EFQM | Primary Partner

2019 Award FAQs

Awards entries

Am I eligible to enter?

All organisations can enter our awards. Please see our individual award categories pages for more information on who can apply and the criteria for applying.

Can companies of any size enter?

Yes. We encourage companies of all sizes and from all sectors to enter our awards.

Why should we enter?

The Annual BQF UK Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding organisations who demonstrate exceptional levels of excellence across key areas of their business.

The Awards honour the champions, the innovators, the leaders, the role models, and individuals engaged in and committed to improving business for employees, customers and stakeholders.

  • Demonstrate to all your stakeholders your commitment to business improvement throughout your organisation.
  • Reward your team for their hard work and celebrate your business excellence.
  • Benchmark and showcase your achievements amongst world leading organisations and business leaders at our UK Excellence Awards Ceremony.
  • Get Valuable feedback if you are shortlisted as a finalist.
  • Be recognised for your business excellence, attracting new businesses and stakeholders.

How do I enter?

Applicants can enter our awards via online submissions.

Please follow the below links to access the award submission links:

For our UK Excellence Award we do not have an online submission link. Please email [email protected] to discuss this award in more detail.

Can I enter more than one award?

Yes, organisations are welcome to enter as many awards as they want.

I'm unsure on which award to enter. Can I get guidance?

You can find full guidance for each category on the respective pages. Alternatively contact the Awards team at [email protected] or telephone 020 7654 5000.

Can we enter overseas awards?

Please contact the Awards team for more information.

When are the entry deadlines?

The entry deadlines are outlined on each of the categories pages.

Deadline for entry to the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 21st of December.

For the UK Excellence Award deadline please see the appropriate webpage.

How much does it cost to enter?

Please see category pages for details of entry fees.


When and where is the Ceremony?

Our UK Excellence Awards Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday 16th May 2019 at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in the City of London. You don’t need to enter an award to attend.

Is the Awards Venue suitable for guests with accessibility needs?

Yes, the venue is suitable for guests with accessibility needs.

Who is the special guest attending the awards ceremony?

Our special guest will be announced at a later date.

Who is the host this year?

Our host will be announced at a later date.

How much are the award ceremony tickets?

To be confirmed at a later date.

Can I book individual seats?

Yes. Guests can book either tables, half tables or individual seats for our Awards Ceremony.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for our awards ceremony is always black tie.

Do we receive anything for winning or being shortlisted?

All winners will receive a trophy and a certificate on the night of awards ceremony. Finalists and winners will receive a feedback report after the Ceremony.

What companies will be attending the awards ceremony?

A list of companies attending our awards ceremony will be released closer to the event.

How do I get to Royal Lancaster?

The Royal Lancaster is located minutes away from Lancaster Gate underground station, and a short walk from Paddington station underground and railway.

Lancaster Gate: Lancaster Gate (Central Line) tube station is adjacent to the hotel. The line connects with Oxford Circus, Holborn (British Museum) and Liverpool Street among other iconic London locations in less than 15 minutes.

Paddington: Paddington tube and railway stations are a mere 6 minute walk from the hotel. The tube station has access to 4 different lines and the railway station connects London with Heathrow via Heathrow Express as well as with other regional and national lines going to British cities such as Bath, Oxford, Reading, Windsor or Cardiff.

Where is the nearest car park?

Royal Lancaster London is located nearby a number of trusted and well-known car parks. Please see below for the closest two below:

Q-PARK – London Q-Park Queensway
26 Queensway, W2 3RX
0.7 miles from the hotel, 14 minutes walk
Number of parking spaces: 227 (plus 61 motorcycle spaces)

APCOA – London Paddington Station Car Park
Bishops Bridge Road, W2 6AA
0.5 miles from the hotel, 11 minutes walk
Number of parking spaces: 127

* Please note that the hotel currently does not offer any parking facilities.

Question not here?

Get in touch.

If you’re question isn’t listed on this page or you would like more information on a certain topic please fill in this enquiry form and someone from our awards team will get back to you.

Application Process

Can I supply supplementary material?

Entrants are able to upload images, tables and graphs to support their entries. These should be a maximum of 10mb per file and is limited to a maximum of 5 files per submission. This should not be used for customer/colleague testimonials or additional supporting documents, which will be included in the overall submission word count. Where possible, include all text in the online entry form. Video/media files can be submitted.
Acceptable appendices include: photos, data tables; graphs

What are the rules of entry?

Full guidelines are provided for each of the categories.  Please visit the category pages for more information.

Do all awards submissions receive feedback?

All award applicants will receive feedback regarding their submission.

Judging Process

Who are the judges?

Judges for each of the categories will be announced at a later date.  You can sign up to receive regular Awards updates to find out more.

What is the judging process?

There is full guidance on how to apply for each of the categories. Please visit the category pages for more information.

When will I know I am a finalist?

Finalists for all categories will be notified at the end of March 2019. A representative from BQF will contact award entries via email or phone to let them know if they have been successful or not. We will also announce the shortlist on our website and social media.

When do I find out if I have won?

All award winners will be announced at our UK Excellence Awards Ceremony which will take place on the 16th of May 2019 at The Royal Lancaster Hotel. Visit the Awards Ceremony webpage for more information.


What PR & Marketing Opportunities will there be if I’m shortlisted?

There are a host of opportunities for all shortlisted companies. We will announce all finalists and winners via Social Media, BQF website, e-newsletters and news items. We can also develop and share case studies for each of the winning organisations. We will also be filming the night of the awards ceremony and will be interviewing finalists and winners on the night.

How can I keep up to date?

To stay in the loop and to find out the latest news please register your interest via our online form for award updates.


The 2019 awards ceremony is taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London – Hyde Park’s proud mid-century architectural icon.


Find out more about the 2018 winners, sponsors and host, Jake Humphrey.


In the spirit of continuous improvement we’ve made some big changes to our annual UK Excellence Awards.