Saturday, July 30, 2005

Shortlist for RIBA Stirling Prize Announced

Six buildings have been selected for the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the prestigious £20,000 architecture award. The prize is run in association with The Architects' Journal and is now in its tenth year. It is awarded to the architects of the building deemed to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture over the preceding year. The award is open to all RIBA Members and the building may be anywhere in the European Union. The prize is named after the architect Sir James Stirling (1926 - 1992). The successful finalists for the 2005 prize are:

  • BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany
  • Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland
  • The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
  • McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey
  • Jubilee Library, Brighton, Sussex
  • Fawood Children's Centre, Harlesden, London

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The BCS IT Professional Awards 2005

The British Computer Society's annual BCSIT Professional Awards are to take place at the Hilton Park Lane, London on 29th September. These prestigious awards seek to celebrate excellence, innovation and professionalism among UKIT companies. They recognise the contribution of IT businesses and individuals to the UK's economic prosperity, business efficiency and public services. Launched in their current form in 2003 these Awards have very quickly established themselves as the leading hallmark of success amongst practitioners in the IT industry today.

There are five categories in the 2005 Awards: Technology Awards, Business Achievement Awards, Individual Excellence Awards, President's Awards and Flagship Awards. Judging is undertaken by panels of qualified, respected senior ITprofessionals. The awards are supported by Computer Weekly and no fewer than 12 major sponsors including Cisco, IBM, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Symantec.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Design and Decoration Awards 2005

The winners of the 2005 Design and Decoration Awards were announced in a spectacular ceremony at London's Natural History Museum in June. Now in their third year, these awards are produced in association with The Independent On Sunday newspaper. They seek to highlight the products and projects that define the year in decoration and design. Sponsors of the 2005 Awards include House & Garden, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Colefax and Fowler, Gaggenau, Osborne & Little, Poliform, The World of Interiors, Zimmer-Ronde and CEM Press Ltd. Categories included: Fabric Design; Wallcovering Design; Kitchen Product Design; Surface Design; Bathroom Product Design; Outdoor Product Design; Furniture Design; Lighting Product Design; Object of Desire; Modern Residential Interior; Classical Residential Interior; Single Room Interior; Garden Design; Commercial Interior; Show Home Interior; Lighting Installation; House & Garden Designer of the Year; and the House & Garden Lifetime Achievement Award.

Monday, July 25, 2005

UK Champions Night for Nigerian Entrepreneurs

The achievements of successful Nigerian entrepreneurs in the UK are to be celebrated in a new event, the 'Annual Champions Night'. Due to take place at the London Marriot Hotel on August 27th, the event will feature a banquet for 300 guests, a presentation of five 'Outstanding Nigerian' awards, and keynote speeches from two guest speakers. The awards event is organised by The Champions Club, a UK-based organisation of young Nigerian professionals. The group seeks to raise the profile of successful Nigerians in the UK by highlighting their contributions to society and commerce.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Entries Sought for UK Manufacturer Awards 2005

Entries are being invited for The Manufacturer Awards 2005 - a prestigious set of industry honours that seek to recognise the world class levels of manufacturing excellence being achieved in Britain's finest factories. The awards are sponsored by a range of blue chip companies and supported by the DTI. They will be presented at a 750 seat gala black tie dinner at The Manufacturer Live event at Telford's International Centre in September. This annual two day event is the UK's biggest manufacturing teach-in and delegates will hear from more than 50 speakers from leading companies who will host workshops, seminars and debates on manufacturing's big issues. The top award, for Manufacturer of The Year, is sponsored by Barclays. Other awards up for grabs include the Leadership and Strategy award, the Design and Innovation award, the world class manufacturing award, The Skills and HR award, the IT in Manufacturing award, the Logistics and Supply Chain award, the Manufacturing Operations award, the automotive supply chain award, the Aerospace Supply Chain award and the Process Industry Supply Chain award. Sponsors include PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Renaissance, TBM, SEMTA, Microsoft Business Solutions, Sun, UGS, Hewlett Packard and PICME.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Entries Sought for Campaign Media Awards 2005

Entries are being invited for the 2005 Campaign Media Awards, the high profile UK media honours. The awards seek to recognise and reward excellence in media thinking and are open to UK advertising agencies, media buying agencies and all media owners. Work must have been created and displayed in the UK between 1 August 2003 and 31 July 2005. Entries will be judged by an independent jury of senior client marketers, media owners and agency practitioners. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Garden Rooms, Chelsea, on November 23. In recognition of the integrated nature of most campaigns, the categories are based on product type rather than media. The categories are:

  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Automotive, Aerospace & Marine
  • Fashion, Beauty & Healthcare
  • Financial, Corporate & Utilities
  • Grocery, Soft Drinks & Household
  • IT & Consumer Durables
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Public Sector & Charities
  • Retail & Home Shopping
  • Travel & Leisure
  • Best Total Communications Programme
  • Best Use of Research
  • Radio Sales Team of the Year
  • TV Sales Team of the Year
  • Digital Sales Team of the Year
  • Print Sales Team of the Year
  • Outdoor Sales Team of the Year
  • Cross Media Sales Team of the Year

Entry details for the 2005 Campaign Media Awards

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Winning Business Awards Can Boost Sales

