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:

PJ Lhuillier

Best Communication

Commenting on PJ Lhuillier, the winner in the Best Communication category, the chairman of the judges said: :

““Philippines-based microfinance company Cebuano Lhuillier’s Valentine’s day digital competition to win a date with actor and heartthrob Alden Richards, the company’s brand ambassador, has created a whirlwind of a PR campaign. Invented by the company’s digital team, the competition instantly appealed to its female customer base and was cleverly designed to maximise online posts about the event. The highlight was the video launch of the date itself on 14 February, which reached more than three million people. Congratulations to Cebuano Lhuillier for warming up customers to the brand and creating a fun, exciting competition.””

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Dubai Statistics Centre

Outstanding Employee

Commenting on Ms Najeeba Husain Abdulla Al Marzooqi, Dubai Statistics Centre, the winner in the Outstanding Employee category, the chairman of the judges said: :

““Ms Najeeba Marzooqi is a star employee who has excelled in all her statistical roles and shows great devotion to her employer. She has taken responsibility for many key government programmes, represents Dubai Statistics Centre at meetings with external organisations and has introduced innovative new ways of working that have cut costs and improved the quality of statistics. As an expert in statistics, it is admirable that Ms Marzooqi has played a leading role in running a statistical awareness programme for schools and universities. Ms Marzooqi is a talented individual who has an exceptional career ahead of her.””

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Garanti Bank

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

Commenting on Garanti Bank, the winner in the Best New Product / Service (less than two years old) category, the chairman of the judges said: :

““Garanti Bank’s one-stop motorcycle loan must be the fastest in the market, taking only 10 minutes to complete at point of sale by contracted dealers. By making the online auto loan system available to dealers, it makes them more appealing to consumers helping them attract more business. And it’s helping Garanti Bank win more business too. The company already has 10% of the Turkish market and this is expected to zoom ahead and at least double.” ”

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Birevim

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

Commenting on Birevim, the winner in the Best New Product/Service less than two years old category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Congratulations to Turkish lender Birevim for inventing a brilliant new loan product for larger items and achieving spectacular growth and customer satisfaction. Customers pay a single 9% commission based on the value of the purchase and there are no interest rates and customer can choose their repayment plans. With such flexibility and no exposure to rises in interest rates, Birevim only launched in 2016 yet its innovative new products are so popular that it is seeing stronger growth than the banks.”

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Turkish Economy Bank (TEB)

Best Product / Service Range

Commenting on Turkish Economy Bank (TEB), the winner in the Best New Product/Service category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“With small farmers the most vulnerable to climate change, TEB has launched a bespoke weather report service for farmers called Benim Havam that enables them to respond to minute changes in weather to help them protect their crops. The Turkish bank asked its small farmer clients what would help them the most and they said more precise weather predictions. The weather reports are issued every two days and already more than 4,000 small farmers have signed up. Benim Havam is a vital service that is helping farmers modernised their practices and secure the supply of fresh food for the country.”

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Boundless by CSMA

Best Health & Safety

Commenting on Boundless by CSMA, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Membership club Boundless by CSMA has seen startling results after undergoing a cultural transformation and becoming people focused. By creating a work environment that encourages people to do their best; profits, staff engagement, new memberships and customer retention have soared to new highs. The most effective changes are to communicate the company’s strategy to staff and encourage them to reach their full potential. The restructuring and empowerment of staff has revitalised Boundless and given it a new lease of life.”

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Birevim

Best Innovation

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

“At a time when the Turkish economy started to falter, Birevim has seen spectacular growth by bringing out ground-breaking products for niche markets. Birevim means a ‘home of my own’ and that is what it has given to those who struggle to buy their own home. Instead of interest, customers pay an upfront fee of 9% and can choose their own repayment plan. The loans can be used as a mortgage or for other items such as cars. Congratulations to Birevim for giving poorer people the opportunity to improve their lives without overburdening themselves with debt.”

