Entering White Label's business awards have a proven track record of boosting your business, raising your company profile and increasing staff morale.
For 2017, we are delighted to be running awards programmes in Bexley, Croydon, Kensington & Chelsea and Kingston. Our Business Excellence Awards are the biggest event on the business calendar in the areas in which they run.
"The phone literally started ringing off the hook after I won the Best Young Entrepreneur Award," said Rebecca Cox, founder and owner of Maid on a Mission.
"In fact the whole experience has been amazing – the business has grown at an incredible rate and we've already exceeded targets for the year.
"Winning raised our profile, and made us much more confident when meeting clients – and clients feel more confident in us too. We will definitely will be entering again this year and I would 100% urge other businesses to enter too."
Many firms said winning was an acknowledgement of their hard work and the quality of their products and services. The awards also gave them a unique opportunity to self-assess how the business was doing.
Tony Adams, owner and founder of Hello Burger, saw almost instant results from winning the Awards for Best Business for Customer Service, Best Business for Marketing and Social Media and being Highly Commended in the Best Start-Up Business category.
"When we posted the results online we got an immediate interaction – likes, shares and engagements all went through the roof that week!" said Tony. "It was June, which in our business is a slow month. But in the week straight after the awards we were a whole lot busier than expected – it was really great!"
Tony, who is entering the Awards again this year, says entering in 2016 awards had two distinct benefits. He commented: "On one hand it's tremendous recognition for our hard work in trying to constantly improve our customer experience. But the entry process was also a really useful exercise for us.
"It helped to crystallise what we are doing as a business. And having to then try and explain at the interview stage, to someone who doesn't know us, what we are about was a really powerful learning tool for us. So there is merit for any business in doing the entry process - winning an award is just the icing on the cake."
Lorraine Stairs, chief executive officer of Best Charity and Social Enterprise Award winner Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme was equally encouraging.
She said: "I would tell any business to enter the awards. The day after we won the telephone didn't stop ringing – there was a real buzz in the office. I also think receiving the award meant people now see us as more of a trusted organisation because we have accomplished something."