Exceptional business culture: the foundation of accelerating organisational performance

Your business culture underpins how engaged and productive your colleagues are on a daily basis, and whether they choose to stay with you over your competitors. It’s one of the top drivers for the best talent to join you. It’s the differentiator in how you deliver your service or products to your customers. The value in aligning the brand you portray externally with the internal day-to-day experience of your employees, is substantial, as repeatedly demonstrated by winning organisations.

The benefits of recognition for business culture

The Business Culture Awards gives forward-thinking organisations a way to celebrate work which sets up their employees to succeed - recognising how their people’s employment experience is fundamental to business performance. Many organisations have created and implemented specific projects which have a positive impact on aspects of their culture - increasing purpose, pride, collaboration or learning by example. By advancing or transforming your workplace culture, and then ensuring you communicate this broadly, you are:

  • - Creating a sustainable competitive advantage that is much harder to imitate than your products or services.
  • - Focusing on your employee engagement, one of your leading metrics of organisational performance.
  • - Applying an effective channel to promote, within and outside of your sector, how your company values its unique culture and its people.
  • - Gaining access to the powerful Business Culture network and community, which comprises leading practitioners and thinkers in HR and business.
  • - Demonstrating value to your investors or stakeholders by aligning a stand-out customer brand to an exceptional employer brand.
"You can buy a man's time, you can buy a man's physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of skilled muscular motions per hour or day. But you cannot buy enthusiasm; you cannot buy initiative; you cannot buy loyalty; you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You have to earn these things.Clarence Francis, Chairman General Foods

Your workplace culture will never be a fait accompli. It is constantly evolving, and it is particular to your organisation. Business Culture Award entries capture those steps taken on your ongoing culture journey. You need to have achieved a measurable impact, but it’s the end of the chapter, not of the book.

Key Dates 2022 & 2023

Awards Entry Deadline 2022– 1st July
Finalists Announced – 5th September   View All Finalists
Awards Event & Winners announced - 5th October  Book Your Tickets by Weds 21st Sept
Award Entries Open 2023 - 1st March  Pre-register
Early Bird Deadline 2023 - 29th March
Entries Close 2023 - 30th June

"Businesses forget about culture and ultimately they suffer for it because you can’t have good service from unhappy employees.Tony Hsieh, Former CEO Zappos

Awards Night 2022

The Business Culture Awards Dinner will take place on Wednesday 5th October at the DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms, London. We promise an unmissable evening of celebration and laughter with your team. You'll also be able to connect with finalists, judges and other like-minded professionals with a keen interest in innovative workplace culture approaches. Enjoy an exquisite drinks reception and three course dinner, an awards ceremony hosted by top-class compere Reverend Richard Coles and a live band. There are also a number of quieter networking spaces for those who prefer.

To get a sense of what the evening has in store, check out the Video and Image Gallery from last year's Awards celebration.

Book Your Awards Night Tickets by Weds 21st Sept

Key Details

Date - Wednesday 5th October
Dress Code - As part of our celebration theme, we'd love for you to forget what others’ expectations are for how you should appear for a professional event in London and come along based upon how you would most comfortably dress for a celebratory evening event. There are so many wonderful styles of dress, including black tie – share these stories with us!
Venue - DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA
Nearest Tube Stations - Holborn, Covent Garden
Nearest Car Parking - NCP London Bloomsbury Square Car Park. To redeem 20% discount on your parking, click here
Disabled Access Information: See the venue's disabled access information before arriving at the event, or ask a member of staff

In the West End, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms is one of London’s most impressive, stylish and opulent event venues. Situated in Covent Garden, the Grand Connaught Rooms features the iconic Grand Hall, a sophisticated Champagne Bar, the indulgent Tempus Restaurant and is a stunning, sought after venue delivering a real wow factor. De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms has a history dating back to 1775 when the venue was home to a Free Mason's tavern before becoming a hotel in 1909.

Order of the Event

Drinks Reception – 18:45
Dinner – 19:30
Live music - 20:40
Intro from our compere - 21:00
Awards Ceremony - 21:15 - 23:00
(Plus photos with your team)
Live band & dancing - until 01:00

Compere Reverend Richard Coles & Live Music


Few can claim a CV as eclectic as this year's compere, Reverend Richard Coles. He is a prolific, best-selling author, radio presenter, TV regular and former-Church of England priest; who was the vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire from 2011 to 2022. He first came to prominence as the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band the Communards, with hits including "Don't Leave Me This Way". Reverend Richard is a frequent guest panellist on shows such as Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You? and QI. Often described as Britain's most famous vicar, Richard was the inspiration for the main character in the BBC hit comedy Rev, a programme for which he also served as consultant.

For the night's live musical entertainment, we’re excited to be unveiling a band to get you out of your seats ready to party with an array of Pop, Funk & Soul hits! The Compilation are an exciting & energetic party band with a broad repertoire spanning all eras from the 60s to the present day. They cover best selling artists from Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, White Stripes, Stevie Wonder & many, many more. 

An Inclusive Event

It's important to us that this is an inclusive event and embrace your suggestions on +44 (0)1727 847398 or [email protected] if there is something which would make the event more accessible and comfortable for you. This is a celebration but we appreciate that there's no one size fits all and people love to celebrate differently.

We have a number of designated quieter spaces at the venue (Burr & Co and The Snug) and a prayer space (Hospitality Suite), all available throughout the evening. See the floorplan ahead of the event, or ask a member of staff to direct you. Those who wish to pray are asked to please bring their own prayer mats. You can see the venue's disabled access information here too. We are also aware that the event coincides with the end of Yom Kippur. Please do get in touch if you would like to attend but would need to arrive later.  Finally, we'll check about any special dietary requests when you confirm your booking and appreciate that while some enjoy alcohol, others prefer not. 

Livestreaming the Awards Ceremony

For Finalists unable to get there in person, we will be livestreaming the Awards Ceremony via Twitter so that you don't miss out on the announcement of the Winners for your categories.

Book Your Awards Night Tickets Now

Dinner Menu & Drinks

You'll find full details of the delicious 3-course dinner and drinks you'll get to enjoy here!

How to Pay

Payment can be made by credit or debit card online after selecting your option above, or an invoice may be requested by emailing us at [email protected], or calling +44 (0)1727 847 398. NB. If invoiced, payment must have cleared by the event date. Here is a link to our Booking Terms and Conditions.

Overnight Accommodation

There is a very good selection of overnight accomodation within easy reach of the Grand Connaught Rooms, but none directly on-site. Download the list here and book directly with your chosen hotel.

Meet Our Judges

See all Judges here

View The Categories

Your culture is underpinned by all the elements you create and evolve: technology advances; learning initiatives; a drive for diversity, and more. Where does your organisation excel?

View all Categories

Register Your Interest

Award Entry Registration. Although entries are now closed for 2022, you can request a 2023 Entry Pack here. See what’s required and plan to showcase your company culture initiative in 2023.
In the meantime, we’ll let you know who made the shortlist and who won this year.

Request Awards Entry Pack

Not ready to enter but want to be a part of the Business Culture Community? There’s still so much to be gained from joining a community of individuals focused on building great workplace culture. You may have embarked on culture work in your business but you’re not ready to share it yet, or maybe you simply want to learn from others’ approaches. Either way, keep in the loop by registering with us here. You’ll also receive over 30 award-winning Business Culture case studies.

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