UK Customer Experience Awards 2015

Last week we headed to London for the UK Customer Experience Awards.

This year the event was held at the Park Plaza Hotel Westminster Bridge, which had some great views of London.  This one, of Big Ben was taken on the 5th floor, just outside our judging suite (which also looked out on to the Shard). UKCXAWARDS Douglas Jackson Judging at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge big ben

This years event was once again, well attended, with 26 categories in total. What we really like about the #ukcxawards is the diversity of business and brands featured.  You have luxury brands pitched against transport providers, technology innovation up against construction machinery. National retailers and leading financial organisations vs online service providers. Housing and social landlords, up against nutrition experts. one thing that holds them all together, how they deliver a great customer experience! It makes a very interesting event and some difficult judging decisions.

Eurotunnel-Le Shuttle were the subject of much chatter this year.  They invited one of their customers into the judging room.  Here is Zofia (I hope I have spelt that right), a beautiful Newfoundland Dog, who accompanied their owner to the awards.  They spoke excitedly (the owner not Zofia, although even here Zofia seems to be smiling!) and passionately about the dog friendly, enhanced services they had experienced as a customer of Eurotunnel.

Le Shuttle Eurostar Winners at ukcxaward with passenger zofia newfoundland dog

There were some great prizes available including a weekend break for two on offer at the Barnado’s raffle, with the event raising a superb £6,000.

The entertainment was thoroughly enjoyable and was provided by ‘today’s answer to The Andrews Sisters. With killer heels, killer curves and killer harmonies’ The Rockabellas.

The Rockabellas at the UKCXAWARDS with Douglas Jackson Customer Experience Awards

On to the Winners:

The OVERALL WINNER (or ‘Top Dog’)- EUROTUNNEL Le Shuttle

The three brands with the highest scores who went to a public vote for the Overall Winners were; AXA PPP, Virgin Money and Eurotunnel – Le Shuttle.

Customer Experience Awards 2015 The Awards and the winner is.....

Category Winners were:

Automotive Travel & Commercial Service Provider – Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

Hospitality/Leisure/Charity – Dorchester Collection

Financial Service – Banking & Investment – Virgin Money Plc

Government/Professional Services and Not for Profit – Richmond Housing Partnership

Industrial Utilities – Utility Warehouse

Insurance Service – Direct Line

Retail – John Lewis Partnership – Waitrose

Technology and Telecoms – Amazing CX – Three UK

Technology and Telecoms – Customer First – Rackspace

Contact Centre Large – AXA PPP

Contact Centre Small – Amicus Horizon

Business Change or Transformation – Transformation at the Heart – Now TV and Firstsource

Business Change or Transformation – Focussed on Improvement – Rackspace

Employee Engagement – Best Place to Work – Bristol Wessex Billing Services

Employee Engagement – Improving CX – LV=

Insight and Feedback – a new way of measuring –The Royal Bank of Scotland (Natwest)

Insight and Feedback – A focus on understanding – Direct Line Group

New Product/Product Improvement – Loving the Customer – Vita Student

New Product/Product Improvement – Making the most of technology – Standard Life

Best Use of Scoial Media Technology – The Body Coach Online Nutrition

Professional of the Year –  (JOINT WINNERS) Diana Rodriguex – Nicolla Curtin and Manuela Pifani, Direct Line Group

Team of the Year – A whole new level – Nationwide Building Society -Camden

Team of the Year – Customers at the heart – Nationwide Building Society – Kendal

Team of the Year – Listening and Responding – Rackspace

International Business – Deutsche Telecom AG.


For a full list of all the winners and finalists you can visit here

About Douglas Jackson Executive Search and Recruitment Consultants

Douglas Jackson are an Executive Search and Independent Recruitment Consultancy offering professional executive recruitment and managerial appointments on a permanent and fixed term contract basis. We work with customer and experience focussed organisations, who want to develop, or, improve their operation, sales, strategy, service, experience, or success. We recruit for Chief Customer Officer, Director, Head of Department, Manager and skilled strategists for; Customer Service, Customer Experience, Customer Contact, Resource Planning, Operations, Strategy, Insight, Analytics, Sales, Success, CRM, Data, Programmes, Transformation, Continuous Improvement, and Contact Centre. We work in partnership with our customers across the UK and internationally, many of whom are FTSE 100, blue-chip brands but also challenger, fintech and start-up organisations, to design, develop, deliver and manage your Customer strategy. Revolutionise your Recruitment and Retention of New Hires. Douglas Jackson Search takes the guesswork out of your hiring. Sourcing Exceptional Talent….Define your Customer Strategy. Lead your Operations. Design your Customer Experience. Direct your Digital and Customer Contact. Transform your functions. Develop your Customer Insight. Manage your Data/CRM, Deliver your Sales and Customer Success. Differentiate your business and brand.
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