Friday, September 30, 2005

UK IT Awards

It was a busy week for the UK's IT industry as two major awards were announced. On Tuesday the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards 2005 were held at London's Park Lane Hotel. Winners were announced in 14 categories, with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the UK Technology Industry going to Sir Terry Matthews. Other categories included the Public Sector Technology Project of the Year, sponsored by Fujitsu and won by Ashford Borough Council. A full list of winners and sponsors of the 2005 CNET Networks UK Technology Awards can be seen at the CNET site.

On Thursday the Park Lane Hilton was host to the second major IT awards ceremony of the week, as the British Computer Society (BCS) announced its IT Professional Awards. These awards seek to honour IT innovation and personal ingenuity across all sectors of business, academia, government and public service. The awards recognise excellence, professionalism and innovation across five categories: business achievement, technological innovation, professional development, e-GIF and individual excellence. This year's awards also included a mobile computing award for the first time, recognising the fast changing nature of the technology sector. A total of 94 medallists were shortlisted for the awards, from a record number of entrants. Each of the five main categories had winners in a number of sub-categories, while there were two BCS President's Awards: The Symantec Mobile computing Award went to eCourier and the Women in IT Award, sponsored by Cisco Systems, went to Sopra Newell & Budge. A full list of winners and sponsors can be found on the BCS IT Professional Awards 2005 press release.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Manufacturer Awards 2005

The winners of the Manufacturer Awards, one of the UK's largest industry awards, were announced last night. Capping the first day of the Manufacturer LIVE event at the International Centre in Telford, the awards ceremony was a glittering affair attended by over 600 guests. The ceremony was hosted by TV personality Philippa Forrester, who introduced the finalists in each of the ten awards categories. Biggest winner on the night was Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Food, which won two category awards as well as the coveted Manufacturer of the Year Award 2005. In addition to the accolade, the winners also received a magnificent crystal awards trophy. Fuller details of winners, categories and sponsors are provided below:

  • Leadership and Strategy Award
    Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Winner: Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Food
  • Design and Innovation Award
    Sponsored by Renaissance South Yorkshire
    Winner: Impey UK
  • World Class Manufacturing Award
    Sponsored by TBM Consulting
    Winner: Group Lotus
  • The Skills and HR Award
    Sponsored by SEMTA & Jobcentre Plus
    Winner: Ford Motor Company
  • IT in Manufacturing Award
    Sponsored by Microsoft Business Solutions
    Winner: Magellan Aerospace (UK)
  • Logisitics and Supply Chain Award
    Sponsored by Oliver Wight
    Winner: Oxoid
  • Manufacturing Operations Award
    Sponsored by UGS & Sun
    Winner: Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Food
  • Automotive Supply Chain Award
    Sponsored by HP & SAP
    Winner: Land Rover & NYK Logistics
  • Aerospace Supply Chain Award
    Sponsored by HP & SAP
    Winner: Icore International
  • Process Industries Supply Chain Award
    Sponsored by PICME
    Winner: JohnsonDiversey
  • The Manufacturer of the Year Award
    Sponsored by Barclays
    Winner: Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Food

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

CRN Channel Awards 2005

The shortlist has been announced for the CRN Channel Awards 2005, a major industry award for the UK's IT vendor, distributor and reseller sectors. The awards ceremony will be attended by over 1400 industry figures at London's Battersea Park Arena on Thursday 24th November. 2005 will be the 12th year of the CRN Channel Awards, the industry's most prestigious and respected awards event. This year sees a streamlining of the categories, with a total of 20 awards under three main categories: Vendor Awards, Distributor Awards and Reseller Awards. The full shortlist for the CRN Channel Awards can be found on the Channel Awards web site. Sponsors for this event include AMD, HP, Hammer, SPHiNX, Comms-care, ViewSonic, Phoenix and Netgear. The awards trophies feature engraved curved flat glass awards (see images from 2004 CRN Channel Awards). A selection of similar flat glass awards is available to buy, with free engraving, from the Crystal Awards Supplier web site.

Archive of Business Awards

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cushman & Wakefield Student Fashion Awards

