The UK Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve. Launched in 1994, it recognises organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation.
Organisations are assessed against the EFQM Excellence Model, Europe's leading management framework, which enables them to assess their degree of excellence, and helps them to understand their key strengths and areas for improvement.
The main aims of the Award are to help organisations improve their performance and to recognise those which have shown exceptional ability and performance in the management of their organisation.
Benefits of applying
“Before we began using the EFQM Excellence Model, we were primarily a ‘Tea and Tissues (and a lot of data)’ outfit. Today, thanks to the embedding of the Model and the consistent, perceptive and thorough assessment and support work of the BQF, we are a sophisticated, robust and professional department; agile in response but always compassionate to our core customers. UK Excellence Award Assessment? A step well worth taking” Reverend Dr Lesley Cooke, Dean of Students, Student Support & Guidance, University of Chester - UK Excellence Award winner: 2014
Our awards are announced and presented at our annual UK Excellence Award Ceremony, usually in the presence of our Patron, HRH the Princess Royal. Finalists and Winners are widely featured on our website and in our member magazine, UK Excellence. UK Excellence Award applicants may be recognised during the Ceremony at the following levels:
Winners and finalists
The Jury may identify any number of equal status award winners from amongst the chosen finalists. These organisations will have demonstrated that they are role models of excellence across all nine criteria of the Model.
In recognition of the excellent achievement of scoring in excess of 600 points in a rigorous award assessment, all applicants scoring at this level will receive Excellence600 certification, indicating that they are performing to an exceptionally high standard.
The Jury may commend any organisation not selected as a finalist that has made significant progress on its excellence journey.
To ensure all applicants have the opportunity to present themselves to the best advantage, an experienced award facilitator will be appointed, free of charge, to help plan the submission.
Each new applicant is initially required to complete a qualification file for assessment by the Eligibility Committee. This document should contain key information about the applicant organisation including its history, products and markets. It should also include key data for the four Results criteria of the EFQM Excellence Model. (Organisations achieving R4E 5* and regional Award Winners do not have to fulfil this qualification stage)
In the event that the eligibility committee decides that an organisation is not eligible to enter, there are two options available to enable it to understand the reasons:
Once eligibility is confirmed, the applicant is required to prepare and submit an enabler map describing how the organisation approaches each of the five Enabler criteria of the Model. This enabler map and the qualification (results) file together form the award submission which is sent to the allocated assessor team.
After reviewing the submission, the assessor team meets to reach consensus and plan the site visit, in collaboration with the applicant. Further material can be produced during the visit, including latest results. At the end of the visit, the team reach a final consensus on their findings, and score. This information is presented to the UK Excellence Award Jury
Once all the assessments are complete, the assessors produce a comprehensive feedback report detailing the organisation’s strengths and any identified opportunities for improvement.
The fees for entering the UK Excellence Award are:
|No of Employees||BQF Member||Non-member|
|50 and under||£4,137 + VAT||£4,964 + VAT|
|51 - 250||£4,958 + VAT||£5,950 + VAT|
|250 plus||£6,732 + VAT||£8,078 + VAT|
(Deposit payable at registration: £2,000 + VAT, BQF members: £2,400 + VAT non members - balance due with submission)
Please note that where a site visit is carried out, the applicant is responsible for the expenses incurred by the assessor team (accommodation and travel).
The key dates/deadlines for the 2015 UK Excellence Award are:
|Workshop for applying organisations||27 January|
|Register intent to apply||6 February|
|Submit qualification file (new applicants)||27 February|
|Complete submission||24 April|
|Assessor team consensus and site visit planning||June|
|Site visit week||6–10 July|
|Jury meeting||23 July|
|Feedback reports sent||August|
|2015 UK Excellence Award Ceremony||15 October|