Previous Winners & Judges Feedback

All winners can request feedback from the judges about why they won for use in press releases, marketing material, brochures, advertisements, on their website etc. This service is included in the entry fee so there is no additional cost. Here are a selection of comments for past winners:

BH & Worldwide

Best Information Technology

Commenting on BH & Worldwide, the winner in the Best Information Technology category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Aerospace logistics company B&H Worldwide has made an impact in its industry by using IT to keep orders on track and customers informed with the latest information. At the heart of the business sits FirstTrac, its end-to-end management tracking system. By constantly upgrading this advanced system, the company’s staff and customers know exactly where an item is at any point in its journey. Well done to B&H Worldwide for becoming a market leader and for achieving the accolade from The Global Institute of Logistics as a Best-in-Class global aerospace logistics company.”

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KuKu Connect

Outstanding Non-Executive Director

Commenting on Philip Brooks-Stephenson, co-founder of KuKu Connect, the winner in the Outstanding Non-Executive Director category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Philip Brooks-Stephenson is an accomplished leader with a stellar career who has undertaken numerous voluntary, non-executive director (NED) and trustee roles in a wide range of enterprises including not-for-profit organisations. Incredibly, Philip is also a talented social-entrepreneur who co-founded business networking company KuKu-Connect in 2016 where he uses his vast expertise to assist not-for-profit and small and medium-sized enterprises. The list of his admirable business achievements is literally endless. Philip has built up brilliant reputation as a NED and he is a priceless asset in any organisation.”

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Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Best Employer

Commenting on Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) for going the extra mile during the pandemic to protect its staff and their mental health. Vulnerable members of staff were identified and shielded, and working from home was implemented, where possible. With many working remotely, the company stepped up its internal comms to keep people engaged and committed, and it ran a series of imaginative wellbeing initiatives. Feedback from staff was amazing and showed that they greatly appreciated the effort the company went to.”

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The Silver Fern Group

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Ms Haylee Benton, founder of The Silver Fern Group, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Haylee Benton is a serial entrepreneur who has an amazing talent for taking on failing beauty businesses in the UK and New Zealand and turning them into thriving successes. Over 15 years, she has created a game-changing global portfolio of hair, beauty and aesthetics brands under The Silver Fern Group that offers a unique concept in salons. She also developed PamperPad: a TripAdvisor-styled rating website where local people can find a trusted salon nearby. Congratulations to Haylee for her talent for remodelling businesses and making them stand out in a crowded marketplace.”

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The Silver Fern Group

Best New Business

Commenting on The Silver Fern Group, the winner in the Best New Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“The Silver Fern Group has come up with a new concept in the beauty/spa market for its branded salons in Hertfordshire, UK that combines hair, beauty and aesthetic treatments with a cocktail bar. Each client is treated like a VIP and the aim of the beautifully-designed luxury salons is to combine treatments with relaxation. Well done to The Silver Fern Group for creating a new concept in the beauty salon business and making excellent use of the full gamut of digital media that has helped it create an exceptional business.”

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The Silver Fern Group

Best Marketing

Commenting on The Silver Fern Group, the winner in the Best Marketing category, the chairman of the judges said:

“he Silver Fern Group is a cut above the rest when it comes to marketing. Its sharp approach to digital marketing has enabled it to win a major share of local markets. The company delivered a comprehensive digital and direct advertising strategy that included social media, pay-per-click and flyers offering discounts enabling it to maximise exposure to potential clients in the surrounding area. Congratulations to The Silver Fern Group for using every digital tool possible and building up a strong client base.”

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Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI)

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI), the winner in the Outstanding Support during Covid-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“The Maritime Administration, part of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) in United Arab Emirates, has given the maritime industry a major boost by digitising all its services making it easier and quicker for crew to safely return to work. During the pandemic travel restrictions and border closures around the world, left hundreds of thousands of mariners stranded onboard ships, or on shore. Maritime Administration has eased the barriers to return work through its advanced digital maritime service, helping to keep shipping and the economy moving.”

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Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI)

Best Sustainable Product/Process

Commenting on TDRA, the winner in the Best Sustainable Product/Process category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to UAE-based Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) for transforming its procurement function and turning it into a professional service that provides strategic value across the organisation. Rather than just being seen as a facilitator, TDRA has empowered its procurement team through professional training to operate as a business partner. Through collaboration and engagement with suppliers, the procurement team has looked at the longer term and applied an excellent 80/20 strategy, which focuses on the 20% of suppliers who generate 80% of value to the organisation.”

