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 Craft Irish Whiskey Co

Best Innovation

Commenting on The Craft Irish Whiskey Co, the winner in Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. for reviving the whiskey-making art by elevating it with science. The result is expertly crafted rare whiskeys with their own unique flavour and aroma. It’s a big investment for a new company but so far it has broken the records for the most expensive inaugural whiskey sold at auction and the most expensive whiskey in the world. This is a brilliant start for The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. and a real boost for the Irish whiskey industry.”

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SunSibility

Best Product / Service Range

Commenting on SunSibility, the winner in Best Product and Service Range category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to SunSibility for designing fashionable clothes for adults and children with an ultra-violet protective material that provides protection from the sun. The UPF50 material is also chlorine resistant and quick drying, making it ideal for the beach. And it’s good to note that the products are designed and manufactured in the UK. The company’s clothing and other sun protection products especially benefits those with skin conditions such as Vitiligo, Lupus and Eczema. Well done to SunSibility for giving sun sensitive people the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors.”

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The Craft Irish Whiskey Co

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Jay Bradley, the founder of The Craft Irish Whiskey Co, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Sláinte! to entrepreneur Jay Bradley for reviving the Irish whiskey industry with his new company The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. In the 19th century, Irish whiskey dominated the market and Jay has brought the spirit back to its former glory by expertly crafting whiskey so unique they have become the most expensive in the world. Congratulations to Jay for putting mass production in its place and reviving the art of crafting superb Irish whiskey the old-fashioned way with a bit of help from science.””

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Syncord Ltd

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Syncord Ltd, the winner in Best Small to Medium Sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Against a difficult recruitment market, recruiter Syncord has produced fantastic results by building trust and good relationships with clients. Its success is based on retaining its candidate database and receiving a high volume of referrals. Its initial success has been in the construction industry, but once it moves to other more stable sectors such as education, healthcare and software, the sky is the limit for Syncord. Congratulations to Syncord for bucking the trend and achieving fast growth in turnover in its first year.” ”

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The Craft Irish Whiskey Co

Disruptor of the Year for Product or Service

Commenting on The Craft Irish Whiskey Co, the winner in the Disruptor of the Year for Product or Service category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. for shaking up the global whiskey market with a new breed of finely crafted whiskeys. By taking a premium distillate and applying the knowledge and skills of the old whiskey masters, but improving the craft with scientific processes, it has created outstanding rare whiskeys, including the most expensive in the world. Its collaborations with exclusive brands are a great move to position the brand as a high-end luxury product for private clients.”

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ServiceMaster AAA

Outstanding Employee

Commenting on Ms Kinga Derenowska of ServiceMaster AAA, the winner in Outstanding Employee category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Ms Kinga Derenowska is a devoted employee at ServiceMaster AAA who goes above and beyond every time. While working at home during lockdown on payroll, the work took much longer because all the data was in the office, yet she persevered and put in long hours to get the job done. Although it wasn’t part of her role, she often helped with cleaning jobs when staffing levels were down. Kinga is a role model employee and a great asset to ServiceMaster AAA.””

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Clearmark Solutions Ltd

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Clearmark Solutions Ltd, the winner in Best Small to Medium Sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Clearmark Solutions, a digital coding solutions company, is on a strong growth trajectory because of investments in technology and processes, and the introduction of a new customer relationship management system. Since its launch in 2001, it has achieved growth year on year, because it places the customer first and responds quickly to changing demands. It also looks after staff well and offers excellent training and development opportunities. Congratulations to Clearmark Solutions for winning 40% of the market and receiving great customer feedback.””

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ServiceMaster AAA

Best Business Transformation

Commenting on ServiceMaster AAA, the winner in the Best Business Transformation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“After purchasing an underperforming contract cleaning franchise in Guildford in 2017, Siva Kugathas has turned ServiceMaster AAA into high achieving operation with more than 430 staff and strong turnover. The secret of his success is based on building relationships and trust with clients, introducing monthly site audits and feedback forms for clients and working to the highest of standards. By expanding into new territories, employing and training people from disadvantaged backgrounds, great marketing and determination, Siva has transformed a faltering business into a leader in the cleaning industry.”

