding couples make better educated decisions when booking wedding suppliers for their weddings.

In an industry worth an estimated £10 billion in the UK, TWIA has become the trusted industry voice and its logo a recognised and coveted mark of quality; a kite mark for the wedding industry in this country.


Amplified Business Content – Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Produced by the publishers of Fresh Business Thinking, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in association with NatWest, acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain.

Regarded as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Awards celebrate the contributions and innovations of British entrepreneurs and their impact on the economy. The awards are built around the notion that the entrepreneurial story is often more important than the balance sheet.

Now moving into its fifth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate entrepreneurs who embody a spirit of disruption, innovation and enterprise; recognising business leaders from multiple industries across the 17 awards categories.

Previous winners have included Julie Deane MBE, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt, co-founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou, founder of the Lad Bible Group.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are all about celebrating the wonderful stories that entrepreneurs have, and helping them on their journey to success.


Datateam Business Media – Bathroom & Kitchen Update Awards

Hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr, the BKU Awards will return to London on Thursday 22 June to shine a spotlight on the industry’s most outstanding people, retailers and brands. Now in its third year, this is the only awards scheme in the kitchen and bathroom industry which lets the industry decide its winners and which recognises brands rather than products. It’s this uniqueness which makes it so popular and we definitely think it’s deserving of the Best New Awards Event accolade.

With the BKU Awards being held in such high esteem, it’s easy to forget that it’s only a couple of years old. The first event took place at Madame Tussauds in 2015, hosted by Greg Burns of Capital Radio. In 2016 it moved to Shakespeare’s Globe, with TV ‘chaser’ Paul Sinha of ITV’s The Chase as host and NAVI, the world’s No.1 Michael Jackson impersonator providing after dinner entertainment. The immediate and continued success of the event has allowed us to book Jimmy Carr for this year’s event. We have already received over 200 entries and nominations and the closing date is not until April 5th – a huge achievement for an event only in its third year.


Energy Live News – The Energy Live Consultancy Awards

The Energy Live Consultancy Awards (TELCA) were started in 2013. The vision was to create a prestigious awards programme and night for the Energy Sector to build new standards for an unregulated market. The business energy market is worth billions and 50-70% of the sales that suppliers achieve comes from companies called energy brokers. Most brokers are professional and work hard for their customers, however there are some that do not work so professionally and give the sector a bad reputation. The programme was created which would be recognised as independent and rigorous, so the winners and even the shortlisted companies would feel proud and could use the awards as a marketing/sales tool.

TELCA have transformed the energy industry by highlighting the best energy brokers and now energy buyers have a way to tell which consultancies are the best in the business. From the outset, the goal was to make the awards be taken seriously and make a difference to the industry. We believe that TELCA have changed the way the energy world works, by creating a programme that benchmarks energy brokers and drives their behaviours to be more trusted, more transparent and more focussed on their customers’ needs.


Max Publishing – The Brand and Lifestyle Licensing Awards

THE BRAND AND LIFESTYLE LICENSING AWARDS – THE B&LLAs (also now commonly referred to as ‘The Bellas’)

The Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards break new ground in recognising the dynamism and growth of brand licensing.

Launched in April 2016 these annual awards reward excellence in brand licensing management, product innovation of brand licensed merchandise, as well as retail execution.

Owned and organised by Max Publishing (which has a pedigree in both licensing and awards, exemplified by The UK Licensing Awards and The Licensing Source Book), the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards have been warmly welcomed by the industry.

Having debuted last year, plans are now well underway for the 2017 awards.

The winners of the awards will be revealed at a lavish afternoon event held at The Dorchester Hotel, London on Thursday 27 April 2017, that will be attended by over 375 retailers, licensees, brand owners and representatives.


EMAP – NCE100 Awards

In 2016 New Civil Engineer launched the inaugural NCE100, our bold attempt to define, find and recognise the top 100 civil engineering practices based on a set of criteria that we firmly believe define a great civil engineer and a great civil engineering firm.

This wasn’t to be a top 100 based on money earned, or staff employed. This was our selection of the top 100 firms in civil engineering based on the cultures, competencies and skillsets that we at New Civil Engineer passionately believe matter most. The awards included categories focussed on the Future Engineer, Engineering Equality, Technical Excellence, World View and Future Technology as well as more corporate business led categories.

The assessment process was robust, the stories of engineering excellence that emerged hugely exciting and refreshing and the gala awards dinner was a wholly appropriate way to recognise our top 100 firms.


The British Photography Awards – The British Photography Awards

The British Photography is a new, innovative model of half regional photography prize, half UK charity fundraiser. They work with a range of charities with an aim to ‘use the power of photography to directly help the world’. The ethos is simple, and born from a desire to do more to help the world. the volunteers hope to continue to do a great deal of good in the world, and carry on helping to tackle, for example, homelessness in the UK, cancer care, animal and habitat protection, green energy education and more.

So far, they have had some breathtaking entries, and aim to showcase the beauty and variety of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As the British Photography Awards are not a globally-based competition, they do not seek to label the winner ‘global best’, instead, using a more local model, they can start to compile a photographic record of the UK, year on year. This gains both load photographers gain notoriety, and sell their work to local authorities, regional customers and the wider community.


Wirehive – Wirehive 100

The Wirehive 100 awards and league table showcase digital excellence and recognise the outstanding work and exceptional individuals from digital agencies in the southern counties based outside of London.

