Finalists Announced 9th September
Awards Dinner 14th November

To your future employees as well
as your future customers?

It's why people join, why they stay,
& why they perform

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 taking part

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 2019/20

Finalists revealed – 9th September at our Business Culture Club event and Livestreamed via Twitter
Awards Night – 14th November – Book Now
Business Culture Club events – ongoing
Entries Open 2020 – April – July

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

Meet Our Judges

See all Judges here

Awards Night 2019

The Business Culture Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday 14th November at the 5 Star Royal Garden Hotel, 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, and an awards ceremony hosted by top-class compere Sally Phillips.

To get a sense of what the evening has in store, check out the Video and Image Gallery from 2018.

Key Details

Date – Thursday 14th November
Dress Code – Black Tie
Venue – Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT.
The hotel is situated in London’s upmarket Kensington area overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens.

Order of Events

Drinks Reception – 18:45
Dinner, Entertainment and Awards – 19:30
Dancing & photos with your team – 22:40
Carriages – 01:00

Your Awards Host

Sally PhillipsWe are delighted to announce actor, writer and producer, Sally Phillips as our host for the Business Culture Awards Night. Sally has appeared in some of the most popular and influential comedies of recent years. Having been born in Hong Kong, educated at Oxford University and displaying early performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Sally has worked her way onto our screens and into our hearts. From her breakthrough role as the mischievous receptionist in I’m Alan Partridge, Sally starred in the cult sitcom Hippies, before joining fellow writer-performers Fiona Allen and Doon Mackichan on their award-winning sketch show, Smack the Pony. Following these successes, Sally has gone on to star in acclaimed hospital comedy Green Wing, Jennifer Saunders’ Jam & Jerusalem and satire comedy series Veep among others. Most recently we will recognise Sally as the generally well-meaning friend Tilly, in the comedy sitcom, Miranda, and the quirky Shazza, in all three Bridget Jones’ Diary films.

Entertainment from The Mariachis

The Mariachis

 The Mariachis are the official band of the Doritos TV commercials, singing pop classics with a Mexican twist, including the Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’, East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’ and Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock & Roll’. The band members all hail from South America and have entertained audiences at festivals including Glastonbury and Wireless. They are the ‘go to’ mariachi band for UK TV shows, with notable appearances on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’; ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; ‘The Graham Norton Show’; and ‘A Question of Sport’. They supported Rod Stewart in 2016 on his UK stadium tour, and can be heard performing on Tinie Tempah’s single ‘Mamacita’. View their hilarious take on pop classics at www.themariachis.co.uk

Book Your Awards Dinner Tickets

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. Please get in touch with the team if you are outside the UK and wish to make a booking. Here is a link to our Booking Terms & Conditions.

View the Dinner Menu

Overnight Accommodation

Rooms are available at the Royal Garden Hotel if you wish to stay overnight. We suggest booking your rooms in advance to ensure availability and access to preferential rates. Prices are £240 Queen and £270 King/Twin (double occupancy). Both rates are inclusive of VAT and English breakfast. To access preferential rates and to book, click here. If you wish to contact the reservations team directly, please call +44 (0)2079 378 000.

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?

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Many Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners

Many Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners

Find out about partnership. Evolving and nurturing business culture is a leading concern of those you want to do business with. Top HR and business professionals are keen to learn more about innovative approaches to culture or to promote exceptional work. Align your own brand as one which puts culture at the forefront of business strategy.

Register Your Interest

Award Entry Registration – entries are now closed for 2019. If you are interested in entering the 2020 Awards, please enter your details below. If you would like to register for one of our events, please click here.

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