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Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)

Best Sustainable Product/Process

Commenting on TDRA, the winner in the Best Sustainable Product/Process category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to UAE-based Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) for transforming its procurement function and turning it into a professional service that provides strategic value across the organisation. Rather than just being seen as a facilitator, TDRA has empowered its procurement team through professional training to operate as a business partner. Through collaboration and engagement with suppliers, the procurement team has looked at the longer term and applied an excellent 80/20 strategy, which focuses on the 20% of suppliers who generate 80% of value to the organisation.”

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Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)

Best Procurement

Commenting on TDRA, the winner in the Best Procurement category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Over the past five years Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) in United Arab Emirates has transformed its procurement function by focusing on technology enhancement, process re-engineering and learning and development. One of the most impactful changes is training staff to become fully-qualified procurement practitioners. In the shift to supplier value management from supplier relationship management, TDRA has achieved significant savings and increasing supplier and internal stakeholder satisfaction rates. Congratulations to TDRA for successfully modernising its procurement operations and becoming a centre of excellence in procurement and supply in the telecommunication and digital sector.”

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Templeton & Partners Solutions

Best Innovation

Commenting on Templeton & Partners Solutions, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Templeton & Partners Solutions has taken on many well-known global clients against fierce competition from much larger IT recruitment agencies by being flexible and quick to adapt. To reach new customers, it has developed digital skills, launched online events and made good use of market intelligence. More than half of its staff of 25 people, originate from other countries and are multi-lingual enabling the company to build global teams and engage with tech professionals in their own language. Congratulations to Templeton & Partners Solutions for developing smart practices that have helped it become a hugely successful global player.”

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Templeton & Partners Solutions

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Templeton & Partners Solutions, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Templeton & Partners Solutions has seen strong growth by focusing on speed and service. With four international offices and a staff of 25 people speaking 25 languages, it can cater for clients anywhere in the world. The recruitment company provides specialist IT experts at short notice and, incredibly, it can put forward shortlisted candidates for interview within 72 hours. Templeton & Partners Solutions has achieved success by developing long-term partnerships with clients and giving them the flexibility of taking on staff on a temporary basis first before committing to a permanent position.”

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Templeton & Partners Solutions

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Mr Nadeem Ahmad, founder of Templeton & Partners Solutions, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Funding his IT recruitment business Templeton & Partners Solutions with only £5,000 in 1996, founder Nadeem Ahmad has turned his company into a multi-million-pound international business, with a staff of 25 and four offices across the world in under two decades. He cleverly spotted an opportunity for recruiting IT staff at short notice to clients with multiple sites across the world. Nadeem is a natural leader and entrepreneur who has triumphed by working in partnership with other recruiters, clients and candidates.”

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TEB

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Turkish Economy Bank / CEPTETEB, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said:

“TEB’s new generation digital banking platform, known as CEPTETEB, gives customers the option of managing their accounts via a hand-held mobile device without the need to visit a branch. The bank has created a sophisticated, advanced tool that offers clients fully functional transactional services, investment management, bill payments and notifications when payments are due. Well done to TEB for developing a powerful tool that delivers digital banking to customers at their fingertips helping them to better manage their finances””

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ServiceMaster Clean

Best Employer

Commenting on ServiceMaster Clean, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Siva Kugathas?for being an inspirational and motivational leader. Siva’s commercial cleaning company ServiceMaster Clean has achieved incredible growth and financial success because of his commitment to placing people at the core of his business. He has generously offered training courses to employees with no or few qualifications helping them get into employment or take up better roles. By creating an environment for staff loyalty and engagement, Siva is a role model who has professionalised his commercial cleaning business and built up an outstanding business.”

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Bantham Technology

Best Sustainable Product/Process

Commenting on Bantham Technology, the winner in the Best Sustainable Product/Process category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Bantham Technology for helping to reduce the admin burden for the NHS through digital technology giving medical staff more time to care for patients. Bantham’s integrated patient information database is currently being used by district nurses at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Using tablets, the nurses save time by having forms automatically pre-populated with patient information doing away with repetitive form filling. Not only does this save time and increase efficiency, it has cut the trust’s carbon footprint and saved it a substantial sum.”

