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The UK Business Excellence Award was launched in 1994 to recognise organisations which have excelled when measured against The Business Excellence Model which is used successfully throughout Europe and beyond.

Recognised as the UK's top business awards, the Business Excellence Awards identify and celebrate organisations which show the highest level of commitment to improving their business performance, and increasing their competitiveness.

Winning the UK Business Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve. To date there have been more than 200 applicants, with 50 organisations achieving finalist status and 20 Award winners. These organisations represent valuable role models through which the British Quality Foundation can identify best practice and promote competitiveness in the UK.

There is considerable status attached to winning an Award. The high profile promotion of an Award winner, together with the opportunity to use the Award logo, confirms the organisation's position as one of the most successful in the United Kingdom.

Each application is examined by a team of independent assessors, who are experienced managers from leading UK organisations. The assessors conduct a rigorous inspection of every aspect of an award applicant's operations, before making their recommendation to an Awards Jury.

HRH The Princess Royal has been a special guest, and has presented the Awards, at the Gala evening on many occasions.

"As Patron of the British Quality Foundation I am delighted at what you are doing to improve the performance of UK industry, the public sector and, of course, charities." HRH The Princess Royal

The Award application document involves the creation of a succinct description of the organisation's activities, methods of operation and results. This can also be valuable in promotion, training, and communication.

The Feedback Report, which is prepared by trained, independent assessor teams, consisting of senior managers drawn from across a range of members. The Report provides a list of strengths and areas for improvement for each of the criteria addressed and also includes a detailed scoring profile.

Award winners can expect to benefit from the emergence of new customers, new business opportunities and improved customer perceptions of goods and services offered.

Heightened awareness of business excellence and a sharpened focus on improvement activities.

Applying for the Award generates fresh motivation for improvement, provides insight into world class practice and enables comparison with a wide range of other organisations.

Experience in USA Shows large award winners experienced a 48% increase in operating income and a 37% growth in sales when compared to non-award winners.

Smaller award winners were also shown to have experienced a 63% increase in operating income, and a 39% growth in sales when compared to non-winners.

The Impact of Business Excellence on Financial Performance
(pdf 161 kb)
White paper from The British Quality Foundation (BQF) providing some hard financial evidence on how the Business Excellence Model when implemented effectively can dramatically improve financial performance...

Regional Excellence Awards
In addition to the UK Business Excellence Award, regional excellence awards are operated, which can also be applied for.
East of England Excellence
Excellence North East
Excellence North West
Excellence South West
Excellence Yorkshire
London Excellence
Midlands Excellence
Centre for Competitiveness Northern Ireland
Quality Scotland Foundation
Wales Quality Centre


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