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The International Management Excellence Awards

Well-managed firms are more productive and more attractive to clients

These annual Awards, in association with knowledge partners Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, uniquely recognise the contribution of leadership and management to the business of professional services firms based worldwide.

Now in their 21st year, the Awards involve rigorous independent evaluation of initiatives that demonstrate superior business practices, support to clients, or community engagement - see Themes opposite.

The Awards attract entries from firms based in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific. Over 200 firms have entered to date, many on multiple occasions. 


Ceremony highlights

Live interviews of each winner are the centre piece of the Ceremony. Individual and highlight videos from 2022 can be accessed on the 2022 Awards page, along with citations from the judges. The Winners Book is also available - see image below.

Winners book cover v2


Ceremony location

London Skylounge image

The London Skylounge is a state-of-the-art digital events venue with real networking and socialising that is extremely easy to use. You can see who is sat where, go over to join someone, message them, check out their business card and more. 

Why online? Less time commitment for attendees, making the ceremony more accessible; Improved inclusiveness; Massively reduced emissions; Lower costs, particularly for those based outside the UK; Less hurried live interviews with winners, enhancing the learning transfer re their fantastic achievements.



Chaired by Andrew Hedley, Director of Hedley Consulting, the judges are leading consultants, business thinkers and experts, based in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia, selected solely on the basis of their expertise.

Shortlisted entries are allocated to suitable categories, each with a panel of four judges. After detailed evaluation, panels present their recommended winners to the other judges, followed by debate and a decision on final positions.

These are the judging criteria:

  • Strategic alignment
  • Active leadership engagement
  • Innovation in services, markets, methods or systems
  • Effective education of stakeholders
  • Positive impact on the client experience, employee engagement or stakeholder performance
  • Measurable impact against goals in a reasonable timescale

View 2022 Judges 


Eligibility and fees

Any firm can submit up to three entries per Theme per country:

  • Theme 1 - Make your business more productive
  • Theme 2 - Help your clients be more productive
  • Theme 3 - Enable your community to flourish

Each submission involves a fee of £250 + VAT.  Membership of the Managing Partners' Forum or the PM Forum is NOT a pre-requisite. 


Sponsorship opportunities

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