More than one hundred high-achieving organisations and executives around the world have been recognised as Stevie Award winners in the annual International Business Awards, one of the globe’s larger business award programmes. Among the winner are 36 British companies, including Elixirr and Gate One, with both management consultancies taking home two Stevies.
Every year since 2002 the International Business Awards (IBA) organises an annual global contest that recognises the achievements and the positive contributions of organisations and professionals worldwide. The competition, which builds on national award contests in several regions/countries, celebrates best practices across a range of categories, including management, company of the year, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, new products and IT. The competition honours organisations from all regions, of all types (public and private sector) and sizes (large and small).
This year more than 3,800 nominations were received from organisations and individuals in more than 60 nations, with all cases taken under scrutiny by an independent jury panel consisting of more than 200 executives worldwide. Based on the judging process, gold, silver and bronze winners are named – they receive a so-called Stevie Award (nicknamed the Stevies from the Greek word ‘crowned’). "We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year, and the judges were awed by the inspiring stories of workplace success from all over the world,” says Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the competition.
Among this year’s Stevie winners are 36 UK-based companies, including two consulting firms: Elixirr and Gate One. Elixirr, which has been recognised by the Stevie’s every year since 2011*, has been named silver winners in the categories of ‘Most Innovative Company of the Year in Europe’ (gold went to Norwich-based Epos Now) and ‘Company of the Year – Business or Professional Services – Medium-size’ (Laindon-based Motorclean was crowned the gold winner). About Elixirr, the judges state: “Elixirr provides a truly interesting new approach to the consulting industry, bringing along outstanding success” and “An outstanding company that proves a diligent focus on basics is critically important to drive long term value and growth.”
Gate One, similarly to Elixirr a London-based management consulting firm, won a silver award in the category ‘Company of the Year – Business or Professional Services – Small’ (gold went to London’s Golocalise) and a bronze Stevie in ‘Startup of the Year – Business Services Industries’ (with the top spot going to US-based Cashpundit). Last year Gate One was also recognised for its rapid growth, taking home two Stevies – the consultancy was founded in 2013 and today boasts a team of just over 50 consultants. Earlier this year the firm was, for the third year in a row, named one of UK's top 100 startups by Startups.co.uk.
Several other consultancies managed to scoop Stevie awards, including Accenture, FTI Consulting, Tata Consultancy Services and RheinBrücke IT Consulting, a player with a focus on the German IT consulting market. The Stevies of the 2016 International Business Awards will be presented at a gala event on Friday, 21 October at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy. “We look forward to honouring on stage the Stevie winners in Rome”, concludes Gallagher.
* Last year Elixirr won triple bronze and in 2014 the consultancy received double bronze.