It is our mission to give hardworking digital agencies in the south of England the recognition they deserve and to keep adding to the surging trends of growth in this dynamic industry.

Our quest for continuous improvement doesn’t just stop at the event itself. Every year we review and update the categories to ensure we’re reflecting the latest digital trends and providing the best opportunity to showcase the rich variety of work that comes out of this area.

The past five years have been an incredible journey for us at Wirehive running these awards. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and genuine affection for Wirehive 100 from digital agencies in the South and the wider industry.

Heading in to the 6th year of Wirehive 100 we continue to push the boundaries, seeking to celebrate the most prestigious, popular and talented gathering of digital professionals in the South of England!

 

Best Longstanding Awards Event

Civil Society Media – The Charity Awards

Now in its 18th year, the Charity Awards recognise and reward excellence in charity leadership and management.

The cause-specific category structure means that any charity, big or small, can have a chance of winning.

No other charity sector awards programme has such a rigorous application and judging process. The expert, independent judging panel assesses each entry against ten Hallmarks of Excellence – attributes such as Innovation, Effectiveness, Sustainability – in an intensive process that involves two days of individual marking followed by two days of debate and decision. Some applicants are interrogated at face-to-face interviews.

Many charities say the very process of entering the Charity Awards is useful, even if they don’t win, as it forces them to really evaluate their project’s impact.

We are the only awards in the sector to offer free places at dinner to all shortlisted charities, and we also don’t charge to enter.

In the last 17 years the Charity Awards has honoured around 170 winning charities and another 340 shortlisted organisations, many of which have gone on to bigger things. One of the success stories is Julia’s House who raised millions of pounds to build a hospice after meeting a new patron at the Charity Awards.


PMGroup – Communiqué Awards

The Communiqué Awards programme is specifically designed to recognise and commend excellence and best practice in local, European and international healthcare communications. The programme highlights the range and complexity of the issues facing healthcare communications professionals today and, against this backdrop, the extent to which outstanding work ultimately delivers real improvements in healthcare, enhances patient experience, builds trust with stakeholders and augments industry reputation.

A benchmark of excellence The Communiqué Awards programme provides a showcase for healthcare communications, together with the means to champion the highest possible standards and help shape future thinking. The judging process is rigorous, surprising many who are judging for the first time.


Retail Week – Retail Week Awards

The Retail Week Awards champion, toast and reward the finest achievements in the retail sector. Winning one of these coveted awards puts you amongst some of the most highly regarded names in the industry. 2016 saw another stellar year for this event as we celebrated their 21st anniversary, bringing together the who’s who of this vibrant sector under the Retail Week brand. With a C-Suite audience, ground breaking winning projects and national and regional press coverage they are defined by the retail industry as ‘the one to win’.


S&P Global Platts – Platts Global Energy Awards

Since 1999, The Platts Global Energy Awards honours organizations and individuals who are dedicated to achieving excellence in the energy industry. Given the key role the industry plays in the global economy and its impact on society, we believe that those who are committed to addressing the industry’s most pressing issues and uncovering its greatest opportunities deserve high praise for their positive contributions.

In order to maintain integrity and transparency, our judging process is unique in that it relies on the expertise of an impartial panel of international energy and finance experts whose background and experience include regulation, policy making, corporate leadership, banking, trading and strategic consulting. Neither Platts nor its sponsors submit votes or select winners.

As the various energy sectors adapt to change and challenge, the Platts Global Energy Awards categories evolve too. The annual Awards are presented at a black-tie gala in New York, and have persevered through the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Sandy. The event inspires valuable networking opportunities with the most influential senior executives in the arenas of energy, finance and government, while celebrating the year’s accomplishments.


Datateam Business Media – Innovative Electrical Retailing Awards

Located this year at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, the annual IER Awards (formerly The Independent Business Awards) is celebrating its 25 anniversary. The IER Awards is designed to reward and celebrate excellence in electrical retailing, ranging from the best advertising campaign for consumer electronics, to best independent retailers of large domestic appliances.

Retailers are judged on criteria including product knowledge, customer service, and business management. Members of the industry can also nominate other retailers that they feel provide an excellent service.

Manufacturers are asked to enter their most innovative new products for the chance to win awards for technology, training, customer service and their advertising campaigns from the previous 12 months.


The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association – GIMA Awards

Britain has long been admired around the world for its gardening excellence, however, the techniques and materials involved in gardening tend to be long-standing, traditional and slow to change. Gardening is rarely associated with innovation, leading trends, or bold new ideas. Yet continued evolution is essential – to inspire future generations about gardening; to create products that seize new technologies and meet changing tastes; and to keep British gardening truly great.

The GIMA Awards help to fill that need. This annual awards event, which pre-dates the 1980s is designed to nurture fresh energy within the industry by encouraging and recognising innovation and excellence from gardening suppliers.

Having built momentum over the years, today the Awards are targeted by scores of member companies each year as an unmissable chance to make their product introductions shine. The Awards cover every shopping opportunity found in a typical garden centre – from plants to petcare, gifts to growing media, furniture to water features – and additional marketing, export and overall awards see companies competing at a business level too. Hundreds of entries are generated, the judging process is scrupulous, the results hotly anticipated, and winners announced to a sell-out audience of suppliers, retailers, media and special guests at a prestigious ceremony each July.

