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:

Armstrong Priestley

Commenting on the award to Armstrong Priestley, in the Best Employer category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Armstrong Priestley, a specialist in automatic fire sprinklers, wisely believes that as its staff spend the majority of their time at work, it has a duty to make their time in the workplace as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. It offers a host of creature comforts such as free tea and coffee and showers, plus great opportunities to get to the top. Its people are amply rewarded for their loyalty and efforts and, consequently, staff retention is high. Congratulations to Armstrong Priestley for taking such a thoughtful approach to being an employer.”

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Bright HR

Commenting on the award to Bright HR, in the Best Communication category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Bright HR is a smart and lively new people management software company that knows how to get noticed. To create brand interest, it conducted some research and produced a report called It Pays to Play to highlight the importance of recreation during work time. Launched at a major conference with a Google cardboard VR game, created by its own software developers, and backed up with a full multi-media PR campaign, it has created a name for itself and endless media coverage. It is always refreshing to award companies that come up with sparkling and new and exciting ideas.”

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Kyocera Document Solutions

Commenting on the award to Kyocera Document Solutions (KDUK), in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“KDUK's approach to preserving the environment and acting as a responsible corporate citizen is exemplary that goes beyond the product design of printers and copiers. It was one of the first companies to partner with Responsible 100, an online platform that publishes and evaluates companies social, environmental and ethical policies in a transparent way. KDUK also goes out of its way to get involved in local and national environmental organisations and it is a great supporter of charities. It even has its own green partner programme. With the community and environment deeply entrenched in its core philosophy, KDUK is a clear winner.”

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Littlefish

Commenting on the award to Littlefish in the Best Customer Focus category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“By placing customers at the heart of its operations, managed IT services company Littlefish is experiencing extraordinary fast grow. The judges were impressed by the way it employs technical experts rather than sales people and each client has a dedicated service account manager. Providing customers with a bespoke, flexible portfolio of services that are molded to their needs, clients come first every time. With a customer satisfaction rate of 92%, which is astronomically high, it is obvious that Littlefish is a company that constantly strives for excellence in everything it does.”

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Davis Construction

Commenting on the award to Davis Construction in the Best Small to Medium Sized Business category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“After undergoing a rebranding and developing a new strategy for taking on larger projects, Davis Construction has transformed itself into a fast growing enterprise that focuses on quality of workmanship, staff training, high standards of health and safety, and giving back to the community. Davis Construction is an expert at delivering complex projects and it prides itself on completing building works on time and to budget. Easier said than done, but with a track record of no complaints about finished projects, Davis Construction is a company that keeps to its word.”

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Wimbledon NeuroCare

Commenting on the award to Wimbledon NeuroCare in the Best Small to Medium Sized Business category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Neuro diagnostic provider Wimbledon NeuroCare has built up an impressive list of clients including the NHS and private hospitals in the UK and overseas by employing first-class consultants and having well planning and thought out care pathways. It provides patients and medical consultants with a timeframe of anticipated care, which ensures that the case moves along in a structured way through the clinical process. The judges also noted that amount of effort Wimbledon NeuroCare puts into obtaining feedback from customers to constantly improve the service is exceptional.”

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Finegreen Associates

Commenting on the award to Finegreen Associates in the Best Small to Medium Size Business category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Through its commitment to providing value for money and a professional service, Finegreen Associates has defied market trends and achieved remarkable results in the healthcare recruitment market. Under Finegreen's excellent leadership, it has grown turnover, taken on more staff and won many more placements particularly in the executive and non-executive search sector. Its success can be firmly placed on its strategy to build long-term relationships with clients and to fully understand their recruitment needs. Highly ambitious and keen to increase its market share, Finegreen is in good shape for more exciting achievements.”

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Consumer Intelligence Ltd

Commenting on the award to Consumer Intelligence Ltd for Best Product/ Service Range, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Congratulations to specialist marketing company Consumer Intelligence Ltd for finding a niche market of benchmarking products where there is little data available, such as the price of the dollar or car insurance. By conducting its own mystery shopping and data gathering, it provides valuable information to its clients on opaque products. Working with the banks and insurance companies, Consumer Intelligence is disclosing information that is utterly priceless. The products it has developed have also become a recognised as standard of excellence, which is a real accolade.”

