The Awards

 

Welcome to the Comms Business Awards. The Awards are the Comms, IT and Mobile Channel’s most prestigious and sought after accolades. By entering for an award, you will be joining many of your industry peers in celebrating success over the past 12 months and recognising your hard work throughout the year.

Each entry is individually scrutinised by an unbiased panel of industry experts who are carefully selected for their ability to assess the entries and are prepared to donate their valuable time to the judging process.

Winners’ names will not be revealed until the Awards Ceremony itself but we will be publishing the full list of finalists prior to the event.

Being shortlisted is a huge achievement and we will make sure the shortlist is published on this website, in Comms Business Magazine, in our Awards Programme, on social media feeds as well as being emailed to our database of 19,000 telecoms professionals.

Winning an award is the jackpot for all ambitious Channel companies who feel that their hard work should be recognised – and be assured we will promote the list of winners through all means available to us.

The finalist shortlist can be viewed below:  

 

 

1. Main Sponsor Award

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Apprentice scheme of the year

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.
2. Solutions Awards

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Channel Product (Professional Services)

This award is for professional services for the Channel introduced in 2015. Entrants should provide details of their service, a company profile, a synopsis of their Channel strategy and why their service has had an impact in the Channel, together with a reseller testimonial.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

This award is for professional services for the Channel introduced in 2015. Entrants should provide details of their service, a company profile, a synopsis of their Channel strategy and why their service has had an impact in the Channel, together with a reseller testimonial.

Channel Product of the Year - Software

This award is for software applications introduced in 2016. Entrants should provide details of their software application, a company profile, a synopsis of their channel strategy and why their application has had an impact in the channel, together with a reseller testimonial.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

This award is for software applications introduced in 2016. Entrants should provide details of their software application, a company profile, a synopsis of their channel strategy and why their application has had an impact in the channel, together with a reseller testimonial.

Channel Product of the Year - Hardware

This award is for hardware products introduced in 2016. Entrants should provide details of their product, a company profile, a synopsis of their channel strategy and why their product has had an impact in the channel, together with a reseller testimonial. This category is aimed at those that provide hardware which is both on-premise and in the data centre. It is also open to those that sell devices (mobiles, headsets, accessories etc). In short, if you can touch it and you sell it to businesses… this is the category for you.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

This award is for hardware products introduced in 2016. Entrants should provide details of their product, a company profile, a synopsis of their channel strategy and why their product has had an impact in the channel, together with a reseller testimonial. This category is aimed at those that provide hardware which is both on-premise and in the data centre. It is also open to those that sell devices (mobiles, headsets, accessories etc). In short, if you can touch it and you sell it to businesses… this is the category for you.

3. Market Maker Awards

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Sponsored by

Connectivity

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2015 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to; innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation.

Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges.

Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors.

We anticipate that this award will be entered by ISPs and Network Service Providers.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2015 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to; innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation. Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges. Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors. We anticipate that this award will be entered by ISPs and Network Service Providers.

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Distribution

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2015 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation.

Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges.

Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors.

This award will be entered by distributors.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2015 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation. Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges. Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors. This award will be entered by distributors.

Independent Software Vendor

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2016 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation.

Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges.

Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors.

This award will be entered by originators of software applications irrespective of deployment models.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2016 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation. Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges. Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors. This award will be entered by originators of software applications irrespective of deployment models.

Wholesale Provider

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2016 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation.

Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges.

Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors.

This award will be entered by providers of a range of network services and other applications to resellers, dealers and VARS.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2016 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation. Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges. Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of Channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors. This award will be entered by providers of a range of network services and other applications to resellers, dealers and VARS.

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Mobile

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2016 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative Channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation.

Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges.

Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors.

