Gaudio Awards News Blog

Welcome to the news blog of Gaudio Awards, the UK’s specialist in creating beautiful bespoke awards and trophies.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Made in Britain: Gaudio proudly flying the flag for British Manufacturing

Gaudio are backing the Made in Britain campaign to promote British manufacturing at home and abroad. At Gaudio we are extremely proud of the fact that all of our products are manufactured in Britain, and this brand gives us the perfect tools to promote it.

In the current economic climate it has never been more important to support British manufacturing, and over the last 5 years Gaudio have continued to grow at a rapid pace by continually investing in our facilities and skilled workforce.

Manufacturing in Britain has many advantages to ourselves and our clients, such as quick turnaround, flexibility and quality control. The bespoke nature of our products demands that we have a close connection between design and manufacture, and you can't get much closer than in the same building!

If you would like to find out more about the services offered by Gaudio, please visit our website.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gaudio introduces the bespoke trophy service for the trade

Gaudio Awards, in partnership with Glenway, introduces the bespoke trophy service...

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new and exciting service that will be invaluable to all trophy retailers in the awards industry.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Gaudio Website Live

We just couldn’t wait until Christmas to unwrap our present, so we’ve unleashed the new website early!

Regular visitors will notice the subtle styling changes to bring it up to date, but it’s the new features that we’re really excited about!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Barclays Photographic Award

Antoine Couvercelle was presented with the coveted 2011 Barclays Photographic Award by 3 time Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The Award aims to capture the success of the players as well as the distinct and unique quality of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. 140 images were judged by a panel including former World No 1 Boris Becker, Managing Director of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Chris Kermode, Picture Editor at The Evening Standard David Ofield and former Picture Editor of The Times Andrew Moger according to key criteria: editorial interest, photographic excellence and impact, as well as on their technical merit.

British Travel Awards 2011

The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. Recognised by consumers and travel professionals throughout the UK, the British Travel Awards are widely referred to as the "Oscars" of the travel industry.

Gaudio would like to offer our warmest congratulations to the British Travel Awards for once again staging the most successful and highly regarded awards ceremony in the travel industry. As it is the consumer who determines the winners, these prestigious awards are the most sought after accolades for any travel company. Gaudio are privileged to have manufactured these quality bespoke awards for a number of years.

If you have an award ceremony coming up and need high quality awards, please contact us to take advantage of our free design service.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2011

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards that were presented by Myleene Klass at a star-studded ceremony on Saturday and broadcast live on BBC1.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Retail Week Interiors Awards

The 14th annual Retail Week Interiors Awards took place on the 29th September at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel, and Gaudio were again delighted to supply the awards for the event.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We're Hiring: Could you design the next Pride of Britain Award?

Gaudio are looking for a bright and enthusiastic designer to join the ever growing team. The successful candidate will be liaising with clients from the world’s leading brands to transform their brief from a concept through to a finished product. This exciting position offers the candidate the chance to flex their creative muscles and see the results manufactured in house. They will form part of a small but busy team dealing with a range of budgets, briefs, materials and lead times. The successful candidate will be joining a friendly team in an innovative, creative and quickly growing company with big ideas for the future!

Gaudio Awards: UK Design & Manufacture

At Gaudio, we produce awards, trophies and plaques for the biggest brands and events around the world, but you may not know that our design and manufacturing facilities are located in the UK. By keeping our design and manufacturing under one roof we can ensure that our high quality standards are maintained throughout the business. This also extends to our supply network, which is predominately UK and locally based.

Pride of Britain Awards 2011

Gaudio were very proud to have manufactured this year's Pride of Britain Awards as seen on ITV1.

Read more about it on our Pride of Britain newsletter

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gaudio proud to be manufacturing the Pride of Britain Awards

Every year Prince Charles and the Prime Minister join the world biggest stars in honouring the UK's unsung heroes at the biggest national event of its kind. Gaudio are proud to be the manufacturer of this year's Pride of Britain Awards to be held on Monday 3rd October.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Unsung Heroes Honoured at Great Scot Awards

The Scottish Sunday Mail have once again searched the length and breadth of the country to find the unsung heroes and community champions of Scotland as part of the 21st annual Great Scot awards. The prestigious awards ceremony, attended by over 500 guests took place on Saturday 10th September at the Glasgow City Centre Hilton.

