News | 6 min read | 10/07/2018

UKGCVA Summer Party and Awards

Last Thursday saw us attend the UKGCVA Summer Party and Awards evening at the South Bank Centre in London. This event recognises and celebrates key people and companies within the gift card industry.

As a business, we're a genuine supporter of the UKGCVA and the Awards evening is a particularly important event for us as a newcomer but more importantly as a B2B business.

Historically, B2B businesses aren't recognised when awards are handed out, especially when building underlying and enabling technologies like we're doing here at Reward Cloud. However, we've been lucky enough to forge a business model that truly benefits all the players within the gift card ecosystem:

Following on from winning last year's ‘Hottest Newcomer of the Year’ award we decided to proactively enter three awards:

  1. Most Innovative Technology Product or Service
  2. Best B2B Product or Service
  3. Best Industry Partnership Initiative

Whilst also being included in another two:

  1. Honoured Industry Contributor
  2. Overall Industry Winner 2018

Here were the full results from the evening:

Hall of fame awards 2018 winners

Most Innovative Technology Product or Service

  • Winner: PPS & Debenhams
  • Highly Commended: Reward Cloud

Best UK Creative Marketing Campaign

  • Winner: One4all & Zeek (joint winner)

Best B2B Product or Service

  • Winner: Love2Shop
  • Highly Commended: Reward Cloud

Best B2C Programme

  • Winner: One4all
  • Highly Commended: M&S

Best Industry Partnership Initiative

  • Winner: PPS & Reward Cloud
  • Highly Commended: Nitecrest & M&S

Industry Service Provider of the Year

  • Winner: CPI
  • Highly Commended: PPS

Industry Retailer/Issuer of the Year

  • Winner: M&S
  • Highly Commended: One4all

Honoured Industry Contributor

  • Winner: Eoin Whyte, Sales Director, Savvy & Chair, UKGCVA
  • Highly Commended: Siobhan Moore, Partner, Global Head, Cards & Payments Locke Lord & UKGCVA Executive

Overall Industry Winner 2018

  • Winner: Zeek
  • Highly Commended: M&S

We were completely overwhelmed by the results. To win one award (B2B partnership alongside PPS) as well as receiving two Highly Commended mentions (Runner Up) for the Most Innovative Technology and Best B2B product was much more than we ever expected.

It was also extremely encouraging to see that all the winners and runners up (except one4all) are existing Reward Cloud clients. Showing that our technology is helping businesses embrace the new digital age through robust and scalable technology.

Therefore, we'd like to take the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of our processing partners, retailers as well as distribution partners for their trust and willingness to believe in us. We take our responsibility and opportunity to work with such high profile clients extremely seriously.

As a team, we never relent in our quest to build the ultimate real time digital network for gift cards that will benefit the whole industry and that will continue for the foreseeable future. These awards and the consequent industry recognition will only serve to continually motivate us to drive the gift card market forward.

Thanks once again for everyone that voted for us but more importantly thanks for entrusting us to keep delivering a market leading solution to so many clients.