Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Deadline Extended for Scottish Software Awards 2005

The deadline for entries to the Scottish Software Awards 2005 has been extended to 16th September. The awards are open to Scottish-based software companies and offer them the opportunity to showcase their work and contribution to the industry. The awards ceremony will take place at Airth Castle on 6th October 2005, and will form the centrepiece of the Scottish Software Industry Conference at the same venue. Speaking about the awards, George Boad, Chief Executive of organisers Targeting Innovation Ltd, said: "Targeting Innovation Ltd is delighted to announce that the 2005 Scottish Software Awards Ceremony will form the centerpiece of the Scottish Software Industry Conference which will take place on the sixth of October at Airth Castle. We intend to build on the success of the last two years and look forward to working with Scottish Enterprise and ScotlandIS to deliver an event that highlights best practice in the sector and promotes the industry to the wider business community. Through bringing together previously disparate events we hope to create a memorable event that will engage and deliver benefits across the software industry."

There are five categories for entrants:

  • The Scottish Software Award 2005
  • Best Software Start-up/Spinout
  • Best International Excellence
  • Best Product / Service
  • Individual Excellence Awards:
    • Programming
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Financial Management
    • Financial Management
    • Business Management

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Perrier Award 2005 Goes to Female Comic

The Perrier Comedy Award for 2005 has been awarded to writer and comedian Laura Solon, who becomes only the second woman to win the prestigious award in its 25 year history. The last woman to win the Perrier Comedy Award was Jenny Eclair in 1995. Previous winners of the award include Steve Coogan, Lee Evans and Frank Skinner. Solon, who won the award for her show Kopframers Syndrome, receives a prize of £7,500 and the Perrier Award trophy as well as the publicity and esteem associated with the award. It is reported that she is already being courted by broadcasters who want to make her the next big thing in TV comedy. Her solo show features eight different characters, and was selected by the ten strong judging panel from over 250 eligible shows. Speaking about the award, Nica Burns, the Perrier organiser of the awards throughout their 25 years, said: "It's quite extraordinary that in the 25th year we have the second female winner. It's a wonderful synergy. But I don't believe in positive discrimination and I think that Laura is extraordinary. I think she is one of the major discoveries in the past 20 years." The Perrier Comedy Award is one of a select few top level awards that are synonymous with their sponsors' name. All too often, these prestige awards are highly coveted by sponsors and the competitive bidding ensures a change of sponsors name every few years. So, kudos to Perrier for 25 years of support, sponsorship and awards for comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Monday, August 29, 2005

MTV Video Music Awards 2005

Sunday night saw Miami host the MTV Video Music Awards 2005, one of the world's most high profile entertainment awards shows. The event was able to proceed after Hurricane Katrina blew through southern Florida during the previous days. One of the highlights of the popular music calendar, the VMAs - as they have come to be known - were established in 1984 by the recenty arrived MTV channel with the aim of celebrating the music videos of the year. The glamorous ceremony has been hosted in New York and Los Angeles as well as Miami in previous years, and following an experimental 'non-host' event last year the producers turned to Sean ('P. Diddy') Coombs to anchor the 2005 show. Awards were presented in a total of 21 categories, with vintage rockers Green Day receiving a total of seven 'moonmen' awards. These awards trophies are modelled on the figure of an astronaut on the moon, one of MTV's early logo motifs, hence the nickname Moon Mans. While the 2005 show has had its critics, it seems that with the introduction of the 'showbox' preshow arrival sequence, and the idea of a dedicated musical score for the event, MTV's Video Music Awards continue to raise the creative standards for major awards shows.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

UK Awards for Sustainable Communities 2005

Entries are being invited for the Awards for Sustainable Communities 2005, ahead of an entry deadline of 5th September. The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) and seek to recognise and reward people, projects and initiatives that contribute to making towns, cities and communities better places in which to live and work. An awards ceremony will be held in February 2005. The awards are administered on behalf of the ODPM by The British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA). Entries are invited for projects and initiatives of all types and sizes that are contributing to making towns, cities and rural communities in England better places in which to live and work. Anyone, including those directly connected with the project or initiative, may submit an entry.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