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Clearmark Solutions Ltd

Best Innovation

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

“Clearmark Solutions, a specialist in interactive coding equipment and labelling for a variety of sectors including food, beverages and pharmaceutical, has become a leader in its field through astute investment in new technology and processes. The introduction of seamless new technology, including a new sales customer relationship management system, has speeded up operations, reduced errors and helped it improve its sustainability by reducing waste. Congratulations to Clearmark Solutions for winning 40% of the labelling market by staying ahead of the game by implementing high-performance technology solutions.”

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ServiceMaster AAA

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Siva Kugathas, owner of ServiceMaster AAA, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“After fleeing war-torn Sri Lanka in 1991 and working in KFC restaurants on his arrival in the UK, Siva Kugathas took the risk and bought a franchise. He has now transformed his contract cleaning franchise company ServiceMaster AAA and expanded across England. Through his natural business acumen and exceptional public relations, Siva has achieved excellent growth and created employment for 430 people. Siva is an accomplished entrepreneur who deserves praise for employing people from diverse backgrounds, giving back to the community and showing great resilience against adversity.”

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Dubai Municipality

Disruptor of the Year for Product or Service

Commenting on Dubai Municipality, the winner in the Disruptor of the Year for Product or Service category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Dubai Municipality for transforming the country’s food industry with its My Food initiative. By digitising all sections of food management including training and transportation, My Food has had a huge impact on improving food safety, reducing the industry’s carbon footprint and cutting compliance costs for customers by 62%. For a country that imports 90% of food, Dubai Municipality has secured the safety of food and modernised an important industry that is the backbone of the country’s success.”

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Karantis360

Best Innovative and Creative Use of Technology

Commenting on Karantis360, the winner in the Best Use of Technology category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Karantis360 for inventing a revolutionary cloud-based predictive and preventive social care platform for the remote monitoring of people with Alzheimer’s, the elderly and the vulnerable. The outstanding technology gives carers and care organisations full transparency over patients in their home and provides alerts when their behaviour changes. This is a brilliant tool with huge global sales potential that enables the vulnerable and elderly to receive better care, live independently in their homes for longer and stay out of hospital.”

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Evri

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

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

“Evri takes its role in society so seriously that it recently launched an environment, social and governance strategy unit with its own head and a chief transformation officer to deliver its net zero carbon emissions target by 2035. It is also introduced electric vehicles at its hubs and depots, plus it is constantly searching for new low-carbon fuel options. Congratulations to Evri for making a huge effort to protect the environment and for delivering more than £100,000 to its charity partners.”

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Xander

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Commenting on Xander Talent, the winner in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Through its social change initiative, Xander Talent is a trailblazer for transforming work practices in global enterprises. It supports people with potential from diverse backgrounds on a pro-bono basis at its own academy. Xander cleverly trains its students in inclusion and wellbeing so that when they move into a placement, they promote the equality and diversity cause to others. In 2021, the associates dedicated 4,500 hours to organisations to promote the diversity cause. Congratulations to Xander Talent for breaking down barriers, promoting diversity and bringing in social change.”

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Evri

Best Large Business

Commenting on Evri, the winner in the Best Large Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Well done to Evri for implementing its five-year growth plan in just five months after consumer behaviour changed when parcel deliveries surged by around a third during the pandemic. Its investment in people, infrastructure and technology helped it attract another 30 new clients. In 2019-20, the company handled a staggering 650 million parcels and recently achieved an amazing 99% first-time successful delivery rate. Congratulations to Evri for accelerating change and delivering a healthy profit that will be reinvested in the business.”

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Xander

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

Commenting on Xander Talent, the winner in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award category, the chairman of the judges said:

“A round for applause to business management consultant Xander Talent for its commitment to diversity and for shaking up the recruitment market and giving people from all cultures and backgrounds a chance to shine and move into employment. It is refreshing to see a company select people on life experiences and personality rather than on their CV and grades. It even has its own academy to develop people with potential. Xander Talent is a social game-changer that is providing businesses with access to a more diverse talent pool.”

