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Winners 2021

A fantastic opportunity to meet other enlightened professionals working on the employee experience design space!
Jeff Wellstead, Partner, Pioneers


The 2021 UK Employee Experience Awards is the world’s premier celebration of the organisations, people, and initiatives that are improving the world of work.

The UK EXA® is brought to you by Awards International, holders of the Gold Standard Awards Trust Mark from the Independent Awards Standards Council.

Join us for a complete end-to-end experience in which we will guide you to enter and compete across nine categories honouring excellence in employee experience.

Innovation in employee experience is more crucial now than ever before, and Awards International has prepared a useful resource for firms taking the next step towards successful employee engagement in a post-pandemic world.

EX5: Five Actionable Insights for Remote Working is available to download now for free, and outlines the necessary best practice to engage your employees at home or in work hubs.

Winners 2021

The standard of submissions was truly outstanding! Happy and engaged employees are essential ingredients to business success. Congratulations to Awards International and the team for continuing to showcase UK businesses as being some of the best in the world for Employee Engagement and Experience.
Robert Isaac, Managing Director, Robert Isaac Ltd

LIVE Online

Recognising the challenging new realities of employment, the 2021 UK EXA® will be a LIVE Online experience, bringing the magic and excitement of the in-person awards event to the comfort of your office or home.

That means you can enjoy network meetings to expand your knowledge and contacts, webinars to assist with entries and winning strategies, and briefings with our team of expert judges - all remotely.

This will be the 12th online event hosted by Awards International, which is leading the way in adapting the in-person awards experience for a new digital frontier.

Feedback from our online Awards events shows a very high satisfaction rate among entrants and judges, and you can hear more from them on our videos.

Videos from awards
Winners 2021

Entering these awards is a big driver of engagement for an organisation. It's a motivating experience for your team as they take a day away from the business to celebrate their hard work.
Scott Morrison, Head of CX, KCOM


The UK EXA® is the most rigorously judged employee experience awards event there is

  • At least 5 judges per category
  • Each entry scored at least 10 times
  • Entries scrutinised by independent judges for over 7 hours

As holders of the coveted Gold Trust Mark from the Independent Awards Standards Council, we ensure that no other event matches our level of scrutiny.

Entrants can be assured their excellence will be evaluated to the highest standard by the most relevant experts in the field of employee experience.

A fantastic opportunity to meet other enlightened professionals working on the employee experience design space!
Jeff Wellstead, Partner, Pioneers

What's new?

  • For 2021, entrants can compete in 10 categories centred on what’s relevant to the present and future of employee experience.
  • Our streamlined entry process will prepare you to compete faster than ever before.
  • Our bespoke software, AwardsManager™, offers you your own account and portal to keep tabs on your entry until you are fully satisfied and ready to submit.

  • Network with hundreds of professionals at UK EXA® via the AwardsManager™ Connect@™ app. The software allows you to swipe through the profiles of event attendees and book meetings as you go.

It’s rare that so many employee experience professionals get to share best practice in such a collaborative forum. Thank you for a great day.
Luka Winterbourne, Employee Experience Manager, Centrica

The Judges

We host the only awards events in which judges apply for the privilege of scrutinising your entry.

Our judging panel - thought leaders and experts from the world of employee experience - are ready to give your entry the dedication it needs, meaning a minimum of 7.5 hours of scrutiny.

Interested in becoming a judge yourself? Our research has revealed a 93% satisfaction rate among judges, who benefit greatly from their experience.

Judges report positive experience

This is also an opportunity to join The Judge Club, which offers a wealth of benefits for members, including networking, knowledge sharing, and career development opportunities.

Who’s judging this year?

Accepting the awards during the Gala dinner and hearing Sky being called out is something I’ll always remember!
Alex Sawyer, Site Coordinator, Sky UK

Awards Experience

Cutting-edge video conferencing software will ensure that Awards day will be as productive and exciting as attending in-person.

Each category will feature a remote presentation room where Finalist presentations will take place from 9am to 1pm, and the Awards International Dream Team will be on-hand to oversee this process every step of the way.

Where presentations are open to virtual spectators, you will have the opportunity to see for yourself the standard of excellence on display by Finalists as they compete on the day.

Networking is supported by our bespoke Awards Manager™ software, allowing you to view profiles of fellow remote attendees, book meetings, and expand your professional horizons.

As for the awards ceremony, the setting may be different than in years gone by, but the excitement remains as winners will be revealed live and rewarded for their employee engagement endeavours.