The Prestige Awards was launched to celebrate the businesses and individuals that consistently offer excellent products and services to local residents, ex-pats and tourist visitors alike.
The awards team conduct extensive research to identify the major cities and regions around the world with a vibrant SME community and independent scene. They believe that SME businesses are the backbone of any economy, whilst also typically reflecting the unique characteristics of its particular city or region. Osmaan Mahmood, Founder & CEO of Prestige Awards, said: “although small businesses may not be able to compete with multinational companies on their size and scale, there is a personalised service-driven focus that is often void from large organisations.”
With each destination having been carefully selected, Prestige readers are invited to nominate businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months. All shortlisted companies put forward in the Prestige Awards are asked to support their nomination with evidence of their work, positive feedback from their clients, information on previous accreditation and recognition as well as highlighting the most outstanding parts of their businesses.
The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the product/service provided, innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working, as well as consistency in performance. The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas. All winners are featured in a celebratory awards magazine, published both digitally and in print, which is circulated to Prestige subscribers.
The Prestige Awards team is committed to identifying market leaders, innovators and enterprising start-ups through in-depth research, word of mouth and first-hand experience. We also encourage external nominations via online visitors, social media followers, clients and colleagues. Nominations should champion the best in their respective fields, representing the pinnacle of business achievements.
All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination in order to be considered. Those who accept are given the opportunity to submit additional materials in support of their nomination. There is no obligation to complete and supply additional materials; however, it provides a useful opportunity to showcase your achievements and help our judges to better understand your business.
Our dedicated judging team will look at each case individually, and assess how your business has harnessed more effective processes, products or ideas in order to provide an exceptional product or service. The team gathers information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside supporting material provided by a nominating party or the nominee themselves. The research team casts their final judgment based on the following criteria: service excellence, marketing and branding, industry recognition, ethical practice, and employee satisfaction.
Once winners are chosen, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made. This allows time for communication regarding the coordination of marketing strategies. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner but all who take part are encouraged to resubmit nominations the following year with a number of previous winners having gone through the same process. When the embargo is lifted, details of successful Prestige Award clients will be made public via the website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.
We offer a range of promotional packages and items to Prestige Award winners, from a listing in the digital publication and content in our magazine to trophies and certificates. Our winners are promoted via our weekly newsletter which is sent to more than 500,000 registered subscribers with over 30,000 magazine copies being printed.
We also encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently. Announcements via company websites, social media, publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are proven methods to maximise exposure following such an achievement. This award is a recognised endorsement of your company’s expertise and professionalism, providing a leading edge over competitors.
The Prestige Awards have been in circulation for 5+ years. We partner with leading experts in producing content which keeps our readers up to date with the latest developments in their local communities.
Nominations for Prestige Award winners often come from self-submissions. Other avenues for nominees include colleagues, clients and customers. Meanwhile, our research team also nominate candidates who they believe have exceeded industry expectations.
One of the main mantras of our awards process is that your ability to succeed is not affected by the number of votes received. Thus, awards are presented purely on merit, based on the company’s general excellence. With regards to security and fairness, we track unusual behaviour on our website to identify repeat votes and cyber-threats.
Accepted nominees are subject to scrutiny during the internal vetting procedure. They are then given the opportunity to present their own data to be considered alongside information collated by our research team. It can take up to eight weeks for final assessments to be rendered.
Upon being notified, we enforce a short press embargo while the programme manager liaises with winning candidates to establish preferred methods of coverage. Generally, our coverage takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine but we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted and digital certificates, plaques, web-based advertisements and press releases which can be tailored to successful award winners.
There are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an award with Prestige Awards. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all winners are offered a free of charge promotional package including a listing in the digital publication as well as an official press release. We feel our winners should always be able to enjoy the full value of the award, regardless of budget.
Nevertheless, we do offer a variety of promotional packages that come with a range of benefits. Promoting industry awards can have massive business benefits and we are sure to have the right package for you.
There are Presentation Day ceremonies, providing successful winners the opportunity to celebrate their achievements, meet the Prestige Awards team, take part in our photoshoot and be presented with any physical awards they have ordered.
Hosted across the country in luxurious venues, these events bring together the small and medium-sized enterprises who have thrived in their local region. Winners are invited to bring their whole team or attend individually – it is entirely up to you! All imagery taken on the day will be available on the Prestige Awards website.