The winner of the Cushman & Wakefield Student Fashion Award 2005 was announced at a glamorous ceremony at London's Royal Opera House recently. These prestigious awards are the only national fashion awards in the country specifically aimed at students. They are organised by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and sponsored by real estate company Cushman & Wakefield. Now in their fourth year they are open to all second and third year BA fashion and textile students in the UK. To enter the awards, students must submit a sheet of designs answering a strict brief. These submissions are short-listed to 24 and each of the shortlisted students is then given £100 to assist in making the garment. The final 24 designs from a total of over 350 entries from across the UK were revealed at a catwalk show at the Royal Opera House hosted by fashion designer Jeff Banks FCSD, a former President of CSD. The panel of judges chaired by Jeff banks also included the king of stretch jeans Peter Golding, Barbara Horspool, head of womenswear design Marks & Spencer, Professor Wendy Dagworthy, Royal College of Art, Anne Tyrrell FCSD, vice president British Fashion Council, Anne Sinclair FCSD and Jill Morris FCSD. Zandra Rhodes, Amanda Wakeley and fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph Hilary Alexander were also involved in earlier stages of the judging. This year the theme for the finalists was the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Africa, South America and South East Asia. The winner of the final, Takayako Tanaka of Central St Martins, London, took his inspiration from Tibetan monks. As winner, he receives £5000 and a further £2000 for his course. The first and second runners-up each received £1000. Perhaps more importantly, each of the shortlisted students - and particularly the final eight - had their work showcased to key industry people, giving them a headstart in the competition for jobs, placements and contracts after graduation.

Monday, September 26, 2005

EMMY Awards 2005

We couldn't let last week's 57th annual EMMY Awards ceremony go by without a comment. It just doesn't seem like a year since the last EMMY awards. Which of course it isn't. Last week's event was the 57th Annual Primetime EMMY Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on 18th September. Whereas the previous week the Shrine hosted the 57th Annual Creative Arts EMMY Awards. These are not to be confused, of course, with the 32nd Annual Daytime EMMY Awards, which were held in May. There are very good reasons for this distribution of the 'EMMY' franchise, one of which is the fact that the awards are administered by three sister organizations; the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. These three organisations boast a combined membership of over 12,000 industry professionals, each of whom is entitled to vote within the category that applies to their area of expertise. One of the benefits of the distribution of EMMY awards is that it extends the reach of the 'brand', offering at least two top level awards ceremonies a year. This year's primetime awards show saw its TV ratings rise by 30% compared to last year, as 18.6m Americans watched the three hours of televised coverage of the awards. The 2005 TV show was broadcast by CBS, whereas the 2004 show was broadcast by ABC and achieved the EMMY's lowest U.S.A. viewing numbers for 15 years.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

10th Annual Webby Awards Seek Entries

The 10th Annual Webby Awards have been launched with calls for entries from websites across the globe. The awards, dubbed 'the online equivalent of an Oscar' by The New York Times, seek to honour web sites and the innovators behind them. The 10th Annual awards will have a total of 65 categories, including three new blog categories that reflect the changing nature of the Internet. For the 9th Annual awards the winners were selected from over 4,400 entries from 40 countries. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organisation with over 500 members including musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, The Body Shop President Anita Roddick, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser and fashion designer Max Azria. Nominees and Webby Worthy selections will be announced in April 2006 and the winning sites will be unveiled in May ready for the New York City awards ceremony in June 2006. To nominate a site for the 10th Annual Webby Awards, or to find out more about these awards, visit the Webby Awards web site.

Friday, September 23, 2005

MOBO Music Awards 2005

The winners of the 2005 MOBO Awards have been announced. The MOBO Awards were launched in 1996 and seek to highlight the influence of Music Of Black Origin. Since that first televised awards ceremony, the event has grown in stature and significance within the music industry. Artist Kayne West saw sales of his College Dropout album soar by over 60% following an unprecedented seven nominations in the 2004 MOBO awards, highlighting the importance of the awards to the music business. In the 2005 awards, artist Lamar was nominated in five categories and won two titles - Best Album for 'Time To Grow' and UK Act of the Year. Other award categories included Best Hip Hop Act, Best RnB Act, Best Single, Best UK Newcomer, Best Reggae Act, Best African Act, Best Jazz Act, Best World Music Act and Best Video. The BBC, which will broadcast the awards ceremony, has a detailed list of winners and finalists. The involvement of the BBC was a real coup for the event organisers - not only did it guarantee television coverage of the awards, but the BBC also has huge marketing reach via its print, radio and Web properties. By partnering with the BBC, the MOBO Awards gained wide publicity via these BBC channels.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Nominees Announced for Q Awards 2005

Nominations have been announced for the 2005 Q Awards, the high profile music industry awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on October 10th. Perennial Q favourites Oasis are dominating the announcement headlines, having been nominated for five awards. In previous years the Manchester rock band has won Q Awards for 'Best New Act' (1994), 'Best Live Act' (1995 and 2004) and 'Best Act In The World Today' (1996 and 1997). Rival British rock group Coldplay have been nominated for four awards. The Q Awards are one of the few music industry prizes that are voted for by the public. This year's public vote categories include: Best New Act (sponsored by Island Records); Best Live Act; Best Track; Best Album (sponsored by Play.com); and Best Act in the World Today (sponsored by Aloud.com). Among other sponsors, Play.com is 'official retail sponsor' and Carling 'official beer' for the Awards, while the 'official wine sponsor' is PKNT.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

