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:

Dubai Municipality

Best Innovative and Creative Use of Technology

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

“Dubai Municipality has rolled out a brilliant new smart system that focuses on infrastructure and planning mainly for road projects. By enabling the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to access Dubai Municipality’s shared platform, project plans and documents can be uploaded, compensation can be calculated for affected landowners, and approvals can be obtained by RTA and stakeholders. Congratulations to Dubai Municipality for digitising its planning system and enabling planning approvals to be obtained in record time, helping to speed up the implementation of new infrastructure projects that benefit Dubai’s economy.”

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Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik

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

Commenting on Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik, the winner in the Best New Product/Service less than 2 years old category, the chairman of the judges said:

“After investing in digital channels after the pandemic struck, Turkish insurer and private pension provider Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik has produced amazing results with sales increasing six-fold against 2020. The company took a pioneering approach to the fast-moving changes in customer behaviour and developed new online products and services that enables clients to buy a product online in as little as five minutes. Congratulations to Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik for responding to a challenge in an innovative way and using digital technology to turn a disaster into a success through digitisation.”

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1st Class Accounts

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on 1st Class Accounts, the winner in the Best Small-Medium sized business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to 1st Class Accounts for achieving exceptional growth because of its strong customer focus. When customers join the company, they undergo a ‘tax medical’ to enabled the company’s staff to understand their business and goals so they can align its accountancy products to their objectives. Amazingly, because of its first-class service, 99% of business is generated through referrals. Started by Yemi Ajali in 2014, 1st Class Accounts is on track to have a staff of 20 and strong growth in turnover.”

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Resource Solutions

Best Customer Focus

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

“Recruiter Resource Solutions’ highly successful customer-centric strategy coupled with its in-depth market knowledge and unique expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion has enabled it to expand to more than 60 global markets and manage hefty recruitment budgets worth billions. The fact that many clients stay with Resource Solutions for more than 20 years says it all about its professional and exemplary service. Well done to Resource Solutions for adapting and working flexibly to meet its customer’s individual requirements. ”

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Nestlé Purina PetCare

Best Innovation

Commenting on Nestlé Purina PetCare, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“With about one in five cat owners allergic to their cats and mostly unwilling to give up their furry friend, Nestlé Purina PetCare’s has developed a cat food that helps reduce allergies in owners. Research found that cats naturally produce allergens in their saliva, which is spread to their fur and skin. The company’s Pro Plan® LiveClear® cat food reduces the allergens in cats’ saliva, which lessens allergic reactions in cat owners by about 47%. Well done to Nestlé Purina PetCare for helping cat lovers and their pets enjoy a happier relationship.”

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Fluenta Solutions Ltd

Best Innovation

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

“Following the introduction of its ground-breaking ultrasonic sensing technology for measuring gas flare, Fluenta Solutions Limited has become a leader and disruptor in its market. The gas flare measurement technology has helped it win 75% of the offshore market, increase employment to 50 people and open an office in Dubai. Over the past two years, more than 50% of its revenue has come from its new invention. Congratulations to Fluenta Solutions for taking ultrasonic sensing technology to the next level and improving safety and profitability for the oil and gas industry.”

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UK Leisure Living Group

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Gareth Jones founder/owner of UK Leisure Living Group, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“After winning the Institute of Directors’ Young Director of the Year at the age of 31, Gareth Jones has gone from strength to strength. Through his ambition and drive, he has dealt admirably with many challenges and moved onto new things. As a natural progression from an existing business involving glamping construction, Gareth expanded into selling hot tubs. Well done to Gareth for creating one of the UK fastest growing hot tubs businesses in terms of volume, helping to swell the group’s turnover.”

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SunSibility

Best Customer Focus

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

“Starting by providing sun protection creams and UV protective clothing for women with lupus, SunSibility has expanded its business and now works with The Vitiligo Society, The Albinism Fellowship and other organisations to cater for a wider group of sun sensitive people. The company’s product range now includes UV protective clothing, sunglasses, shades and sun cream products for women, men and children. Congratulations to SunSibility for overcoming many challenges, finding a niche market, innovating in specialist new products and enabling people with sun sensitive skin to enjoy the great outdoors safely.”

