IA22 Nomination Information

Submitting your nominations couldn’t be easier and each one takes just a few minutes by following these simple steps.

  1. In the Award Categories tab, select “Nominate” for the award you’d like to submit a nomination for, except The IMA Europe President’s Award, which is a non voting category.
  2. Complete the form and click “Submit”

Important Information

There is no limit to the number of nominations you can submit.

    • IMA Europe members can submit nominations for FREE. The nomination fee for non-members is £95.00 per nomination.
    • You will have the option to upload supplementary material to support your nomination, up to five files (PDF, Word Doc, JPEG). For video or online content, please provide a link.
    • Once you submit you will receive a confirmation email.
    • Once the closing date has passed, 29 July 2022, nominations will be submitted to the judging panel.
    • Please be assured that the panel are only given access to the nominations that they are asked to judge in their allocated category.
    • If there is a proven conflict of interest the judge will be asked to step down from judging that category.
    • Each category is scored against a set of criteria. All judges scores are collated, totalled and discussed.
    • The winning nomination is the one with highest overall score.
    • The short list for IA22 will be announced on 1 September 2022.

If you have any questions, please email awards@incentiveawards.org

Deadline for nominations has been extended to 29 July 2022.

Amazing Technology

Encompassing all that is progressive and innovative in the ever-developing world of technology. The technology award categories showcase revolutionary solutions that power many of the amazing incentive programmes that are in place around the Globe. These category winners offer the best intelligent, resilient, and secure solutions that are available today.

1. Best use of Technology in a Programme

The judges are looking for technological solutions that have powered a recognition, reward, engagement, sales, or travel programme. Judges will be seeking evidence that the technology offers a genuine solution, takes an all-encompassing approach, and ultimately enhances the overall programme.
The technology must have been operational during Jan 2021 to June 2022

2. Best Technology Provider 

This is a wide-ranging category that seeks to reward lateral thought and technical excellence in creating an outstanding product or service that that has delivered measurable benefit for business users, customers, or channel partners. Entries will have to demonstrate the use of technology to overcome a defined problem, and show that it has, or can make, a significant positive impact.
Software development, mobile, engagement platforms, app development and SaaS solutions will all be considered as suitable.
The technology must have been operational during Jan 2021 to June 2022

Perfect Programmes

Designing, delivering, and evaluating the Perfect Programme is the lifeblood of the industry. These award categories provide the opportunity to showcase, the continued growth of Health & Wellbeing, the resurgence of Incentive Travel & Experiential, along with the continued evolution of Reward & Recognition programmes.

3. Best Recognition & Reward Programme – Agency
4. Best Recognition & Reward Programme  – In House

New for 2022, we have split this category to enable agencies and in house developed programmes to be recognised. Judges will be looking for evidence that the programme that has achieved its objectives and targets. Evidence of success will be not only be judged by the achievement of measurable objectives, but also the level of communication and engagement, then ultimately how this information is utilised, and improvements seen as a result.

This category includes programmes targeted at driving specific employee behaviours, embedding company values using motivation and recognition techniques.

The programme must have run during the period January 2021 to June 2022

5. Best Health & Wellbeing Programme – Supplier

6. Best Health & Wellbeing Programme – In House

A successful health and wellbeing programme involves investing time and resources in supporting employees’ physical and mental health, the importance of which has become abundantly clear over the past few years.

New for 2022, we have split this category to enable nominations from companies who developed their own in-house programme, along with suppliers that have launched a solution.

Judges will be looking how the programme or product was constructed and executed. Evidence of the insight gained, how the programme encouraged employee’s involvement, what was the positive impact on the individual and the business.  Supporting information on productivity and performance of the programme/solution, including measurement data on staff tenure, attrition rates and sickness rates will support the nomination

The programme must have run during the period Jan 2021 to June 2022

7. Best Channel Partner Programme

We all know that a great Channel Programme that gets partners engaged can truly help expand and strengthen your organisation, developing a mutually beneficial relationship.

Associating with good channel partners can lift sales, engage stakeholders, drive specific employee or customer actions, support a new product launch, and improve margins.

Judges will be looking for nominations that clearly demonstrate the strength of the channel partner relationship, an innovative approach taken to provide a solution. Evidence that the outcomes for all parties were achieved.

The programme must have run at a point in time during January 2021 to June 2022

8. Best Use of Payments in a Programme

With prepaid, branded gift cards and e-codes used to drive employee programmes the importance and value of a non-cash reward is well understood.

In this category the judges will be looking for innovation and real proof that the prepaid element of the programme delivered its objectives and drove the intended actions.

This category includes all forms of prepaid – from open loop to closed loop, gift cards, e-codes, digital issuers, and multi-currency solutions.

9. Best Incentive Travel or Experiential Programme

As countries continue to reopen for travel post pandemic, travel and experiential incentives are now back on the agenda for employers.

As we know Incentive travel is the ultimate reward. It offers enormous impact—no one ever forgets it. Reconnecting teams, engaging, getting out of the home office is now a priority for many employers and employees.

For this category judges are looking for programmes that are innovative, tailored to objectives, results driven, well communicated and show that the desired outcomes were achieved.

Please note that due to the absence of Incentive Travel in 2021, the programme may have run at a point in time during June 2021 and still be ongoing.

10. Best Sales Incentive Programme

A successful Sales Incentive programme increases sales and motivate employees by recognising and valuing their contributions.