Winners of a coveted GIMA award can expect more than peer recognition and a chance to network. They also gain a point of product and branding difference that impresses their existing and potential trade customers. Many companies also highlight their win on packaging, labelling, point of sale, public relations, advertising and promotions, creating a stand-out selling point to consumers


Women in Film & TV (UK) – Women in Film & TV Awards

The WFTV Awards, supported by Sky, are our annual celebration of the most talented women in UK film, TV and digital media. They take place in December at London Hilton on Park Lane, with a 1,000-strong guest list of influential industry figures.

Winners include Julie Walters, Dame Helen Mirren, Rosamund Pike, Mary Beard, Gurinder Chadha, Abi Morgan, Mel & Sue, Amma Asante, Mishal Husain, Kim Longinotto and Dame Maggie Smith.

 

Best Managed Awards Event

Chamberlain Dunn – Healthcare People Management Awards

As a team, Chamberlain Dunn bring the HPMA a quality high profile awards programme, with minimal financial risk to the association, and with member benefits at its very heart.

Entry into the competition is free of charge and open to any healthcare HR professional working in the UK, so good practice from any corner of the UK can be spotlighted. All finalists who are HPMA members are given free tickets to the celebration ceremony with additional tickets offered for sale to their teams at minimal cost. As a result we see almost every finalist represented, very often joined by their teams which makes for a great atmosphere ‘on the night’ – and a highly appreciated recognition of the wider team contribution to projects.

Our sponsor community is the lifeblood of the competition; highly valued and involved at every level.
The HPMA Excellence Awards programme brings new professionals and organisations into the HPMA community, encouraging both inter-professional collaboration and cross-sector working. The awards introduce new audiences to the association every year – both as potential members and future commercial supporters or partners and breeds ambassadors for the future awards programme.


William Reed Business Media & Corporate Events – The Publican Awards

Established as the biggest event in the pub industry’s calendar and celebrating its 25th anniversary, the 2016 Publican Awards recognised and rewarded the very best in the pub industry. A change in venue and injection of experiential ideas and spectacular production made it the best yet. 1,400 delegates attended the awards show prepared for an intriguing and exciting event and with a red carpet entrance, outside bar, fire dancers, world record attempts and the very funny Michael McIntyre, as host, they were not disappointed.

The team at Corporate Events worked with the team at The Morning Advertiser on every aspect of the technical production, creating the highlight of the pub industry’s calendar for 2016. The awards saw a record number of entries which are only set to be beaten ahead of the 2017 event in March.


Great Place to Work Institute – UK’s Best Workplaces Awards

The Best Workplace awards are one of the UK’s most highly regarded and sought-after workplace awards and are regarded as the gold standard of employer awards. The Awards presentation celebrates organisations who deliver excellence, honouring more than 100 organisations who have been awarded the coveted Best Workplace status.

Redactive Media Group has managed the Best Workplace awards since 2013 and our development of the awards has led to improvements which have exceeded all expectations. The event has grown by more than 500 people from when we took over the event management: numerous companies have gone from booking one table to booking four due to their enjoyment of the evening!


Incisive Media – CICM British Credit Awards

The ICM Awards were launched in 2013 by Incisive Media, since then we have overseen the awards grow from 300 to 550 attendees, seen the entries rise from 70 to 118, and the awards categories grow from 16 to 25. When we started, our core objective was to create an awards ceremony that was different from the competitors – entertaining and fun, but also more serious in tone to reflect the professionalism of credit.

The core event team consists of a project manager, who looks after the day-to-day running of the event, deals with operations, venue and sponsorship elements; a marketing manager who works on promoting awards entries and manages the marketing campaigns; a sales manager who books all the sponsors and looks after their accounts; and a delegate sales executive who sells the tables.

The event revenues has enjoyed a steady increase year on year growing by 50% since launch. On average, there are 15 sponsors who each will present an award on the night and have additional branding around the venue.

The CICM Awards have now become the benchmark for excellence in the industry and are now sold as the “Professional Standard”.


Wolfe – MBNA Northwest Football Awards

2016 saw the Northwest Football Awards (NWFA), produced, managed and delivered by WolfeSport, a division of Wolfe. Since acquiring the rights to deliver the Northwest Football Awards in 2012, Wolfe has grown the awards year-on-year, and attracted a naming right’s partner, as well as other sponsors and partners.

When Wolfe took over, the Awards’ event was tired, not credible and not accepted by the footballing community. The NWFA is now recognised as best in class, with involvement from every single professional football club in the Northwest of England, from Premier League to the National League, and all the footballing bodies across the country. Wolfe has also created lasting media partnerships developed with the BBC, FC Business and She Kicks magazine.

Hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker, the Northwest Football Awards is a celebration of everything football from across the Northwest of England, from the National League to the Premier League; from the players at the forefront to the unsung heroes of the backroom; from the medical staff who keep the players fit on the pitch to the journalists who write about it off the pitch; from the businesses who are involved in it, to the fans (like us!) who are fanatical about it.

The NWFA pays tribute to those on and off the pitch who make the beautiful game what it is and without whom, football in the Northwest simply would not have its rightful place on the national and international stage.