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Yorkshire Building Society

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

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

“Congratulations to Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) for helping the homeless by partnering with charity End Youth Homelessness (EYH). YBS has gone beyond fund raising, and is supporting the charity to expand nationally, influence policy around youth homelessness and financial inclusion, and educate its staff about youth homelessness. Its innovative affordability index for up-to-date local information about wages, benefits and housing costs is especially useful for people looking for a home. This is an excellent project that enables YBS to put its housing knowledge to good use.”

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TDRA

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

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

“Congratulations to Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority for inventing a smart business card that is being used by its employees across the United Arab Emirates. The smart version does away with the paper business card and it is considerably more efficient. Employees can quickly share their job title and contact details via a mobile device or QR code. By digitising the business card, it improves the service for staff, provides cost savings and reduces the need for printing and recycling paper.”

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Creams Franchising Ltd

Best Innovation

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

“Creams Franchising is a rising brand in the dessert market. With 100 Creams cafe stores in the UK, it is now set for expansion at home and overseas. Its latest innovation Creams Dessert Poke Bowl is boosting profits and helping it achieve its goals. Based on the concept of the Japanese poke bowl where diners mix food and flavours, Creams’ dessert version contains a waffle topped with cookie dough gelato, strawberry and banana and other goodies. Well done to Creams for developing a sweet treat that has produced a tasty boost in sales.”

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Helen Taylor Aesthetics

Outstanding Personal Achievement

Commenting on Helen Taylor, the winner in the Outstanding Personal Achievement category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Helen Taylor for coming out on top when the going gets tough. While many beauty salons had to close for long periods during the pandemic, Helen managed to increase revenue by 5.45% even though her business Helen Taylor Aesthetics was only open for four months in 2020. Helen managed to achieve while others floundered by investing in new equipment, upgrading her website and streamlining business processes. Helen is a talented strategic thinker who has all the traits of a true entrepreneur and leader.”

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Hayat

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Hayat, the winner in the Outstanding Support During COVID-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Turkey-based Hayat company has been running an exceptional, heart-warming campaign called Molfix Bond with Love that aims to reduce infant deaths caused by preventable causes. The all-encompassing project for mothers, midwives and nurses has given the gift of education, psychological support for mothers and provided vital medical equipment. During the pandemic, much of the campaign was switched to video and online support. Congratulations to Hayat for running an incredibly worthwhile campaign that has reached thousands and thousands of mothers and mothers to be and medical professionals.”

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ZER

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

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

“Congratulations to ZER for running an annual competition that encourages its suppliers and customers to protect the environment, improve the quality of life for all and take gender equality seriously. An independent jury team consisting of industry professionals and subject experts evaluates all the projects. The competition is a great way for companies to share their experience and knowledge. It is highly commendable that ZER is making good use of its network to promote social responsibility and environmental awareness to the benefit of the community.”

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ZER

Best Large Business

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

“By offering its experience in procurement to companies in its group and externally to other businesses, ZER enables its clients to benefit from attractive savings from bulk purchases. As well as consultancy services and strategic management of procurement, ZER’s recently launched e-commerce platform ZerOnline has helped it achieve amazing results. ZER has achieved record growth in turnover and has been awarded a great place to work certificate. Congratulations to ZER for developing a winning business model that is helping organisations achieve value for money and increase customer satisfaction.”

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ZER

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

“Congratulations to ZER for being a brilliant pioneer in digitising purchasing. Originally, it offered centralised purchasing to the Koc Group Companies, one of Turkey's largest holdings, and later on it opened up its offering to businesses outside the group. With the onset on the pandemic, it launched its e-commerce service ZerOnline. Today ZerOnline is an impressive operation that has had a profound impact on the company – new customers leapt by 49% and turnover has soared, making ZER an outstanding leader in procurement in Turkey.”

