Thursday, June 30, 2005

British Insurance Car Security Awards (BICSA)

The 2005 British Insurance Car Security Awards (BICSA) winners have been announced during an exhibition programme at Thatcham, the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre. These significant industry awards are supported by insurers, the Home Office, the Department for Transport, The AA Motoring Trust and the Advanced Automotive Glazing Manufacturer?s Associatio (AAGMA). The Thatcham event included Security Focus 2005, an exhibition devoted to vehicle security. The BICSA winners were selected from a total of 82 model ranges in ten categories, with the judging criteria set by the creators of the New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) scheme. Winner of the Convertible / Roadster category was the Saab 9-3 Convertible, which was also the winner of this category in the 2004 BISCA Awards.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Hadrian Awards 2005

The winners of the 2005 Hadrian Awards, a scheme to recognise excellence in architecture in the north-east of England, have been announced. This year's awards were jointly promoted by RIBA North, Northern Architecture and the North East Civic Trust. They were supported by the regional development agency One NorthEast and the Northern Architectural Association and sponsored by brick manufacturer Ibstock Brick Ltd. After introducing an easier entry process for the 2005 Awards, the organisers received almost 50 professional applications and ten student entries. The Awards Jury consisted of Gordon Murray (President, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland), Olivia Grant (Chair, Culture North East), as a lay assessor, and Graham Bell, Director, North of England Civic Trust and Chair, Awards Jury.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mother at Work Employer of the Year Awards 2005

The online magazine has announced the winners of its inaugural Employer of the Year Awards. Launched to mark the first birthday of the ezine, the awards seek to highlight the issues affecting working mothers and to recognise employers with a flexible approach to time and workloads as well as a positive attitude towards pregnancy and healthcare. The awards ceremony was held at London's Atlantic Bar and Grill with special guests including CBI Entrepreneur of the Year Penny Streeter, BBC Radio 2's Janey Lee Grace and Sarah Brown, wife of Chancellor Gordon Brown. Winners of the award for Best Work-Life Balance Approach were the online bank First Direct, with second place going to Eli Lilly and third spot to Merton College. Other awards include one for best Individual Story of Support by an Employer and another for Most Exceptional Working Mother. All the awards winners received a flat glass awards trophy. The winner of the Most Exceptional Working Mother category also received a glamorous night out in London's West End, courtesy of award sponsor Theatre Tokens.

Monday, June 27, 2005

British Diversity Awards 2005

The 11th Annual British Diversity Awards were held recently at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The Diversity Awards are organised by the charity Diversity Leaders UK which seeks to promote inclusivity in the workplace and society. The awards recognise excellent practice across the country and this year there were ten general categories for these awards:

  • Diversity Innovation & Awareness Champions (sponsored by the DTI)
  • Diversity in Education Champion
  • Diversity in Health Champion
  • Diversity in Public Service Champion (sponsored by the Department for Transport)
  • Diversity Team Champions
  • Diversity Executive Trendsetter Award
  • Media Diversity Excellence Award
  • 2005 BDA Champion Practitioners
  • 2005 BDA Fellowship
  • International Diversity Champion

According to Diversity Leaders UK, up to October 2004, organisations representing more than 19 million employees in the UK (an average of nearly 2 million per year) had entered the BRITISH DIVERSITY AWARDS since their creation, the largest impact for any awards in this country. The organisation is planning to launch a new awards event, the annual British Screen & Entertainment Awards, which will celebrate excellence and diversity in the performing arts. These awards aim to remedy what the organisers see as a 'gross lack of recognition' of visible minority artistes and their invisibility at other award ceremonies.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005

The regional awards recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award are being honoured in a series of banquets this week. Co-sponsored by Coutts & Co, the London Stock Exchange and The Times, these prestige awards seek to celebrate the artistry of exceptional entrepreneurs. The Scotland Banquet was held at the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday, while also in the north the North Region Banquet was held at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday. The South Region Banquet is due to be held at the Radisson Edwardian Heathrow on Monday, the Central Region Banquet at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday, and the London Banquet at the Hilton Park Lane on Tuesday 5th July. All regional category award recipients go forward to the National Final which will be held on 3rd October 2005 in London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Techworld Network Awards 2005

The second annual Techworld Network Awards have been announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday in the City of London. Sponsored by Cisco Systems with supporting partner The British Computer Society, the awards recognise excellence in every field of the Network industry and reward the leading individuals, teams and companies for innovative and effective use of networking and telecommunications technology. The awards are divided into six categories, with a number of prizes within each category, and a special Editors Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology Product as well as an Editor's Choice Award. A full list of the winners can be found at the web site.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Calls for entries to UK business awards

Deadlines are fast approaching for entries to three major British business awards. The British Interactive Media Association is calling for entries to the 2005 BIMA Awards. These industry awards seek to recognise high standards of creativity, craft skills and interactivity across a total of 18 categories. Closing date for entries is July 21 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 24th. The awards are co-produced with Revolution magazine and this year's event marks the 21st anniversary of the awards. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2005 BIMA Awards.