 

Best Awards Venue

Athena

Athena was originally designed and built in 1936 by Robert Arthur Bulllivant as an Odeon cinema. Recently the building has been restored to its former glory and retains its original art deco splendor, along with a newfound reputation as a leading events venue within the Midlands. Athena is attractive to our client’s because of its unique character which offers a refreshing change to a generic conference venue. From a beautiful six meter high atrium to multiple bars on multiple levels with panoramic views of Leicester’s cultural quarter and finally into the impressive dining area with balcony viewing over. We have always been determined to offer a personal level of customer service and we have built our reputation around this. Every client deals directly with the senior event manager who leads an experienced and dedicated events team.

“Last night was a triumph for Leicester and Athena. Visit England have declared it their best awards event ever. I heard nothing but praise for every aspect of the venue, service and in particular food. I heard the meal declared as the best meal ever eaten at such a large scale event and I would agree with that.” Martin – Leicestershire Promotions.


Hilton Hotel – Park Lane

An icon of British hospitality, the five-star London Hilton on Park Lane exudes a sense of occasion; the hotel’s customers expect the best and the staff makes sure they’re not disappointed. The service is impeccable, the decoration stunning and the commitment to the finer details, a priority.

Recognised across the globe as being the most prominent and comprehensive benchmark for excellence in the industry, there are a number of reasons that London Hilton on Park Lane is a first choice for awards dinners. The desirable location in the heart of Mayfair plays a huge part, as does the truly impressive views spanning across Hyde Park and beyond. The London Hilton on Park Lane has it all; from lavishly appointed event suites to a choice of five restaurants and bars including Michelin starred restaurant Galvin at Windows. Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain: we deliver an excellent service for a truly memorable night. This is why our guests return to us, time and time again.

During London Hilton on Park Lanes 50 year legacy, it has become synonymous with hosting many of the city’s landmark events over the years. Everyone from kings to presidents, Hollywood nobility to the International Olympic Committee have passed through its doors. Our experience in event management is second to none; it ensures that no matter what the occasion, from high profile parties to intimate gatherings, the event is a success.


The Brewery

The Brewery differs from many other ‘unique venues’ in London by offering all services in-house. Because of this, the venue can maintain control over the quality, resulting in exceptional levels of service. The Brewery is also able to offer complete in-house print and branding services. The venue has a number of superb branding opportunities for award sponsors, and to simplify this process for clients, The Brewery introduced an interactive branding document. This allows clients to click on a space and see the available branding opportunities and the relative costs.

The Brewery is able to turn a room around within an hour from a conference for 1000, to an awards ceremony for up to 800 people. The in-house AV team work with clients to optimise and encourage set sharing, removing the time required to set up separate audio visual between individual events.

The Brewery has been the leader in encouraging the movement of events to East London from their traditional Park Lane hotel venues. This has been achieved by offering five-star service, facilities and quality of food, coupled with a unique setting which enhances the event beyond that of a traditional hotel offering.


The IET – IET London Savoy Place

Since re-opening in December 2016 and a £30 million renovation, Savoy Place has welcomed new and returning clients who have embraced and welcomed the venue’s new and improved offer.

With accessibility and connectivity at the heart of the venue Savoy Place delivers seamless technical and digital production to the benefit and access of clients and members with ease.

As the venue continues to thrive, in its first year Savoy Place has welcomed over 88,000 guests at more than 2,000 events, and 9 awards. On top of this more than £200,000 of digital upgrades and fittings have been installed throughout the venue, and with a surge of enquiries arriving since the venue opened Savoy Place have increased its staff, including:

  • AV and Digital Team increased to 8 full time
  • Direct Marketing to 4 full time
  • Faraday Centre Assistant to 3
  • Sales team to 7

The venue’s flexibility and vast open floor spaces has greatly improved opportunities for companies to utilise multiple rooms for their events. The new Johnson Roof Terrace has become a show-stopping finale for events, it allows companies to accessorise their ceremony and dinner with a drinks reception or photo call on the roof.


Troxy

Troxy is one of London’s few remaining independent venues, allowing flexibility through every aspect, from competitive pricing to adapting to the technological needs of the market at a moment’s notice.

The team has devised a unique concept to creation approach for all clients, ensuring a level of consistency throughout the whole process. This is invaluable for helping clients maximise the 1050m² floor space, with tips and tricks on how to move delegates around the venue, often using draping and grand reveal techniques to maximise ROI and keep attendees engaged.

In 2016 the Troxy team were instrumental in helping organisers of the Kerrang! Awards Bauer Media succeed in an ambitious desire to change the format of the iconic rock’n’roll awards ceremony and for the first time bring fans closer to the talent and the sponsors closer to the fans. Troxy orchestrated an additional 1200 members of the public into the venue and for the first time in the event’s history a live gig to follow. With Troxy also being a live music venue with a full stage and production set up, this could was all possible without needing additional venue space, saving venue hire and production costs as well as resource.

 

Best Awards Supplier

Cheerful Twentyfirst – International awards scheme

Ambition:

Create an awards ceremony that has never before been delivered in such a theatrical, innovative, engaging and entertaining way.

Overview:

This awards scheme celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs who can see the future, and through their entrepreneurial businesses, are helping to reshape it.

From the outset we were determined to create a genuinely unique experience; a series of spectacular on-screen sequences that the audience would remember forever.

To achieve the ambition, we brought together a range of creative and technical elements; including live performance, compelling storytelling, sophisticated CGI, stage mechanics, and a host of visual effects to keep the audience guessing as to what may happen next.

