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Excellence In Collaboration Award 2020


Excellence in Collaboration Award

040 BQF UK Excellence Awards 2020 - Excellence in Collaboration Award

It is increasingly normal for organisations to work with partners to achieve desired results for their stakeholders. There are many situations where working in these formal and informal arrangements is necessary in order for complementary capabilities to deliver the outcomes for customers, for example. This new award acknowledges the role that working in collaborative arrangements plays in organisations’ successes.

Why apply?

This award gives you the opportunity to share the success of a partnership, from which you are proud of its achievements. As this award reflects the positive nature of working together this could be the ideal time to submit a joint application with your partner organisation(s) to promote how well it was developed and what have been the successes.

Who should apply?

This award is open to all types of partnering, including supply chain relationships where two or more different organisations have developed a successful way of working together and can demonstrate that success. Individuals, such as sole traders can also nominate their own collaborations.

How to apply?

Entry is simple – by completion of an online application form and submission of supporting evidence.

Application Criteria

The judges will be looking for successful partnership arrangements which you consider demonstrate excellence in the way the partnership was developed, the way it works together on a day to day basis and the results achieved from that partnership for the relevant stakeholders.

Applications for this award must be from different organisations and not from within the same group or a department within the same organisation.


PLEASE NOTE: Gold and Gold Plus members are entitled to 1 free entry to either Excellence in Awards or the Lean Six Sigma Academy Award. Silver members are entitled to a half price entry to either Excellence in Awards or the Lean Six Sigma Academy Award.

£300 + VAT

per entry

£500 + VAT

per entry

£150 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

7 February 2020

Judging begins

February 2020

Shortlist will be announced

23 March 2020

Ceremony night

Autumn 2020 – date to be confirmed

Award Judges

Kevin Newey

Director of Engineering Assurance at Arm

Kevin Newey

“Disruptor. Technologist. Innovator.

Experienced business transformation, governance and assurance professional with over 20 years’ experience in high tech, software, semiconductor, biotech, pharmaceutical industries.

I am enthusiastic about empowering people with the ability to challenge the status quo and increase their capability by thinking about what truly matters and adds value to their work. I collaborate with brilliant teams to blast through bureaucracy, harness values and strengths and make the impossible possible.

Collaboration will be key to how organisations of all types solve the big hairy problems that the world faces.

Arjen Cooper-Rolfe

CEO at Invopak

Arjen Cooper-Rolfe

“Invopak is a leading supplier of packaging containers forming a critical part of the supply chain and manufacturing process for over 4,000 Customers.

I officially joined as the owner of Invopak in 2011 and although the business had always been run well with hard working and committed people, it had become inward looking. However, I saw so much potential to unlock and, together with my Team, we embarked on the transformation of what was a stereotypically traditional family business into a progressive customer and people involved organisation. Invopak has totally embraced the ethos of a common purpose and set of values to drive a culture of performance.  The business has evolved into the dynamic leader of its sector and a beacon of best practise in colleague engagement and customer care.

For the 2020s, I am committed to continuing the journey with industry improvements in customer service, automation and sustainable packaging.

Being a judge at the BQF Awards is an opportunity to hear how top companies and leaders are achieving success whilst learning about their latest business developments, network with other professionals and offer feedback on the entrants.”

Angelique Macrez

Group Performance Improvement Manager at Osborne

Angelique Macrez 1

“I am currently the Head of Performance Improvement for the Osborne Group. My career as a quality professional brought me to the UK from France working with Bouygues. I then moved to the railway industry with MTR Crossrail and came back to the construction sector to join Osborne in a new strategic role reporting directly to the CEO.

I advocate a Gemba Walks approach to implementing quality improvement across business. In this way people at all levels work closely and collaboratively to improve processes, create novel visual solutions and ultimately shift mindsets on how we approach quality.

I was the winner of the CQI Quality Professional of the Year Award in 2019 and I am excited to be a judge for the 2020 BQF Excellence in Collaboration Award. I know from experience the importance collaboration plays in making quality change programmes successful in every business.”

2019 Award Winner

Living with Water is a UK voluntary partnership between Yorkshire Water, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council & the Environment Agency. Sharing resources, data and working together to maximise public benefits and amenity achieved through projects to increase flood awareness and reduce the impact of flood risk and flooding events.

Awards FAQs

Can I nominate more than one person for this award?

Yes, you can enter as many individuals as you like for this Leadership Award.

Can I nominate myself for this award?

Individuals cannot apply themselves but should be nominated by a reporting line manager/Head of/Director or previous employer.  The nomination should be endorsed by an additional peer, stakeholder or client.

When is entry deadline?

Entry deadlines for the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 31st of October.

Awards Ceremony

The 2020 awards ceremony is taking place at 8 Northumberland Avenue in the city of London.

2019 Winners

Find out more about the 2019 winners from the UK Excellence Awards ceremony.