Awards & Recognition

CCA Excellence Awards

Our peer review process relies on an independent panel of judges - industry practitioners, managers, leaders and business specialists - to undertake the challenging role of assessing all applications.

Our awards are created by the industry, for the industry, and use a carefully structured and non-judgmental scoring framework.

Key Dates

Keep an eye out for some of these Key Dates on the road to achieving excellence.

21 June 2019

Closing date for award entries

w/c 2nd September 2019

Short list announced

13 November 2019

CCA Gala Dinner & Excellence Awards Ceremony

Hear from one of our judges why you should enter!

The Categories
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Industry leading organisations make long-term commitments to enhancing their customer experience by adopting the CCA Global Standard© as part of their strategy for continuous improvement and development.

Customer Experience Brand of the Year
Innovation in Customer Service
Contact Centres: Great places to work
Excellence in Skills, Learning and Development
Most Effective Use of Social Media
Excellence in Social Responsibility and Awareness
Excellence in Business Process Outsourcing Collaboration
Most Effective Vulnerability Strategy
Best CX Transformation Technology Partnership
Best CX Transformation – Inhouse Technology Solution
Rising Star Award
Team Leader of the Year
Innovation in Leadership
Manager of the Year
Team of the Year

Director of the Year Award

The Director of the Year Award is a celebration of business leadership and personal achievement. Each year the CCA Executive Team recognises the talents and skills of a leader who inspires and leads through their passion for achieving excellence.

The winner will be announced at the CCA Excellence Awards Gala Dinner.

Member of the Year Awards

The CCA Executive Team has the opportunity to recognise the personal contributions of individual members who readily support CCA initiatives, encourage other members and champion customer service excellence across the CCA network.

Winners will be announced at the CCA Excellence Awards Gala Dinner.

For more information contact us.


Platinum Members

FREE for up to 2 entries - £150 per additional award entry


£300 for up to 2 entries - £150 per additional entry

Non Members

£500 for up to 2 entries - £250 per additional entry



Rates for excellence awards & gala dinner

No requirements to hold convention passes

Individual seat Table of 10
Member £250 ex VAT £2995 ex VAT
Non-member £350 ex VAT £3995 ex VAT
Supplier £450 ex VAT £4995 ex VAT

Tickets will sell out due to phenomenal demand.

Please contact Sophie Connors to book your place.

Chris Stroud

Director of Customer Management
Sainsbury's Argos

Stuart Balnaves

Head of Contact Centres

Jason Roberts

Head of Knowhow Customer Contact Centre

Catherine Lennon

Vendor Administration Manager
Irish Water

Maureen McIntosh

Head of Customer Experience

Christine Nunn

Head of Service Improvement
Student Loans


How much does it cost to enter the awards programme?

• Platinum Members £0 for up to 2 entries - £150 per additional Award entry. • Members £300 for up to 2 entries - £150 per additional entry. • Non Members £500 for up to 2 entries - £250 per additional entry

Do I need to pay for entries before the deadline date?

Once all applications have been received an invoice will be issued. Payments can be made via credit card, cheque or BACS transfer. You can contact our Finance Team for more information. All entries must be paid for, even if you are not successful in reaching the shortlist.

What is the deadline for entering the awards?

The deadline for entries is 14 June 2019.

Can I amend my entry after I have submitted it online?

Yes, as long as all amendments are made prior to the published entry deadline. To amend your entry, simply upload your amended document onto the online submission website and send an email to the Awards Manager to advise of this amendment, indicating what entry should be discounted from judging i.e. category and date submitted.

Who is the judging panel?

The judging panel is made up of an independent group of professionals from all sectors. All judges must have at least three years experience in customer service and demonstrate a sound knowledge of operational processes with multichannel experience. You can view our Judging Panel on the next page.

How is my submission judged?

Each individual submission is scored independently by three members of our judging panel. These scores are combined to provide a total score. The shortlist will include companies/individuals that reach the minimum benchmarking score for the category entered. Feedback on written submissions is provided to entrants at the time of being notified whether or not they have been successful in reaching the shortlist. Shortlisted entrants will then participate in a verification call with a member of the Excellence Awards Committee. This provides a final score which is added to the scores allocated at the written submission stage.

Can I request an extension for my submission beyond the published deadline date?

No. To make the process as fair as possible we require all submissions to be entered by the agreed submission date.

What happens if I exceed the overall stated wordcount?

The online entry system will calculate your overall word count, automatically applying a discretionary 10% allowance. If you exceed this total word count allowance a message will appear on screen highlighting this to you. You should adjust your entry accordingly or risk your score being penalised by judges.

What format should I submit my entry in?

Prepare your entry in a word doc first of all. Award entries should then be submitted using the online entry form.

Can I provide supporting documents and useimages/pictures in my submission?

Entrants are able to upload images, tables and graphs to support their entries. These should be a maximum of 10mb per file and is limited to a maximum of 5 files per submission. This should not be used for customer/colleague testimonials or additional supporting documents, which will be included in the overall submission word count. Where possible, include all text in the online entry form. Video/media files cannot be submitted. Acceptable appendices include: photos, links to videos, data tables; graphs. Unacceptable appendices include: quotes/accolates; additional text.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced week commencing 23 August 2019.

What happens if I reach the shortlist?

All shortlisted entrants will be required to participate in a verification call with a member of the Excellence Awards Committee throughout September/ October. This provides Committee Members with the opportunity to question entrants further on their submission and offers entrants the opportunity to provide additional information in sections that may have scored lower as identified by judges in the written submission stage. CCA or your appointed Judging Panel Member will be in touch to arrange a suitable time and date for this call.

If I am shortlisted, how many people can participate in the verification call?

It is preferable that a maximum of 2 participants per shortlisted entry contributes to the call. Where two organisations have submitted a joint application, there may be a representative from each organisation. For individual categories nominees may have their nominator/line manager present on the call to support them during the verification call. However, the call must be carried out by the nominee and the Judging Panel Member will decide if input from the nominator will be contributed to the final score.

What happens after the verification call?

No further input is required from entrants after this stage. Committee Members will allocate a final score, based on the verification call, which will be added to the 3 scores already allocated by judging panel members at the written submission stage. Winners will be those with the highest score in each category. Winners will then be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at the CCA Excellence Awards Gala Dinner in Glasgow on 13 November 2019.

What happens if I am shortlisted but unable to attend the Awards Ceremony?

Shortlisted entrants who are unable to attend the Awards Ceremony can either nominate a representative to accept the award on their behalf or ask a member of the Awards Team to collect this on the night and arrange for this to be forwarded on to you, after the event.

How do I book individual tickets/a table at the Awards Ceremony?

Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony tickets can be booked by emailing

What is the dress code for Gala Dinner?

The dress code is black tie

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Excellence Awards 2018 Winners Gallery

Click here to see the full list of 2018 winners and shortlisted entries