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Vakif Katilim

Best Communication

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

“With a mission of working for the benefit of society, Vakif Katilim bank has the same attitude to its employees. Its Social Us Clubs enables employees to join a variety of groups and enjoy their favourite pastime, such as, sport, the arts or cooking. The clubs are part of an employee communication strategy that helps staff have fun, network, develop their talents and share their knowledge and experience. Congratulations for Vakif Katilim for putting resources into the social aspects of work and giving staff the opportunity to enjoy an existing hobby or try something new.”

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Vakif Katilim

Best HR

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

“Well done to Vakif Participation Bank’s HR department for introducing a new assessment centre that ensures that only the most suitable candidates get chosen for a role. The centre assesses internal applications for seven different areas of work and processes applications fairly and objectively. In an evaluation of the system of 120 applications, it was found that after six months’ performance, the average performance score was 99 compared to 76 under the previous selection process. This is an amazing outcome that will help this relatively young bank forge ahead.”

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Halkbank

Best Product / Service Range

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

“Turkey’s Halkbank has been an outstanding helping hand to its SME customers throughout the pandemic. With many smaller sized businesses struggling to survive over the past few years, the bank increased its support to them by switching nearly 53% of its commercial loans to SMEs. Its low-interest loans and zero-interest loans with government support have been an enormous help to clients. Congratulations to Halkbank for rescuing its business clients and for breaking its own record of achieving a 21.6% share of the SME loans market.”

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HalkBank

Best Sustainable Product/Process

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

“Halkbank takes environmental sustainability seriously so much so that it goes all up the way up to board level. By having comprehensive sustainability and environmental policies for many years, it has taken this a step further with the introduction of an integrated management application that monitors internal audits, targets and performance, enabling Halkbank to become the first Turkish bank to be awarded ISO50001 Energy Management System. Congratulations to Halkbank for raising awareness of climate change and taking action to cut harmful emissions and reduce energy consumption.”

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Halkbank

Best Health & Safety

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

“Well done to Turkey’s Halkbank for reducing its impact on the environment through the implementation of sustainability and environment policies. The company has been calculating its corporate carbon footprint and developing reduction strategies since 2013 and it works to continuously improve its emission reduction performance by cutting energy consumption and minimising waste from its operations. Energy consumption savings made are incredible and Halkbank helps in other ways by funding environmental projects. Its actions to protect the environment, save valuable resources and tackle climate change are inspiring.”

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Akçansa Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret AS

Best HR

Commenting on Akçansa Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret AS the winner in the Best HR category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Trough the introduction of a series of HR initiatives, Turkey’s largest cement producer Akcansa has become an employer of choice. It's recently introduced HR programme has created a work culture where people come first, employees can be themselves and feel valued. During 2020, Akcansa’s employee engagement rate jumped by 12 points, voluntary turnover decreased by 33.85% to an amazingly low of 4.3% and employment of women rose to 21%, well ahead of the sector figure of 13%. Congratulations to Akcansa’s HR team for producing some astounding results.”

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DXC Luxoft UK Ltd

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on DXC Luxoft UK Ltd, the winner in the Outstanding Support during COVID-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“DXC Luxoft UK Ltd has to be highly praised for the way it introduced a series of measures to keep its staff safe over the past few years. It implemented best practice around COVID safety and rolled out the LuxRemote guidance programme in April 2020 to support staff when working remotely. The impressive LuxRemote hub offers guidelines and tools to help teams maintain a high level of productivity, motivation and engagement. Well done to DXC Luxoft for doing everything possible to protect and support staff at an unprecedented and challenging time.”

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DXC Luxoft UK Ltd

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Commenting on DXC Luxoft UK Ltd, the winner in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said:

“To create a more sustainable and successful business, DXC Luxoft UK Ltd successfully rolled out a new diversity and inclusion policy throughout its organisation that emphasises its commitment to treating people fairly and respecting all. It is well known that businesses that embrace diversity are more successful and DXC Luxoft’s has made a step in the right direction with its inclusive policy. It has created a culture where differences are embraced and cherished. Well done to DXC Luxoft for making people feel comfortable at work where they can be themselves and feel valued.”

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