Also due to be held on 24th November are the Chamber Awards 2005. Launched in 2004 by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), these awards are open both to accredited Chambers of Commerce and their members. There are six categories for Chambers and eight for members, with a grand prize of £25,000 courtesy of headline sponsors Microsoft. Category sponsors include BT, BUPA, Travelex and the Learning & Skills Council (LSC). Closing date for entries to these prestigious business awards is 27th June and the winners will be unveiled at a gala dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Applications for the VIBES Awards in Scotland close on July 1st. These business and environmental awards seek to recognise and reward business success achieved by improved environmental performance; to encourage Scottish businesses to reduce their impact on the environment; and to support business efficiency and sustainability. Awards are offered in small, medium and large organisation size categories and winners are publicised at a high profile awards ceremony and throughout the year. Partners in the VIBES awards include CBI Scotland, Scottish Federation of Small Businesses, Forward Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Business & Environment Network, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Water, Scottish Executive, Scottish Energy Efficiency Office and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Cannes Lions Grand Prix 2005

The 52nd International Advertising Festival is in full swing in Cannes, in the south of France. Several of the coveted Cannes Lions Grand Prix have been announced, along with the Advertiser of the Year (Ken Kutaragi of Sony Computer Entertainment) and the Media Person of the Year (Lachlan Murdoch of News Corp). The name of these prestigious industry awards comes from the lion of Piazza San Marco in Venice, where the first festival took place in 1954. In 1994 the festival moved permanently to Cannes, and in 2004 the week-long event was purchased by UK media group EMAP, capping its transition into a serious business event. This year's festival is expected to be attended by over 8,000 delegates, and judges have had to consider 22,000 entries to the nine main categories. To date, the Media and Direct advertising awards have been announced, with the winners of the Press, Outdoor, Young Creatives and Cyber categories due to be announced on Thursday. Friday sees the unveiling of the winners of the Film and Radio categories as well as a new award, the Titanium Lions. The festival is being sponsored by MSN, Getty Images, Africa and Corbis, with support from CNBC Europe, PosteItaliane, Kodak, The Mill and USA Today. Providers for the festival include Cellhire, Renault, SAWA,, Adobe, Sony and Apple. MSN is sponsoring two awards, the Cyber Lions and the Titanium Lions. Getty Images is also sponsoring two awards, the Press awards and the Young Creatives, the latter one co-sponsored by Adobe, USA Today and Apple. 3G agency Africa is sponsoring the Film category.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Shortlist for New Media Awards Announced

The shortlist for the New Statesman New Media Awards 2005 has been announced. Winners of the awards, which are produced in association with IT services provider Atos Origin, will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in July. The New Media Awards were first run by The New Statesman in 1998 to recognise and promote creative and innovative use of new technology. The theme of the 2005 awards is to look at the ways in which new technology has impacted upon society, particularly in the public arena. There are seven categories for the 2005 New Media Awards:

  • Contribution to Civic Society Award
  • Modernising Government Award
  • Elected Representative Award
  • Education Award
  • Community & Information Award
  • Advocacy Award
  • Accessibility
  • Innovation Award

Among the shortlisted entries are a Podcasting project from Musselburgh Grammar School in the Innovation category, and the project which is shortlisted in both the Accessibility and the Contribution to Civic Society categories. Other notable finalists include openDemocracy, Tiki The Penguin and Updates on the awards can be found at the New Statesman New Media Awards 2005 Weblog.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Germany wins UEFA Women's Euro 2005

Germany Women won their fourth successive European Championship title at the weekend as the UEFA Women's Euro 2005 tournament in north-west England came to its conclusion. The Germans beat Norway 3-1 in front of a crowd of over 21,000 in Blackburn, Lancashire. The win sealed Germany's dominance of European women's football. After clinching their third successive European Championship title in 2001, Germany were allowed to keep the trophy. A new trophy was unveiled for the 2005 tournament in Manchester in January and was handed to the chairman of the English Football Association, who hosted the 2005 event. The growing popularity and significance of the Women's Championship was reflected in both the media coverage and also the line-up of big name sponsors - these included Canon, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, JVC, MasterCard and McDonald's. The English Northwest Regional Development Agency was also an official sponsor, reflecting the location of the event.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

