Mobile Industry Awards 2020: Welcome to winners week!

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Welcome to the start of the Mobile Industry Awards' first ever digital Winners Week, which celebrates the best businesses, products and people in the UK mobile sector.

It has never been so important to stop and acknowledge the companies and individuals who make the UK mobile industry such a fantastic and vibrant community to be a part of.

We are coming together this week to celebrate the past 12 months, but it would be remiss not to highlight the incredible contributions our industry has made during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is especially true of our network partners, who have coped admirably with the huge demand for remote working in recent months, and have also made amazing contributions to key workers in the form of donations, support and much more.

Mobile Industry Awards 2020

This year’s awards saw the largest number of submissions ever received. More than 127 entries were submitted by 61 different companies with the winners decided after more than 40 hours of careful deliberation by our expert judging panel.

We could not be more excited to share with you the results over the next five days and you can find out all the winners on our dedicated Mobile Industry Awards 2020 hub.

Along with our line-up of awards, we will also count down the Mobile Power 50, which recognises leaders and influencers in the industry, and crown our 16th Shop Idol winner in association with Samsung.

Best of luck to everyone and remember to continue the conversation online with the hashtag #MIA2020.

We would like to thank our 2020 sponsors and partners Sky Zero, Samsung and Mind, as well as our 2020 Media Partners - TechRadar Pro, 5GRadar, T3, ITProPortal and Android Central.

Mobile Industry Awards 2020 Winners Week Schedule

(All times BST, and subject to change)

Monday September 21 2020

9.30 am Start-Up of the Year - won by Kid-A

10:00 am Innovation of the Year - won by EE

11.00 am Best Mobile Service & Solution Provider - won by Onecom

11.30 am Lifecycle & Finance Award - won by Tech Data

12.00 pm Recycling & Recommerce Award - won by GSUK

12.30 pm Distributor of the Year - won by Eurostar Global Electronics

1.00 pm Power 50 - 50 to 41

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Tuesday September 22 2020

9.30 am Best Repair Service - won by iSmash

10:00 am Best Recycling Service - won by MusicMagpie

11.00 am Best Online Retailer - won by O2

11.30am Best MVNO Partner - won by BT

12.00pm Best High Street Retailer - won by Vodafone

12.30pm Power 50: 40 to 31

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Wednesday September 23 2020

9.30 am Best MVNO - won by Sky Mobile

10:00 am Best Network for Data - won by EE

11.00 am Best Network for Business - won by O2

11.30 am Best Network for Loyalty & Retention - won by Vodafone

12.00 pm Campaign of the Year - won by EE 5G launch

12.30 pm Power 50: 30 to 21

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Thursday September 24 2020

 9.30 am Ruggedised Manufacturer of the Year - won by Bullitt Group: CAT Phones

10:00 am Accessory Manufacturer of the Year - won by Belkin International

11.00 am Smartphone Manufacturer of the Year - won by Huawei

11.30 am Best Manufacturer Field Marketing Team - won by Samsung

12.00 pm Hottest New Phone - won by Motorola Razr

12.30 pm Power 50 - 20  to 11

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Friday September 25 2020

9.30 am CSR Initiative of the Year - won by Sky Mobile with Sky Ocean Rescue

10:00 am People and Culture Award - won by O2

10.30am Power 50 - 10  to 2

11.00 am Business Growth award - won by Onecom

11.30 am Phone of the Year - won by iPhone 11

12.00 pm Person of the Year - Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK Shop Idol - won by Cassie Kirkham, EE

1.00 pm Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry - Christian McBride, CEO, GSUK

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Our Mobile Industry Awards 2020 judging panel 

We know that Mobile Industry Award category wins are highly coveted by all our entrants, whether they are a UK startup or a top international company.

The judges we select play an integral role in maintain the integrity and reputation of the awards. Accordingly, we take great care in inviting some of the UK industry’s leading and most senior figures to join specific panels.

But who played a part in deciding this year’s awards?

Mark Fermor, Awards Director, Future

Mike Moore, News & Features Editor, TechRadar Pro & ITProPortal

Steve McCaskill, Mobile Industry Correspondent, TechRadar Pro

Joel Khalili, Staff Writer, TechRadar Pro & ITProPortal

Danny Marshall, Device Portfolio Director, EE

Brendan Arndt, Portfolio Manager, Three

Lucy Spratley, Partner & Buyer, Communication Technology, John Lewis

Pierre Coppin, Marketing Director, Sky Mobile

Ivor Crampsie

Ben Wood, Chief of Research, CCS Insight

Rob Maule

James Kitto, VP Sales, UK & Ireland, Samsung

Payton Dobbs, General Manager - UK Devices & Services, Google

Henri Salameh, Commercial & Marketing Director, STK, Tecdesk and Wileyfox

Omar Riaz, General Manager, UK & Ireland, HMD Global

Adam Gay, Head of Sales, Xiaomi UK

Chris Millington, Managing Director, Emporia UK & Ireland

William Paterson, UK & Ireland Country Director, TCL

Jason Smith, Head of Mobile Business Unit, Sony Europe

Mark Mitchinson, CEO / Founder, Wellbeing Executives

Mark Weston, Sales Director, UK Exertis Mobile

Ewan Davies, Business Development Director, Eurostar Global Electronics Ltd

Jon French, Managing Director & Chairman, Valen & TMT First

Lucy Green, Managing Director, Larato

Christian McBride, CEO, Genuine Solutions Group

Arun Dehiri, Managing Director, Red Dawn Consulting

Fergal Donovan, Regional President, Europe, PCS Wireless

All of our judges were subject to a strict Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which dictated they were not permitted to discuss the content of any submission they reviewed. Each judge received, reviewed, and scored the entries that were assigned to them before coming together for presentations and deliberations ahead of final scoring.

For any further information or feedback to your submissions, please contact Mark Fermor.

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