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DJS (UK) Limited

Best Information Technology

Commenting on DJS (UK) Limited, the winner in the Best Information Technology category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Innovative finance/technology company DJS (UK) Limited has transformed the lending application process by building a new underwriting platform and a new scorecard system that eliminates human error and more accurately assesses customers. The scorecards are segmented into targeted groups of customers and, once fully tested, the big advantage is that they can be fully deployed within minutes. Additionally, all customer information is now held in one place, creating new efficiencies. Congratulations to DJS for improving the underwriting process and helping the company to provide faster decisions on risk for short-term loans and better customer service.”

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KEDS Academy

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

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

“Kosovo Electricity Distribution Services (KEDS) has bridged the gap in educational facilities in Kosovo by setting up its own academy in partnership with Bogazici University of Istanbul. KEDS Academy is unique in that it offers both theoretical and practical lessons for university level and high school students, which helps to make them more employable. Since the academy opened in 2014, more than 200 students have graduated with most moving into employment. Not only is this a great idea, by equipping people with the right skills, KEDS Academy is having a profound impact on the rebuilding of Kosovo.”

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DJS (UK) Limited

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on DJS (UK) Limited, the winner in the Best Small to Medium-sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“DJS (UK) Limited has seen a massive improvement in all aspects of its business performance following the implementation of an innovative, new customer administration system including a bespoke customer relation management system. The new system has resulted in calls with clients exceeding expectations rising to 89% from 54% while productivity in the number of calls made by agents rose by 28%. DJS (UK) Limited is now on a firm footing to take on any new challenges that comes it way.”

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EyeKandy

Best Innovation

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

“EyeKandy’s augmented reality (AR) product for shopping called Point and Place is a total gamer changer. It allows shoppers to see a product, such as a sofa, in their home on their phone via an app or it can be used in store on a tablet. Only launched in June 2018, Point and Place has taken the retail market by storm. Some stores have already reported a 30% increase in sales from clients using Point and Place. Congratulations to EyeKandy for using technology to help lift retail sales.”

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Boundless by CSMA

Best Employer

Commenting on Boundless by CSMA, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Membership club Boundless by CSMA has seen startling results after undergoing a cultural transformation and becoming people focused. By creating a work environment that encourages people to do their best; profits, staff engagement, new memberships and customer retention have soared to new highs. The most effective changes are to communicate the company’s strategy to staff and encourage them to reach their full potential. The restructuring and empowerment of staff has revitalised Boundless and given it a new lease of life.”

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Qualsafe Group

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

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

“Qualsafe is an agile, innovative publishing and qualifications company that has raised standards of training in first aid, health and safety and pre-hospital treatment to platinum level. By bringing out award-winning and market-leading new training products and qualifications, Qualsafe has seen strong, steady growth. Its e-learning for first-aid trainers is exceptional and ensures that they are kept up to date with new practices. Well done to Qualsafe for raising standards in first response training and helping to save more lives.”

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DJS (UK) Limited

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on DJS (UK) Limited, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“After introducing a new in-house customer admin system with its own custom-made customer relationship management (CRM) system, DJS (UK) Limited has placed customer focus high on its agenda. Its aim is to deliver the right outcomes and provide customers with the most suitable short-term loan. Contact agents now have more time to deal with clients and calls are up by 28%. Agents are also able to make the right decisions instantly because of better information from the CRM system. Congratulations to DJS (UK) Limited for undertaking such a massive customer admin project inhouse and achieving great feedback from clients.”

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Scott Lester founder of EyeKandy and Flixmedia

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Scott Lester founder of EyeKandy and Flixmedia, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Scott Lester literally rose from sweeping the floor in a technology company to owning the building the firm was based in and founding two highly successful, international technology/media firms. His first company Flixmedia helps companies maximise sales across all channels and now operates in 80 countries. His latest venture EyeKandy uses augmented reality to promote products and is also a resounding global success. Congratulations to Scott for delivering cutting-edge advanced technology tools that supports retailers around the world and for making a huge contribution to the UK and international economies.”

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Bridgetime Transport

Best Employer

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

“The fact that the nomination for this award came from staff speaks volumes and shows that they really appreciate Bridgetime Transport’s considerate policies. Despite growing from a handful of people in 2002 to 90 today, Bridgetime has retained its family values and treats staff like one big family. The company aims to take on people and apprentices from the local community in Cwmbran, Wales and those who lack work experience are also given a chance to prove themselves. As well as being a great employer, Bridgetime also supports local activities and charities. Bridgetime Transport is not only the largest employer in the vicinity, officially it’s the best employer.”