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Rabdan Academy

Best Innovative and Creative Use of Technology

Commenting on Rabdan Academy, the winner in the Best Use of Technology category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Abu Dhabi-based Rabdan Academy has transformed the learning experience for students by automating more than 20 services including student information systems and finance operations. Remote learning is supported with automated forms, correspondence, online payments and assessments. The next phase involving artificial intelligence, cloud and block chain technologies, will offer staff and students even more exciting benefits. Well done to Rabdan Academy for replacing its legacy systems with high-end solutions for performance, resulting in streamlined administration giving staff and students more time for online and classroom learning.”

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Xander

Best New Business

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

“Congratulations to business management consultant Xander Talent for making the workplace fairer by giving people who are sometimes overlooked, a training opportunity and the chance to progress their career. The company selects talented people on personality and life experiences rather than on their CV and trains them in its own academy for several months to help them become an associate business consultant and obtain a placement. Xander Talent is a unique leader in equality and diversity and highly deserving of this award for supporting people from different cultures, backgrounds and sexual orientation to reach their full potential.”

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Rabdan Academy

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

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

“Rabdan Academy’s comprehensive pandemic response protected the safety and wellbeing of its 158 employees and, at the same time, ensured the continuity of business operations. The academy’s communication strategy to keep staff engaged and motivated was excellent. With staff working remotely on laptops, it enabled classes to continue as normal via video links. Infection control measures were also first class and sanitisation within buildings exemplary. Congratulations to Rabdan Academy for maintaining the provision of educational services while protecting its staff and stakeholders and preventing the spread of the virus.”

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Dubai Municipality

Best Sustainable Product/Process

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

“Congratulations to Dubai Municipality for taking action to keep Dubai green and healthy. Its new certifying system for thermal insulation materials used in construction stops losses from air conditioning systems, shields against fire and reduces power consumption and greenhouse gas pollution. When used correctly, Dubai Municipality claims that certified thermal insulation can reduce energy expenses for a building by 50% on average, which is amazing. Introducing a certifying system for thermal insulation is a great step forward in making life more comfortable for residents and tackling global warming.”

Rabdan Academy

Best Health & Safety

Commenting on Rabdan Academy, the winner in the Best Health & Safety category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Well done to the health and safety team at Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi for being truly professional in all aspects of their work. The team’s comprehensive response plan to the pandemic crisis is outstanding and helped to protect staff and stakeholders from the deadly virus. Its other Go Green initiative to reduce water and electricity consumption and make more use of environmentally-friendly materials also produced impressive results. With zero accidents reported and compliance with health and safety regulations improving, Rabdan Academy’s health and safety record is impeccable.”

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Dubai Municipality

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

“Congratulations to Dubai Municipality for digitally transforming its procurement process. The benefits of the initiative are astounding and include reducing the procurement cycle from 210 days to an average of 23 days and saving hundreds of millions of dirhams a year. The project has also done away with the need for paper, eliminated office visits and increased employee productivity by a staggering 290%. And it has boosted employee satisfaction rates to 98% from 87%. By introducing a transparent full digital cycle to procurement, Dubai Municipality is keeping its customers and staff happy.”

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Aksigorta

Best Health & Safety

Commenting on Aksigorta, the winner in the Best Health & Safety category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Aksigorta’s health and safety policies for staff are astonishing and incomparable. The Turkish insurance company is doing just about everything possible to keep its staff fit and healthy both physically and mentally. Before the pandemic, its wellbeing initiatives were inspiring but now they are even better. Aksigorta’s WellPower app that allows people to monitor steps and sleep, and their performance in competitive company-wide events is particularly impressive. Congratulations to Aksigorta for placing the wellbeing of its staff first and foremost before anything else.”

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Auverture

Best Innovation

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

“Congratulations to Amsterdam-based Auventure, a fine jewellery marketplace, for pushing up sales internationally with its jewellery box concept that bridges the gap between physical and online shopping. The unique NFC tagging system that Auverture developed is the secret behind the success of the jewellery box. Each jewellery item is tagged using NFC technology, allowing customers to scan it on their mobile device to find out more. Giving customers the opportunity to try on the jewellery in their home has produced glittering results and raised the conversion rate to 70% with customers buying an average of two items.”

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