Monday, October 31, 2005

Great Briton of 2005 Award

The search for the second annual Great Briton is underway, organised by national newspaper The Daily Telegraph in conjunction with Morgan Stanley and the Commission for Racial Equality. The Morgan Stanley Great Britons 05 honours seek to celebrate British success and recognise outstanding achievement. The public is able to nominate people in seven categories covering the Arts, Business, Campaigning, Creative Industries, Public Life, Science & Innovation, and Sport. A panel of judges will create a shortlist from all the nominations and then decide winners in each of the categories. The overall Great Briton of 2005 winner will then be chosen by public vote during an awards ceremony at London's Guildhall on 26th January (2006). The winner of last year's inaugural Great Briton award was Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the World Wide Web. These public honour awards tick many of the boxes for best practice in running an awards scheme - they benefit from the publicity reach of the Telegraph newspaper titles; they have a big-name backer in the form of Morgan Stanley; they have a prestigious venue for the awards ceremony; and the awards event will be presented by TV personality (and seasoned presenter) Clive Anderson. The only blot on this scorecard is the credibility element. Last year's shortlist included a former editor of The Daily Telegraph. This year's publicity includes reference to a Daily Telegraph campaign among the suggested contenders for the Campaign category. Given this bias, the awards run the risk of alienating other newspapers and media networks and thereby failing to get the publicity they deserve.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Trophy Disgraced by Final Performance

Usually on WinnersPodium we like to report on how awards and trophies provide inspirational and virtuous reward and recognition for good performance. Run properly, an awards scheme or competition can benefit everyone - the participants, the organisers, the sponsors and the viewing audience. But it can go wrong, and we cite yesterday's Coca-Cola International Rules Series finale in Melbourne, Australia, as one such example. The International Rules Series is a 'compromise rules' competition played between Ireland's gaelic football players and Australia's 'Aussie rules' footballers. The games, played annually, obey a mixture of rules from the two codes. Building on the cultural links between Ireland and Australia, and the similarities between the two national sports, the International Rules Series is a showcase for both codes and in the past has provided an entertaining spectacle for fans in both countries. The event has attracted a number of high profile sponsors, most notably the headline sponsor Coca-Cola. However, the 2005 Coca-Cola International Series will now be remembered only for the brutal violence that marred all four quarters of the second, and final, test in Melbourne yesterday. Described by seasoned commentators as the worst thuggery they have ever witnessed on a sports field, the televised event descended into disgrace as the professional Australian players took every opportunity to intimidate and assault the amateur Irish players. What made this all the more shocking is that the violence was unrelated to the score in the game - Australia went into the second test with a seemingly unassailable lead of 36 points, and by half-time in the game had deservedly extended this lead by a further 13 points. The worst of the apparently orchestrated violence actually occured in the third quarter, when the outcome of the game had already been decided. So, sponsors such as Coca-Cola must have winced at every bad challenge and assault as they were replayed on television to the drinks company's core family audience market. To cap it all, the International Rules Series has a new trophy for the winners, the Cormac McAnallen Trophy. This silver trophy cup was named after the late captain of the County Tyrone GAA football team, who died in 2004 at the tragically young age of 24. To see the trophy named after this much loved and widely respected amateur player, presented to the Australian players following their disgraceful off-the-ball antics, must have sickened everyone who believes in fair play in sport. It is currently being reported that the International Rules Series may be suspended next year, pending a review of its organisation. The GAA and the AFL must hope that sponsors such as Coca-Cola, along with the relevant broadcasters, will continue to support the event following the Melbourne fiasco.

Friday, October 28, 2005

UK National Television Awards 2005

The ever-popular National Television Awards were held this week in a star-studded entertainment extravaganza at London's Albert Hall. These awards, which have been running for 11 years, are guaranteed a high profile as they are judged entirely by viewer voting. Add to that the combined PR reach and energy of the TV networks and production companies, plus an event audience of over 1000 broadcasting professionals including many household names, and the NTAs are one of the highest profile industry awards in the UK. The awards ceremony, which was held on Tuesday night, was produced by Indigo Television and enjoyed a two and a half hour prime time broadcast on ITV the following night. For the record, the BBC's Doctor Who show won three awards while rival network ITV won six of the main awards.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Frost & Sullivan 2005 Excellence in Energy Awards

