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Excellence in Employee Engagement Award 2019

Excellence in Employee Engagement Award

Excellence-In-Employee Engagement Award-2019

Have you banished the Monday morning blues? Do your employees lunch and learn every day, not just in room C on Thursday at 1pm? Do your employees relish a change of plan? If so enter the Employee Engagement Award. This has been consistently our most popular award.

Why apply?

Give your teams a huge pat on the back and enter this award. Share your successful employee engagement story and help others to make their employees happy. It’s an opportunity to showcase your successes and signify the quality of your business.

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 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.
  • Projects and initiatives which you consider demonstrate excellence in its planning and/or its implementation
  • Supported by positive results.

£300 + VAT

per entry

£500 + VAT

per entry

£150 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

November 2018

Judging begins

February 2019

Shortlist will be announced

March 2019

Ceremony night

16 May 2019

2018 Award Winner

National Express’ winning submission focused on its ‘Health Bus’ – a dedicated mobile health facility that has been created as a direct result of employee survey feedback. This unique and innovative facility has already been visited by employees over 5,000 times and it is unique within the transport sector. The initiative has clearly improved Health and welfare at National Express Bus and judges agreed it was a “brilliant innovation that benefits staff directly and in larger measure than the company

Award Judges

Rita Green

Senior Partner at Catalyst Consulting

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“Enabling successful change, be it culture, performance or process, is my hallmark. I am currently a highly experienced international change management consultant and an EFQM Excellence expert and EFQM Licensed Advisor.

With CIPD membership (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) I have a clear focus on leadership and people. I also have a deep application of the EFQM Model in a wide range of organisations over a sustained (twenty year) period, from assessing several UK and European Excellence Award companies (eg BAE Systems, BMW), along with a number of public sector organisations to EFQM Levels of Excellence (eg Hull College, Derbyshire Probation Service, Southern Rail), to assisting organisations to prepare for their EFQM assessments (eg power generation, cleaning services, not for profit).”

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“Whilst Business Excellence Director for Rolls-Royce, I designed a self-assessment tool to develop the operational improvement strategy for business units through facilitated leadership team workshops. The demand became so great that I trained and coached a group of senior managers to facilitate self-assessment, thereby enhancing their leadership and business capabilities.

I am, and have been for many years, passionate about the positive impact that inspirational leadership at all levels can bring to an organisation, not only for the benefit of its customers but equally for its people.  My motivation to be a BQF Award Juror is the desire to contribute tangibly to the recognition of good employee engagement practice across UK Plc.”

Jamie Thums

Chief Operating Officer at Lintott


“I have amassed a cutting-edge business reinvention expertise during a +25-year tenure working in leading UK-based and international manufacturing businesses.  In 2012, I became a director & shareholder of Norwich-based Lintott Control Systems Limited. Forged on the strength of its people-talent and game-changing digitisation, Lintott is today reinvented.

Recent accolades include, EDP Business of the Year (2017); East of England Winner for the Best Use of Technology: Chamber Business Awards (2018); and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation (2018).

I am an ardent champion of UK manufacturing and zealously advocates skills development and productivity improvement initiatives, and since 2015, I have been Chair of New Anglia’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector Group and a stalwart STEM Ambassador.

Previously, I was General Manager and Head of Excellence at past UK Excellence Award winner, AESSEAL plc.”

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.