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:

X4 Group Ltd

Best Employer

Commenting on X4 Group Ltd, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Global recruitment business X4 Group is highly deserving of this award for putting job security first for its staff during the pandemic. By acting quickly in a crisis and realigning its entire business in the UK, USA and New Zealand with more resilient markets, it has retained all its staff and continued with its graduate recruitment programme. The judges were particularly impressed by X4 Group’s meritocratic structure that sees many trainees rise to the top. X4 Group’s excellent range of staff benefits and its improved track record in gender and equality, makes it a great place to work.”

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Salonology

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

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

“After successfully running a day spa and beauty salon, Hollie and Ryan Power capitalised on their knowledge and launched Salonolgy to offer coaching to salon owners to help them become more successful. With salons more or less closed down by the pandemic, Salonlogy has given its industry a real boost by running a daily Facebook group that has helped salon owners become more positive and think beyond Covid-19. Well done to Hollie and Ryan for staging a double-act and creating a community that has given salon owners much more than coaching but vital support through an extremely difficult time.”

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WePlay Esports

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on WePlay Esports, the winner in the Outstanding Support During Covid-19 category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Ukraine-based gaming company WePlay Esports has risen to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic by running a charitable event called WeSave! Charity Play. Organised in record time, WeSave! Charity Play, an online Dota 2 marathon, took place in March 2020 with twenty-four teams participating. Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for CEPI, a vaccines research organisation, and GlobalGiving, a global charity that provides medical aid, WePlay Esports has put its talents to good use and played its part in the development of vaccines to combat Covid19 virus.”

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Akbank

Best Customer Focus

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

“Akbank, one of the largest banks in Turkey, has transformed the Call Center into Customer Contact Center to become a customer and user experience focused "Experience Center" that offers proactive sales and services with analytical support, complementing digital channels. Not only during the call, but also before and after call experience and expectation of customer which is refer to omnichannel experience was designed to provide the best experience. While meeting the customers's and staffs’ needs, integrated solutions were developed in all relevant channels. Congratulations to Akbank for improving customer experience and creating more loyalty.”

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Progress Care

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Progress Care, the winner in the Outstanding Support During Covid-19 category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“After seeing the devastation Coronavirus was causing in Italy earlier in 2020, Progress Care was quick to lock down earlier than other care homes to protect its vulnerable residents both young and old. Non-essential visitors were asked not to attend care homes, virtual forms of communication were set up so residents could keep in touch with loved ones, and community staff were reassigned to other roles such as drivers, helping staff to avoid public transport. Congratulations to Progress Care for having the foresight to act quickly and keep people safe.”

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BroadwayHD

Best Customer Focus

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

“Although the curtains are down because of the global pandemic, BroadwayHD has brought the magic of theatre to people all around the world with its online digital streaming subscription service of live stage productions. By upgrading the platform and giving people access to the service across all devices, offering a free trial and constantly expanding its library of productions, BroadwayHD has doubled its customer base. Well done to BroadwayHD for helping people to chase off lockdown blues by watching their favourite stage show from the comfort on own home.”

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BroadwayHD

Best Innovation

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

“Congratulations to BroadwayHD for being the first to introduce a subscription service offering online streaming of well-known stage productions, such as 42nd Street, Cats and Miss Saigon, to theatre lovers all around the world. Developing the platform was a considerable challenge. However, the recent upgrade, which is a next-generation video-on-demand service that operates across multiple platforms and devices, makes the service even more widely available. The secret of BraodwayHD’s success is the high-quality digital recording of stage productions using high-definition cameras that captures the magic of theatre and makes people feel they are sitting in the front row.”

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VIP Daycare Centre

Best Innovation

Commenting on VIP Daycare Centre, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“After becoming aware of how expensive and inadequate dementia care facilities can be, trained dementia specialist Natalie Allcock realised that there was an urgent need for a new approach. To provide high quality care at a reasonable cost, Natalie launched VIP Day Centre in Worcestershire. People with dementia are given individual care with specialists brought in when needed. That was five years ago and today the company has two care centres and Natalie is looking to franchise the business. Congratulations to VIP Daycare Centre for improving standards of care and providing urgently needed dementia care services.”

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Gallagher Group

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Pat Gallagher of the Gallagher Group, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Pat Gallagher has all the qualities of a shrewd entrepreneur. It all started in 1973 with a JCB digger, an instinct about ragstone quarries in Kent and a truckload of ambition. Today Pat’s construction company Gallagher Group is a multi-million-pound business with a staff of 500 people. Pat has also made significant donations to many local organisations including Maidstone Football Club and a host of charities. His commitment to training young people in construction is impressive. Congratulations to Pat for his outstanding contribution to business and his generosity to his community.”

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New Skills Academy

Outstanding Personal Achievement

Commenting on New Skills Academy, the winner in the Outstanding Personal Achievement category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Congratulations to Chris Morgan for being the first to dream up the idea of leisure learning where people learn about a subject out of interest and enjoyment. While fighting his inner demons, he battled on and set up online training company New Skills Academy in 2014, which has now become a family-run business. Today New Skills Academy is a runaway success offering 740 online accredited courses in 23 categories in the UK and USA. Business was slow at first but with online learning becoming almost the norm, Chris got in first and is streaks ahead of the market.”

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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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