The Awards

DEADLINE – THURSDAY 13th APRIL 2017

The Comms Business Awards are the ICT 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, teams and individuals 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.

How to enter

Entry is simple and it is FREE! Click on the categories below that you would like to enter and create an account using your email address and a password.  Once your account is set up, you can upload any information required including supporting documents and video.  Don’t worry if you don’t have time to complete the entry on your first visit; you can return at any time up to our deadline date of 13th April 2017.

PLEASE NOTE; we ask that you complete your appications by putting answers to the questions posed in the relevent boxes. You can include supplementary information in the last step of the online form. This will aid our judges in making comparisons between entries.

IN ADDITION; Entries that are clearly copies of those made to enter for awards other than the Comms Business Awards will be disqualified and not presented to the judges.

 

1. Digital Transformation Solutions Awards

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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.

Mid Market Digital Transformation Solution - 250 to 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 plus 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 - SMB

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.

2. Product Awards

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Channel Product (Professional Services)

This award is for professional services to the Channel. Entrants should provide details of the service they would like to be considered for this award, a company profile, a synopsis of their Channel strategy and why or how their service has had an impact in the Channel. A reseller testimonial should also be included.

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 to the Channel. Entrants should provide details of the service they would like to be considered for this award, a company profile, a synopsis of their Channel strategy and why or how their service has had an impact in the Channel. A reseller testimonial should also be included.

Channel Product (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.

Types of entries here will include: Hosted telephony, billing solutions etc

 

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. Types of entries here will include: Hosted telephony, billing solutions etc  

Channel Product (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 who provide hardware which is both on-premise and in the data centre. It is also open to those who 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 who provide hardware which is both on-premise and in the data centre. It is also open to those who 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 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 service 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 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 service 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 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 service 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 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 service 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 service 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 service 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 service 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 service 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 service suppliers and other vendors.

This award will be entered by providers of mobile solutions including hardware and software

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 service suppliers and other vendors. This award will be entered by providers of mobile solutions including hardware and software

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 that should demonstrate the successful implementation of a security solution and include 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 that should demonstrate the successful implementation of a security solution and include reseller value-adds and commercials. This award is open to vendors, distributors and all Channel partners.

Ones to Watch (Judges'Award)

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

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.

Applicants should include other information on how the company’s investment in customer service realised a quantifiable ROI as well as any secondary benefits (not financial) that came about as 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. Applicants should include other information on how the company's investment in customer service realised a quantifiable ROI as well as any secondary benefits (not financial) that came about as 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 or helping 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, the voluntary sector or other organisations in need.

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 or helping 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, the voluntary sector or other organisations in need. We anticipate nominations as well as direct entries.  

Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year 2017 - New Award

New for the 2017 Awards, the Apprenceship Scheme of the Year has been introduced to reward companies that are nurturing Channel talent. Submissions should include details covering, not just the number of apprentices recruited over the course of 2015/2016, but also the development cycle for bringing apprentices into mainstream employment at the end of the training period. Judges will be looking for innovative training methods that produce excellent results for both the apprentices and the businesses running the schemes.

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.

New for the 2017 Awards, the Apprenceship Scheme of the Year has been introduced to reward companies that are nurturing Channel talent. Submissions should include details covering, not just the number of apprentices recruited over the course of 2015/2016, but also the development cycle for bringing apprentices into mainstream employment at the end of the training period. Judges will be looking for innovative training methods that produce excellent results for both the apprentices and the businesses running the schemes.

Services to the Channel Award (Judge's Award)

This special award will be decided by the judges. They will be looking for those individuals who have had real impact on the Channel over their lifetime. The editorial team at Comms Business Magazine will nominate candidates who they believe have displayed certain 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.

This special award will be decided by the judges. They will be looking for those individuals who have had real impact on the Channel over their lifetime. The editorial team at Comms Business Magazine will nominate candidates who they believe have displayed certain qualities over their Channel tenure. These include; innovation, entrepreneurialism, forward thinking, pioneering, financial success and longevity within the Channel market.