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Oscar Onsite

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Commenting on Oscar Onsite, the winner in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Building compliance company Oscar Onsite is doing a brilliant job at resolving the cavity wall insulation (CWI) problem that has affected around six million homes. CWI was supposed to have been an energy-saving measure but because of many factors, it has caused serious issues such as dampness. Oscar Onsite is tackling the issues by training contractors and inspecting sites. Congratulations to Oscar Onsite for spotting the CWI problem and helping homeowners and contractors and improving the reputation of the construction industry.”

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Shipster

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Shipster, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Manchester-based Shipster has responded with Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic with remarkable skill. With its staff working from home, it has continued to seamlessly support its clients, who are mainly online retailers, by keeping in touch and developing new software upgrades with the latest shipping rules and a Brexit product for deal and no deal. Shipster also had the additional pressure of ensuring large quantities of vital personal protection equipment and medical supplies were delivered promptly. A huge round of applause to Shipster for the incredible way it has supported its clients through seriously challenging times.”

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Vakif Katilim

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Vakif Katilim, the winner in the Outstanding Support During Covid-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Vakif Katilim is highly deserving of this award for the exemplary way it has focused on its staff during the global pandemic. It’s ‘Health First’ initiative supports staff who were unfortunate enough to catch the virus and offers a range of health advice. Despite working from home, staff were encouraged to stretch themselves with online training schemes and apply for promotion, just as normal. Nearly 400 people have been promoted, which is a great result. Well done to Vakif Katilim for connecting and motivating staff, while they work at home.”

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Vakif Katilim

Best Information Technology

Commenting on Vakif Katilim, the winner in the Best Information Technology category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Vakif Katilim’s internal competition for a robotic project was a brilliant way to challenge staff to generate new IT ideas. One staff member from each department was trained as a robotic architect and tasked with finding an application where the technology could be applied. A competition among the robotic architects was then held to find the winners. The judges were really impressed by this creative approach because it trained more staff in robotics and identified a host of projects that could benefit from automation.”

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Bilkom Bilisim Hizmetleri A.S.

Best New Business

Commenting on Bilkom Bilisim Hizmetleri A.S., the winner in the Best New Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Despite the current challenges, ICT distributor Bilkom Bilisim Hizmetleri has achieved huge success with its new digital platform LoncaMarket launched in mid 2020. The e-commerce platform, the first of its kind in Turkey, enables IT companies to trade safely, innovatively and easily, knowing that the service is backed by Bilkom’s parent company Koc Holding. Congratulations to Bilkom for overcoming the challenges and achieving success in its first year placing LoncaMarket on track to become a major platform for IT dealers in Turkey.”

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KuKu Connect

Best Innovation

Commenting on KuKu Connect, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“KuKu Connect has to be applauded for turning the stale sales pitch model of networking into something bright, inclusive and highly productive. Using a host of online platforms and innovative services, KuKu Connect, formed in 2016, is now ranked as one of the leading networking companies in the Midlands. It generously paused client fees from March 2020 and offered free online services that have helped businesses stay connected. Thanks to KuKu Connect, during an extremely difficult time, the company has made a significant contribution to the economy by helping many enterprises form new virtual partnerships and remain positive.”

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KuKu Connect

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Stephen Goddard, Managing Director of KuKu Connect, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Stephen Goddard has refreshed the business networking model and turned his company KuKu Connect into a top networking operator in the Midlands. By being inclusive and innovative, KuKu Connect now has a community of more than 100,000 people. It is commendable that Stephen has paused fees during the pandemic and given the business community a much-needed communication outlet. Well done to Stephen for helping enterprises keep in touch, resulting in some winning new orders, forming new partnerships and making new connections.”

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Geeks Ltd

Best Innovation

Commenting on Geeks Ltd, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Geeks Foundation, the non-profit arm of software development company Geeks Ltd, has developed an incredibly useful new free app called WordUp that helps people, both English speakers and English students, improve their vocabulary. What’s brilliant about the WordUp app is that it is intuitive and easy to use. Users receive an assessment of their current English vocabulary and it identifies their knowledge gap. Congratulations to Geeks Foundation for putting technology to good use and helping more than six million people expand their word power.”

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