The heavily rehearsed opening sequence was comprised of some twenty different scenes – and a storyteller was successfully integrated into these by having him react and interact with the surrounding action and effects.

To further ensure we maintained the audience’s attention throughout, we peppered the unfolding drama with a series of special effects; Rain, smoke, wind, fog, pyrotechnics – and culminating in an animated on-screen butterfly that appeared to somehow land on the storytellers’ hand.

The focus and attention of the audience throughout the 2-hour show said it all.


Corporate Events – Supplier to Awards Shows

Awards are the highlight of the business year and represent the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for hard work and determination. Our team at Corporate Events offer a fully integrated event production service, helping clients with the technical production, content creation and event management of a successful awards show.

Innovation is at the core of what we do and we continue to invest in new audio and visual solutions and inspiring creative design to create stand-out productions that give our clients and their guests something to remember. Our in-house services can be used as an extension to an established team, or work independently to produce an event from concept through to delivery. We agree that awards need to be exciting, glamorous and entertaining in order to make an impact, therefore we take pride in creating awards that people look forward to and remember.


Gaudio Awards

Gaudio was established in 2007 with the aim of designing and manufacturing quality bespoke awards. The company has grown from a start-up to an industry leader whose unrivalled customer service, designs and product quality has made us one of the most renowned and prestigious awards manufacturers in Europe. Gaudio employs over 25 staff from our 12,000 sq/ft production facility in Gloucestershire with strong year on year growth. Many of the top global brands trust Gaudio daily to represent their brand and return to us repeatedly every year. We have a 96% customer retention rate and it is our aim to provide exemplary customer service.

Our results can be demonstrated by looking at our continuous rate of growth in many key metrics. In the last year, we have:

  • Increased the team by 25%.
  • Invested substantially in training, machinery and facilities.
  • Moved to larger premises allowing for further growth.
  • Employed marketing and telemarketing staff to further increase awareness of Gaudio and our position in the market place, by building the brand and lead generation activities.
  • Continued year on year growth rate of over 17%, driven by our high customer retention rate of over 96%.

Hawthorn

We are award-winning creative technical event production experts – it’s our job to make events look and sound amazing. And after 30 years in the business, we really know our stuff.

Using the very latest event technology, we create spectacular bespoke technical solutions, in the UK and beyond. Whether it’s for a glamorous awards evening and gala dinner, an exclusive experiential showcase for a global brand or putting on the party to end all parties, we work alongside event professionals to bring their visions to life.

Based in Leicestershire, London and Cambridge, with our cutting-edge gear ingenious team and unwavering focus on quality, we’re proud to deliver a truly amazing service, every time.

With a vast amount of expertise and years of experience in award ceremony design, project management and delivery, our team are well placed to provide our clients with visually spectacular solutions. We’re thrilled to work with brands such as D&AD, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and British Arrows, to create spectacular award ceremonies, with our clients returning to work with us year after year.


Max Live Events – Various

Max Live Events is all about creating and producing fantastic corporate events that people will really remember and enjoy.

Max Live Events was set up as a full service production company, at the start of 2014 – a meeting of minds and talents from the worlds of business and production.

Our goal was to give our clients a better end product.

We take the AV production from initial conception though to realisation of the event on the day.

We can provide on screen content, set design, lighting, sound, rigging, power, set, staging, branding, entertainment and pretty much anything you would need for an awards event.

Our ethos as cliqued as it may sound is about adding the extra little touches, going the extra mile, giving attention to detail. Many little extra touches can all come together to produce a really special event.

At Max Live we pride ourselves on being nice, helpful and dedicated people to have as your production team.
Quite simply we are a rather good production company.


MoorePeople Event Staffing – ECTRIMS

Working closely with our Swiss based client MoorePeople was tasked with recruiting man-power for this esteemed event in the medical calendar with attendance from over 9,000 delegates. They enlisted the support of MoorePeople to provide 130 personnel for the event; comprising of exhibition, conference, symposia, dinners and social programmes.

Due to ECTRIMS’s prominence and previous annual success our client’s standards for staff were high. They sought high calibre personnel, who are well practiced in the industry and could offer support to their team and attending delegates.

Our client provided a remit for the provision of their support staff that aside from being friendly, polite and personable were to be;

  • Experienced in the industry and the venue
  • Knowledgeable of surrounding area and London
  • Bilingual if possible

 

As with any event that MoorePeople support we were keen to maintain a regular line of contact with our client and involve them as much as possible by updating on our progress where necessary.

We pooled together our resource of bilingual staff and managed to secure over 45 multi-language speakers; who together covered over 22 languages including sign. ECTRIMS 2016 was a huge success. Our staff performed exceptionally, delivering an outstanding service, a testament to our service which we are devoted to providing.


Showcase AVi – World Retail Congress Dubai

Showcase AVi are a new and exciting supplier delivering innovative, creative and technically challenging AV solutions. We have quickly become the AV supplier of choice for event organisers looking for a personal service and high quality installations for live events as can be seen by the numerous high profile clients we have on our books.

In 2016 they worked with Ascential Events as a core part of their event production team to design and develop am impressive, high end, quality look for the World Retail Congress in Dubai. They worked with the team to deliver the project in budget whilst also still being technologically advanced.

