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Vero HR Wins Clutch Global and Clutch Champion Awards 2024

Peterborough, 29 May 2024 Vero HR, the HR outsourcing and consulting provider, has been recognised as a 2024 Spring Global Award winner for HR services on Clutch, the leading global marketplace of B2B service providers, along with being lauded a 2024 Spring Clutch Champion.

The Clutch Global and Clutch Champion Awards showcase the very best in the B2B services industry worldwide.

Honourees of the Global Award are selected based on their industry expertise and ‘ability to deliver’ scores that are calculated using customer feedback from thousands of reviews published on the Clutch platform.

Vero HR’s primary focus is on providing exceptional service, and receiving this award is a testament to the excellent client work and service Vero HR has delivered this year as highlighted through the voice of their clients in their reviews.

The Clutch Champion Award is presented to the top 10% of Clutch Global winners, a designation that recognises business service providers across the world for their industry expertise and ability to deliver exceptional results compared to other companies in their line of service.

This award recognizes Vero HR as a top-rated leader in the HR services space based on its clients’ satisfaction and high-quality service ratings – of which it currently boasts an overall review rating of 5/5 across 13 individual customer reviews.

“I’m thrilled that Vero HR has been awarded the Clutch Global Award, but to also be named a Clutch Champion and sit within the top 10% of Global winners due to our high service ratings is the cherry on top. This recognition demonstrates our team’s dedication to providing top HR and client service every day, and a huge thank you goes out to our clients who have taken the time to provide such sterling reviews,” Vero HR Founder and CEO, Mike Kealey, commented.

“It is a joy to witness the incredible success of leading companies worldwide on our platform, and an even greater joy to recognise these companies as Clutch Global winners. Their dedication to delivering next-level services to clients has not only bolstered their own success but empowered numerous clients to thrive as well,” said Sonny Ganguly, Clutch CEO. “We are also delighted to present the Clutch Champion Award for the second year, celebrating both new and returning achievers for their outstanding performance. These honourees represent the top companies on our platform, consistently exceeding client expectations and receiving an abundance of positive feedback from their clients.”

This recognition follows a successful 2023 awards season for Vero HR, winning the Customer Service Award at the Peterborough Telegraph Business Awards, Silver Award for Service Excellence at the SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards, and being a finalist at the Personnel Today Awards for Large HR Consultancy of the Year.

About Vero HR

Vero HR is a HR solutions and outsourcing provider with over 20 years of experience. Working with businesses of all sizes and sectors, Vero HR offers expert advice, services, and technology tailored to transform and help organisations work more efficiently in all aspects of HR – supporting clients across the UK, Europe, and internationally.


Carmarthenshire Business Awards Welcomes Swansea Building Society as Sponsor

The inaugural Carmarthenshire Business Awards will feature Swansea Building Society as the sponsor for the Financial and Professional Service Business of the Year award. This much-anticipated event will be held on July 12, 2024, at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli, uniting the county’s thriving business community to honour outstanding entrepreneurial and innovative achievements.

The Carmarthenshire Business Awards will commence at 6:30 pm with a drinks reception, followed by a dinner and the awards ceremony. This black-tie event aims to celebrate the vibrant business community in Carmarthenshire, recognising significant contributions to the local economy.

The Financial and Professional Service Business of the Year award, sponsored by Swansea Building Society, is open to any business operating within the financial and professional services sector in Carmarthenshire. The award celebrates excellence within the sector, recognising companies that demonstrate remarkable growth, strong financial performance, innovation, and exceptional customer experience. Judges are looking for companies that have achieved growth and strong financial performance through innovation and exceptional customer experience, with a clear focus on future business success.

Sioned Jones, Area Manager for West Wales, Swansea Building Society, said:

“We are thrilled to support the Carmarthenshire Business Awards and to celebrate the remarkable achievements of businesses in the county. At Swansea Building Society, we are committed to fostering innovation and excellence within the financial and professional services sector. These awards highlight the outstanding contributions of businesses that drive economic growth and provide exceptional service to their clients. We look forward to recognising and honouring their success.”