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Nef Turkey

Commenting on the Best Business Award to Nef Turkey for Best Innovation, the chairman of judges said::

“Nef have introduced a new level of innovation in the real estate market to help people get more from their homes. One of their outstanding ideas is 'Foldhome' which is a new concept in shared facilities with tenants having access to Playstation rooms, music rooms and even in-house cinemas among other unique facilities. Nef have also developed innovative new financial products to help people into home ownership. Many congratulations to Nef for listening to customers and developing a range of services that have breathed new life into real estate.”

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First Fence Ltd

Commenting on the award to First Fence Ltd in the Best Product/ Service Range category, the chairman of the judges said::

“Congratulations to First Fence for transforming its business into a fast, responsive and competitive enterprise that goes to great lengths to provide its customers with the best products and service possible. First Fence has stayed ahead in its industry by having in-house manufacturing and offering a 24/7 sales service, which is unusual for the building sector. It is able to deliver on time and provide a same-day service because it has branches and a fleet of delivery vans all over the country. Well done to First Fence for providing a one-stop solution and for going the extra mile for its customers.”

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Nef Turkey

Commenting on the award to Nef Turkey for Best Marketing, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Real estate company Nef Turkey has been selling properties like hot cakes with its Nef Seyrantepe 39 marketing campaign. By focusing on its target market and using word-of-mouth publicity techniques, news of the development spread like wildfire. Amazingly, all the properties sold in one hour and 48 minutes on the same day it was released. This is an incredible success rate, proving just how effective Nef's marketing strategy was. It has also made it customers realise that they have to act quickly to bag a Nef property. With marketing strategies like this, Nef Turkey is destined for even greater success.”

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First Fence

Commenting on the award to First Fence Ltd for Best Small to Medium Sized Business, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“By moving with the times and investing in manufacturing, permanent and temporary security fencing company First Fence has become a leader in its sector. It has responded well to increased demand for security fencing in a number of sectors, including railways and aviation, by introducing new ways of working, making sure it always has stock available and opening multiple sites across the UK to speed up delivery. Turnover is now soaring ahead and it is now widely recognised as the place to go for specialist fencing.”

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Schnell Solutions

Commenting on the award to Schnell Solutions Limited, in the Best Innovation category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“When Schnell Solutions, a software specialist for web and mobile applications, was charged with building a web portal to collect data on bullying from school children for the National Children's Bureau, it was a considerable technical challenge. The web portal had to be national, self-service, low maintenance, cost effective and easy to use. Schnell Solutions overcame all of the hurdles and after six months with more than 285,000 pieces of data collected from 12,000 children, it is a resounding success. Congratulations to Schnell Solutions for helping a national charity fight back against the bullies.”

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Octavia Housing

Commenting on the award to Octavia Housing, in the Best Communication category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Octavia Housing has cleverly maximised every publicity opportunity for its 150-year anniversary book called A Life More Noble, which is based on the story of its founder Victorian social reformer Octavia Hill. It Iooked beyond its core stakeholders and incorporated into the book the views from a mix of celebrities, politicians and actors, as well as staff and customers on London's housing issues. Making the most of social media, a VIP launch, press coverage, website articles and internal communications, Octavia achieved priceless media coverage. Distributed in seven major book stores, due to popular demand, the book is now in its second print run.”

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Halo Financial Ltd

Commenting on the award to Halo Financial Ltd, in the Best Customer Focus category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“By focusing on foreign currency exchange and personal service, Halo Financial is beating the banks at their own game and offering cheaper trading rates. The broker has worked hard to get where it is. It monitors currency exchange rates 24/7 and provides each client with their own qualified technical adviser to ensure they get the best rates for their currency transactions. Consequently, Halo Financial receives top scores from customers and has seen double digit growth over the past two years. Congratulations to Halo Financial for shaking up the foreign exchange market.”

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Smart E-Assessor Limited

Commenting on the award to Fiona Hudson-Kelly, Smart E-Assessor Limited, in the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Supported by her family and funded by a small inheritance, Fiona Hudson-Kelly has invented an incredibly useful tool that helps apprentices manage their workload, meetings with assessors and deadlines for written work. Fiona got her big break when a training company brought her Smart Assessor tool. After that news about the tool spread like wildfire. After only four years, Fiona now employs 28 people and has a healthy turnover. Now in product development mode, Smart E-Assessor is tipped to come up with more new and exciting ideas.”

