Professional Sales Awards: The winners

The overall winner of Sales Professional of the Year was Wickes with Blue Sky. The award was presented by Huthwaite International

May 18, 2017

The winners of our prestigious Professional Sales Awards, which recognise excellence in selling have been announced at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in central London.

These are the Association of Professional Sales’ first annual awards, and we have been delighted by the level of enthusiasm and support for the judging process and the event itself. The general standard of entries was extremely high and the evening event was sold out.

Written presentations were submitted in mid-March but, on the afternoon of the awards, each finalist had to present a 10 to 15 minute pitch to the judges explaining why they deserved to win. The winners were determined by a combined score for their written and oral presentations.

See the list of winners below.

Click here to see pictures of the winners

Our judging panel consisted of 43 people, all with proven expertise in sales management.

Nick Porter, chairman of the Association of Professional Sales said: “Many congratulations to the winners and the finalists. The judges were very impressed by the vision, ideas and ambition displayed by the candidates. Competition was tough and the standards were high.”

The biggest winners on the night were Blue Sky, the sales performance specialists in partnership with Wickes home improvement. Blue Sky won four awards, including overall winner, 2017.

Blue Sky described their clients, Wickes, as “amazing” with their sales team punching the air and cheering with delight as they won three categories, and silver in a fourth.

Phil Jones MBE, managing director of Brother UK hosted the awards ceremony which also raised £3,500 for our charity partners, Barnardo’s.

The quality and independence of the judging process was approved by academic heavyweights Dr Beth Rogers and Prof Malcolm McDonald, of the Cranfield University School of Management.

Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International, said: “I am delighted with the first Professional Sales Awards and the great professionals who were involved. What a wonderful evening we had celebrating the success of many different initiatives and the achievements of individuals.

“It was great to see winners such as Blue Sky and Wickes combined effort and the lifetime achievement award for Sylvia Marshall.

“Needless to say we are also proud to work with our partners Huthwaite International and the Association of Professional Sales. Without their help the event would not have been possible. I believe next year will be an even more amazing event.”

Here is the full list of winners and finalists:

Team awards:

Best Sales Organisation
Winner
Wickes with Blue Sky Performance Improvement
Finalists:
Clarify Solution Selling Ltd

Account Management Team of the Year
Winner:
Close Brothers Retail Finance

Finalists:
Paragon Customer Communications in partnership with Asurion
Paragon Customer Communications in partnership with Hyundai

Sales Team of the Year
Winner
Arbor Networks
Silver award:
Wickes with Blue Sky Performance Improvement
Finalists:
Audley Court Ltd
Clarify Solution Selling Ltd
Qdem Pharmaceuticals Ltd

 

Individual awards:

Best Newcomer
Winner
James Groom – ITC Secure Networking
Silver award:
Alice Young – Autotask Corporation
Finalists:
Hitachi
IOVOX
The TSK Group

Sales Professional of the Year
Winner
Kevin Shaw – Audley Retirement
Finalists:
Premier Inn

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner
Sylvia Marshall – Cosy Homes Online

Professional Sales Award – Overall Winner
Winner
Wickes with Blue Sky Performance Improvement

 

Initiative awards:

Best innovation in sales
Winner
Return on Investment Ltd with Honda UK
Finalists:
Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Qstream

Best Sales Development Program (Training and/or Coaching)
Winner
Wickes with Blue Sky Performance Improvement
Finalists:
Level 3 Communications Ltd
Virgin Holidays with Mercuri International (UK) Ltd
MG Sales Performance
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Best Sales Performance Improvement
Winner
Audley Court Ltd
Finalists:
Clarify Solution Selling Ltd
Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Sales Management and Support
Winner
Clarify Solution Selling Ltd
Silver award:
SAP
Finalists:
Premier Inn
Xactly Ltd

Click here to see the awards on the Professional Sales Award website.

Sales award website