In addition to the Carmarthenshire Business Awards, Swansea Building Society will also sponsor the Financial and Professional Service Business of the Year award at the Torfaen & Monmouthshire Business Awards on September 19, 2024, at The Parkway Hotel, Torfaen, and the Vale of Glamorgan Business Awards on October 4, 2024, at The Vale Resort. These events continue to celebrate the vibrant business community across South Wales.

‘Promotional bodyguard’ receives royal award

PromoVeritas, the leading global prize promotion specialist, based in Pinner, North London, has been recognised with the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

Powering promotions worldwide, PromoVeritas shapes and implements prize promotions for the world’s biggest brands, including Kellogg’s, Cadbury, Walkers crisps, Pepsi, Corona Beer, Amazon and Mastercard. The company conducts prize draws, judges competitions and oversees ‘instant wins’ in more than 90 countries, and this has resulted in it being awarded the King’s Award for Excellence in International Trade.

The news follows three years of exceptional growth for PromoVeritas, which saw the business double its revenue, and expand its global reach to the point that now almost 50% of their income comes from overseas projects. Its rapid expansion means it is now one of only a handful of marketing agencies ever to receive a King’s Award.

Having run over 18,000 campaigns worldwide, from Chile to China, Austria to Australia, PromoVeritas has given away more than £42 million worth of prizes to over 5 million lucky winners. From its unassuming office in Pinner, the company ensures that prize promotions are run safely, fairly and legally. This includes independently selecting winners of prize draws, verification of live TV voting and handling the integrity and security of Golden Ticket instant win promotions.

Following the announcement, Jeremy Stern, Founder and CEO of PromoVeritas, said: “20 years ago, I had the idea for a new type of service, one that would bridge the gap between law firms and creative agencies, and would ensure best practice promotional compliance and the delivery of effective and secure marketing campaigns.

“It is so rewarding for the whole team to have our pioneering efforts recognised with such an esteemed accolade. We now work with over half of the UK’s top brands and have been able to help many of them to expand their campaigns internationally. It might be Energizer with an on pack promotion in 60+ countries, Amazon with their cross border Small Business Prize Draw or Booking.com with a truly global Win a Year Off campaign. Credit goes to my wonderful team and a big thanks to our amazing clients, many of whom have worked with us for ten years or more.”

 Guy Parker, Chief Executive of the ASA, the UK’s advertising regulator, said: “Congratulations PromoVeritas on your ongoing commitment to help businesses keep their promotions on the right side of the rules.

“With the ever-changing media landscape and new technologies providing a multitude of innovative ways to reach consumers, PromoVeritas has kept pace and grown, providing reassurance to clients that they’re running promotions that meet the high standards in place to ensure participants are treated fairly.”

In recognition of the company’s work, the team have been invited to meet King Charles III at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July, and His Majesty The King’s personal representative, the Lord-Lieutenant will visit the head office in Pinner later in the year to present the business with its award.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

North West-Based Digital Agency Ranks in Top 0.3% of Global Companies

Soap Media Ranks in Top 0.3% of Global Companies

  • The North West-Based Digital Agency was Named in the Clutch 1000 List

North West-based digital marketing agency, Soap Media, has made it onto the prestigious Clutch 1000 list. This recognition comes just weeks after the agency was named a Clutch Champion and Clutch Global winner. 

The Clutch 1000 is an exclusive ranking highlighting the top 1000 highest-rated business service providers on the platform. With over 280,000 total providers worldwide, being ranked in the Clutch 1000 puts Soap Media in the top 0.3% of companies globally. 

Unlike many other awards and accolades, businesses cannot apply for, or pay to be considered for, the Clutch 1000 list. Instead, honorees are selected based on four key criteria:

  • The quantity, quality, and recency of verified reviews
  • The diversity and scope of clientele and portfolio of work 
  • A robust company profile with competitive specialisations and considerable experience
  • Strong brand awareness and industry recognition 

Clutch also invests heavily in maintaining the highest standards of review authenticity.

Currently, the agency has 4.9 stars out of 5 from current and previous clients across a multitude of industries. They also have an average referral rating of five out of five. 