Frost & Sullivan, the global consulting group, has announced that it will host its 2005 Excellence in Energy Awards Banquet at London's Russell Hotel on 17th November. These corporate awards seek to recognise outstanding performance and business achievement in a range of energy and power industries. The Excellence in Energy Awards are just one of a number of business awards administered by Frost & Sullivan across a range of sectors and industries. By running these awards programmes, the consulting group benefits from establishing itself as an authority in each sector as well as, of course, the opportunities to make personal contacts with the key management personnel in the leading companies in each industry. For the Excellence in Energy Awards Banquet, Frost & Sullivan will provide all three speakers from its own global staff. This business-like approach to the event continues through to the timetable, which includes a 'Networking Cocktail Reception' and, following the awards ceremony, 'Networking Drinks'. While these most businesslike of business awards may seem like hard work, the rewards are certainly worth the effort. In addition to the industry networking opportunities, and the motivation of measuring your company's performance against your industry peers, the PR benefits of winning a Frost & Sullivan award can be enormous. As we said back in January, Everyone's A Winner in Frost & Sullivan Awards.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

National Tourism Awards for Wales 2005

The winners of the 2005 National Tourism Awards for Wales were announced at a ceremony during the three-day Showcase Wales tourism event in Cardiff last week. The awards event was hosted by BBC TV news presenter Hew Edwards and attracted an audience of 500 people. As part of the Showcase Wales event, the awards ceremony took the opportunity to showcase Welsh locations that have been used as sets for films. The event also featured entertainment from classical artiste Katherine Jenkins and a host of other artists provided music, dance and visual imagery. The awards themselves attracted some 150 entries in a total of 14 categories. An additional award for 'My Special Place 2005, jointly administered by the Wales Tourist Board and the Countryside Council for Wales, was won by Tenby. The category winners, and sponsors, are listed below:

  • Innovation in Marketing Award
    Sponsor: Visit Britain
    Winner: Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire
  • Top Day Out (Major Event / Attraction) Award
    Sponsor: Arriva Trains Wales
    Winner: Folly Farm
  • Top Day Out (Community Event / Initiative) Award
    Sponsor: Arriva Trains Wales
    Winner: Green Events
  • Golf As It Should Be Award
    Sponsor: HSBC
    Winner: The Vale Hotel Golf & Spa Resort
  • Business Tourism Award
    Sponsor: Reed Travel Exhibitions
    Winner: The Metropole
  • New Tourism Entrepreneur Award
    Sponsor: UWIC
    Winner: Bikefax
  • Best Place to Stay (Caravan) Award
    Sponsor: WDA True Taste
    Pencelli Castle Caravan & Camping Park
  • Best Place to Stay (Hotel) Award
    WDA True Taste
  • Best Place to Stay (Self-Catering) Award
    Sponsor: WDA True Taste
    Winner: Gwynfryn Farm Holidays
  • Best Place to Stay (Small Serviced) Award
    Sponsor: WDA True Taste
    Winner: Ynyshir Hall
  • Outdoor Activity Award
    Winner: Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre
  • Best Practice Learning to Succeed Award
    Sponsor: Tourism Training Forum for Wales
    Flexible Approach - Cambrian Training
  • Team Wales Tourism (UK) Award
    Sponsor: Cardiff Airport
    Winner: Cinnamon Adventures
  • Team Wales Tourism (International) Award
    Sponsor: Cardiff Airport
    Buro Britain - The Netherlands

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Monday, October 24, 2005

CEW Achiever Awards 2005

The UK CEW group (Cosmetic Executive Women) held its 4th Annual Achiever Awards last week at Claridge's in London. The awards were sponsored by World Duty Free and supported by Eve magazine, The London College of Beauty Therapy, Quest International, JSL Concepts and Headmasters Salons. A Lifetime Achiever award was presented to Barbara Hulanicki, founder of BIBA, the legendary 1960s fashion brand. She joins a prestige group of industry greats who have received this award, including Mary Quant and Vivien Westwood. Among other Achiever Award winners was Susan Taylor, MD of Elizabeth Arden and a founding member of CEW (UK). Leslie Kenton, a pioneering authority on alternative health and beauty, also received a CEW (UK) Achiever Award. Also among the winners was Chrissy Rucker, founder of the White Company, one of the UK's most successful and fastest growing businesses. For the first time a man was recognised in the awards, as Richard Bradley received a Special Industry Award for his services as chairman of Look Good ... Feel Better, the cosmetic industry charity which proactively helps raise the morale of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The CEW Members' Achievement Award was won by Nancy Cruickshank, MD of