This award will be entered by providers of mobile solutions including hardware, software, M2M and IoT applications.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

The Market Maker Awards are for Channel suppliers who have significantly opened up and developed markets in 2016 through a combination of activities. These activities may include but not be restricted to, innovative product development, imaginative Channel marketing programs, effective sales and technical support programs, appropriate but cost effective accreditation and channel sales incentivisation. Applicants will need to detail these activities and place, in confidence, verifiable sales figures before the judges. Applicants are not restricted to one single category and can therefore enter any or all market maker categories. Applicants can include any type of channel supplier from resellers, dealers, VARs as well as ISVs, distributors, network services suppliers and other vendors. This award will be entered by providers of mobile solutions including hardware, software, M2M and IoT applications.

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Ones to Watch

Companies will be selected by the Comms Business editorial team that have displayed true innovation within the Channel in the year of 2016. Those selected will have created new opportunities, opened up new markets or will have disrupted the Channel for the better. Those selected will be invited to enter a submission to the judges for consideration.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

Companies will be selected by the Comms Business editorial team that have displayed true innovation within the Channel in the year of 2016. Those selected will have created new opportunities, opened up new markets or will have disrupted the Channel for the better. Those selected will be invited to enter a submission to the judges for consideration.

Best IoT/ M2M Provider

In this NEW award the judges are looking for the best IoT/ M2M provider who has been active in the Channel throughout 2016. The submission should include details of standout solutions and applications which have been sold through partners. At least one case study is required in which a solution sold through a partner is examined and includes details of commercials and the business benefits to the customer.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

In this NEW award the judges are looking for the best IoT/ M2M provider who has been active in the Channel throughout 2016. The submission should include details of standout solutions and applications which have been sold through partners. At least one case study is required in which a solution sold through a partner is examined and includes details of commercials and the business benefits to the customer.

Best Security Provider

In this NEW award we are looking for the security vendor with the best Channel offering. This award is for those that have broken new ground in the security market and are enabling their Channel partners to secure their customers over a variety of devices and endpoints. At least one case study is required which demonstrates the successful implementation of a security solution and includes reseller value-adds and commercials. This award is open to vendors, distributors and ALL Channel partners.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

In this NEW award we are looking for the security vendor with the best Channel offering. This award is for those that have broken new ground in the security market and are enabling their Channel partners to secure their customers over a variety of devices and endpoints. At least one case study is required which demonstrates the successful implementation of a security solution and includes reseller value-adds and commercials. This award is open to vendors, distributors and ALL Channel partners.

4. People Awards

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Customer Service Team of the Year

This award is open to any entrants from the Channel including but not restricted to; distributors, resellers, VARs, dealers, vendors and network service providers.

Applicants will need to detail their 2016 customer service strategy including retention targets and achievements. We will need to know the number of customers being serviced during 2016.

Other information to include would be how your investment in customer service realised a quantifiable ROI as well as any secondary benefits (not financial) that were a direct result of customer service investment.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

This award is open to any entrants from the Channel including but not restricted to; distributors, resellers, VARs, dealers, vendors and network service providers. Applicants will need to detail their 2016 customer service strategy including retention targets and achievements. We will need to know the number of customers being serviced during 2016. Other information to include would be how your investment in customer service realised a quantifiable ROI as well as any secondary benefits (not financial) that were a direct result of customer service investment.

Hidden Heroes Award

This Award recognises people and companies in the Channel who have given and continue to give their time to raising money for good causes.

Why enter?

Because you, a member of your company or the staff in your company raise money or spend time working for one particular cause or a number of charities

Staff work particularly hard for your charity partners and deserve recognition.

Your charity partners do great things for their beneficiaries.

This Award is open to any UK company or individual in the Channel, who is involved in schemes to benefit charities or the voluntary sector.

We anticipate nominations as well as direct entries.

 

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

This Award recognises people and companies in the Channel who have given and continue to give their time to raising money for good causes. Why enter? Because you, a member of your company or the staff in your company raise money or spend time working for one particular cause or a number of charities Staff work particularly hard for your charity partners and deserve recognition. Your charity partners do great things for their beneficiaries. This Award is open to any UK company or individual in the Channel, who is involved in schemes to benefit charities or the voluntary sector. We anticipate nominations as well as direct entries.  