British Architecture Awards Announced

The RIBA Awards 2005 were announced by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at an awards dinner at the London Hilton on Friday. Over 500 buildings were visited as part of the judging process, with 60 being selected for recognition for their architectural standards and their contribution to the local environment. In addition to the RIBA Award, these 60 successful projects will now go forward for consideration for the Stirling Prize, which is run in association with The Architects' Journal and is awarded to the RIBA Building of the Year.

The RIBA Awards have been awarded annually since 1966. From 1989 onwards, each winning project has received an award plaque produced and sponsored by the Lead Sheet Association. The plaques are individually numbered and recorded and are usually then displayed on the award-winning building.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Literary Awards Winners Announced

Two authors are this week sharing combined prize money of almost £100,000 following the announcment of the winners of two prestigious literary awards. In Dublin, Ireland, the world's richest literary prize for a single work of fiction was awarded to American writer Edward P. Jones. He received a €100,000 (£66,000) prize after winning the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel 'The Known World'. The Impac award is administered in Ireland by Dublin City Council and productivity improvement company IMPAC. It is open to novels written in any language by authors of any nationality, provided the book has been published in or translated into English. Ten books were selected from a longlist of 147, nominated by 185 libraries from 51 countries.

Meanwhile in London the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2005 was awarded to Jonathan Coe for his book, 'Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of BS Johnson'. Coe wins a £30,000 prize for his biography of British novelist BS Johnson, who died in 1973. The book was selected from a shortlist of six by a panel of judges that included broadcaster Sue MacGregor, mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy, Sunday Times deputy literary editor Andrew Holgate, and BBC journalist John Simpson. BBC Four, a digital channel from the BBC, has sponsored the Samuel Johnson prize since 2004.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Marketing Society Awards for Excellence 2005

The Marketing Society has announced the winners of its Awards for Excellence 2005 at a gala dinner held at the Hilton Park Lane hotel in London. The awards seek to recognise excellence in marketing in England and Wales (a separate award is available for Scotland). The awards are run in association with Marketing magazine and supported by accenture. Sponsors for the awards include Unilever, Insead, ITV, Seven Worldwide and Vivaldi Partners.

Winner of the prestigious Marketer of the Year award was Mark Palmer, managing director of organic chocolate and confectionery company Green & Black's. The company reported sales growth of 63% for 2003-2004 in a market that grew by on 2.1%, making Green & Black's the fastest-growing UK confectionery brand. The Grand Prix award for the most outstanding piece of marketing went to Tesco for the its 'Every little helps' campaign.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Queen's Birthday Honours List Announced

The Queen's Birthday Honours list has been announced in the UK. Almost 1,000 people were recognised in the awards, with over 60 per cent of recipients being honoured for voluntary services. Announcing the honours, Downing Street said that the awards were intended to recognise outstanding work at the 'sharp end'. Among the recipients were headteachers, a hospital cleaner, a railway platform assistant and a forest warden. The Honours list also included citations for services to the cheese industry in Wales, to the arts of lacemaking and clockmaking, and for bat conservation in Cornwall. Stars of sport, dramatic arts and broadcasting were also recognised, with the highest honour going to actress Dame Judi Dench who was appointed a Companion of Honour in recognition of her 48 year career.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Lucas Honoured with AFI Life Achievement Award

Legendary filmmaker and writer George Lucas has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. The award is claimed to be the highest honour for a career in film, and was bestowed at a gala tribute ceremony in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which featured the presentation of the award by director Stephen Spielberg and guest appearances by major industry personalities, is to be broadcast on USA Network.

The AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees in 1973 as an annual honour to recognise the career of a film professional. The original criteria stated: "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time." This criteria was extended in 1993 to include "individuals with active careers and work of significance yet to be accomplished".