New UK Healthcare Awards

Details have been announced of the UK's first awards for Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists. The awards aim to recognise and reward health professionals, helping to raise the profile of these often overlooked professionals by showing their contribution to patient care. It is also hoped that the awards will showcase new ways of working and encourage team and partnership working. The awards are open to all allied health professionals and healthcare scientists throughout the UK. There are eight categories plus an overall winner, with a total prizefund of £15,000. The inaugural awards are being produced in partnership with a number of supporters and sponsors, including NHS Employers, The Independent newspaper, Welsh Assembly Government, BBL Medical, NHS Scotland and Reed Health Group. The awards are also supported by NHS Connecting for Health, the recently created Department of Health agency which has responsibility for delivering IT systems and services to help modernise Britain's National Health Service. The agency is sponsoring the category 'Improved Patient Care Through The Innovative Use of IT'. Speaking about the new awards, Allied Health Professional clinical lead, Jan Dowsett, said: "I'm very proud that NHS Connecting for Health is to be a sponsor of these inaugural awards". She continued: "I know that there is a lot of exciting and innovative work going on and I really hope people do take this opportunity to showcase their projects." The awards are being produced by event production company Chamberlain Dunn Associates.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Entries Sought for English Regional Business Awards

Two regional business awards in England are appealing for entrants ahead of approaching entry deadlines. In Luton, Bedfordshire, the 2005 Rising Stars Business Excellence Awards have announced that TV and radio broadcaster Angela Rippon will be guest speaker at their gala awards ceremony in November. The closing date for entries to these awards is September 30th. There are ten categories: Company of the Year; Business Training; Small to Medium Sized Business; Young Employee; Employee; Championing the Power of Learning; Sustainable Business; Best Use of E-Commerce; Business Personality; and New Business of the Year. Meanwhile in Peterborough the local Evening Telegraph newspaper is celebrating ten years of celebrating business success in the area. The Business Awards will be presented this year by television news presenter Dermot Murnaghan at a gala ceremony in November. The eight categories for the Peterborough Business Awards, with sponsors (in brackets), are: Business of the Year (Barclays); Small Business of the Year (Business Link); Business Person of the Year Award (Buckles); Customer Care Award (Norwich & Peterborough Building Society); Contribution to the Community Award (Peterborough City Council); Workforce Development Award (Rawlinsons); Environmental Business Award (Global Olivine); and a new award, the Retail Award, which is sponsored by Queensgate, the developers of the North Westgate retail, leisure and entertainment complex.

Both these regional business awards schemes share features that are common to many successful awards: they involve local, as well as national, sponsors; they involve local media - to the point of actually being produced by local newspapers; and they will both use media personalities as presenters, comperes or guest speakers at their gala awards ceremonies. In many ways, the use of media personalities is a no-brainer: they are professional presenters, and so are vastly experienced at performing to an audience. By selecting current and former newsreaders, the organisers have chosen to bring an element of credibility and gravitas to the event - a real bonus for any serious business awards. Visit our directory site for listings of speaker and presenter agencies.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Welsh Woman of the Year 2005

Entries are being invited for the Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year 2005 awards. These awards have been running for 11 years and seek to promote the role women have in the workplace and in every sector of Welsh society. The awards are open to every woman living and working in Wales regardless of age, profession or ethnic group. Nominations close no later than 21st September (some categories have earlier deadlines), and winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Cardiff International Arena on 25th November 2005. The Welsh Woman of the Year Awards have attracted a number of big name sponsors, including these category sponsors: EWLa; Welsh Development Agency; Welsh Assembly Government; GE Transportation Aircraft Engine Services Wales, UWIC; University of Glamorgan; Jennifer Griffiths Recruitment and Training; RDM; and Daniels Smalley Partnership. Other sponsors and supporters include Cardiff Council, Young Enterprise Wales, Professional Recruitment Wales and Gwent Business Women's Network. The categories for awards are: Woman in Arts and Media; Small Business Owner; Management Achievement: Most Effective Returner to the Workplace; Woman in the Community; Woman As Educator; Young Enterprise Wales; Woman As Entrepreneur; Women in Science and Technology; and the Western Mail Val Field Award. For further details and information on how to nominate, visit the website at

