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Excellence In Collaboration Award 2019

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 collaboration plays in organisations’ successes.

Why apply?

The Excellence in Collaboration 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.

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.

£300 + VAT

per entry

£500 + VAT

per entry

£150 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

21 December 2018

Judging begins

January 2019

Shortlist will be announced

February 2019

Ceremony night

16 May 2019

DWF Supports Collaboration Award

DWF is a global legal business with 27 key locations and over 3,100 people. Our purpose is to transform legal services, through our people for our clients.

Business excellence is part of our culture and enables us to deliver services and solutions that go beyond conventions and expectations. We take pride in having ‘Be better together’ as one of our core values, and we are delighted to sponsor the Excellence In Collaboration Award at the BQF UK Excellence Awards 2019.

Award Judges

Grazina Berry

CEO at The Aplastic Anaemia Trust

Grazina Berry

I’m a board-level executive with over 10 years of senior management experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors, with relentless and passionate focus on improving the quality of life for individuals, households and communities.

Currently, I am CEO of the Aplastic Anaemia Trust, a national medical research and patient support charity in the field of rare disease, and prior – Group Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation at the Recovery Focus Group – a family of organisations focused on providing excellent mental health services across England.

A key strand running through my career and a huge factor in success has been my belief in the power and value of collaborative working – whether it’s getting a group of people together to come up with creative ideas on how to improve customer service, energising a group of academics to come together to agree a shared strategy, or a high value merger to become more prominent, more efficient and responsive to the customer needs.

I have worked with the BQF on a number of occasions over the years, which was an immensely enjoyable and highly productive experience, as well as an excellent source of learning and growth for me personally. It is a true privilege to have been invited to be a part of the Jury Panel at the Excellence Awards 2019.”

Tony Delaney

Associate Director at Colas Ltd

Tony Delaney_BQF

“I’ve been working for Colas since 2005 and during that time I’ve gained significant experience as I have held roles responsible for ICT, Environmental Services, Marketing & Communications, Plant & Transport, Business Improvement and Quality. I hold the IoD Diploma in Company Direction and I’m a member of the British Computer Society.

As the Associate Director responsible for Quality within Colas and in the past for Business Improvement, I’m very familiar with the BQF awards system and the EFQM model. Colas has been an EFQM 5 star Company since 2011. Over the last 3 years a formal approach to collaborative relationships has been implemented and Colas holds the ISO 44001 Collaborative Business Relationships certification. Collaboration is a key aspect of our business as we engage with a multitude of customers, suppliers and contractors on every project that we embark on, completing these successfully is often driven by effective collaboration.

It’s quite an honour to be asked to be a BQF jury member and it will give me the opportunity to give something back. I’m a big believer in collaboration and it will be very interesting to see how other businesses are using collaboration to achieve their business goals.”

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 2019 awards ceremony is taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London – Hyde Park’s proud mid-century architectural icon.

2018 Winners

Find out more about the 2018 winners, sponsors and host, Jake Humphrey.