Services to the Channel Award

In this special award the judges will be looking at those who have had real impact in the Channel over their lifetime. The editorial team at Comms Business will be nominating candidates who they believe have displayed several qualities over their Channel tenure: These include, innovation, entrepreneurialism, forward thinking, pioneering, financial success and longevity within the Channel market.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

In this special award the judges will be looking at those who have had real impact in the Channel over their lifetime. The editorial team at Comms Business will be nominating candidates who they believe have displayed several qualities over their Channel tenure: These include, innovation, entrepreneurialism, forward thinking, pioneering, financial success and longevity within the Channel market.

5. Reseller Awards

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Mid Market Digital Transformation Solution 250 - 500 users

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants are invited to submit a detailed recent case study that includes before and after scenarios showing that user needs were identified and met. Implementation and project management activity along with a demonstrable return on investment should be shown together with comment from the user.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants are invited to submit a detailed recent case study that includes before and after scenarios showing that user needs were identified and met. Implementation and project management activity along with a demonstrable return on investment should be shown together with comment from the user.

Enterprise Digital Transformation Solution 500 + users

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants are invited to submit a detailed recent case study that includes before and after scenarios showing that user needs were identified and met. Implementation and project management activity along with a demonstrable return on investment should be shown together with comment from the user.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants are invited to submit a detailed recent case study that includes before and after scenarios showing that user needs were identified and met. Implementation and project management activity along with a demonstrable return on investment should be shown together with comment from the user.

Reseller of the Year - SME

Companies with a turnover of up to £2.5M.

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants to these three categories will need to submit a company profile detailing their activities in the marketplace, a recent case study/customer testimonial, staff development plans and two letters of support, one from a principal supplier and the other from a customer.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

Companies with a turnover of up to £2.5M. We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants to these three categories will need to submit a company profile detailing their activities in the marketplace, a recent case study/customer testimonial, staff development plans and two letters of support, one from a principal supplier and the other from a customer.

Reseller of the Year - Mid Market

Companies with a turnover of £2.5M to £7.5M.

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants to these three categories will need to submit a company profile detailing their activities in the marketplace, a recent case study/customer testimonial, staff development plans and two letters of support, one from a principal supplier and the other from a customer.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

Companies with a turnover of £2.5M to £7.5M. We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants to these three categories will need to submit a company profile detailing their activities in the marketplace, a recent case study/customer testimonial, staff development plans and two letters of support, one from a principal supplier and the other from a customer.

Reseller of the year Enterprise

Companies with a turnover of over £7.5M.

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants to these three categories will need to submit a company profile detailing their activities in the marketplace, a recent case study/customer testimonial, staff development plans and two letters of support, one from a principal supplier and the other from a customer.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

Companies with a turnover of over £7.5M. We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants to these three categories will need to submit a company profile detailing their activities in the marketplace, a recent case study/customer testimonial, staff development plans and two letters of support, one from a principal supplier and the other from a customer.

SMB Digital Transformation Solution up to 250 users

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants are invited to submit a detailed recent case study that includes before and after scenarios showing that user needs were identified and met. Implementation and project management activity along with a demonstrable return on investment should be shown together with comment from the user.

The Rules
Only registered readers of Comms Business Magazine may vote for our Reader Vote Awards.  Only one entry per person will be accepted and three from any one company.  Please note that we do not allow companies to vote for themselves. The decision of Swink Events is final.

We are seeking entrants to this award from resellers, VARs and dealers that only sell direct to end user customers. Entrants are invited to submit a detailed recent case study that includes before and after scenarios showing that user needs were identified and met. Implementation and project management activity along with a demonstrable return on investment should be shown together with comment from the user.