Monday, August 22, 2005

Premier Rugby Marketing Awards

The 2005 Premier Rugby Marketing Awards, annual awards which seek to recognise off-the-field activity of rugby clubs in the Zurich Premiership, were announced recently. Among the winners were Worcester Warriers, who celebrated their first season in the top flight league with two awards. The club received the 'Best Club - Highly Commended' award along with the 'Best Club Sponsor' award for its relationship with Worcester-based energy company, npower. Northampton Saints had been shortlisted for seven of the nine awards, the highest number of nominations of any of the 12 clubs in the Premiership. They won three awards - 'Best Club Programme', 'Best Community Programme' and 'Best Promotional Initiative'. The 'Premiership Club Sponsor of the Year' award went to Blackthorn, sponsors of Bath Rugby. Blackthorn, which is based in Somerset, was particularly commended for its regional initiatives such as its 'Golden Boot' kicking competition for Under-21 players and its 'Top of the Props' challenge. Bath Rugby also won an award for the Powergen Community Programme. Gloucester Rugby Club won top prize in the 'Wild Card' category, for its hosting of the England Under-21s games. Saracens won the category for Best Website, while Leeds Tykes' matchday programme was named best in the premiership. The Tykes also won an award for its delivery of the Powergen National Community Programme.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

EDP Announces Business Awards Shortlist

The Eastern Daily Press, the regional newspaper for the east of England, has announced the shortlist for its prestigous EDP Business Awards 2005. The awards are promoted in association with Business Link for Norfolk and will culminate in a glamorous black-tie event at the Hilton Hotel in Norwich on October 7th. The 2005 awards are the 16th year of this awards scheme, with the finale attracting some 300 of the region's leading business figures. The event will see the naming of winners in nine main categories as well as the overall Business of the Year award, which is sponsored by Barclays. Category winners will receive a hand-crafted EDP Business Awards trophy. The nine categories for awards are: Design & Development; Staff Care; Best New Business; Community Impact; Enterprise Initiative; Business Development; Environment; Best Industry/Education Link; and Customer Care. Full details of the successful finalists can be found on the EDP Business website.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Entries Sought for North-East Building Awards

Newcastle-upon-Tyne publication The Journal is seeking entries from developers and builders in the north east of England to its Landmark Awards. Now in its second year, the awards seek to reward the best work of the region's building industry. They are sponsored by legal firm Watson Burton LLP and supported by Barclays and surveyor Lamb & Edge. There are five categories in the awards, and for each category the panel of expert judges will select one winner, with awards for the architect, developer and contractor. The categories are: residential development; retail and leisure facilities; office; public sector; and residential landscape. Entry is open to developments completed between August 16, 2004, and August 16, 2005. The awards will be presented in a black tie event at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Thursday, October 20.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

GA Awards Gift of the Year 2005

The GA (Giftware Association), the UK's trade body for the gift and home industry, has unveiled the winners of its 2005 Gift of the Year awards. Announced at a gala ceremony at The Savoy in London, the Gift of the Year awards were also supported by Autumn Fair Birmingham (4th-7th September 2005) and Spring Fair Birmingham (5th - 9th February 2006). The awards were divided into 19 categories, with most categories attracing their own sponsors. Details of the winners and sponsors are provided below:

Category: Celebrations
Sponsor: Tradexpo
Winner: Love Life - Talking Tables

Category: Collect It (Under £50)
Sponsor: Gifts Today
Winner: Poultry in Motion - James Winchester Export Ltd.

Category: Collect It (Over £50)
Sponsor: Gifts Today
Winner: Twiggy - Gund UK Ltd.

Category: Gifts Contemporary
Sponsor: Progressive Gifts & Home
Winner: Rosanna Tableware - World's Greatest Minds Ltd.

Category: Gifts - Traditional
Sponsor: T.H. March
Winner: Angel Kiss - Fragrance Boutique Ltd.

Category: Home Accessories - Contemporary
Sponsor: Clarion Retail
Winner: Airswitch TC - Mathmos

Category: Home Accessories - Classical
Sponsor: Streamline
Winner: Pine Cheese Larder / Shaker Cheese Larder - Paxton & Whitfield

Category: Design Led Greetings Cards
Sponsor: Focal Point
Winner: Tasty Greetings Gift Cards - Tasty Greetings

Category: Wellbeing
Sponsor: GLEE
Winner: 'Yellow' Range by Di Palomo - Unex Designs Ltd.