On this recognition, Sonny Ganguly, CEO of Clutch, said:

“The Clutch 1000 is one of the most prestigious awards a service provider on Clutch can earn. By featuring these top 1000 companies, we aim to connect businesses with the right service providers for their goals and, in turn, accelerate their own growth. Congratulations to these service providers for not only this recognition but for their steadfast commitment to delivering value for their clients.”

Jack Oddy, Managing Director of Soap Media, said:

“Earning a place among the top 1000 global companies validates our commitment to delivering superior client satisfaction and services that fuel lasting growth. We’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve come over the past two decades, and we look forward to continuing to support new and existing clients this year and beyond.”

Leading entrepreneur secures finalist spot in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

David Davies, Founder of Sovereign Beverage Company has been recognised as one of the best in the business after being named as a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEAs).

Founded in 2008 and based in Blackburn, Sovereign Beverage Company is the UK’s leading exporter of premium beverages, working with UK-based suppliers to give them a global presence, managing their export operations for them and securing listings with customers overseas.

David is one of the shortlisted business leaders from across the nation to have been selected out of over 5,300 entrants – the most the awards has ever had.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in partnership with Starling Bank, acknowledges and champions the hard work and uplifting stories of business owners across the UK, with an emphasis on their journey and resilience over financial achievements.

Twelve awards will be given out per region for categories including Disruptor of the Year, Entrepreneur for Good Award, and the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. Notable winners from previous years include Social Chain founder Steven Bartlett, who went on to become the youngest ever investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

David said of the accolade:Given the calibre of entrepreneurs entering the GBEAs, and looking at my fellow finalists, I am absolutely blown away. This is a fantastic acknowledgement that everything we are doing, the dream we are striving for, it’s all in the right direction. I’m also thrilled to recognise the team behind Sovereign – their hard work and efforts are what have propelled us to where we are today; a growing company with a fantastic record and an even more fantastic future.”

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The alumni has collectively generated over £30 billion in revenue and employed more than 450,000 people.

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said the quality of this year’s entrants exemplified the strength of entrepreneurship across the UK: “The quality of applications is consistently excellent year on year, but we have been especially blown away by the innovation, drive and determination demonstrated this year. 

“This year’s finalists should be so proud of what they’ve already achieved both in business and in being shortlisted for an award – we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Finals and unveiling the winners!”

How to begin crafting a winning award entry?

Many business owners wonder how they can achieve the same award winning success of other businesses, but are daunted by the entry process – will I see a return on investment? What do the judges want? What are the actual chances of winning? Denise O’Leary, author of Winner – How to Win Business Awards, is passionate about demystifying the entry process and here are some of her top tips for creating an award entry.

Create your entry offline first
Before inputting your entry into any online format, develop your response offline first. You can edit the content before making the commitment and avoid the disaster of having an internet crash and losing your work. If this happens it is too easy to abandon your entry.

Tell your story
Award entries give you the opportunity to tell your story; why did you start? What challenges have you overcome? What have been your greatest achievements to date? Let the judges engage with your business journey.

Explain your USP
Every company is different, determine your company’s Unique Selling Point (USP). This is what makes your business memorable and should run like a thread throughout the entry, explaining the benefits you deliver customers.

Use client testimonials
Evidence is a powerful addition to your entry and you can make it stand out in quotes, as a graphic or a chart and use client testimonials. If someone outside the business has been prepared to say how great you are, it is far more powerful than you as the business saying it. Encourage others to be your advocates.

Tailor Each Entry
Each award is likely to be judged individually, so tackle each award independently. Evaluate the entry criteria and match it against your individual and company attributes. Consider the relevance that the award can have to your business when trying to decide what to enter. If you have limited resources then target the one you really want.

Give the Judges What They Are Looking For
Judges will be looking for evidence to back up your claims. They want to see how you lead your industry and require you to validate your story. They are interested in the challenges faced – so identify how you overcame them. This can include insight from staff about why they enjoy being part of the organisation and activities alongside the day job such as charitable works and community engagement.

Always be honest; don’t lie, make up figures or avoid mentioning something that the general business community will know about you. Being sincere and explaining your challenges is very powerful as it shows you are constantly learning.