UK Enterprise Awards: scam?

Written by Resli Costabell on 6 April 2017

Hello,

I've received a couple of emails saying I've been nominated for a UK Enterprise Award. Anyone familiar with them? Are they a scam?

They have a website, and to my surprise, a phone answered by a human being. Said human being confirmed that there are no fees associated with nomination, entry, or winning. I have to cough up if I want to buy one of their magazine packages, but they also have free packages for winners. Couldn't even see the usual "and your company's table at the swanky award ceremony will only cost £2k".

No idea who would have nominated me. I don't do any advertising, marketing, or PR, so all of my business is through recommendations and word of mouth. Makes the nomination all the more mysterious.

Can anyone please shed any light?

Thank you,
Resli

PS: I was delighted to buy two books recently, and realise both are by Forum members! David Cotton's excellent book on creativity exercises, and Nikki Highmore's book on facilitating workshops. No vested interests on my part; just smiled when I realised I know the authors :  )

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TimRoyds

Submitted on 7 April, 2017 - 11:35

Only nominated?  That's not very impressive!  I was contacted by Emma Allwood at Global Business Review Magazine telling me I'd already been awarded (without having to be nominated Resli - eat yer heart out!) the title: "Managing Director of the Year 2017".  Crikey... I must be good... only 3 months of the year gone and my performance is already impressive enough to have achieved this accolade!

Mind you, I do need to pay between £295 and £1,995 depending on the package I go for (different number of crystal trophies, advertising, logo to put on my web site and e-mail footer etc.!)

This bunch of monkeys give their address as Floor 1, Suite F, The Maltsters, 1-2 Wetmore Rd, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1LS

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 7 April, 2017 - 14:00

Tim, I nominated you and voted for you multiple times ;  )

Congratulations on your Managing Director of the Year 2017 award. It sounds, uh, memorable.

MikeClayton

Submitted on 7 April, 2017 - 20:27

Resli,

I got the same email, so asked who nominated me. They did not give a name, but named a sector I have never worked in. I concluded it was a dodgy, maybe fraudulent, play for sponsorship or advertising and broke off contact.

Mike

 

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 8 April, 2017 - 08:45

Thank you, Tim and Mike. 

BTW, I also noted that UK Enterprise Awards give no criteria for nomination or selection.

What had me flummoxed was not seeing the business model: if it's free to be nominated, be shortlisted, vote, win, etc, then where are they making their money? I guess that for every tightwad like me who'd pay nothing, there's someone who'd buy the package with the gold leaf trophy (with bevelled engraving), professional photography session, and heirloom figurine.

So I shan't fill in my nomination form. But perhaps I'll set up a Global Best Awards Award, tell them that you two nominated them, and offer them the complete shortlist package at only £5k a head for the gala awards ceremony. Which will be held in my basement.

jocook

Submitted on 10 April, 2017 - 14:08

HI all,

I've had a nomination for the same awards. What made me ignore it is that it came through on a very old email address from when I was self-employed at 20 years old. I won't tell you how long ago that was, but it was before my L&D career ;D

I'm going to ignore it as I can't see anything that shows nomination criteria other than public submission, no list of nominations to vote on and no way to know how it's judged.

Regards,
Jo Cook

MikeClayton

Submitted on 11 April, 2017 - 10:06

Jo

Maybe you should respond. Perhaps TJ could start doing some good old-fashioned investigative journalism.

Mike

 

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 11 April, 2017 - 10:14

Mike, I love the thought of a bit of investigative journalism. Jo, your story seals it for me!

Meanwhile, I've written to the awards people citing the Data Protection Act and asking them to divulge who nominated me. I know, I know: the DPA doesn't cover that. But perhaps they won't know that.

And I'm having fun. It's a little like when I replied to the "king" who wanted me to help him release his fortune and would pay me £5m as a token of thanks. We had quite a correspondence. 

Best wishes,

Resli

Hilary Cooke

Submitted on 11 April, 2017 - 15:05

Ha ha Resli - so what did you do with the £5m? 

Personally I am insanely jealous of Jo who had an email account in her 20's. 

I didn't even have a computer in mine - because there weren't any :-((((

Hilary x

jocook

Submitted on 13 April, 2017 - 14:14

Aww! My first email address was 106152,3157@compuserve.com aren't we glad we've come a way since then!

DorothyNesbit

Submitted on 12 April, 2017 - 12:39

 

So many hooks for the ego to get strutting... it's making me laugh that anyone who knows their psychology would choose the highly evolved and insightful TJers to target for this kind of nonsense.  

I love the idea of Resli corresponding with a "king" and, even more so, the possibility that she might have pocketed £5m and invested it in a swanky table at an awards ceremony.  Maybe with Tim on a rival table.