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The Broadsword Production Group – The Indie Games Contest

A well connected and creative event production company, with our fingers kept on the technical pulse of the industry, we are proud of our reputation, our specialist knowledge and our innovative work. We work alongside a diverse mix of clients across multiple sectors to design, develop and orchestrate fully integrated, sensory experiences. So often we are asked to create a definitive style, visual impact and commercial resonance for our clients.

As part of this awards process we were asked to take visual ownership of a wide variety of items installed across two gallery spaces, providing design and production for the event and working closely with the client to refine the final concept. The event aim was to celebrate the art and innovation of some of the best games developers from Europe with the opportunity to try out some great games, meet the developers who created them, vote for an overall award winner, and have fun!

It was so inspiring to showcase the quality and creativity of the games developed to delight Android smartphone users! Developers were chosen based on the level of innovation, fun, design excellence and technical and production quality. We’d like to think that Broadsword were chosen and then delivered, based on exactly the same criteria.

 

Best Awards Team

C Squared Networks – Festival of Media and M&M Global Awards

C Squared organises a range of award shows targeting the media & marketing industry, with entrants from all over the globe. If you are looking for the ability to handle a high workload, look no further. The main challenge for the Awards team is to work simultaneously on different events (in different stages) as well as within different time zones, as our clients are spread throughout the globe. We wake up discussing with Asia, and go to bed answering to America, while on Sundays we keep in touch with UAE – there is no rest for the Awards team and despite their dedication to work, there will be some clients who we will never be chatting live with – which doesn’t say that we haven’t called Australia or New Zealand late at night. We have two aspects that make our awards team special. One is our diversity, and the other one is that we are an all women power team. But see for yourself in the following team introduction.


Incisive Media – UK IT Awards

Computing events have grown significantly over the last three years as we consistently research and innovate our conference and awards programmes. The UK IT Industry Awards is without doubt the jewel in the crown and is one of the most impressive events in Incisive Media’s calendar, all thanks to the amazing team working hard on making it a huge success every year.

The UK IT Awards team has demonstrated creativity, leadership and innovation while working on this project and is definitely the one to watch as they go above and beyond in making the Awards an unforgettable experience for both sponsors and guests.


Shorty Awards – 8th Annual Shorty Awards

Is it a coincidence that “Shorty Awards” and “best team ever” have the same amount of letters? We choose to believe it’s not. But if that’s not enough to convince you we’re the best team, here’s less than 200 words about why we think we are. Each year, the Shorty Awards are put on by a small, yet mighty team of under 10 people. One benefit to having a small team is that we are able to maintain our image and values while adapting our show to meet the needs of a volatile and evolving industry like social media.

Our work ethic and office environment are a direct product of the mentality and values promoted by our leaders. Few companies located in a place as fast paced and intense as New York City actively make time for office-wide birthday lunches, or bagels on desks on first days of work. In addition to inner-team bonding, we also maintain a close relationships with our attendees through events like cocktail hours, Shorty Stories, and other interpersonal events.  Through our involvement and awareness within our industry, we are able to make the Shorty Awards meaningful and important to those competing to win it.


Stroke Association – Life After Stroke Awards

The Life After Stroke Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of people who have shown remarkable courage and determination in rebuilding their lives following a stroke. The event took place on 16 November 2016 at The Dorchester, London. 400 guests sat down to a three course dinner followed by the presentation of 11 awards each hosted by a celebrity supporter of the charity. The event was hosted by stroke survivor Chris Tarrant OBE and Baroness Karren Brady is the patron of the event.

The event aims to raise the profile of life after stroke through the media and celebrity support and generate offers of support and donations to the Stroke Association. The awards were sponsored by Toni & Guy, NEXT plc and Irwin Mitchell and the media partner was the Daily Express. The Life after Stroke Awards demonstrates the incredible achievements of everyone affected by stroke. And by sharing these incredible stories we are able to inspire many stroke survivors who thought recovery may not have been possible.


What’s On 4 – mumandworking awards and the What’s On 4 Kids Awards

The small and beautifully formed What’s On 4 based in the UK and represented in Australia are the producers of the National What’s On 4 Kids awards. Now in their 11th year, these annual awards attract nearly 100,000 votes from parents keen to support the best in the world of children’s activity providers. Champions of family-friendly working themselves, the team also produce the mumandworking awards which showcase the UK’s very best in terms of flexible working practice – from big businesses to entrepreneurial start-ups. Inspiring judges and speakers at the mumandworking event have included Sarah Willingham, Annabel Karmel, Caprice, Caroline Dinenage MP and many more.

Both forthcoming events will be hosted by NatWest and it is testament to the team and the awards brands that relationships with supporters, advocates and sponsors are both highly positive and enduring.

What’s On 4 attribute their success to the right team dynamic, a flexible approach, passion, experience, dedication, expertise, shared goals and a strong sense of humour!

 

Best Overall Awards Event – less than 500 attendees

23 Events – The Wedding Industry Awards

The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is a client-voted, rigorously judged awards process and event series for the wedding industry.

TWIA was established by Damian & Anna Bailey. Damian has been a wedding photographer for 13 years and has photographed more than 500 weddings in that time. Damian noted that there was no reliable and trusted way in which excellent wedding suppliers could be officially recognised as such and very little for newly engaged couples to go on when looking for wedding suppliers for their weddings.