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Cigna Finans Emeklilik

Commenting on the award to Cigna Finans Emeklilik in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said::

“With around 40% of cancers preventable, Cigna Finans Emeklilik has been running a vital wellbeing roadshow to make people more aware about healthy living that coincides with the launch of its Yes Life No Cancer insurance product. It is also commendable that Cigna Finans donates five Turkish Lira to the Turkish Cancer Association for every policy taken out. An excellent, far reaching campaign aimed at all sections of the population that will have a positive effect on the health of the Turkish nation.”

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The Sign Group

Commenting on the award to The Sign Group, in the Best Innovation category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“Congratulations to The Sign Group for lighting up the world with its revolutionary NeonPlus?? LED alternative to traditional glass neon. Made of acrylic, NeonPlus?? lighting doesn't break easily like glass and it doesn't use toxic gases. The Sign Group has moved display lighting into a new era where almost any colour, size and shape can be created. NeonPlus?? is a fantastic British-made invention that has captured the imagination of architects and designers and, already sold to Japan, Russia, China and Dubai, it is taking the export market by storm.”

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Kebony

Commenting on the award to Kebony in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said::

“With a third of the world's rainforests disappearing over the past 50 years, Kebony's innovative way of enhancing softwoods grown in sustainable forests is a brilliant way of making the most of limited resources while helping to reduce deforestation. The advantage of Kebony technology is that it is low cost and creates high performing wood. The company has opened up a new market in sustainable woods and Kebony products are already being used in building projects all over the world. Congratulations to Kebony for producing a ground-breaking technology that will have a huge impact globally.”

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T??rk Ekonomi Bankas?? A.??

Commenting on the award to T??rk Ekonomi Bankas?? A.?? (TEB), in the Best New Product / Service (less than two years old) category, the Chairman of the Judges said::

“TEB's Sanal Hesap, a virtual account for corporate clients, introduces a new service that speeds up the reconciliation of incoming payments. Designed for corporate clients with high volumes of incoming funds, the virtual account automates reconciliation enabling clients to gain from faster processing and more transparency over activities. Most of all, by taking advantage of new digital technologies, TEB has to be praised for cutting operational and processing costs, and providing higher service levels for its business clients.”

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Do??u?? Holding A??

Commenting on the award to Do??u?? Holding A?? in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said::

“Do??u?? Group has shown great responsibility to the community in the way it has sponsored an important campaign with the Ministry of Education in Turkey to help school children learn the lessons about personal finance. The programme called The Three Piggy Banks aims to reach half a million students in 81 cities. With financial literacy linked to making better personal finance decisions in the future and, ultimately, to the success of the economy, the campaign is playing an important role in Turkey's economic growth.”

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Cigna Finans Emeklilik

Commenting on the award to Cigna Finans Emeklilik in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said::

“With around 40% of cancers preventable, Cigna Finans Emeklilik has been running a vital wellbeing roadshow to make people more aware about healthy living that coincides with the launch of its Yes Life No Cancer insurance product. It is also commendable that Cigna Finans donates five Turkish Lira to the Turkish Cancer Association for every policy taken out. An excellent, far reaching campaign aimed at all sections of the population that will have a positive effect on the health of the Turkish nation.”

Visit the Cigna Finans Emeklilik Website

First Fence Ltd

Commenting on the award to First Fence Ltd in the Best Product/ Service Range category, the chairman of the judges said::

“Congratulations to First Fence for transforming its business into a fast, responsive and competitive enterprise that goes to great lengths to provide its customers with the best products and service possible. First Fence has stayed ahead in its industry by having in-house manufacturing and offering a 24/7 sales service, which is unusual for the building sector. It is able to deliver on time and provide a same-day service because it has branches and a fleet of delivery vans all over the country. Well done to First Fence for providing a one-stop solution and for going the extra mile for its customers.”

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Agent42 EMEA Ltd

Commenting on the award to Lauren Tauben, Founder and Chief Executive of Agent42 EMEA Ltd, in the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the Chairman of the judges said::

“In only a few years Lauren Tauben has created a highly successful international marketing and communications company Agent42 EMEA by setting up an office-free business. Taking advantage of the latest technology, her five employees work from home with meetings held in private members' club. In an age where women are starting to become recognised as thriving entrepreneurs, Lauren has broken the rules and defied convention. Driven by creativity and a passion for delivering outstanding work, she has taken on many household-name clients and has a healthy turnover. Congratulations to Lauren for doing things differently and achieving fantastic success.”

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