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:

The Success Door

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Ms Neetu Rishi, founder of The Success Door, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Ms Neetu Rishi, who describes herself as a passionpreneur, has spread the word about entrepreneurialism and helped many young people achieve their dreams through her mentoring and image company The Success Door based in Texas, USA. To date, she has personally mentored more than 250 pupils and many of them have gone on to achieve great success in business. She’s even taken on three high school leavers herself. Neetu has a great understanding of the power of words and is gifted at influencing and motivating people.”

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Mentors4Dentists

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Dr Sefaakor Adjo Ahiaku, the winner in the Outstanding Support during Covid-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“With the future uncertain for final years students and foundation dentists as they transition to work during the pandemic, Dr Sefaakor Adjo Ahiaku launched an online mentoring service called Mentors4Dentists. Her first Q&A session with a few colleagues attracted a handful of final year students and three months later it has attracted more than 1,000 dental students from all around the country. Congratulations to Sefaakor for building her platform into an established educational tool and bridging the gap in education for dentists about to start work.”

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Custom-Media

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Commenting on Custom-Media, the winner in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said:

“With many people’s livelihoods lost because of the global pandemic, Custom-Media in Japan came to the rescue with the launch of Connect, a free digital marketing platform that offers companies, charities and individuals a chance to promote themselves to new audiences. Connect has put businesses and individuals in touch, created a total reach of 5,000 plus on social media, raised funds for charities and generated business leads. This is a brilliant effort by Custom-Media that has given give Japan a real boost in these challenging and unprecedented times.”

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KuKu Connect

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on KuKu Connect, the winner in the Outstanding Support during COVID-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Throughout the pandemic, business networking organisation KuKu Connect has given selflessly to the wider commercial community by putting its business activities on hold and focusing on helping other companies. Subscription fees were paused and it offered a range of free services to companies including a daily video bulletin, humorously called Carry on KuKu, offering business tips and calls for funding raising for PPE. The KuKu Cocktail Hour Facebook networking event was another great idea. Well done to KuKu Connect for being a positive force during a national crisis.”

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RapidValue Solutions

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on RapidValue Solutions, the winner in the Outstanding Support during COVID-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“During the pandemic crisis, RapidValue Solutions put its staff first and made a brilliant effort to protect jobs, keep its people safe and maintain customer service. There have been no layoffs or pay cuts and annual bonuses were still paid. To support working at home, the company made sure people had the right equipment and innovative ways were deployed to keep staff engaged. Customers were supported with excellent communication from the delivery teams. RapidValue’s response was well planned and executed enabling it to run almost as normal without disruption to customers.”

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Y2 Learn Driver Training

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Neil Wrightman owner of Y2 Learn Driver Training, the winner in the Best Small to Medium-Sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Neil Wrightman’s passion for road safety has led him to create a highly successful business Y2 Learn Driver Training that trains driving instructors to the highest level and become a partner in a road safety company The Honest Truth. To his credit, Neil has won a host of awards and this one is equally deserving. Congratulations to Neil for building an outstanding business that has grown by word of mouth and becoming a leading ambassador for road safety in his locality of Leicestershire.”

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Beauty Works

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Penelope Cheshire, founder of Beauty Works, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Penelope Cheshire for building a £50 million global brand in only a decade that sells hair extensions to 180 countries. After setting up Beauty Works in 2009, a she sold it 10 years later to a US conglomerate and continues to run the British operations. It is also commendable that Penelope supports women from underprivileged backgrounds in Manchester helping them to get ahead in the workplace. Growth of the business is incredible and even in the pandemic it has continued to thrive. Penelope is one of the UK’s most inspiring entrepreneurs.”

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Chíc Creations Heaven (CCH Property Services) Ltd

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Chíc Creations Heaven Property Services, the winner in the Outstanding Best Small to Medium Size Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“The owner of Chic Creations Heaven Property Services Daniel Matthew Foster has transformed his life and the life of others by buying a few rusty old tools on Facebook and starting a gardening and handyman service. By training homeless people in building skills, the company soon expanded to offer an extended range of building services. Chic Creations has proven that it has a great business model and, post-Covid, there is no doubt that it will achieve its ambitious plans for franchising and converting derelict buildings into hostels.”