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Accra City Hotel

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

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

“Accra Hotel has become the first hotel in West Africa to become ISO certified in environmental waste and food safety policies. After a rebranding and changes in Ghana’s sustainable development and climate change policies, the hotel quickly rose to the challenge in a short space of time and brought in new food and environment practices for all aspects of the business. Energy and water consumption is now down while just about everything else is recycled or disposed of with care. Congratulations to Accra Hotel for achieving the impossible at short notice and raising standards to an international level.”

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Tratos Ltd

Best Innovation

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

“Electrical cable manufacturer Tratos UK has revolutionised the cable market with a new innovative safety coating called Tratos JBA®. Jointly developed with the company’s headquarters in Italy, the new coating is fire-resistance to the highest of standards, acid proof and non-corrosive; and able to function in the worst of natural and industrial environments. The impact Tratos JBA® has had on the business is astounding. Sales have leapt by a staggering 1,900% over the past four years! Congratulations to Tratos for doing its research into the failings of existing cables and generating a major breakthrough in electrical cables.”

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Cebuana Lhuillier

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

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

“Philippine-based micro financial company Cebuana Lhuillier’s programme of forums to help locals prepare for a natural calamity such as a typhoon, flooding, fire or earthquake will help save lives. The aim of the forums called ‘All Sectors In: Making Everyone Disaster-Resilient’ is to help communities prepare for disaster and set up collaborations with rescue organisations. The company also generously provided fire marshals with free insurance. This is a great educational programme in emergency planning and a good start to helping the most vulnerable in the Philippines cope with disaster brought on by climate change. ”

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Turkish Economy Bank (TEB)

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Turkish Economy Bank (TEB), the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said: :

““In order to become a top three bank in Turkey, TEB has focused on providing really useful add-on services to clients. This includes training 600 relationship managers to act as consultants to its small business clients. The majority of clients are micro businesses and the new consultants are providing them with desperately needed specialist advice on exporting, sales and production etc. This is a well thought out new service that has turned TEB’s relationship with its business clients into a beneficial partnership that will strengthen the small businesses sector in Turkey.””

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Consumer Intelligence

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

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

““Consumer Intelligence (CI) is a fast-growing data analytics company that has proved itself to be a true game-changer in the consumer research market helping businesses to listen to their customers. It has developed unique methods for gathering meaningful and intelligent data from consumers using mystery shopping and many other techniques that clients can incorporate into their service and marketing. After achieving success in the financial services market, Consumer Intelligence is now about to revolutionise the retail banking and energy sectors. Congratulations to Consumer Intelligence for changing the way businesses see their customers.””

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Utility Point

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

Commenting on Utility Point, the winner in the Best New Product/Service (less than two years old) category, the chairman of the judges said: :

““Energy company Utility Point has helped consumers across the nation reduce their monthly outgoings by providing some of the cheapest gas and electricity. Not only does it offer some of the lowest prices, it offers a range of options including fixed and tracker products linked to wholesale prices. By giving customers choice, transparent prices and no exit fees, the company has attracted an enviable number of customers. Congratulations to Utility Point for shaking up the energy market and putting customers in control of their bills.””

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Home Energy Scotland

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Home Energy Scotland, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said: :

““Home energy advisory service Home Energy Scotland has transformed its service by focusing on customers instead of statistics and targets. It identified a need for change and refocused services by putting the customer at the heart of everything it does. Its response rate to customer surveys is now 20% from 8% and its call quality and customer satisfaction rates exceed targets. By improving its services, the government-funded organisation is improving the quality of life for its customers helping them save energy and reduce their fuel bills.” ”

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Divido

Best Innovation

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

““Retail finance platform Divido is a game-changer that has introduced a new fast, instant loans platform that clients can use at their checkout. Previously consumers could be put off buying large-ticket items because they didn’t want to pay a large amount or take out an expensive loan. Divido is different from competitors in that it offers a panel of lenders, multiple currencies and an omnichannel available instore and online. Since its launch in 2015, Divido now works with 800 clients and has a strong track record of getting the cash tills ringing helping clients achieve dramatically higher sales.” ”

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