And, Hilary, I'm with you.  At school, the computer room housed a single computer and Martin Brett loved hanging out there so the rest of us decided it was just not the cool place to be... I bet he was the beneficiary of that!  It was another twenty years or so before I first started to get my hands onto a computer.  Now my 11 year old nephew is learning to use an excel spreadsheet at primary school and texting me to arrange a visit over Easter...

 

 

 

 

 

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 12 April, 2017 - 15:29

I did get £3 from the Nigerian scammer. Claimed that all my vast fortune was tied up in shares that I'd access at just the right moment, and that I needed bus fare to get to the place where I'd wire money to him.

It was a lot of work for £3. Yet strangely satisfying.

Hilary Cooke

Submitted on 12 April, 2017 - 16:50

Resli - I am sure you will be pleased to know that I have entered you for the prestigious Nigerian Enterprise Award for Scamming Scammers.

Somehow I think you are in with a good chance.

It was only a £3 entry fee - but we can settle up when I see you next....

Hx

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 13 April, 2017 - 11:24

Thank you for nominating me, HIlary. You're invited to pay £450 be at my table for the prestigious and exclusive gala dinner at the Ritz. 

BTW, the UK Enterprise Awards people wrote to me to say that the deadline had been extended, due to the large number of nominations.

They have yet to respond to my Data Protection Act request for the dirt on who nominated me.
 

jocook

Submitted on 13 April, 2017 - 14:31

Hi all,

I'm not sure how much of this is 'good old fashioned investigative journalism', but I did do some digging.

The overall business itself looks to me, on first inspection, as a legitimate one. I finally found that the holding company is Blakenhall Media Limited and you can see their details here (which will include a list of directors) and their last company financial statement is here.

Some of the Directors were hard to find on LinkedIn, listed under AI Global Media Limited of which Blakenhall hold 100% of their shares. There were a number of staff on LinkedIn under AIGM, some of whom worked in Journalism and Data Processing.

There are quite a few online magazines and websites in the business to business sector that the company run that look, on first inspection, quite legitimate.

What I can't find much reference to is an explanation of either the business model or judging of their various, and numerous, awards.

This site shows one of their website and the PDF of the Awards supplement they produce, with a huge number of 'winners': http://www.acquisition-intl.com/2016-global-excellence-awards

This site shows similar, but with a visually poor digital file: http://www.acquisition-intl.com/business-excellence

I also found this, and some other similar pages, in my search, which focuses on the questionable/scam element as being discussed here: http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=132175

FYI in case it's important to anyone - many of you know I only work on TJ one day a week - I did this investigation in my own time and not on the TJ dollar.

Regards,
Jo Cook
Deputy Editor

MikeClayton

Submitted on 14 April, 2017 - 09:59

Maybe Debbie can fund an exposé, Jo.
Next TJ reader to get nominated can pass on the details and you could go under-cover.
Or perhaps we can let it slide, though that feels bad.
If people are getting scammed (and that's not an allegation), then light needs to get shone onto this.

Resli Costabell

Submitted on 14 April, 2017 - 20:53

Thank you for researching, Sherlock Cook!

alspeed

Submitted on 13 June, 2017 - 10:28

Hi All. Just signed up to TJ to give my 2 bits.

As a longstanding company with many awards(legitimate) and TV appearances in the past, we never advertise, and do not need to.

First contacted by AI Global Media as nominated. Yes, it's a bit iffy: No awards ceremony, you pay for most of the winner packages, and all judging is 'internal'.

Decided to accept and flowed through the process easily.

 

While the company may be on the verge of fraudulent, they offer awards which a business(that has done it's homework) may want to have. The packages are where they make money. you get a £45 trophy for £300, which can be shown off in an office, and for the rest of your life, emails nagging for you to sign up to the magazine .

The big money packages include 'interviews' and articles to be included in their magazine, which you pay for, and they simply add to an e-magazine which many others have paid for.

So, whilst on the cusp of fraudulent activity, the 'awards' actually provide a service to companies which can prove themselves through a very simple Q&A document. That service is the 'winner' advertising potential which you see on vans and flyers, as well as allowing employee and workplace pride to thrive. Then the e-magazine which is sent out allows those wannabe famous 'winners' to fence themselves to other corporates of the business world who are supposedly receiving this e-magazine.

Cost is extortionate, but rewards and morale boost within work environment pays off.

 

When we were nominated, I, as Director set out our business on the Q&A, and was then awarded.

Chose the trophy & logo award(£500) and this was received exactly as promised.

Since then, our client base for regular customers has increased 20% to over 6000, we have, again been invited to appear on Beechgrove Gardens, Our employees do not complain as much even though there is much more to do, and I write this now simply to relieve the stress that I'm supposed to be seeing 14 new customers today, and have one van in for MOT, which means it's off the road for one day.

As a garden maintenance company, I feel the business model of AI Media & Worldwide Business Review Awards is right for what it can do.