We’re IMA Circle of Excellence winners for outstanding Recognition programme

Posted by David Gould

We’re delighted to announce that Corporate Rewards have been awarded with the accolade of ‘Outstanding Recognition Programme’ at the IMA Circle of Excellence Awards for their work with their client Wincanton and their programme YourRecognition.


The Circle of Excellence Recognition Ceremony was held at the annual IMA’s Executive Summit in Houston, Texas on 18-20 July 2016. Corporate Rewards MD David Gould and Founder Sean Wilkinson were at the event to pick up the award on the companies behalf.

The Circle of Excellence is the IMA’s yearly awards programme. It is established to identify and recognise outstanding examples of incentive programmes that are designed and executed by IMA members.

The IMA (Incentive Marketing Association) is a strategic industry group and is the world’s leading voice in the incentive marketplace. The industry body promotes best practice and seeks to raise and maintain industry standards by sharing knowledge, experience, legislative and financial constraints and guidelines. They aim to help build a greater understanding of incentive marketing across the world. Corporate Rewards are IMA members, with Sean Wilkinson representing the company on the Board of Directors.

Judges awarded Corporate Rewards with the distinction for “creativity and professionalism in the development and execution of the outstanding incentive programme.”  

Upon receiving the award David Gould commented “It is a great privilege to accept this award on behalf of Corporate Rewards. This award shows our dedication to providing a first class service to our client and commitment to implementing a programme that helps them to reach and achieve their objectives and desired company culture. Receiving an IMA Circle of Excellence award shows the recognition of Corporate Rewards striving to set and maintain industry standards within the Incentive and Recognition industry, and demonstrates the quality, passion and success in delivering what we do. A fantastic achievement to be awarded with and we couldn’t be happier.” 

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Wincanton is a leading third party logistics and supply chain solutions provider in the UK and Ireland, with staff at their Head Office, Distribution Warehouses and Truck Drivers. As they had a combination of employees working online and offline they wanted to integrate a theme of Togetherness, creating a culture of colleagues who say ‘thank you’, no matter where they were based; office or on the road. They wanted each and every employee to have the opportunity to be engaged, recognised and rewarded for their hard work, whatever their role in the business.

“We introduced a Recognition programme for a number of reasons. We’d received feedback from our annual colleague engagement survey that a reward and recognition programme was needed. It was also a timely opportunity to align with our new values which had been updated following a refresh of our vision, mission and values. YourRecognition gave us the chance to work on embedding those values by awarding colleagues points for demonstrating their commitment to our new values as well as creating a culture where we express our thanks by sending a message on a card or a simple click on the YourRecognition website. The results to date have been very encouraging. Employees are feeling happier, they are more engaged within the business, they feel appreciated and they now ensure that their colleagues are recognised for their achievements too.” Internal Communications Manager, Wincanton

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David joined CR Worldwide as CEO in 2014. Leading a team of performance improvement experts, building and managing engagement programs, he is responsible for developing and growing the business to support new and existing clients.