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BQF Awards 2019

Recognition you deserve.



Entries Open

1 August 2018

Entries Close

21 December 2018


January 2019

Shortlist announcement

February 2019

Awards Ceremony

16 May 2019

Welcome to the 2019 BQF UK Excellence Awards.

We began supporting organisations of all sizes and sectors to improve and become beacons of business excellence a little over 25 years ago.

2018 saw a record number of entries across all categories from a broader range of organisations; a host of brilliant new judges; and a fabulous Awards ceremony at Guildhall in London where we celebrated the success of some outstanding award entrants. Attended by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal and hosted by the superb Jake Humphrey, it’s certainly a tough act to follow!

For 2019 we’ve further enhanced our processes, introduced new categories and new approaches to applying to offer more exciting opportunities for your organisation to showcase a commitment to change, continuous improvement and employee development across the whole organisation.

A popular category, the Business Improvement and Transformation Leadership Awards, one for emerging leaders and one for established leaders that recognise individuals who have made an exceptional contribution within their organisation.

One free entry for members

We are offering all members one free entry to either category within the Business Improvement and Transformation Leader Awards.

To find out more, email our Awards team.

Become a Sponsor

Our 2019 Awards gives you the opportunity to be a sponsor for either our main and prestigious UK Excellence Award or any of our Excellence In or Lean Six Sigma Awards.

The chance to play as a sponsor will ensure great exposure of your organisation, both prior, post and during the Award Ceremony. Such benefits include the opportunity to present an award, participation in the UKEA jury, attending the VIP reception, and much more.

New Venue

Our 2018 Awards Ceremony is a tough act to follow but we’re delighted to be hosting the 2019 event in the prestigious Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 16 May 2019.

Royal Lancaster London is Hyde Park’s commanding mid-century architectural icon born and built in the swinging 60s and boasts stunning views of the famous London skyline.

To find out more about our 2019 Awards Ceremony please visit our ceremony webpage.

Updated Process

Following feedback from previous applicants we’ve further reviewed and refined the application process.

  • Submit your full entry online.
  • Entries open on 1 August 2018 and close 21 December 2018 giving you a little extra time to submit.
  • We’ve provided detailed guidelines and an example submission to make it easier for you to apply.
  • Detailed FAQs are available to help answer any questions you have.
  • We also have a dedicated Awards team on hand to help you throughout the process.

New Categories

We received a record number year of entries in 2018 which was fantastic. But there’s always room for a few more! In proper BQF fashion we like to review and refresh the categories each year in line with your feedback, so, for 2019, we have:

  • Redeveloped the Innovation Awards – they are now the Excellence In… Awards.
  • An Excellence In Collaboration category has been added.
  • Kept the entry fees the same including the discounted rate for third sector, charities and not-for-profit organisations who wish to enter the Excellence In… Awards.
  • And, for the first time we are offering all members one free entry to either category within the Business Improvement and Transformation Leader Awards.


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


Watch the highlights from our 2018 awards and find out more about the  winners, sponsors and host, Jake Humphrey.


Have a question about our awards? Visit the FAQs page for more information.