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Award FAQs

Awards entries

Am I eligible to enter?

All organisations can enter our awards. Please see our individual award categories pages for more information on who can apply and the criteria for applying.

Can companies of any size enter?

Yes. We encourage companies of all sizes and from all sectors to enter our awards.

Why should we enter?

The Annual BQF UK Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding organisations who demonstrate exceptional levels of excellence across key areas of their business.

The Awards honour the champions, the innovators, the leaders, the role models… in fact any organisation, and new for 2018, individuals engaged in and committed to improving business for employees, customers and stakeholders.

  • Demonstrate to all your stakeholders your commitment to business improvement throughout your organisation.
  • Reward your team for their hard work and celebrate your business excellence.
  • Benchmark and showcase your achievements amongst world leading organisations and business leaders at our UK Excellence Awards Ceremony.
  • Get Valuable feedback if you are shortlisted as a finalist.
  • Be recognised for your business excellence, attracting new businesses and stakeholders.

How do I enter?

Applicants can enter our awards via online submissions.

Please follow the below links to access the award submission links:

For our UK Excellence Award we do not have an online submission link. Please email [email protected] to discuss this award in more detail.

Can I enter more than one award?

Yes, organisations are welcome to enter as many awards as they want.

I'm unsure on which award to enter. Can I get guidance?

You can find full guidance for each category on the respective pages. Alternatively contact the Awards team at [email protected] or telephone 020 7654 5000.

Can we enter overseas awards?

Please contact the Awards team for more information.

When are the entry deadlines?

The entry deadlines are outlined on each of the categories pages.

Deadline for entry to the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 6th of November.

For the UK Excellence Award deadline please see the appropriate webpage.

Can I get a discount?

BQF Members are eligible for up to 30% discount dependent on how many entries they make.

Innovation Awards: Charities, charitable trusts or not-for-profit organisations are eligible for the discounted rate of £150 plus VAT.

Please contact the Awards team for further information.

Is there an early bird rate?

Awards entry fees have been heavily discounted for 2018 therefore we are not offering an early bird rate this time.  However, you can benefit from a 10% early bird rate if you book your table at the Awards Ceremony before 31 July 2017.

How much does it cost to enter?

Please see category pages for details of entry fees.


When and where is the Ceremony?

Our UK Excellence Awards Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday 15th March 2018 at the Guildhall in the City of London. Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony can purchase a ticket. You don’t need to enter an award to attend.

Who is the special guest attending the awards ceremony?

We are proud and delighted to announce Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal will be our guest of honour at the prestigious UK Excellence Awards Ceremony in March.

Our Patron for more than 15 years, Her Royal Highness will open the Awards ceremony that honours the champions, the innovators, the leaders and the role models from a broad range of organisations demonstrating exceptional levels of excellence.

Who is the host this year?

Jake Humphrey is the anchor for BT Sport’s Premier League and FA Cup coverage as well as presenter on the Champions League and Europa League.

His love of football was evident with his previous stints presenting BBC Sport’s Football Focus, Match of the Day and Final Score, as well as international football.

At the helm of the BBC’s Formula One programming for four years. Jake’s broadcast credits include the Delhi Commonwealth Games and hosting live coverage of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.

Find out more about Jake by visiting his website.

How much are the award ceremony tickets?

Tables of 12 are £3,250 + VAT.

Tables of 10 are £2,750 + VAT.

Half tables (5 Individuals) are £1,400 + VAT.

Individual tickets are £295 + VAT.

Can I book individual seats?

Yes. Guests can book either tables, half tables or individual seats for our Awards Ceremony.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for our awards ceremony is always black tie.

Do we receive anything for winning or being shortlisted?

All winners will receive a trophy and a certificate on the night of awards ceremony. Finalists and winners will receive a feedback report after the Ceremony.

What companies will be attending the awards ceremony?

A list of companies attending our awards ceremony will be released closer to the event. In the meantime, our guest list for our 2016 award ceremony can be accessed here.

How do I get to Guildhall?

Guildhall is just minutes from Bank, Mansion House and St Paul’s underground stations and a short walk from Cannon Street, Moorgate and Liverpool Street underground and rail stations.

For further directions to the awards venue please download the official Guildhall map.

Is the Awards Venue suitable for guests with accessibility needs?

Guildhall is a fully accessible venue with step-free access and disabled toilets throughout.

Where is the nearest car park to the awards venue?

There are eight City of London and NCP car parks in the Square Mile. The nearest is located at London Wall.

Are there any hotels nearby to the Guildhall?

Yes, there are many hotels located nearby to the Guildhall. Please see below:

  • The Grange Tower Hill Hotel.
  • CitizenM Tower Of London Hotel.
  • Novotel London Tower Bridge.
  • Grange St. Paul’s Hotel.
  • Four Seasons Tower Hill.
  • The Montcalm At Brewery London City.
  • Malmaison London.
  • Apex London Wall Hotel.

Question not here?

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Application Process

Can I supply supplementary material?

Entrants are able to upload images, tables and graphs to support their entries. These should be a maximum of 10mb per file and is limited to a maximum of 5 files per submission. This should not be used for customer/colleague testimonials or additional supporting documents, which will be included in the overall submission word count. Where possible, include all text in the online entry form. Video/media files can be submitted.
Acceptable appendices include: photos, data tables; graphs

What are the rules of entry?

Full guidelines are provided for each of the categories.  Please visit the category pages for more information.

Do all awards submissions receive feedback?

All award applicants will receive feedback regarding their submission.

Judging Process

Who are the judges?

Judges for each of the categories will be announced at a later date.  You can sign up to receive regular Awards updates to find out more.

What is the judging process?

There is full guidance on how to apply for each of the categories. Please visit the category pages for more information.

When will I know I am a finalist?

Finalists for all categories will be notified at the end of November 2017. A representative from BQF will contact award entries via email or phone to let them know if they have been successful or not. We will also announce the shortlist on our website and social media.

When do I find out if I have won?

All award winners will be announced at our UK Excellence Awards Ceremony which will take place on the 15th of March, 2018 at the Guildhall. Visit the Awards Ceremony webpage for more information.


What PR & Marketing Opportunities will there be if I’m shortlisted?

There are a host of opportunities for all shortlisted companies. We will announce all finalists and winners via Social Media, BQF website, e-newsletters and news items. We can also develop and share case studies for each of the winning organisations. We will also be filming the night of the awards ceremony and will be interviewing finalists and winners on the night.

How can I keep up to date?

To stay in the loop and to find out the latest news please register your interest via our online form for award updates.


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.