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LOVE YOUR CUSTOMER. LOVE YOURSELF.

THE DONS™
Finalists Announced

Entering the UK Business Awards was such a great experience for us, the virtual judging and awards ceremony was just as thrilling as if we had been there in person. Prior to the awards, the organisers were so supportive with any questions we had, and the judges were really high calibre.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE Principal Weston College

Welcome

Welcome to the ALL NEW UK Business Awards 2021!

Accelerating UK recovery

Faced with tremendous adversity, business leaders in the UK have shown amazing resilience and ingenuity and achieved astonishing turn-around results during the pandemic.

These free-to-enter* awards celebrate the heroic people in business in the Covid era – the people who have pivoted, the people who have fought and survived and those who have coped with unprecedented change and growth.

Across all our entrants, we will be identifying best practice and sharing lessons we all can learn for the future.

These awards aim to promote innovation and enterprise in the UK as the foundations of our economy.

That is how together we can Accelerate UK recovery!

Whether you are a start-up, an SME or a large business, there are categories for you to enter and opportunities to celebrate your initiatives.

Every entrant can also take part in the Customer’s Choice Award, which will be chosen by public vote. The sooner you get the voting started, the longer you will have to get as many votes as you can!

*Free to micro businesses and Start-ups.

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It was truly inspirational to see the innovation and quality on show, and gave me a number of 'nuggets' to take back to the day job.

Ian Ashby, ServiceNow

How to Enter

  Select the category you wish to enter. Once you know this you can fill out the online form to sign up. You can choose several categories when entering

  Complete and submit the online entry form. Once you have signed up, watch out for the email with details to sign in.

  Watch out for the finalist announcement on June 4th.

  Attend the awards on July 8th LIVE Online between 2.30 and 5pm

For more information about this and all the other things we are doing at the awards to support you, check out the rest of the website.​


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UK Customer’s Choice Award

This year for the first time the UKBA includes the free to enter UK Customer’s Choice Award

The result will be announced on July 8th 2021 at the LIVE Online award ceremony which will take place between 1430 and 1700 LIVE Online

Entry is very simple:

1. Load your company logo via the sign up page
2. Wait for the email confirming your logo is posted
3. Post via the website, to your social media and get customers and fans to rate your company

It is important your fans and customers leave comments, since this is about quality not quantity. The highest quality scores that will win Gold Silver and Bronze.

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

Luka Winterborne, Centrica

Ethical Awards

All Awards International events are “Ethical Awards Scheme Accredited” by the Independent Awards Standards Council.

We have achieved the Outstanding trust mark for 2021 for all our awards programmes, including the UK Business Awards.​

We believe we organise the fairest and most rigorously judged awards in the world. 

A large panel of independent judges ensures fairness because they take the time to assess every entry carefully.

Judges are selected based on their management experience and qualifications.​

Our unique proprietary software, Awards Manager, ensures we have complete transparency of the process and full traceability for quality control. ​

There will be at least five separate judges per category. Each entry is scored at least 5 times and on average for 4 hours.

Meet the Judges
How Entries are Scored​

Our business was impacted dramatically by the pandemic. We had to change dramatically in a very short space of time. We had to look after our existing customers and quickly turn to new markets. Winning at the UK Business Awards encouraged us to keep going and is a great marketing tool!

Theo Millward, Managing Director Swimtime

The Dons™

The UK Business Awards is known as ‘The Dons’ in honour of our late co-founder and former chairman of Awards International, Don Hales.​

Don was a widely recognised figure in the awards business thanks to the incredible contribution he made to the industry for over 30 years.

Don founded a number of the most successful awards programmes in the UK, including the National Sales Awards, the National Customer Service Awards, and the National Business Awards.

The UK Business Awards have been known as ‘The Dons’ for many years, but our 2021 event will be especially poignant as it’s the first without Don following his recent passing.

He will be remembered for his passion, his joyous personality, his business acumen, and his love of rewarding best practice.

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We were absolutely over the moon with our trophies and had such an amazing time at the awards - what a fabulous event! The opportunity to learn from so many incredible businesses during the day really was priceless.

Lindsey Hughf, Communications Manager, Involvement Packaging

What’s New?

The new Customer’s Choice Award, will bring additional GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE winners.

For 2021, the entry process to the UKBAs has been streamlined: only one step and just five questions to answer.

Simply select your category or categories, submit your written entry as per our guidelines – then hold your breath.

Soon after that, we will announce the shortlisted finalists who will join us at the UKBA awards ceremony, where we will reveal the category winners with the highest judges’ score, along with the Overall Winner.

What else is new? Lower prices, new categories, a shorter entry form, a new website and loads of shiny exciting features on our proprietary software Awards Manager, which will make your experience more enjoyable than ever!

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It is really good to use the process of entering to reflect on what we have accomplished as a team. To get recognition forour work is an amazing feeling. I am so proud of the team and what we achieved, especially during a time of so much change and hardship for many.

Ash Cripps, Change Readiness Partner AA

Networking

The UK Business Awards may be LIVE Online for 2021, but that doesn’t mean guests won’t be able to enjoy the unique networking opportunities of a live in-person Awards International event.

Thanks to our bespoke Awards Manager software, guests including finalists and judges will be able to arrange networking meetings for the day of the awards, and expand their contacts from the comfort of their home or office.

In your Awards Manager account, close to the day of the Awards, you will be able to book scheduled timeslots for you to view profiles, arrange meetings, and more.



NETWORKING MEETINGS

  • MAR 30

    Non-exclusive, open for all

  • MAY 27

    Exclusive

  • SEP 15

    Exclusive

Participating was a great boost for the team. Most of us were working remotely at the time, but it was nice to spend some time together, online doing something which was so much fun…..and winning silver was a bonus.

Marina Sykes, Head of B2B Partnerships, Octopus Energy

Sponsor the Awards

The business landscape in the UK is in a state of unprecedented change and the UKBAs is at the forefront of recognising best practice in this new era.

Now you can align your organisation with leading companies by getting on-board as a Sponsor or Partner for 2021.

We have options available for firms keen to be represented at the UKBAs and to strengthen their brand by being at the heart of this celebration of best practice in business in the UK.

Sponsors and Partners