Monday, September 19, 2011

HSJ Efficiency Awards Rewards Outstanding Healthcare Organisations

The inaugural Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards last week identified and rewarded the outstanding healthcare organisations who have successfully demonstrated tangible efficiency improvements and cost savings this year - while maintaining the highest standard of patient care.

BigJigs wins 2011 Independent Toy Awards

Toy Shop UK, the online toy directory, has announced the results of it's 2011 Independent Toy Awards. Over 800 independent retailers on the directory were asked to vote for their favourites in 15 categories and winners were revealed on Friday. Wooden toy manufacturer BigJigs received the first ever Toy Shop UK Award for Most Popular Supplier.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Rising Stars Awards Showcase Bright New Talent

Comedian Russell Kane has had a busy week, hosting the Supply Chain Awards and the Rising Stars event! Star of Dragon's Den, Theo Paphitis, opened the show with an entertaining speech, praising all the rising stars in retail and commended the retail sector as a whole for dealing with the trading conditions over the last year. Russell Kane then took over proceedings to entertain the 500 strong crowd of rising stars, with celebrations lasting until the early hours.

Retail Week Supply Chain Awards

Over 400 of the UK's top retailers and their supply chain partners celebrated at the first Retail Week Supply Chain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel last week. Gaudio were approached to create a distinctive bespoke award for this new event to give prestige to this high profile ceremony. The unique design is made up of layers of highly polished aluminium and translucent blue Perpex, which gives a stunning effect under the bright podium lights.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

In Depth: Profiled Awards

If you have an iconic or distinctive shape, logo or branding that you are looking to portray in your trophies then Profiled Awards are for you! Our design team will take your branding and profile it in two dimensions in aluminium, stainless steel, acrylic or brass and then add colour using acrylic or print and finally text and other detail can be added using sand or laser engraving. Below are some example of how profiled awards have been used:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Did You Know? Gaudio also make Plaques

Gaudio are one of the UK's leading manufacturers of bespoke awards and trophies, but did you know that we also design and manufacture wall plaques? Our plaques are custom designed for you, incorporating your company or brand logo and produced to the same high standard that you have come to expect from our awards and trophies.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2011

Every year the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards celebrate the very best in the music industry, recognising outstanding musical talent and raising thousands of pounds for Nordoff Robbins' vital work transforming the lives of vulnerable people through music. The 36th annual Silver Clef Awards took place on Friday 1st July at the London Hilton on Park Lane - and Gaudio again provided the stunning trophies for this star-studded event.

Music icon Annie Lennox was awarded with the O2 Silver Clef Award, whilst rock legends Status Quo were honoured with the Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award and the fabulous Liza Minnelli was awarded with the Investec Icon Award. Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro, Arcade Fire, Swedish House Mafia, Tinie Tempah, McFly and Alfie Boe also took home awards on the night.

More information about the event can be found on the official website

Find out more about the good work of Nordoff Robbins

Gaudio Awards: Music Awards

Trophies Sparkle at the UK Jewellery Awards

Over 600 key figures from the jewellery industry attended the 18th annual UK Jewellery Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on the 14th July. Lisa Snowdon presented the awards on a night that proved to be fantastic for all involved. Laura McCreddie, Editor of Retail Jeweller said:

"The UK Jewellery Awards is the must-attend event in the jewellery calendar and last night showed, once again, why that is. My congratulations to the finalists and especially to the winners, who all thoroughly deserved their trophies."

The custom designed awards were produced from solid aluminium, finished with a mirror polish and detailed with sand engraving. And what jewellery awards would be complete without Swarovski Crystals! The amethyst crystals were worked into the UKJA logo design to give the awards that extra sparkle.

Find out more about this year's event, or apply for next year at the UKJA website

Gaudio Awards: Crystal Awards

Monday, July 11, 2011

Super Gran Awarded for her Astonishing Bravery

The 16th annual Police Bravery Awards took place on the 7th July at The Savoy Hotel in London to salute Police Officers who have gone beyond the call of duty. Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the 59 nominees to Number Ten before a glittering awards ceremony.

Gaudio Awards were again proud to supply the Jill Dando Award, which is given to a member of the public who has made a major contribution to fighting crime. This year's recipient was seventy-one year old Ann Timson.

