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2018 Award Finalists


After many hours of deliberation, consideration, reflection and discussion the scores are in and we are thrilled to announce the finalists for all UK Excellence Award categories.

Thank you to all of the outstanding organisations who submitted an award entry.

Selecting finalists from a record number of exceptional entries from a broad range of organisations was a tough job for the judges. They were hugely impressed with the high standard of unique and innovative ideas, projects and people supporting the drive for excellence within their organisations.

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the finalists and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the UK Excellence Awards Ceremony in London on March 15 2018.

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2018 Award Finalists

UK Excellence Award

The UK Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve. Launched in 1994, the award reaches a landmark in 2018, its 25th year and recognises organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation.

2018 Finalists

BQF Lean Six Sigma Academy Award

This award recognises innovation and a measurable improvement from a project employing Lean, Lean Six Sigma or other performance improvement methodologies.

2018 Finalists

Innovation in Customer Experience Award

This award recognises organisations that have enhanced customer experience by implementing new and innovative strategies.  Organisations must demonstrate how innovation has delivered significant business benefits and improved customer satisfaction ratings.

2018 Finalists

Innovation in Employee Engagement Award

The judges will be looking for organisations that have demonstrated how they harness the talents and creativity of their people to make their organisation more productive and a better place to work.

2018 Finalists

Innovation in Diversity and Equality Award

This is a brand new award for BQF introduced to celebrate those organisations who champion equality, diversity and human rights every day. They have a strong ethos of ‘opportunity for all’ giving every individual a chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

2018 Finalists

Innovation in Sustainability and Society Award

Excellent organisations have a positive impact on the world around them by improving and advancing the economic, environmental and social conditions within the communities they impact or interact with.

2018 Finalists

Business Improvement and Transformational Leader Award

This award recognises an individual who has made an exceptional contribution and long-term positive impact through a career of transformation and continuous improvement. They are highly respected professionals continuously looking for new ways to innovate; responsible for leading people; developing tangible strategies and goals over a sustained period having an enduring impact.

2018 Finalists

Emerging Business Improvement and Transformational Leader Award

This award recognises an individual at the early stages in their career who has made an exceptional contribution in their organisation. They have demonstrated the potential, ability and ambition to go above and beyond starting to drive change and transformation within their business in a single strand, project or department.

2018 Finalists

What Next?
UK Excellence Awards Ceremony

For our 25th Anniversary we’ve relocated our awards ceremony to Guildhall – London’s powerhouse since the twelfth century.

Our UK Excellence Awards offer guests not only the opportunity to network but also to celebrate with over 500 professional and senior decision makers throughout the evening. As well as the ceremony itself, the night also offers an exclusive drinks reception and an awards after party, which will both be held in the largest surviving medieval Crypts in London – the oldest part of Guildhall dating back to the time of Edward the Confessor.

Taking place at the Guildhall in the City of London on 15 March 2018, this Black Tie event is a must-attend for anyone in the business world.

Register your interest for our 2019 Awards

Interested in applying for our awards next year or perhaps sponsoring? Register your interest today!


For our 25th Anniversary we’ve relocated our awards ceremony to Guildhall – London’s powerhouse since the twelfth century.


Take a look at our 2016 awards highlights video where we interview finalists, winners and sponsors.


In the spirit of continuous improvement we’ve made some big changes to our annual UK Excellence Awards.