Friday, October 21, 2005

Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

The winners of the 2005 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management were announced at a celebratory lunchceon at London's Savoy Hotel on Wednesday. The awards are run by and seek to recognise innovation, dedication and success in recycling and sustainable waste management. Winners in each of the nine categories received a custom designed crystal award trophy, along with the honour of the title. The awards were presented by ITV newscaster Mary Nightingale. Each category was sponsored, and the 2005 awards received almost 140 entries. Winner of the High Street Recycling Champion category, sponsored by Severnside, was Northern Ireland retailer Wineflair. Commercial Recycling Champion for 2005, sponsored by Valpak, was Katrina Alexander in recognition of her work in implementing recycling schemes at Bullingdon prison. The award for Commercial Waste Management Initiative, sponsored by Envirocomms, went to food company Nature's Way. The Local Authority Recycling Champion 2005, sponsored by Arbiti Consolidated, went to Barnet for its controversial move to impose a legal requirement on residents to recycle. The most keenly contested award, according to the judges, was the Local Authority Recycling Champion award, sponsored by Defra. Winner Kevin Pickaver, of Rushcliffe Borough Council, pipped fellow finalists Steve Bakewell of Vale Royal Borough Council and Mark Beagley and Edd de Coverly of Ashfield District Council. The award for Innovation in Design of a Waste Management Facility, sponsored by the ESTET Trust, went to Battlefield Enterprise Park near Shrewsbury. The honour of Collection Crew of the Year, sponsored by SITA UK, went to Daniel Frost and Edward Halkett of Daventry District Council in recognition of their work providing a dry recyclables collection service to rural parts of Daventry. The award for Resource Management Industry and Local Authority Partnership, sponsored by PaperChain, went to Viridor and Suffolk Recycling Consortium. The CA Site of the Year Award, sponsored by Transform, was awarded to Highbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Decanter World Wine Awards 2005

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2005 were announced at a presentation dinner in London recently. The awards are organised by the magazine Decanter and were also promoted on the website. These prestigious awards are pure marketing gold for the category winners and even those wines that achieve 'commended' status. These winners are entitled to display the 'winner' or 'commended' medals and logos on their promotional material and on the actual labels of their wine products. The Decanter magazine and website, along with other trade and consumer publications, carry the results of the awards. Purchasing decisions, whether by retailers or distributors, or by consumers, are then informed by the presence of the Decanter awards logos on products or the listing of the products in news of the awards. At the presentation dinner at Lindley Hall, winners of the regional and international categories were presented with engraved decanters as the Regional Trophies and the International Trophies. The decanters were designed by George Riedel. For a full selection of crystal decanters, offered with engraving and ideal as awards trophies or presentation items, visit Crystal Awards Supplier

Monday, October 17, 2005

Teaching Awards 2005

One of the UK's most high profile professional awards, The Teaching Awards, held its 2005 gala presentation last night at London's Theatre Royal. Now in its seventh year, the Teaching Awards are administered by an independent charity, the Teaching Awards Trust. The awards seek to recognise and reward best practice in education, and the 2005 Teaching Awards were supported by a host of corporate and governmental organisations including BT, The Guardian newspaper, the Department for Education and Skills, and the Royal Air Force. Among the celebrities presenting the awards were TV personality Alan Titchmarsh, singer Heather Small, actress Brenda Blethyn and Lord Melvyn Bragg. The National Ceremony was attended by 142 category winners from UK regional teaching awards. There were ten categories including such awards as the BT Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School and the Guardian Award for Teacher in a Secondary School. Each category winner was awarded with a specially commissioned trophy, the 'Plato'. This magnificent trophy features an adaptation of the sculpture 'The Thinking Head' by Glynis Owen Jones, and was selected as the winner from a competition organised by The Teaching Awards Trust in 1999.

Friday, October 14, 2005

AOP Awards 2005

The UK publishing industry group the Association of Online Publishers (AOP) held its annual awards at London's Park Lane Hotel last week. Among the headline awards, Channel 4 won the AOP Chairman's Awards while the BBC and The Guardian both won two awards. The website won the AOP award for Best Consumer Website while the BBC's new digital platform for radio downloads won the award for best use of new digital platform. The Guardian won awards for best consumer publisher and best consumer editorial team for its sporting sites on Guardian Unlimited. Sponsors for the AOP Awards included Google, HCUK, WebTrends and DoubleClick. Other notable winners on the night included Reed Business Information (Online Publisher of the Year - Business), (Best Business Website) and (Innovation award for its

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Black Enterprise Awards 2005