Ann became a national heroine after foiling a sledgehammer raid on a jewellery shop by tackling six armed raiders with her shopping bag. The gang had pulled up on scooters and began smashing their way into the jewellers in Northampton town centre. Mrs. Timson ran down the street towards the yobs despite being confronted by the revving scooters on the path. The gang tried to escape but Mrs. Timson landed several blows against one of the men on the back of a scooter. Another of the gang members threatened her with a hammer but the courageous grandmother kept hitting him and called out to raise the alarm. When the police arrived at the scene, other members of the public had apprehended one of the men who was then arrested. Five members of an organised crime gang have since pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery.

Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Paul McKeever says:

“Mrs Timson showed astonishing bravery and her heroic actions are very deserving of this prestigious award. Mrs Timson had tremendous courage and her instinct to intervene and stop a robbery is an inspiration to us all. She demonstrated true community spirit in wanting to help others despite potentially putting her own life at risk.”

For more information see the Police Federation website

Gaudio Awards: Bespoke Trophies

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gaudio Designs Bespoke Trophy for Bluelamp Foundation Celebrity Golf Day

Golfers from across the UK flocked to Ramside Hall in County Durham on July 1st 2011 to take part in PC David Rathband's 1st Annual Golf Day & Gala Dinner. Blue Lamp Foundation patron Duncan Bannatyne was there showing his support, and even offered to carry PC David Rathband's clubs whilst they made their way round the 18-hole course. Speaking to the gathered press, Duncan said "I just thought he (David Rathband) was so inspiring. Here is a man who has been shot in the face and blinded and he's set up a charity to help other people. Davids target is to raise £1million in three years, I don't know how close he is to making that target but he's making good money and he's started to distribute money for the first time."

The golf was followed by a sold out black-tie gala evening. Over 600 guests, including national and regional famous faces such as Loose Woman Denise Welch and husband Tim Healy, Faye Tozer, Duncan Bannatyne to North East radio legends Tony Horne, Goffy and a bundle of ITV Tyne Tees cast.

David gave thanks to Gaudio during the presentation (see video above)  for donating the fantastic trophy made especially for the event.

Find out more about the Blue Lamp Foundation and how you can get involved

Gaudio Awards: Sports Trophies

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spelling Bee Championships 2011

Hundreds of schools up and down the country took part in the third Times Spelling Bee Championships, supported by Collins and Microsoft. Live heats look place between March and May leading up to the grand final in London on the 27th June.

Gaudio were approached to design bespoke medals and awards based on the iconic Spelling Bee branding. The gradients and blending used in the logo meant that traditional screen printing techniques wouldn't be suitable, but the Gaudio digital printing process was ideal. The result was a range of trophies and medals that accurately portrayed and enhanced the Spelling Bee branding.


 More information about this year's event, and details to apply for next year can be found on the Spelling Bee website

Gaudio Awards: Education Awards

Monday, June 20, 2011

Race for Recovery in support of Help for Heroes

The second Brut Race for Recovery took place on the 18th June in support of Help for Heroes. Almost 100 men and women turned up for the challenge which kicked off with two minutes of press ups, followed by a further two minutes of sit ups and a gruelling 1.5-mile run to complete the day. The British Military Fitness instructors were also on hand to provide motivation for the those that needed it.

The day was a great success and helped raise money for the excellent Help for Heroes charity. The trophies were designed and manufactured by Gaudio especially for the event and were constructed from mirror polished aluminium with a colour printed finish.

If you would like to find out more about the event, or take part next year, please visit the Race for Recovery website.

Find out more about the work of Help for Heroes

Gaudio Awards: Bespoke Athletics Trophies

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scottish Education Awards

Alexandra Parade Primary School in Glasgow took three of the biggest honours at the 10th Daily Record Scottish Education Awards held at the Glasgow Hilton on the 14th June. X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels performed for guests and presented the awards for Enterprise and Employability Across Learning. He said: "What a fantastic day to be part of. I've heard so many amazing stories. It's a privilege to be here and meet so many inspirational people."

To reflect this year's Circus theme, the trophy design was refreshed, complete with the new logo colourings. The award is made from polished aluminium with a pink Perspex star inset, and a tick cut through. The logo and additional stars are printed directly to the metal.

Find out more about the event on the Scottish Education Awards website

If you would like to take advantage of Gaudio's Free Design & Quote service, visit the Gaudio Awards website

Gaudio Awards: Education Awards

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gaudio Produces New Design for Netball Superleague

The Hertfordshire Mavericks have been crowned winners of the 2011 FIAT Netball Superleague for the second time. Winning captain Louisa Brownfield spoke after the match: “I’m so pleased, so pleased it’s been a fantastic season for us. The last couple of weeks we’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve pulled through and it’s just a fantastic end to what’s been a great season."

