Outstanding performance and commitment to UK industry was recognised in March when we announced the winners for all 2018 UK Excellence Award categories.
The ceremony was hosted by Jake Humphrey, BT Sports anchor and took place at the historic Guildhall in London for our 25th Anniversary year. We were also proud and delighted to welcome our patron for more than 15 years, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, to attend as guest of honour and to help present the UK Excellence Award.
The evening, which was sponsored by bsi, recognised and honoured the champions, the innovators, the leaders and the role models from a broad range of organisations demonstrating exceptional levels of excellence.
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 reached a landmark in 2018, its 25th year and recognised organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joanna Parker, Virgin Trains East Coast
We also want to recognise the organisations who have exceeded the Five Star Level of Excellence. We introduced Excellence 600 as a way of motivating existing high scoring organisations to achieve even more.
We are pleased to acknowledge the following organisations who have achieved in excess of 600 points: