We wrote the entries that helped VA Consultants and their client become finalists for three national training awards in 2017.
In a highly-competitive market, being an awards finalist can help create that extra edge and adds external validation of the quality of your work.
VA’s cutting-edge leadership development programme has helped their client improve the quality of performance management, drive down recruitment costs as more people are choosing to stay in the organisation and provided a platform to embed the client’s new values, which are already resulting in increased performance.
It’s no wonder they were shortlisted in three categories across two sets of national awards.
Client Andy Harmer, VA’s Head of Leadership Development, said:
“I worked with Louise in shaping a series of awards submissions for a high quality, volume (> 1000 leaders) leadership development project that was designed and delivered by VA Consultants.
“Having been involved in the complexity involved in awards submission process in a previous employment, I was delighted to experience the great service offered by her that greatly simplified the awards ‘experience’. This included her providing guidance around the selection of appropriate awards her skilful scripting of the purpose and outcome statements, and helping shape an approach to measure behaviour change and business impact.
“At all stages Louise was relational, articulate, enthusiastic, patient, professional and outcome-focussed. I greatly appreciated the why, how & what of her approach – I’d recommend her to you unconditionally.”
It was a rare treat to join two sets of clients at the ceremony for the Halifax Business Awards 2017, and even better that each walked away with a trophy!
Long-term client Circuit Electrical Testing (CET) picked up the Best SME award. Run by husband and wife team, Brian and Vicky Nolan, CET has quickly grown into a stable business employing 45 people and had doubled its turnover in a year by winning 80% of the tenders they submit.
New client Hawley Group was named Best New Business after going from start-up to a seven-figure turner over in less than two years. It provides efficient LED lighting solutions to retail and wholesale clients with multiple sites UK-wide and is seeing huge growth on the back of its expertise and attention to detail.
Andrew Hawley of Hawley Group was also a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year category. He was beaten by a man who had sold his house and all his possessions to fund the set up of his business, which had just received a multi-million-pound investment. You can’t argue with that kind of story!
We were proud to support long-term client Circuit Electrical Compliance (CET) with their entry for The Smalls, a new set of awards celebrating all things small business.
At a glittering ceremony they were named Supply Chain Champion by comedienne Sue Perkins, beating off stiff competition from other small businesses around the UK.
The business has gone from strength-to-strength while winning 80% of the tenders it submits. Providing electrical testing services for a wide range of organisations it now counts police forces, universities, local authorities and the biggest facilities management company in the world among its clients.
The award is the latest in a bunch that we’ve helped Circuit Electrical and sister business Croft Myl add to their trophy cabinet since 2016, including finalist status for director Vicky Nolan at the Forward Ladies Awards, another Halifax Business Award and a place on the shortlist for a national small business award yet to be made public!
In 2013 we helped our client, Loop Customer Management, enter the European Contact Centre and Customer Service Awards (ECCCSAs).
The ECCCSAs are one of their industry’s most prestigious and highly-competitive sets of awards, which regularly attracts entries from companies well-known for their service, such as John Lewis, Virgin Media and Tesco.
We wrote the entry for the Young Professional Of The Year for one of their team managers, Sidra Ayaz, who at 26 manages a team of 12 which deals with complaints.
We were delighted when Sidra was shortlisted and invited to attend an interview with a panel of judges in London.
Nicola Browne, Loop’s marketing manager, said: “Winning awards is part of our culture and helps us instill a sense of pride in the people who work here. Awards Writers help take some of the strain of pulling together the award entries, but also give us a reality-check about which awards we should spend time and energy going for.
“We were all delighted about Sidra winning such a prestigious award and, while the judges say she won it at the interview, she might not have been there without the help of Awards Writers.”
What Eve says…
I entered Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 with the help of the Awards Writers team.
When I got a call to say I had been shortlisted, it immediately made me realise that running my business was worth all the juggling.
For the first three years, I ran Baba+Boo from home, while also looking after my two small children. It was sometimes a near-impossible task, but this experience has made it worthwhile.
I was named runner-up in the awards and, from that moment on, my confidence in myself and the business has soared. On the night of the awards, I was able to speak to the CEO of prestigious blue chip UK company. He then gave me some of his time to look at my business and mentored me. That kind of advice is immeasurable and the contacts I have made on the back of that have been brilliant.
Awards have been intrinsic to the development of my business, but also to me as a business owner. Entering awards is not something to be overlooked. It’s not just about the prize, it’s about what comes off the back of it. When it comes to awards I say, do it. And if you can get help from an expert team like Awards Writers, definitely go for it.