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:

Suits Me

Best Customer Focus

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

“Congratulations to Suits Me for living up to its reputation of putting people first before profit. It offers bank accounts to the 1.3 million people who do not have bank accounts, including non-UK nationals, and it caters for the individual requirements of its diverse customer base. Its dedicated, in-house, multilingual customer care team speak nine languages and each client has its own account manager. Its excellent approach to customer service has enabled Suits Me to achieve top reviews on Trust Pilot.”

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Suits Me

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Matthew Saunders, founder of Suits Me, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to philanthropist Matthew Saunders for giving the 1.3 million people without a bank account access to banking. Often some foreign nationals, who undertake temporary work in the UK, find it difficult to open a mainstream bank account. Matthew has cracked this problem and come up with a product that gives these workers a full-service account with online banking, a mobile app, direct debits, standing orders and a Visa debit card. By putting people before profit, Matthew has created jobs for 47 people, transformed financial services and made banking inclusive.”

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etc Advisory

Outstanding Non-Executive Director

Commenting on etc Advisory, the winner in the Outstanding Non-Executive Director category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Andy Brown, founder of etc Advisory, provides clear and sound advice to help UK business owners make better decisions and unleash potential for their organisations. He has helped many businesses in different industries who all faced similar challenges around Covid. By sharing their experiences and knowledge, it has helped clients navigate furlough and working from home; and source new commercial opportunities and diversify with new products and services. Well done to Andy for being a positive force in the pandemic and helping businesses to grow and achieve great results.”

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Frenchic Furniture Paint

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

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

“Through innovation, a great team and a brilliant social media strategy, UK-based Frenchic Paint has created a brand with more than one million loyal followers and a fast-growing international reach. The beauty of chalk paints is that they are natural, odourless and have zero toxins, and have multiple uses inside and outside the home. Congratulations to Frenchic Paint for introducing a new standard in the home decoration market and for proving that passion, people and paint are a great mix.”

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Zorlu Enerji

Best Sustainable Product/Process

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

“Zorlu Enerji is a pioneer in the energy of the future. It is an innovative provider of sustainable renewal energy and smart systems, and can boast that 100% of its electricity is from renewable resources. Zorlu Enerji’s smart product range includes everything from electric vehicle charging stations to electric vehicle rentals and energy management systems. Congratulations to Zorlu Enerji for helping to cut carbon emissions and combat climate crisis and, at the same time, give consumers access to a reliable, sustainable and modern energy.”

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Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)

Best Innovation

Commenting on Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“To transform the United Arab Emirates into a global economic player, Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has introduced a digital platform called Basher that makes it much easier for business owners to register their enterprises. The paperless, digital system removes errors and manual processes, and reduces the number of visits to government offices. Well done to TDRA for developing an efficient business registration platform that saves time and working hours; and helps attract new businesses to the region.”

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Eker Dairy Product Industry and Trade Inc.

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Commenting on Eker Dairy Product Industry and Trade Inc, the winner in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Eker Diary Product Industry and Trade Inc for helping people with autism move into employment through the Autism in Workforce project. Sadly, out of the 1.5 million individuals with autism in Turkey, only 28 are in business. It is brilliant to see that Eker has started to improve the situation with its employment and coaching programme. This is a great move to support people with autism and help them gain some economic freedom, a better quality of life and a step towards independent living.”

One Avenue Group

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Mr Keval Pankhania, CEO and Founder of One Avenue Group, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Proving his excellent entrepreneurial skills, Mr Keval Pankhania has applied his knowledge of delivering the best customer service in hotels to his serviced office business One Avenue Group. Keval’s success is based on getting to know each employee and helping them achieve their career goals. His focus on empowering and developing staff has enabled the company to achieve world-class service levels. Congratulations to Keval for building a fast-growing business in London that has achieved an unprecedented 100% 5-star rating.”