New for 2022 this category is focused on highlighting the best sales incentive programme or plan that incentivises an employee to surpass a target or objective, or driven a customers purchasing behaviour.

The incentive programme may use non-cash incentive rewards, or cash-based sales performance incentives.

Sales competitions and points-based programmes will be considered.

Nominations must clearly specify the objectives of the programme, goals and KPI’s, an understanding of the audience, targets, and outcomes, how the programme was communicated, and the innovative approach taken.

The programme must have run during the period Jan 2021 to June 2022

Great People

These categories celebrate the Great People and superb businesses that make this sector such an innovative place to operate or work in. We recognise the Emerging Stars, celebrate with the intrepid Entrepreneurs, share a loud cheer with the Company of the Year and salute the Lifetime Achievement winner.

11. Emerging Star (previously Young Gun)

This award recognises an outstanding Incentive, HR, or People professional who is in the early stages of their career and has already made an impact in their field, achieving the respect of their colleagues, and continually looking for improvements. Entries can come from individuals themselves or nominations from colleagues or others.

Entries should demonstrate:

Their early achievements and the outcomes
How they’ve made a mark on their organisation or sector
How they have been an inspiration to others and are viewed by colleagues and other stakeholders
How they’re an ambassador for their organisation and have shared their learning

12. Industry Entrepreneur  

The two main functions of entrepreneurs are first, taking the risk of developing new products or services and, second, successfully bringing new products and services into the marketplace. They drive innovation, create jobs, generate economic growth, and encourage creativity.

Our winner will have consistently met or exceeded challenging objectives and demonstrated a quality approach through personal values and working practices.

They will be a great example to peers or colleagues.

Be able to demonstrate that they have delivered quantifiable benefits to either their organisation, or another, and demonstrate personal growth to enhance their ability to succeed in future.

Judges will also consider the nominees record on corporate responsibility, sustainability, and the impact their businesses have on the environment.

13. Best Industry Service Provider

Are you a service provider to the Incentive, Reward & Recognition industry? Maybe you provide legal or financial support, a recruitment or training service, technical back up or great products.  Whatever service you offer, this is your category!

Your submission should clearly demonstrate how your offering provides a fantastic service or solution and illustrates the vital role you play in ensuring your clients’ objectives, targets or vision is met.

14. WiiN Global Award

WiiN is a network for top female leaders, female founders and entrepreneurs in the Global Incentive and Loyalty industry.

Judges will be seeking nominations that clearly illustrate business achievements and successes, entrepreneurship and innovative solutions or approach to support and grow the industry, along with demonstrating a commitment to the WiiN network mission. The winner will be an inspirational and successful female founder, leader, or entrepreneur. The category is applicable to WiiN Global members only, members can self-nominate or be nominated.

15. IMA Europe President’s Award

This award celebrates and recognises the valuable contribution that an IMA Europe Member brings to the Association or the Incentive, Reward & Recognition industry. These qualities might be demonstrated by a combination of the following:

  • Fostering the IMA Europe brand
  • Bringing new industry knowledge to the association
  • Suggesting new procedures or systems which benefit IMA Europe
  • Providing support to existing / new IMA Europe members
  • Being available, approachable, and supportive
  • Bringing entrepreneurship and innovation into our world
  • Providing dedication and leadership qualities to our industry
  • Effective communication of ideas and concepts
  • Displaying an inclusive and diverse culture

In their own way the recipient of this award will have made a valuable contribution to either IMA Europe or our industry. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge those that have contributed above and beyond in raising our industry profile.

Please note that this is a none voting category, the successful recipient of this award is solely the choice of the IMA Europe President.

16. Inspirational Place to Work

Creating a fulfilling workplace is key to unlocking people potential. Awarded to the organisation that puts it’s people first, offering an engaging and inspiring place to work, the winner will be an organisation that its employees are proud to work for and view it an inspirational place to be; one that values the role of its employees, nurtures its talent, and embraces an open and inclusive culture, supported by a future thinking leadership team.

Offering career and skills development, reward, and recognition for personal achievement and of course a leading reward and recognition programme!

Judges will also consider the nominees record on corporate responsibility, sustainability, and the impact their businesses have on the environment.

17. Company of the Year

To secure this prestige title the judges will look at overall company achievements, growth, and future plans. They are looking for a company who shows exceptional commitment to delivering the very best in their industry, demonstrate best practice and show an innovative and creative approach to the work they deliver.

In the submission, nominees are encouraged to mention the entirety of the company’s success, which may range from demonstrated growth percentages in the form of both revenue growth and/or staff growth percentages.  Innovation, first-to-market developments, company culture and policies.

Social or environmental responsibility programs and contributions will also be expected. Evidence to support employee satisfaction and employee wellbeing programs as well as a focus on customer service, will add to overall company excellence.

This award is one of the highest accolades and will be presented to the business most able to demonstrate all-round achievement, a clear vision for the future, success against objectives, sustained growth, and to be a standard bearer for success.

18. Lifetime Achievement Award

This Award recognises the business personality who best represents achievement and longevity. The award acknowledges the winner’s sustained achievements within the incentive industry during a distinguished career.

The winner will have demonstrated outstanding leadership characteristics throughout their career and inspired others to achieve similar success

Eligible nominees are those who have been actively involved in the sector community for at least 10 years by June 2022

Complete your Payment

Thank you for submitting your nomination, to complete the process your payment will be required. If you have a IMA Europe, or WiiN Global code you will be asked to add this at the checkout stage.

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