Gaudio Awards again produced the trophy, with a change in design from previous years to reflect the new sponsorship from FIAT. The trophy is profiled from solid aluminium, with a colour printed logo in the centre and mounted on a tiered aluminium base.

More information about the netball season on the Netball Superleague Website

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inaugural World Catfish Classic is a Huge Success

Teams from around the world descended on Chiprana, Spain for the first World Catfish Classic. The competition was agonisingly close with the Americans leading the event for the entire time right up to the last 90minutes when the Dutch Pairing of Arnout Terlouw and Ron Beugelink came from zero to hero to clinch the event with all of the fish being caugh on the last day, winning by just over 1lb. The largest catch of the event was over 200lbs, with many more 100lb+ fish being reeled in.

A bespoke trophy was designed and manufactured by Gaudio especially for the event. The huge trophy was the focal point of the closing ceremony (see video below). The design takes advantage of Gaudio's unique printing process to apply colour directly to the aluminium.

For more information about the event see the Catfish Classic website

Gaudio Awards: Bespoke Trophies

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sir David Attenborough Receives Gaudio Designed Award

As part of the 20th Adult Learners' Week Awards, Sir David Attenborough was presented with the first ever Outstanding Contribution to Adult Learning Award. Sir David Attenborough, said:

"I am delighted to receive the first Outstanding Contribution to Adult Learning Award. It is great to know that these programmes, which are aimed at viewers of all ages, are considered of value by NIACE. It is also an honour to consider that they inspire adults to improve their lives through learning and to discover more about the world we all live in. I hope that the passion I have - and the passion of my crew and colleagues - in the making of all the series I've been involved in, will continue to help adults continue their learning journeys throughout their lives."

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, who presented the Outstanding Contribution to Adult Learning Award to Sir David Attenborough, said:

"I'm delighted to be able to present this award to Sir David Attenborough. Throughout his long and illustrious career in broadcasting he has brought a passion and a wealth of knowledge about the natural world into all our homes and inspired many to pursue further learning."
Sir Attenborough's acceptance speech can be seen in the following video:

To find out more about Adult Learners week, visit the Adult Learners website

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day

Leeds United managed to walk away with Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Trophy after beating stiff competition from rival north east teams. The event was supported by all of the charity’s high profile Patrons – Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson, Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer, Sunderland AFC chairman Niall Quinn and Sir Bobby’s Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills. Gaudio were pleased to support the event by providing a custom designed trophy for the winner.

The day was a huge success and raised much needed funds for the charity, Alan Shearer, Newcastle United legend and a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said: “We’re at over £3 million now and that’s an incredible amount and an incredible achievement. It’s been a lot of hard work from a lot of people but that’s what everyone promised Sir Bobby before he left us. Lady Elsie Robson added: “I know my husband would be very proud to have this wonderful charity event staged in his name.”

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Gaudio Bespoke Trophies

Full press release after the break...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Canterbury Approach Gaudio for Custom Point of Sale Display

Canterbury, a New Zealand based specialist sports apparel manufacturer, approached Gaudio late last year, and asked us to use our bespoke design and manufacturing skills to produce a unique point of sale display item to advertise their brand. The brief was to produce a rustic looking wooden POS that reflected the company's heritage and also provided strong and instantly recognisable branding.

Although we specialise in bespoke awards and trophies here at Gaudio, our highly skilled craftsmen, huge range of machinery and on-site design team gives us the versatility to produce a massive range of corporate gifts, point of sale and branding pieces. If you are looking for something unique to promote your brand, event or company, contact our sales team for advise, quotes and free designs.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jose Mourinho Joins League of Legends

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been crowned "Legend of Football" after receiving his Gaudio designed Football Extravaganza award. The former Chelsea manager was presented with his award at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London by former winner Alan Shearer.

Now in it's 16th year, it has become the longest running annual charity football event, and has raised over £5m for Nordoff Robbins. Jose said upon receiving his award

"Some great people from English football and also some friends have won this award, but the most important thing is what you can do for the kids and of course I am proud that I will go home with a really beautiful award to remember my time in England but more important than that is to go with the notion that I did something for the kids."

Previous winners include Sir Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson,
Harry Redknapp, Alan Shearer and Eric Cantona.
For more information about the event, and to find out more about Nordoff Robbins, please visit the Football Extravaganza website
Gaudio Awards: Sports Awards