The 2005 UK Trade & Investment Black Enterprise Awards were announced last week at a gala ceremony at London's Guildhall. It was the fourth year of these annual awards, which recognised the achievements of Black British businesses in a total of nine categories, with an additional award of Black Enterprise Champion decided by Black Enterprise and the awards organisers. Title sponsor for the awards was UK Trade & Investment, the government organisation that provides support and services to companies seeking to supply or trade in overseas markets. Other sponsors of the 2005 Black Enterprise Awards included the magazine Noir, the conciliation service ACAS and the UK Department of Trade and Industry. The event also had an official charity, Children with AIDS Charity (CWAC). Winners of the nine category awards included Nubian Jak Ltd, creators of a 'black board game', who won the Innovator of the Year Award. The Black Enterprise Rising Star of the Year award went to Interims for Development, a business that uses the experience and expertise of British based professionals to work within African businesses on an interim basis. Media training company Media For All won the 2005 award for Emerging Company of the Year while the honour of Entrepreneur of the Year went to the 'Black Farmer', Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Impact Consortium, which offers IT support and business consultancy among its range of services. The award for Corporate Leader of the Year went to Thames Energy Ltd, an engineering consulting and contracting firm which promotes the efficient production and use of primary energy resources. Thames Energy also won a second award, the Black Enterprise and ACAS Employer of the Year award. Archipelago Textiles was awarded the International Business of the Year honour in recognition of its success as a designer and producer of exclusive hand-woven fine textiles. The 2005 Black Enterprise Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Dyke & Dryden, while the honour of Black Enterprise Champion went to Neil Folkes, Director of Technical Systems UK Ltd which manufactures garment packaging machinery.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Q Awards 2005

One of the UK music industry's most high profile awards events, the annual Q Awards, took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday night. Organised by Q magazine, the awards feature a combination of editor selections and reader voted categories. Among the career honours, the Q Special Award went to John Lennon and the Q Inspiration Award to Bjork. The Q Legend Award went to Joy Division while the Q Innovation in Sound Awards, sponsored by Sony Walkman, went to The Prodigy. The Q Outstanding Contribution to Music Award was presented to Paul Weller. In the reader voted categories, which were voted for by the readers of Q magazine and users of the website, the winners of the Best Act in the World Today (sponsored by were Coldplay. Best Video Award, sponsored by LucasArts, went to Gorillaz for Feel Good Inc, while the Q Classic Songwriter Award was presented to Nick Cave. Legendary heavy rock guitarist Jimmy Page picked up the Q Icon Award and the Q Birthday Honour went to Gladstonbury owner / organiser Michael Eavis. Manchester rock group Oasis picked up two awards, for Best Album (sponsored by and also the Q People's Choice award. Best Live Act sponsored by Marshall Amplifiers, went to U2 and Best Track, sponsored by Napster, to KT Tunstall for 'Black Horse And The Cherry Tree'.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Irish writer John Banville was last night named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. His novel 'The Sea' beat off strong competition to win the coveted literary prize. The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969 and is open to citizens of the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland. Over the years it has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes in the literary world, due largely to the integrity of its judging process. Success in the Booker Prize, both for the winners and the runners-up, has ensured large increases in book sales. According to The Guardian newspaper, the titles featured in the 2005 Man Booker Prize should earn an extra £600,000 to £1.8m for the six shortlisted titles. That article also says that by the beginning of October, the six shortlisted books had sold an extra 17,000 copies between them. In previous years, several winning and shortlisted books have subsequently been adapted into feature films, including The English Patient, Remains of the Day and Schindler's List (based on 1992 Booker Prize winner Thomas Keneally's 'Schindler's Ark). A full list of Booker Prize winners can be found on the web site.

Monday, October 10, 2005

UK E-Commerce Awards 2005

The winners of the 2005 E-Commerce Awards were announced last week at a gala dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. These national (and regional) awards are free to enter for all UK businesses, public bodies, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. They are run by the Department of Trade & Industry and InterForum, an organisation that helps businesses to trade electronically. The awards are sponsored nationally by BT and national media sponsor The Sunday Times Enterprise Network. The E-Commerce Awards are run on a regional basis in six categories, with the regional winners of each category going forward to compete in the national category finals. There is also an overall national 'E-Champion' award, which this year went to Blueheath Holdings, a London based grocery wholesaler. In addition to the honour of the title and a flat glass award trophy, Blueheath also received a cash prize of £50,000. The national category winners for 2005 were:

The 2005 E-Commerce Awards also introduced a new set of awards, the National Innovator Awards. Judged in seven categories and awarded at the national level only, these awards seek to recognise and reward innovative use of ICT. The recipicients of the inaugural Innovators Awards were:

Friday, October 07, 2005

Meetings Industry Marketing Awards 2005

The UK meetings industry, which holds its annual National Meetings Week this week, announced the winners of the 2005 Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) on Tuesday at London's Carlton Towers. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards were launched in 2002 and seek to recognise the achievements and successes of marketeers in the sector. The awards event was hosted by Sky television news presenter Vivien Creegor. The 12 awards categories included Best Web Site, Best Brochure, Best Print Advertising Campaign, Best Brand Marketing Campaign and Best Integrated Marketing Campaign. Judging was by a panel of industry experts and leading buyers and the awards were supported by a range of sponsors including: ABPCO, BACD, MIA, ICCA, ITMA and MPI. Winners of the award for Best Live Event of the Year was 'Discovery', the tourism event produced by VisitBritain.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Nominations for MTV Awards 2005

Nominations have been announced for the 2005 MTV Europe Music Video Awards, which will be held in Lisbon on November 3rd. The event will be hosted by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his character Ali G. For the awards, he will take the guise of hapless Kazakhstan TV presenter Borat Sagdiyev. Heading the list of nominees are Gorillaz and Coldplay, each of which has nominations in five categories. The full list of categories and nominations is shown below:

  • Best Male
    • 50 Cent
    • Eminem
    • Moby
    • Robbie Williams
    • Snoop Dogg
  • Best Female
    • Coldplay
    • Green Day
    • Gorillaz
    • The Black Eyed Peas
    • U2
  • Best Album
    • 50 Cent - The Massacre
    • Coldplay - X&Y
    • Green Day - American Idiot
    • Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby
    • U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  • Best Rock
    • Coldplay
    • Green Day
    • Foo Fighters
    • Franz Ferdinand
    • U2
  • Best Song
      Coldplay - Speed of Sound
    • Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
    • James Blunt - Your're Beautiful
    • Snoop Dogg (with Justin Timberlake) - Signs
    • The Chemical Brothers - Galvanise
  • Best R&B
      Alicia Keys
    • John Legend
    • Mariah Carey
    • Mario
    • Usher
  • Best Pop
    • Gwen Stefani
    • Robbie Williams
    • Shakira
    • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Best Hip-Hop
    • 50 Cent
    • Akon
    • Kanye West
    • Missy Elliott
    • Snoop Dogg
  • Best Alternative
    • Beck
    • Bloc Party
    • Goldfrapp
    • System Of a Down
    • The White Stripes
  • Best New Act
    • Akon
    • Daniel Powter
    • James Blunt
    • Kaiser Chiefs
    • Rihanna
  • Best Video
    • Beck - E-Pro
    • Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
    • Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
    • Rammstein - Keine Lust
    • The Chemical Brothers - Believe
  • Best UK & Ireland Act
    • Coldplay
    • Gorillaz
    • Kaiser Chiefs
    • James Blunt
    • Stereophonics

Monday, October 03, 2005

Nestlé Children's Book Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist of nine books has been announced for the 2005 Nestlé Children's Book Prize, an award that celebrates the very best in children's literature. The 2005 competition is the 21st year of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, formerly known as the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. The award is administered by Booktrust, an independent charity that promotes books and reading. The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Julia Eccleshare, Children's Book Editor of The Guardian newspaper. This shortlist of nine books will now be voted on by thousands of children, as hundreds of schools across the UK take part in the judging process. This participation of the actual readers of children's literature has been a feature of the Nestlé Prize and over the past 21 yeats it is estimated that half a million schoolchildren have been involved in selecting winning titles. As well as the publicity and goodwill generated by this mass participation, the awards have also acted as a springboard for several top writers. JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, won the prize three times while top children's writer Lauren Child is also a three-time winner. The 2005 winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Library in London on December 14th. The full shortlist for the award is:

  • Category: 5 Years and Under
    • 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
    • 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
    • 'The Dancing Tiger' by Malachy Doyle (Simon & Schuster)
  • Category: 6 - 8 Years
    • 'The Whisperer' by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins)
    • 'Michael Rosen's Sad Book' by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
    • 'Corby Flood' by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell (Doubleday)
  • 9 - 11 Years
    • 'I, Coriander' by Sally Gardner (Orion)
    • 'The Scarecrow and the Servant' by Philip Pullman (Doubleday)
    • 'The Whispering Road' by Livi Michael (Puffin)