Author: Cheryl Luzet
Here at Wagada HQ, we’ve been really busy this quarter, attending a number of exciting and high-profile business awards. Some were specific to the local Hertfordshire business community, whilst others attracted companies from across the UK.
In July, we were thrilled to find out that we’d been nominated as a finalist in the mumandworking awards, as Flexible Employer of the Year. We were quite shocked and very chuffed to make it to the final. We attended the awards ceremony on October 11th and were utterly gobsmacked, not to mention completely thrilled, to be named as the winner of the Flexible Employer of the Year award! Fantastic result!
In mid-September, we found out that we’d been named as a finalist in the St Albans Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards, in the Business Growth category. We got our glad rags on and a group of us went to the awards ceremony at the beautiful Sopwell House, where we met up and networked with hundreds of other Hertfordshire Businesses. The team enjoyed a great night out, knowing they were part of a very special, growing business.
Later in September, we headed to the finals of the Herts Digital Awards where we were thrilled to be nominated as a finalist in the Social Media for Business category. It was great to see our name in lights and to be amongst such inspiring company. Many other marketing agencies from across Hertfordshire were present that evening and it was exciting to be part of the line-up.
In early October, we heard that we’d been shortlisted for the prestigious national Best Business Women Awards, hosted by Debbie Gilbert and her team. So, we booked our tickets and went along to the awards dinner. We were absolutely delighted that our MD, Cheryl Luzet, was named the WINNER of the Best Business Woman in Technology Award.
Finally, at the start of November, we went along to the prestigious Working Mums Top Employers Awards in London, having been nominated as finalists in two categories; SME Award (up to 25 employees) and Working Mums Champion Award. To be honest, we didn’t feel worthy! We felt privileged to have made it there in the first place. We were surrounded by so many large corporate entities, and there we were, St Albans-based Wagada, flying the flag for the SME with flexible working! We felt honoured to be part of the evening and met some amazing people. It was also very inspiring to hear the stories of what other businesses are doing to support working parents.
These days, time and marketing budgets are more precious than ever, so a business owner or a marketing director needs to ensure they utilise their marketing resources as effectively as possible. At Wagada, we firmly believe that entering business awards is a vital element of a successful marketing plan. However, businesses must ensure they select the most appropriate awards to enter.
To help you develop a strong marketing plan, here are Wagada’s 9 reasons why you should incorporate business awards as part of your marketing strategy.
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