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Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI)

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI), the winner in the Outstanding Support during COVID-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Using artificial intelligence technology, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) has created a Geospatial Smart Hub COVID-19 to co-ordinate a national effort to ensure an optimal response to the pandemic. The MOEI-led project allows strategic collaboration between multiple government entities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) including the Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Crisis & Disaster Management Authority. Congratulations to MOEI for taking the lead in developing an innovative crisis management project that has helped the UAE government provide a fast and effective response to the pandemic.”

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Oh So Technical

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Oh So Technical, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Oh So Technical for being oh so amazing when it comes to customer focus. It has built its service proposition around the needs of its clients and goes out of its way to maintain top quality service levels. The longer hours of 7am to 7pm during the working week, means that Oh So Technical is always there for customers. The range of extras, such as the free initial IT audit and annual IT strategy review, are exceptional and a great way of improving customer loyalty.”

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Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI)

Best Sustainable Product/Process

Commenting on the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the winner in the Best Sustainable Product/Process category, the chairman of the judges said:

“United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has embarked on an ambitious programme to save 40% of energy consumption and 50% of water usage across the seven emirates by 2050. By targeting where the biggest savings can be made in agriculture, the built environment, industry and transport, MoEI is securing success for the programme. This is an outstanding example of how an advanced nation can go green by getting all residents involved and by setting realistic sustainability targets that can be met. ”

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B&H Worldwide

Best Innovative and Creative Use of Technology

Commenting on BH & Worldwide, the winner in the Best Information Technology category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Aerospace logistics company B&H Worldwide has made an impact in its industry by using IT to keep orders on track and customers informed with the latest information. At the heart of the business sits FirstTrac, its end-to-end management tracking system. By constantly upgrading this advanced system, the company’s staff and customers know exactly where an item is at any point in its journey. Well done to B&H Worldwide for becoming a market leader and for achieving the accolade from The Global Institute of Logistics as a Best-in-Class global aerospace logistics company.”

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KuKu Connect

Outstanding Non-Executive Director

Commenting on Philip Brooks-Stephenson, co-founder of KuKu Connect, the winner in the Outstanding Non-Executive Director category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Philip Brooks-Stephenson is an accomplished leader with a stellar career who has undertaken numerous voluntary, non-executive director (NED) and trustee roles in a wide range of enterprises including not-for-profit organisations. Incredibly, Philip is also a talented social-entrepreneur who co-founded business networking company KuKu-Connect in 2016 where he uses his vast expertise to assist not-for-profit and small and medium-sized enterprises. The list of his admirable business achievements is literally endless. Philip has built up brilliant reputation as a NED and he is a priceless asset in any organisation.”

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Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Best Place to Work

Commenting on Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) for going the extra mile during the pandemic to protect its staff and their mental health. Vulnerable members of staff were identified and shielded, and working from home was implemented, where possible. With many working remotely, the company stepped up its internal comms to keep people engaged and committed, and it ran a series of imaginative wellbeing initiatives. Feedback from staff was amazing and showed that they greatly appreciated the effort the company went to.”

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The Silver Fern Group

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Ms Haylee Benton, founder of The Silver Fern Group, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Haylee Benton is a serial entrepreneur who has an amazing talent for taking on failing beauty businesses in the UK and New Zealand and turning them into thriving successes. Over 15 years, she has created a game-changing global portfolio of hair, beauty and aesthetics brands under The Silver Fern Group that offers a unique concept in salons. She also developed PamperPad: a TripAdvisor-styled rating website where local people can find a trusted salon nearby. Congratulations to Haylee for her talent for remodelling businesses and making them stand out in a crowded marketplace.”

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The Silver Fern Group

Best New Business

Commenting on The Silver Fern Group, the winner in the Best New Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“The Silver Fern Group has come up with a new concept in the beauty/spa market for its branded salons in Hertfordshire, UK that combines hair, beauty and aesthetic treatments with a cocktail bar. Each client is treated like a VIP and the aim of the beautifully-designed luxury salons is to combine treatments with relaxation. Well done to The Silver Fern Group for creating a new concept in the beauty salon business and making excellent use of the full gamut of digital media that has helped it create an exceptional business.”