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SAS Consultancy Service

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on SAS Consultancy Service, the winner in the Best Small to Medium Sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Despite the lockdown from March 2020, SAS Consultancy Service, a provider of social media management, has continued to thrive and grow its business. Only three years old, the company saw turnover increased by almost half over the previous year and has a waiting list of new clients ready to onboard. By being flexible, adaptable, supporting its clients and advancing the development of new products, SAS Consultancy Service has risen to the challenge and flourished in one of the most difficult times in recent history.”

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Vika Books

Best Innovation

Commenting on Vika Books, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Vika Books for making a major breakthrough in helping frustrated parents communicate with their pre-speech babies using sign language. Realising that teaching material on British Sign Language (BSL) was limited, Vika’s founder Victoria Forrest developed a book with a smartphone app called Where is the bird?, which enables parents and their child to share and identify images. The BSL system can be used by parents with hearing children and it helps babies who are deaf learn BSL earlier. The judges predict Where is the bird? is set to become a best seller in the parenting market.”

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Vika Books

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Vika Books, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Graphic designer Victoria Forrest has built up her business Vika Books on innovative thinking and developing cutting-edge techniques that have blurred the lines between traditional print, fine-art publishing and multi-media technology. Her extensive knowledge of design and production, and attention to detail has resulted in exciting new concepts and award-winning designs. Her latest invention Where is the bird? is a major breakthrough in helping parents communicate with pre-speech babies. Victoria is a creative powerhouse who has merged traditional print with multi-media and created endless possibilities.”

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Vika Books

Best New Product / Service (less than 2 years old)

Commenting on Vika Books, the winner in the Best New Product/Service (less than 2 years old) category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Vika Books has invented an ingenious technology to help deaf and hearing babies playfully communicate with adults using British Sign Language (BSL). With teaching material on BSL sparse, Vika Books developed an augmented-reality tool called Where is the bird?, consisting of a book with illustrations and a smartphone app. The system helps deaf babies learn BSL earlier and pre-speech babies communicate. Congratulations to Vika Books for inventing a new product that helps little ones take their first steps in the development of communication and a stronger bond with their parents.”

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Samuel Leeds

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Samuel Leeds, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Starting out in business aged 17, Samuel Leeds borrowed money from relations for his first property and soon built up a property empire worth millions and started sharing his experience with others through his training company Property Investors. As a committed Christian, he makes an amazing contribution to charities in the UK and overseas through the Samuel Leeds Foundation. He also set up a business network of Christian entrepreneurs. One of the youngest high-flying entrepreneurs in the UK, Samuel is blessed with a powerful and incredible talent for combining business and philanthropy that is transforming lives all over the world.”

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VHR

Best Innovation

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

“Global technical recruitment consultancy VHR has developed an ethical way of dealing with geographical staff shortages in the aerospace, automotive, engineering and marine industries. In countries where there is a lack of skilled staff, working alongside clients, VHR trains local people and gets them into employment thereby helping to alleviate poverty in poorer countries. Hundreds of people have undergone training and changed their lives. By taking a fresh approach, London-based VHR has seen fantastic growth in turnover. It now operates in 52 countries, has won a host of awards and has an excellent client retention rate.”

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iMINDS

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on iMINDS, the winner in the Best Small to Medium Size Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“IT staffing company and service provider iMINDS is an exceptionally inventive company that has gained ground into the overcrowded IT market in the US with a new proposition and won itself a substantial client base. Realising that IT staff are often costly and may not have the most up-to-date skills, the owners, who are Indian natives, opened up a centre in India to train local people with existing IT knowledge in the skills required by the US market. Congratulations to iMINDS for making headway in a highly competitive market and achieving solid growth.”

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iMINDS

Best New Business

Commenting on iMINDS, the winner in the Best New Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“iMINDS has become the fastest-growing IT staffing company and service provider in the United States by training potential recruits at its own IT educational centre in India, where the owners originate from. By recruiting people with IT skills and training them at its centre to provide high-quality functional and technical expertise across all product suits, iMINDS is able to offer its clients fully-trained IT professionals at a reasonable cost. Congratulations to iMINDS for taking on the IT staffing market and gaining a stronghold in only a few years.”