Hot on the heels of the claims by the Design Council that shares in award-winning companies are more likely to perform better, comes further research suggesting that winning an awards can boost business performance. Business Europe has reported that nearly two thirds of businesses told the Queen's Awards for Enterprise that winning a prize is a valuable commercial tool that helps them move into new markets. Over half of respondents said that winning awards drive up their sales, and 68% believed it serves to endorse the quality of their product or service. A further seven out of 10 felt a victory in awards schemes helps boost staff motivation. It was found that small firms attached the greatest value to business awards, with young companies in particular holding a very positive view of award schemes. One successful award cited in the report is the Startups Awards scheme, which is sponsored by and NatWest and endorsed by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). The scheme is open to firms that have been trading for less than three years and employ fewer than 60 people. The awards offer entrepreneurs 13 categories in which to have their successful business plan recognised. Category winners will go on to compete for the Startups Awards 2005 Business of the Year and collect the top prize of up to £5,000. Deadline for entries to the 2005 Startup Awards is August 1st.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Awards Link to Company Performance

An intriguing piece of research by the Design Council, an organisation that promotes design in the UK, has suggested that shares in companies that win awards are more likely to perform better than shares in non award winning companies. The Design Council created a 'Design Index' of shares in 61 stock market listed companies, all of which had been successful in various design awards. The results are dramatic: in the 10 years to the end of December 2004 the Design Index rose 263 per cent. By contrast, the FTSE100 index of leading companies rose 57 per cent over the same period. The aim of the project was to emphasise the role of creativity and design in boosting business performance. The awards criteria were drawn from four design competitions: the Design Effectiveness Awards sponsored by the Design Business Association; the D&AD awards, sponsored by the educational charity of the same name; the Interbrand league table of successful commercial brands; and the Design Council's own Millennium Products awards in 2000. In addition, a number of companies were selected by a panel of judges. This fascinating research raises a whole range of questions and issues, many of which are being analysed closely by the investment fund community. Perhaps the most significant is that awards are always retrospective - that is, by definition they recognise past performance - whereas good investments are always made in advance of, or in expectation of, good performance. Nevertheless it does seem to indicate the importance of awards in modern business.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

e-Government National Awards 2005

Nominations are now open for the UK's e-Government National Awards 2005. This scheme seeks to recognise and reward best practice in UK e-Government across all areas, including local and central government, non-departmental public bodies, non-governmental organisations and other suppliers of e-government service. The awards are supported by the Cabinet Office e-Government Unit, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Socitm. Consulting group KPMG are the platinum sponsor of the awards. Closing date for entries is October 2005, with the winners awarded at a gala dinner on 25th January 2006 at the Savoy in London.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

UK Manufacturing Excellence Awards

The Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards 2005 were held at London's Dorchester Hotel last week. Organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and supported by the UK Department of Trade & Industry, the awards seek to recognise and celebrate world class manufacturing performance in the UK. The MX Awards have been running for 25 years and as part of the honours, winning companies and projects receive a custom made trophy. This year's awards were drawn from 118 entries and the selection process involved the submission of benchmarking reports as well as day-long on-site assessments.

Partners and sponsors of the MX 2005 Awards included RSM Robson Rhodes, KellySearch, Manufacturing Advisory Service, EFF (the manufacturers' organisation), Renishaw, Sandvik Coromant, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Professional Engineering, Barclays, IBM, The Manufacturing Foundation, National Business to Business Centre, and the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC). A list of winners is available at the MX 2005 Awards web site.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

NMA Effectiveness Awards 2005

Twenty Internet projects were recognised this week in the NMA Effectiveness Awards 2005. These awards have been running since 1997 and seek to recognise the most effective use of interactive media. The awards are broken down into categories such as Music, Travel, Recruitment, Entertainment, Retail, Games, Sport and Charity & Voluntary Sector. There are also more specific awards, such as one for Sponsorship - won by the Volvo Life on Board project - and a number of 'Best Use Of' awards including Best Use of interactive TV, Best Use of Multiple Channels, Best Use of Wireless and Best Use of Web. A Special Award for Innovation went to BBC Radio podcasting while an honour for Greatest Individual Contribution to New Media went to Julie Howell, policy development officer at the RNIB. The Grand Prix winner was the How To Sleep Better project from BBC Learning and Interactive.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Archant Norfolk Recruitment Awards 2005 Launched

Today (Friday 1st July) sees the launch of the fifth annual Archant Norfolk Recruitment Awards, the premier awards scheme for the recruitment industry in the east of England. The awards are organised by Archant Norfolk, publisher of regional newspaper the Eastern Daily Press. Award sponsors for 2005 include the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (main sponsor), Cooper Lomaz, Lovewell Blake Search & Selection, Contract Personnel, Euro RSCG Riley, Hales Personnel Services, Staffcall Recruitment Specialists, Marsh, Jarrold Publishing, The One Account/First Active (RBS Group), Norwich Union, and Perfect Placement UK.

This year's categories are:
  • Best Recruitment Advertising
  • Best Recruitment Advertising Campaign
  • Best Recruitment Website
  • Rising Star, Unsung Hero Award
  • Personal Development Award
  • Best Recruitment Consultant
  • Best Manager
  • Special Achievement Award
  • Best Team

Deadline for entries is September 30th and entry details are available online at Winners will be announced at a glamorous black tie ceremony and party on November 4th 2005 at the Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club, near Norwich.