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Innovation in Employee Engagement Award


Entry deadline: 31st October 2017
Innovation Employee Engagement

Innovation in Employee Engagement Award

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.

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. 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.

£300 + VAT

per entry


Members also receive up to 30% discount depending on number of award entries submission. Contact us for details.

£500 + VAT

per entry

£150 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

6 November 2017

Judging begins

November 2017

Shortlist will be announced

December 2017

Ceremony night

Thursday 15 March 2018

Award Judges

Andrew Leigh

Director at Maynard Leigh Associates

Andrew Leigh

“I am delighted to be invited to be a BQF judge since the aims of the awards are highly relevant, when companies are so often tempted to go for the quick fix, rather than doing what’s right.”

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Andrew has wide commercial and public sector experience at a senior level. He spent nearly two decades running various social services and later jointly founded his company Maynard Leigh Associates, with operations in London, New Delhi and New York. So he has a practical hands on knowledge of what it takes to deliver quality performance.

He is also a much published author of business books on leadership, teams and communications. Many have been translated around the world. Andrew is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development. These activities leaves him well placed to help assess the reward entries.

He has seen many management fads come and go. Like most senior colleagues he has sometimes struggled to ensure operations are both efficient and effective. He believes strongly in creating a work environment that inspires and respects those who deliver high quality results.

Mike Kearney

Ethics & Compliance Manager at GlaxoSmithKline


“The opportunity to be a BQF Award judge is a tremendous honour and will enable me to benchmark GSK’s approach to employee engagement. We are continually seeking to achieve excellence and this requires ensuring we compare ourselves against what is best in class. Supporting BQF as an awards judge meets this criteria.”

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Following a 30 year career working in a Human Resources Management capacity for a number of blue chip manufacturing companies including BAe Systems, Turner & Newall and for the past 20 years, Mike subsequently moved into an Ethics & Compliance role in 2013. The nub of Mikes current role is strongly aligned to GSK’s approach to employee engagement particularly in the areas of the GSK Values, Behaviours and Expectations.

Mike is currently the Programme Leader for GSK’s ‘Living or values’ learning programmes which are rolled out twice a year to 140,000 employees and complementary workers to ensure that everyone is fully engaged in the values journey and through the use of Leader Led Discussion guides this engagement is an ongoing activity.

Karen Biggs

Chief Executive at Phoenix Futures

Karen Biggs

“Organisations cant achieve great things without fully engaged staff who share the organisations values and feel connected with its purpose. It’s a privilege to be involved in the BQF process that does so much to support organisations to be the very best they can be. I am looking forward to seeing many examples of excellence at its best!”

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Karen became the Chief Executive of Phoenix Futures in 2007. Phoenix Futures is a charity that supports individuals, families and communities to recover from substance misuse an employs 500 staff.  Phoenix delivers a range of services across England and Scotland and is the largest provider of substance misuse residential care in the UK and the only specialist substance misuse housing association.

Before joining Phoenix Karen worked within the housing sector for supported and general needs housing organisations.

Karen has represented the sector on many Government working groups including the Medications in Recovery group chaired by Professor Sir John Strang.

She is currently the Chair of Collective Voice, a group established to represent the benefits of substance misuse treatment.

She has an Msc in Housing from London School of Economics and a BA Honours in History from Stirling University and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing (CIHCM).



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Awards FAQs

Am I eligible to enter?

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

When is entry deadline?

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

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.

Awards Ceremony

For our 25th Anniversary we’ve relocated our awards ceremony to Guildhall – London’s powerhouse since the twelfth century.

2016 Winners

Find out more about the 2016 winners, sponsors and host, Karren Brady.