TWIA was established to recognise and reward excellence in the wedding industry and to help wedding couples make better educated decisions when booking wedding suppliers for their weddings.

In an industry worth an estimated £10 billion in the UK, TWIA has become the trusted industry voice and its logo a recognised and coveted mark of quality; a kite mark for the wedding industry in this country.


Breakthrough Prize Foundation – Breakthrough Prize

The Breakthrough Prize is the world’s biggest science prize, recognizes the world’s top scientists. Each prize is $3 million and presented in the fields of Life Sciences (up to five per year), Fundamental Physics (up to one per year) and Mathematics (up to one per year). In addition, up to three New Horizons in Physics and up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes are given out to junior researchers each year. Laureates attend a televised awards ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions. The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin (Google) and Anne Wojcicki (23andMe), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Priscilla Chan (ChanZuckerberg Initiatives), and Yuri and Julia Milner (DST Global). Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates choose the winners.


Datateam Business Media – Bathroom & Kitchen Update Awards

Launched in 2015, the BKU Awards is the first and only event in the kitchen and bathroom industry to recognise and applaud brand excellence across every product sector. It is also the only awards scheme in the kitchen and bathroom industry which lets the industry decide on its winners, via a secure online voting system.

Each year the BKU Awards receives significant backing from sponsors, which has allowed us to take the event to quirky venues and lay on some great entertainment. BKU Magazine is hugely respected, so when we said we were launching an event the industry trusted us to pull it off, so we went for it and booked Madame Tussauds and Capital Radio’s Greg Burns to host.

The 2016 event received yet more sponsor backing and we wanted to find another interesting venue, so this time we opted for Shakespeare’s Globe, with TV ‘Chaser’ of ITV’s The Chase as host and NAVI, the world’s No.1 Michael Jackson tribute act providing after dinner entertainment.

This year, rather than look for a ‘themed’ venue, we have booked Jimmy Carr to host the event at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel.


Retail Week – Retail Week Rising Stars Awards

The Retail Week Rising Stars Awards pride themselves on being a platform for retail chiefs to provide recognition to emerging talent in their businesses. Celebrating their 12th year in 2016 they once again demonstrated the enthusiasm that the retail industry has for this event, rewarding and commending the best individuals and teams across retail for their development and success over the past year.


Stroke Association – Life After Stroke Awards

The Life After Stroke Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of people who have shown remarkable courage and determination in rebuilding their lives following a stroke. The event took place on 16 November 2016 at The Dorchester, London. 400 guests sat down to a three course dinner followed by the presentation of 11 awards each hosted by a celebrity supporter of the charity. The event was hosted by stroke survivor Chris Tarrant OBE and Baroness Karren Brady is the patron of the event.

The event aims to raise the profile of life after stroke through the media and celebrity support and generate offers of support and donations to the Stroke Association. The awards were sponsored by Toni & Guy, NEXT plc and Irwin Mitchell and the media partner was the Daily Express. The Life after Stroke Awards demonstrates the incredible achievements of everyone affected by stroke. And by sharing these incredible stories we are able to inspire many stroke survivors who thought recovery may not have been possible.


The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association – GIMA Awards

Britain has long been admired around the world for its gardening excellence, however, the techniques and materials involved in gardening tend to be long-standing, traditional and slow to change. Gardening is rarely associated with innovation, leading trends, or bold new ideas. Yet continued evolution is essential – to inspire future generations about gardening; to create products that seize new technologies and meet changing tastes; and to keep British gardening truly great.

The GIMA Awards help to fill that need. This annual awards event, which pre-dates the 1980s is designed to nurture fresh energy within the industry by encouraging and recognising innovation and excellence from gardening suppliers.

Having built momentum over the years, today the Awards are targeted by scores of member companies each year as an unmissable chance to make their product introductions shine. The Awards cover every shopping opportunity found in a typical garden centre – from plants to petcare, gifts to growing media, furniture to water features – and additional marketing, export and overall awards see companies competing at a business level too. Hundreds of entries are generated, the judging process is scrupulous, the results hotly anticipated, and winners announced to a sell-out audience of suppliers, retailers, media and special guests at a prestigious ceremony each July.

Winners of a coveted GIMA award can expect more than peer recognition and a chance to network. They also gain a point of product and branding difference that impresses their existing and potential trade customers. Many companies also highlight their win on packaging, labelling, point of sale, public relations, advertising and promotions, creating a stand-out selling point to consumers.


we.CONECT Global Leaders GmbH – Intra.NET Reloaded Berlin

The Intra.NET events were established in 2012 and have grown into the leading events in the fields of intranet, enterprise communication and digital workplace, taking now place in three different locations: Berlin/Germany, London/UK and Boston/USA.

The 6th annual Intra.NET Reloaded Berlin 2017 is the biggest conference of its kind in Europe bringing together over 250 decision makers from IT, Internal Communications and Business departments from international organisations, who are responsible for creating tomorrow’s digital workplace.

The Intra.NET Awards were launched alongside the event in 2014 and are now taking place for the 4th time. They were set-up to find the most successful intranet and digital workplace projects internationally and share as well as benchmark them within the global Intra.NET community. The awards have been a success from the start and have always attracted many applications internationally from various companies. Based on previous success we will also be launching the Intra.NET Awards in Boston this year.