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Democracy Counts

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Democracy Counts, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Founder of electoral software company Democracy Counts Simon Verdon is one of the UK’s most dynamic entrepreneurs who has modernise the voting process. You could say Simon has transformed British democracy through the introduction of his cutting-edge electoral software such as online anti-fraud checks for postal votes and his Elector Centre. Traditionally, the electoral process was outdated and poorly managed and, despite initial resistance from councils, Simon persevered and can claim that his ground-breaking, world-class software has transformed the electoral process and improved citizen engagement and participation.”

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Turk Ekonomi Bank AS

Best Innovation

Commenting on Turk Ekonomi Bankasi the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Turk Ekonomi Bankasi new mobile business banking platform, known as SME Digital, gives business owners instant access to their financial information at their fingertips putting them in full control of their business and enabling them to better manage the relationship with clients. SME Digital provides a comprehensive range of services and tools that delivers real-time information on everything from daily transactions to client accounts. Congratulations to Turk Ekonomi Bankasi for developing an incredibly useful digital platform that positions it as the go-to bank for SMEs.”

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VHR

Best Employer

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

“Global technical recruitment consultancy VHR impressed the judges with its ethical recruitment processes that fully supports candidates and employees. VHR operates in 52 different countries and it hires and trains local people in poorer countries helping them to change their lives. VHR also has onsite offices in some locations where staff are permanently seconded to clients to protect candidates from modern slavery or mistreatment, which is truly outstanding. VHR knows only too well that happy, engaged and motivated staff deliver the best customer services and its stunning results prove the theory.”

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iMINDS

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Ms Lakshmi Nallamothu of iMINDS, the winner in the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Founder and CEO of IT staffing company iMINDS, Ms Lakshmi Nallamothu has nurtured her company from kitchen table into becoming the fastest-growing IT staffing company in the US with operations in the US and India. Lakshmi had always wanted to run her own business and when she realised that the market needed highly trained IT staff at a reasonable cost, she jumped at the chance. Highly motivated and determined, Lakshmi can now boast a multi-million-dollar business in only a few years.”

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Democracy Counts

Best Innovation

Commenting on Democracy Counts, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Democracy Counts has brought the electoral process into the 21st century by introducing innovative electoral management software to local authorities and central government; and referendum and ballot services to private and community organisations. By identifying a gap in the market and developing a suite of innovative products, Democracy Counts has modernised an area that amazingly had been untouched by new technology. Democracy Counts has taken the market by storm and won itself a large number of long-standing major public sector clients and improved public engagement and participation in the democratic process.”

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Seven Capital

Best Customer Focus

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

“Property investment company Seven Capital has built its success on providing an exclusive, top-class turnkey service to its customers. Its 360-degree service covers everything from reserving a property to aftersales care and has helped it attract thousands of customers, receive excellent feedback from them and a repurchasing rate of a staggering 32%. The customer comes first every time with Seven Capital and each client has their own service coordinator to guide them through the investment property process. Well done to Seven Capital for setting the highest of standards in its industry.”

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UKWSL

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on UKWSL, the winner in the Best Small to Medium-sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to UKWSL for making a tremendous contribution to improving waste management particularly in the area of landfill diversion. It has saved 99% of its clients’ trash from landfill sites, which has helped them reach their target of zero waste going to landfill sites. This is a fantastic achievement that has resulted in UKWSL being identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 companies to Inspire Britain and one of the fastest-growing SMEs. With waste management a major issue, it’s great to see positive action being taken.”

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Proactive Wellbeing Clinic

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Proactive Wellbeing Clinic, the winner in the Best Small to Medium-sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Launched in 2001, private clinic Proactive Wellbeing Clinic has seen exceptional growth and now offers a wide range of cutting-edge treatments including podiatry, osteopathy, acupuncture, sports massage and wellbeing therapies. It is firmly established with a client database of thousands, an impeccable reputation and an impressive list of awards to its name. Congratulations to Proactive Wellbeing Clinic for working to a robust business plan, achieving healthy outcomes and helping people in the Rochester area of Kent have more fulfilling and pain-free lives.”

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