Lucas is the 33rd recipient of this prestigious award, although the AFI had previously tried to confer the honour on him but he refused, claiming to be too young. He said then that he would do it when he turned 60. Lucas is now 61. Other recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award include James Cagney, Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

UK Women Recognised in Business and Glamour Awards

Two very different awards ceremonies took place in London this, both of them recognising the achievements of women in different fields. The Glamour magazine Women of the Year Awards was a star-studded event, with Desperate Housewives actress Teri Hatcher winning two awards along with the Editor's special award. The awards, co-sponsored by Amor Amor and Cacharel, were selected in part by the magazine's print and online readership. Award categories included best UK TV Actress, UK Solo Artist, TV Personality, Writer, Fashion Designer and the Amor Amor Woman of the Year Award.

Meanwhile at the Park Lane Hilton the CBI First Women Awards were presented on Wednesday night. These awards, organised by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), seek to recognise women who have broken through the 'glass ceiling' and achieved a real 'first' for women in their chosen business field. These prestigious business awards were sponsored by a host of familiar brands: 02, Barclays, Business Link, Investec Private Bank, Nokia, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Veredus. The awards recognised ten women in eight categories plus two lifetime achievement awards.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Tony Awards Winners Announced

The Tony Awards, the prestigious honours for Broadway stage and musicals, have been announced for 2005. The awards, bestowed since 1947, recognise some 25 categories of achievement and excellence. In the headline awards this years' winners included Doubt as Best Play, Monty Python's Spamalot as Best Musical and Bill Irwin as Best Actor in a Play. The awards ceremony was broadcast nationally across the USA in a three-hour spectacular by CBS.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Entries Invited for Major Technology Awards

Two of the UK's most prestigious technology awards have this week called for entries to their 2005 awards:

Entries are invited for the CNET Networks Technology Awards 2005, which will be awarded at a gala dinner in London's Park Lane Hilton on 27th September 2005. These high profile awards seek to recognise excellence and innovation in IT, and honours are awarded in 14 categories. These include the Outstanding Contribution to Software Development, which rewards individuals or groups whose products, projects, new open standards, research results or other efforts have contributed to software development as a discipline. The Open Source Initiative of the Year award is judged on both technical innovation and commercial potential and recognises the growing significance of open source in the enterprise technology sector.

The DTI/InterForum E-Commerce Awards have a closing date for applications of 29th July 2005. Winners will be awarded on 6th October, with the overall winner receiving £50,000 in cash along with the title of E-Champion 2005. These awards have recognised innovation in the application of ICT for small and medium-sized companies since 1999. They are open to any UK business with up to 250 employees and operate on a regional and nation level, with each of the 12 regional category winners going forward to the national category awards. The local awards event will take place in September, and each regional competition is open to sponsorship by local companies. In the East of England region, for example, the main sponsors are the East of England Development Agency and BT.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Bell's awards for Scottish Football League

Scots whisky brand Bell's, sponsors of the Scottish Football League, has announced its annual awards for the three divisions within the SFL. Promoted club Gretna took three awards: Rowan Alexander was Manager of the Year for division three; Kenny Deuchar won Player of the Year (all three divisions); and the team was awarded Angels of the Year in recognition of their lack of red and yellow cards. Manager of the Year in division one went to John Hughes of Falkirk and in division two to Neil Watt of Stranraer. The awards also recognised the contribution of supporters to the sport, with honours for the Fan of the Year, Supporter's Bar of the Year, and even a Pie of the Year award.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

ABC TV Network Scoops Country Music Awards

The major US TV network ABC has signed a six year deal with the Country Music Association to broadcast the CMA Awards. The awards have been screened by rival network CBS for more than 30 years and are one of the top-rated awards shows on television. The most recent show, broadcast in November 2004, attracted almost 18.5m viewers. This figure is higher than the most recent Golden Globes awards show and close to the Grammys viewing figures of 18.8m. As part of the new deal, ABC will screen a two-hour special 'CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party' during the summer.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Scotsman / Orange Short Story Award 2005

A Scottish woman was announced as the winner of the Scotsman / Orange Short Story award for 2005 in a ceremony at Sandeman House in Edinburgh last night. The winner, Kirsten Zhang, received prize money of £7,500 after beating 1,300 other entries in the competition. It is the UK's biggest short story competition, with the second prize worth £1,000 and four runners-up prizes worth £500 each. Ms Zhang has also won a travel writing competition for BBC Radio 4, and the Orange award is her second honour in just three years' of writing. At the awards ceremony last night the organisers also launched a book of the competition featuring the best 13 short stories entered. Speaking about the event, John McGurk, editor of The Scotsman, said: "One of the reasons short story writing flourishes in Scotland is because of competitions and anthologies like this". He continued: "We're delighted to be working with Orange to ensure that this continues."