Category: Gift and Fashion Jewellery
Sponsor: Gift Focus
Winner: Laguna Ring Collection - Antica Murrina Venezia c/o Italy Direct

Category: Fashion Accessories
Sponsor: BJGF
Winner: Silk Bubblewrap - Margo Selby

Category: Cooking and Dining
Sponsor: Tableware International
Winner: English Eccentrics Creamware - Big Tomato Company

Category: Under £10
Sponsor: The Gift Directory
Winner: Hands Free Wine Glass Holder - AAV Plastics Design

Category: Kids Gifts
Sponsor: Giftware Review
Winner: Pull Along Pals: Clifford the Dog - Great Gizmos

Category: Licensed Gifts
Sponsor: Tradeasi
Winner: Santoro Snuggle Sacs - The Snuggle Sac Company Ltd.

Category: Art Gallery
Sponsor: Scotland's International Trade Fair (SITF)
Winner: Twists - Twists Glass Studio

Category: Made in UK
Sponsor: Autumn Fair
Winner: Little Duck - Repeat Repeat

Category: Hot Novelty
Sponsor: Copywatch
Winner: Candy G-String - Spencer & Fleetwood

Category: Mug of the Year
Sponsor: Viking Associates
Winner: Drink Selector Mug - Suck UK Ltd.

Additional support for the awards was provided by Cubelite, New York International Gift Fair, Melville Exhibition & Event Services, Caspari and Opal London. Practically the only absence from this extensive list of gift categories was corporate gifts, though who knows, sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2006 Gift of the Year awards (see foot of page for contact details) so maybe a Corporate Gift category may be added to the line up?

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Hugo Award to be announced at Sci-Fi Convention

The Hugo Awards, the science fiction world's equivalent of the Oscars, are to be announced this week at the 63rd annual Worldcon. Held this year at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland, the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is expected to attract over 4,000 delegates to the four-day event. One of the highlights is the announcement of the Hugo Award winner, and for the first time ever all of this year's shortlisted finalists are from the UK. The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is one of the world's premier literary awards in its genre. It is named after Hugo Gernsback, "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction," as he was described in a special award given to him in 1960. The Hugo Award is sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) and administered by the committee of that year's Worldcon. The award is usually given for works appearing in the previous 12 months. In addition to the Hugo Award, the Campbell Award (the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the Best New Writer) is also administered by the Worldcon cttee and assessed using the same nomination and voting mechanism as the Hugo. The Campbell Award was originally sponsored by Conde Nast Publications and Davis Publications in 1979, but in 1993 Dell Magazines took over sponsorship of this award.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

North East Business Executive of the Year Awards

Nominations for the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2005 close on Friday 5th August. The awards are organised by two local papers in the north-east of England - the Evening Gazette in Teesside and The Journal in Newcastle. The awards are open to both the service and manufacturing sectors and will reward business excellence by individuals and companies in the Tees Valley, Tyneside and Northumberland, and Durham and Wearside. A number of big name sponsors are supporting the awards, including Arriva, Dickinson Dees, Newcastle University Business School, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland and Teesside Business School. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner being held at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel on Thursday, October 27. The category of Young Business Person of the Year, open to businesspeople aged 30 or under, is again being sponsored by Newcastle University Business School. This year the winner will not only receive an award trophy from the School, but also a new honour, the David Goldman prize. Named after the late David Goldman, co-founder of SAGE, the prize will be awarded to the North East Young Business Person of the Year at the Goldman Lecture at Newcastle University on November 17th 2005.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Galway Races Show Value of Horse Racing

Last week's Galway Races, the week-long festival of racing in the west of Ireland, was said to be worth over €60m to the local economy. The festival has become a must-see event for socialites, politicians and business people alike, and has a sponsors list to match. With live television coverage by the state broadcaster in Ireland, and the country's leading political parties all hosting events in a village of corporate hospitality marquees, the Galway Races are an outstanding example of the value of horse racing for corporate promotional purposes. Highlight of the week's racing is the Hewlett-Packard Galway Plate, which was worth €200,000 to the winning owner. The 2005 event was the 21st year that Hewlett-Packard have sponsored the Galway Plate event, along with several other races at the Galway meeting. A list of UK and Ireland racecourses, and details of sponsorship and corporate hospitality opportunities, visit That site also offers silver plated equestrian trophies along with a huge collection of non-specific silver trophies, crystal awards, trays and salvers and other presentation items suitable for race sponsors. The only thing missing is a crystal Galway Plate trophy, though the winners of the event at the Galway Races actually receive a silver tray despite the name of the race.