The Intra.NET Berlin including the Intra.NET Awards are the place for the community to meet, share experiences, network and benchmark their projects. The success of the overall Intra.NET Awards derives from a growing community, passionate award applicants who are eager to share their project success.

 

Best Overall Awards Event – over 500 attendees

Amplified Business Content – Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Produced by the publishers of Fresh Business Thinking, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in association with NatWest, acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain.

Regarded as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Awards celebrate the contributions and innovations of British entrepreneurs and their impact on the economy. The awards are built around the notion that the entrepreneurial story is often more important than the balance sheet.

Now moving into its fifth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate entrepreneurs who embody a spirit of disruption, innovation and enterprise; recognising business leaders from multiple industries across the 17 awards categories.

Previous winners have included Julie Deane MBE, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt, co-founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou, founder of the Lad Bible Group.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are all about celebrating the wonderful stories that entrepreneurs have, and helping them on their journey to success.


William Reed Business Media & Corporate Events – The Publican Awards

Established as the biggest event in the pub industry’s calendar and celebrating its 25th anniversary, the 2016 Publican Awards recognised and rewarded the very best in the pub industry. A change in venue and injection of experiential ideas and spectacular production made it the best yet. 1,400 delegates attended the awards show prepared for an intriguing and exciting event and with a red carpet entrance, outside bar, fire dancers, world record attempts and the very funny Michael McIntyre, as host, they were not disappointed.

The team at Corporate Events worked with the team at The Morning Advertiser on every aspect of the technical production, creating the highlight of the pub industry’s calendar for 2016. The awards saw a record number of entries which are only set to be beaten ahead of the 2017 event in March.


Crain Communications – Plastics Industry Awards

The Plastics Industry Awards are firmly established as the forum for recognising and rewarding excellence in the plastics industry. Held annually, the event rewards innovation and exceptional performance from the best companies and the best people in plastics design and manufacturing in the UK and Ireland.

With 16 Awards covering companies and individuals and all aspects of plastic product design, manufacture and recycling, the Plastic Industry Awards cover all sectors of the industry and give companies, large and small, the opportunity to enter and succeed in the competition.

Wanting to refresh a successful formula to mark the 100th anniversary of organisers Crain Communications, the 2016 awards were enlivened by adding a 1920s Great Gatsby theme to the whole event, with period dress and an evening of sparkling and spectacular entertainment including aerial artistes, laser lights, fire acts and more.

Unparalleled in the plastics industry, the awards were highly acclaimed by guests, winners, industry event supporters and commercial sponsors alike. Combining business networking, entertainment and pure fun, the event has become the highlight of the plastics industry calendar. More than 650 people attended in 2016, an increase of 5% increase on the previous year.


EMAP – Construction News Awards

The CN Awards could not be the industry’s leading awards without the people involved. This includes everyone that enters our categories, the 60+ hand-picked judges, award-worthy finalists, committed sponsors, supporters and partners, every one of the 1,300+ attendees, our charity partners and of course the inspirational winners.

With our categories, there are many different routes for our entrants pride to be showcased. With categories ranging from diversity and training initiatives to projects and sustainability, every year finalists continue to demonstrate the great work they’re doing and how much winning means to them and their business.

The CN Awards aren’t only about one night of celebration, but a year-round mission to highlight the best of the industry clearly demonstrating the evident passion those in the construction industry have. CN shares this passion with those that enter these awards and highlights this at every stage of the awards process.


Mix Media Ltd – Mixology Awards

Mix Media Ltd is a Manchester based independent B2B publisher which delivers the monthly title Mix Interiors (www.mixinteriors.com). In 2005 we created Mixology Awards (www.mixology-awards.com). Mixology has grown to become the largest and most prestigious celebration for the UK Commercial Interior Design Community.

We deliver two awards ceremonies per year – a London event in June and a Northern event in Manchester in December. 2016 was a record year for these awards in terms of entrants, attendees, sponsorship and ticket revenue, profitability and guest feedback.

Mixology Awards are the benchmark by which publishers should aspire. Engaging, informative, emotive, appealing, sustainable – our awards not only complement but enhance our Mix Media brand whilst generating a valuable revenue stream.

An invite to Mixology Awards is one that is never passed up!


Retail Week – Retail Week Awards

The Retail Week Awards champion, toast and reward the finest achievements in the retail sector. Winning one of these coveted awards puts you amongst some of the most highly regarded names in the industry. 2016 saw another stellar year for this event as we celebrated their 21st anniversary, bringing together the who’s who of this vibrant sector under the Retail Week brand. With a C-Suite audience, ground breaking winning projects and national and regional press coverage they are defined by the retail industry as ‘the one to win’.


Women in Film & TV (UK) – Women in Film & TV Awards

The day starts with winners and presenters arriving at the Hilton in transport provided by WFTV for their hair and make-up appointments. We host a VIP champagne reception at midday and run our red carpet which is fully attended by leading press agencies. Our guests walk into the grand ballroom to bucks fizz and once everyone is seated are welcomed by the Chair of WFTV (UK). Each attendee is provided with a gift bag and a glossy take home brochure.

After a three course lunch, tea, coffee and chocolates, the guests are treated to a live performance, which in 2015 was a medley performance from the cast of ‘Bend It Like Beckham the Musical’. Then our host Sandi Toksvig takes to the stage and the ceremony begins. There are always tears, laughter and standing ovations.