UK: Awards and Conferences - Don't miss the chance to be measured against the best.

UK: Awards and Conferences - Don't miss the chance to be measured against the best. - Join the growing number of companies entering the 1998 Management Today/Unisys Service Excellence Awards.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Join the growing number of companies entering the 1998 Management Today/Unisys Service Excellence Awards.

The good news is that there is still time to enter the 1998 Service Excellence Awards. The bad news is that the closing date, 20 March, is just over two weeks away.

The Awards, organised by Management Today in association with Unisys, are now in their third year and aim to find, promote and reward best service practices wherever they are found in the UK. The judges will be sizing up entrants according to four broad criteria: understanding customers; operational excellence; engaging employee enthusiasm for customer care; and leadership, vision and values.

The Awards are open to any UK-based company, plant, institution or organisation (including public sector and non-profit organisations) and entry is free. In addition to five industry categories, there are awards for the best small company (turnover of £25 million or less) and most improved company.

Thus far, the response has been impressive. Comments Tony Locke, awards co-ordinator at Unisys: 'We've had more than 750 registrations - where companies have shown interest - and we hope that by the closing date, we should have over 200 entries. In both cases, numbers should exceed 1997.' Moreover, he continues, 'we've had a number of well-known financial and retail organisations - household names - enter.'

To enter, organisations first complete a confidential questionnaire designed to measure their performance against the criteria listed above. A maximum of 20 companies are shortlisted on the basis of this. These companies are visited by the judging team who then select the winners.

Shortlisted companies are invited to attend a dedicated two-day conference at Cranfield School of Management in November 1998, and all entrants benefit from a confidential report benchmarking their customer care performance against their fellow entrants and the Unisys global database. All this can be yours and your company's, if you call for an entry form now.


National Awards

Best Service Excellence Company of the Year 1998

Best Small Company

Most Improved Company

Industry Awards

Best Service Excellence Company in:

Business-to-business services, including distribution

Consumer services, including retail, utilities and passenger transport

Financial services

Manufacturing/engineering, including construction and extractive industries

Public sector, including government, education and non-profit making organisations


March 1998

Entrants fill in and return the confidential service excellence questionnaire. Entry forms are available from Anthony Locke, Awards co-ordinator, Unisys Customer Service Centre on 01908 212613. Forms to be returned by 20 March 1998

April - May 1998

Shortlisted companies receive site visits by the team of judges

June - September 1998

Preparation and distribution of the Service Excellence Report which benchmarks entrants' service against each other and those of the world's best service organisations. Announcement of winning organisations and an Awards reception in London.

Publication of the winners' case studies in Management Today.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

The questions to ask when everything is unknown

Systemic intelligence is an indispensable skill for business leaders.

How to stop your culture going back to normal after COVID

In this video, Capita's Melanie Christopher and Greene King non-exec board director Lynne Weedall discuss...

This isn't just a health crisis, it's an equality crisis

Inspiring Women in Business winners: In the “new normal”, we must make sure that female...

How to build an anti-racist business

You don't need a long history of championing equality to make a difference.

What are Simon Roberts’ big 3 challenges at Sainsbury’s?

The grocer's new CEO has taken the reins at a critical time.

Should CEOs get political?

The protests that have erupted over George Floyd’s murder have prompted a corporate chorus of...