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The Silver Fern Group

Best Marketing

Commenting on The Silver Fern Group, the winner in the Best Marketing category, the chairman of the judges said:

“he Silver Fern Group is a cut above the rest when it comes to marketing. Its sharp approach to digital marketing has enabled it to win a major share of local markets. The company delivered a comprehensive digital and direct advertising strategy that included social media, pay-per-click and flyers offering discounts enabling it to maximise exposure to potential clients in the surrounding area. Congratulations to The Silver Fern Group for using every digital tool possible and building up a strong client base.”

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Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI)

Outstanding Support during Covid-19

Commenting on Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI), the winner in the Outstanding Support during Covid-19 category, the chairman of the judges said:

“The Maritime Administration, part of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) in United Arab Emirates, has given the maritime industry a major boost by digitising all its services making it easier and quicker for crew to safely return to work. During the pandemic travel restrictions and border closures around the world, left hundreds of thousands of mariners stranded onboard ships, or on shore. Maritime Administration has eased the barriers to return work through its advanced digital maritime service, helping to keep shipping and the economy moving.”

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Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)

Best Sustainable Product/Process

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

“Congratulations to UAE-based Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) for transforming its procurement function and turning it into a professional service that provides strategic value across the organisation. Rather than just being seen as a facilitator, TDRA has empowered its procurement team through professional training to operate as a business partner. Through collaboration and engagement with suppliers, the procurement team has looked at the longer term and applied an excellent 80/20 strategy, which focuses on the 20% of suppliers who generate 80% of value to the organisation.”

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Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA)

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

“Over the past five years Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) in United Arab Emirates has transformed its procurement function by focusing on technology enhancement, process re-engineering and learning and development. One of the most impactful changes is training staff to become fully-qualified procurement practitioners. In the shift to supplier value management from supplier relationship management, TDRA has achieved significant savings and increasing supplier and internal stakeholder satisfaction rates. Congratulations to TDRA for successfully modernising its procurement operations and becoming a centre of excellence in procurement and supply in the telecommunication and digital sector.”

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Templeton & Partners Solutions

Best Innovation

Commenting on Templeton & Partners Solutions, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Templeton & Partners Solutions has taken on many well-known global clients against fierce competition from much larger IT recruitment agencies by being flexible and quick to adapt. To reach new customers, it has developed digital skills, launched online events and made good use of market intelligence. More than half of its staff of 25 people, originate from other countries and are multi-lingual enabling the company to build global teams and engage with tech professionals in their own language. Congratulations to Templeton & Partners Solutions for developing smart practices that have helped it become a hugely successful global player.”

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Templeton & Partners Solutions

Best Customer Focus

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

“Templeton & Partners Solutions has seen strong growth by focusing on speed and service. With four international offices and a staff of 25 people speaking 25 languages, it can cater for clients anywhere in the world. The recruitment company provides specialist IT experts at short notice and, incredibly, it can put forward shortlisted candidates for interview within 72 hours. Templeton & Partners Solutions has achieved success by developing long-term partnerships with clients and giving them the flexibility of taking on staff on a temporary basis first before committing to a permanent position.”

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Templeton & Partners Solutions

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Mr Nadeem Ahmad, founder of Templeton & Partners Solutions, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Funding his IT recruitment business Templeton & Partners Solutions with only £5,000 in 1996, founder Nadeem Ahmad has turned his company into a multi-million-pound international business, with a staff of 25 and four offices across the world in under two decades. He cleverly spotted an opportunity for recruiting IT staff at short notice to clients with multiple sites across the world. Nadeem is a natural leader and entrepreneur who has triumphed by working in partnership with other recruiters, clients and candidates.”

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TEB

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Turkish Economy Bank / CEPTETEB, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said:

“TEB’s new generation digital banking platform, known as CEPTETEB, gives customers the option of managing their accounts via a hand-held mobile device without the need to visit a branch. The bank has created a sophisticated, advanced tool that offers clients fully functional transactional services, investment management, bill payments and notifications when payments are due. Well done to TEB for developing a powerful tool that delivers digital banking to customers at their fingertips helping them to better manage their finances””

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