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:  

 

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1. Main Sponsor's Award

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The Good to Great Award

The main sponsor’s award will be judged by Nine Wholesale. They would like to hear from resellers that are inherently good at what they do or have, over 2015, embarked on successful improvement programmes in their own business. It could be just one functional area such as people management, operations, finance, sales, marketing, or improvement across the whole business.

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 main sponsor's award will be judged by Nine Wholesale. They would like to hear from resellers that are inherently good at what they do or have, over 2015, embarked on successful improvement programmes in their own business. It could be just one functional area such as people management, operations, finance, sales, marketing, or improvement across the whole business.

2. Product Awards

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Channel Product of the Year - 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 2015. 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 2015. 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 (CPE) products introduced in 2015. 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.

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 (CPE) products introduced in 2015. 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.

3. Market Maker Awards

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Connectivity - NEW AWARD

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.

Distribution - NEW AWARD

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 - NEW AWARD

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 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 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 originators of software applications irrespective of deployment models.

Wholesale Provider - NEW AWARD

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 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 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 providers of a range of network services and other applications to resellers, dealers and VARS.

Mobile - NEW AWARD

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 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 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 providers of mobile solutions including hardware, software, M2M and IoT applications.

Ones to Watch - NEW AWARD

From all the entries to the Market Maker Awards category our independent panel of judges will also identify organisations that, in their opinion, will be worth the Channel keeping a close eye on as potential providers and market makers in the future.

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.

From all the entries to the Market Maker Awards category our independent panel of judges will also identify organisations that, in their opinion, will be worth the Channel keeping a close eye on as potential providers and market makers in the future.

4. People Awards

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Customer Service Team of the Year - NEW AWARD

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 2015 customer service strategy including retention targets and achievements. We will need to know the number of customers being serviced during 2015.

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 2015 customer service strategy including retention targets and achievements. We will need to know the number of customers being serviced during 2015. 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 - NEW 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.  

Channel Entrepreneur of the Year

Nominations are invited from individuals who can demonstrate to the judges a combination of qualities; innovation, commercial acumen, financial success and business development.

Candidates will need to detail specific entrepreneurial activity.

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.

Nominations are invited from individuals who can demonstrate to the judges a combination of qualities; innovation, commercial acumen, financial success and business development. Candidates will need to detail specific entrepreneurial activity.

5. Reseller Awards

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SMB Convergence Solution (for customers with up to 250 employees)

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 Convergence Solution (251-500 employees)

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 Convergence Solution (Over 500 employees)

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 (Small)

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 (Medium)

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 (Large)

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.