FIFpro World XI Player Awards

The inaugural awards ceremony for the FIFpro World XI Player Awards took place at the BBC Television studios in west London on Monday. FIFpro is a global representative body for all professional football players, and the awards were selected via a secret ballot of the organisation's 38,000 members. Top honour went to Barcelona's Brazilian player Ronaldinho, with Manchester United's England star Wayne Rooney winning the Young Player of the Year Award. The ceremony, produced by Celador Music and Events, will be broadcast to a global audience of over 150 million viewers. The event was a mixture of football accolades and popular entertainment. Hosted by TV presenter Denise van Outen and singer turned actor Martin Kemp, the guests included actress Minnie Driver and pop star Rachel Stevens. In fact, such was the mixture of football and entertainment celebrities that media organisations were faced with a dilemma - should they send their sports or entertainment journalists to cover the event? According to one report, the best efforts of the PR people to secure coverage of their pop stars and actors were met with bemused looks from grizzled soccer hacks. It remains to be seen how the event will go down with the broadcast public.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Mercury Music Prize 2005

The annual UK and Ireland pop music award, the Mercury Prize, was announced this week amid the sort of publicity that this highly respected award has cultivated very well since it launched in 1992. The judging panel has frequently eschewed the more populist choices from the 12-strong shortlists, and the 2005 winner was no exception. The winner was Anthony and the Johnson's for the album 'I Am A Bird Now', which beat competition from the likes of Coldplay and the Kaiser Chiefs. In previous years, the more esoteric choices for winners have included Talvin Singh in 1999 (ahead of Blur, The Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics) and Roni Size / Reprazent in 1997 (ahead of The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, The Prodigy, Radiohead and Suede). This studied avoidance of the populist vote certainly doesn't seem to do the Mercury Prize any harm in terms of the prestige and esteem of the award, and always helps to generate valuable publicity. Two things we'd like to add regarding this prize. Firstly, the benefits to the winners are huge; it was estimated that after Franz Ferdinand were award the 2004 prize, sales of their self-titled album doubled. And secondly, we just have to mention the name. Again. Sure, it must have been raised a hundred times or more in marketing circles, but really. The 'Mercury' prize? The name was given to the award by its original sponsors, the now defunct telecoms company Mercury. Unfortunate for all concerned that the company went out of business. But to keep their name on the award? Now we have the situation where the current sponsor, Nationwide, gets joint billing with a defunct brand - the award is officially titled the Nationwide Mercury Prize. Is it just me, or does this not foreground the transient and ephemeral nature of brands at the very point at which the sponsor - currently Nationwide - is seeking a far more positive emotional return on its investment?

Friday, September 02, 2005

Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2005

UK classical music radio station Classic FM has teamed up with Haymarket-owned specialist magazine The Gramophone to produce the 2005 Classic FM Gramophone Awards. This is the 29th year of the Gramophone Awards, often dubbed the 'Oscars' of the classical music world. Six discs have been selected by a panel of experts as winners in six categories. This shortlist was announced on September 1st at Wigmore Hall. Now readers and listeners are invited to vote for the Record of the Year, to be selected from the six award winners. The six winners will receive substantial airtime as well as the attendant publicity. The winners will be broadcast in the afternoon show on Classic FM on 17th and 18th September, while the editor of The Gramophone will host two special hour-long Awards programmes on 24th September and 1st October. Listeners to the Classic FM station can also vote for their favourite artist in the Classic FM Listeners' Choice Award. Voting for this honour closed on 9th September. The Gramophone Awards will be announced at the Dorchester Hotel in London. In addition to the Record of the Year and Listener's Choice Awards, there will also be awards presented for Lifetime Achievement, Artist of the Year, Editor's Choice, Special Achievement of the Year and Label of the Year.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

BT Digital Music Awards 2005

Music awards for the digital age! The BT Digital Music Awards seek to celebrate the way that users listen to, watch, download and enjoy music and artists in the digital eta - online, on mobile phones, via digital radio and on interactive TV. With that in mind, it has been announced that the BT DMA 05 event is to be broadcast nationally on Channel 4 television and subsequently on the digital channel E4. The awards ceremony will take place at London's Hammersmith Palais venue on 18th October. There are 18 awards categories, from which fans may vote in 13 categories via the awards site at www.dma05.com. The remaining five categories, which include Best Digital Campaign, Best Use of Broadband and Best Innovation, will be judged by a panel of experts. The BT Digital Music Awards are supported by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), the Official UK Charts Company, Phonographic Performance Ltd and The Mobile Entertainment Forum. The awards ceremony is being hosted in association with iTunes, Intel, Yahoo! Music and Motorola.