This award recognises the company that has done the most to produce a well-rounded product for the consumer or startup / small business customer. The winning entrant will combine value for money and features, as well as good customer service and guidance for the user.
This award is open to all businesses delivering either: a VoIP product for consumers (the definition of consumer being: “A person who purchases goods and services for personal use”), or a VoIP service to small enterprises of less than 10 employees/seats. This service can be a full telephony service as well as an Internet only software application. It must offer a full telephony service (including connectivity to and from the PSTN, using standard UK DID numbers and with access to the emergency services).
- Entrants will fill in the written self-assessment form (of no more than three sides of A4 - minimum size font: Arial 10).
- Entrants will complete a brief questionnaire confirming their details.
- All entrants must confirm they compliant with all existing regulation relevant to the specific service.
Written Self-Assessment Guidance
Please specify if you are entering Best SOHO ITSP or Best Consumer ITSP.
The written self-assessments need to demonstrate superiority across four dimensions:
- Business performance
- Customer service
- A case study
They will be judged according to the following criteria:
Business / Unit (and service) performance (40%)
- Revenue / Profit Growth - how much has your business grown its revenue and / or its profit, relative to the category of the award
- Customer / Product Volume Growth - how much has your business grown its customer base and / or units of product sold (e.g. minutes, lines, etc), relative to the category of the award
- Service Performance Section - describe your service and how you deliver it appropriately and resiliently.
- Confirm that you adhere to ITSPA Best Practice guidelines.
Innovation & Service Improvements (20%)
- How has this been shown in the last 12 months?
- How strong is the customer adoption of the innovation(s)?
- What impact has this had on sales?
- Does the innovation(s)/improvement(s) benefit your customer and if so how?
Customer Service (30%)
- How do you measure customer satisfaction?
- Metrics / Results - what customer service results have been attained?
- Outline the various ways in which customers can resolve problems with your service
Case Study (10%)
Please provide a comprehensive example or evidence of how your service has been deployed successfully over the past 12 months. This can take the form of a video, testimonial or other supporting documentation.
Method of Judging
The judging will be in two parts:
- The entrants will be judged and selected into a shortlist of finalists (depending on the number of entrants).
- A winner will be chosen amongst the finalists. Finalists may also receive a Highly Commended award if deemed appropriate.
Judges can move an entry into a different category where they deem it necessary. In this case the entrant may be asked for further information.
The written self-assessments will be scored and weighted according to the guidance listed above. Judges may take into account questionnaire responses when determining the finalist shortlist or Awards winners.
The decision of the judging panel is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
How to Enter
Please complete the online registration: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9DKZ8FY by Friday 15th February 2019
Please send the completed written self-assessment form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 15th February 2019
The list of finalists will be posted on the ITSPA Awards website as well as the Awards brochure. The winner and finalists list can be posted on the individual company websites. The winners will either receive trophy for Best Consumer ITSP or Best SOHO ITSP, depending on their services.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at the 11th ITSPA Awards ceremony at the Glaziers Hall in London.
Any images submitted as part of entries can be used in connection with the Awards presentation unless otherwise declared. Any copyright restrictions for image use must be clearly provided by the individual companies.
The ITSPA Secretariat shall store all data received by the judging panel. Should a company wish for the evidence to be destroyed after the awards process, this should be made clear to the ITSPA Secretariat at time of submission.