Gaudio Awards News Blog

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

Visit our website at to browse our range of bespoke awards, trophies, plaques and corporate gifts.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Anna Jordan Wins Gaudio Manufactured Bruntwood Prize

Anna Jordan beat 1,800 other applicants to take home the bespoke cone-shaped award as well as the £16,000 prize for her play, Yen, the story of two brothers living on the edge of society with their dog Taliban.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spruce up Your CV, 2 More Employees Needed at Gaudio!

2013 has been our busiest year yet, continuing our astonishing 30% year on year growth. We are now looking for 2 more team members to help us keep up with demand. If your skills lie in customer service you could be perfect for our Sales Administrator position. If manufacturing is more your thing you could be just what we need for our Assembly Worker job.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pride of Britain Awards: Design Evolution

The annual tear-fest that is the Pride of Britain Awards is coming up next month, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at how the design of the trophy has changed over the years.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Brands Turn to Personalisation to Differentiate

In the past brands have used the “one size fits all” approach to boost brand recognition and reduce costs, but in an effort to differentiate themselves many companies are now offering bespoke, customised or personalised products and services.

Friday, August 2, 2013

How to Order Bespoke Awards

If you are organising an event or incentives programme you may be asking yourself “how do I commission a bespoke award or trophy?” At Gaudio we have many years of experience in the awards industry and as a result we have developed a tried and tested process to make the experience as easy as possible.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Europe's Biggest Ever Live Poker Festival Underway

The Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival began on Saturday with a €1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event prize. This is the first live festival from Full Tilt since their re-launch, and Gaudio are pleased to be supplying the custom designed trophies.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gaudio Production Processes Explained

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of bespoke awards and trophies we like to think we can turn our hands to almost any requirement you may have. As you can imagine, this requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, experience and versatile machinery. We try to make as much as possible in our Gloucestershire manufacturing facility, but we also utilise our very close network of specialist suppliers for processes we don’t have in-house. Below is an in-depth look at some of our more commonly used processes.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why Present Awards and Trophies?

During tough economic times we all look carefully at everything to see where we can make cut-backs. Should the cuts be extended to the awards and trophies? Not necessarily. It’s always important to make sure you are getting good value for money, but it’s also important to ensure you have an award that you are proud of, an award that people aspire to achieve. The award is often the focal point of the photographs and a memento of success and the hard work involved to get there, so it’s important that it matches the aspirations of the event and represent the brand well.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Introducing the Gaudio Production Team: At Your Service

A job in the Gaudio Production Team is a job like no other! Because of the vast range of bespoke awards we produce for our clients no two days are the same. This requires a great deal of skill and flexibility, as well as a keen eye for detail. We pride ourselves on the quality of everything we ship, and all of our awards go through the same rigorous quality checks.

We are very lucky to have production under the same roof as our design, customer service and sales teams, resulting in a very tightly integrated process. Everybody takes immense pride in the work that we do, and it’s great to be able to see it go from brief, design and finally production within a short space of time.

If you have ordered from Gaudio before, or been lucky enough to win an award, you will be aware of our work, but you may not know about the people and processes involved in making your award. The varied nature of our products means that we need flexible machinery, skilled technicians and a great team ethic. Our production facility is more akin to Santa’s workshop than a production line, with completely different materials, processes and skills being used every day. Find out more about some of the key members of our production team:

Monday, July 1, 2013

One Direction Win Best Live Act at 2013 Silver Clef Awards

The annual Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards took place this weekend with the boy band of the moment One Direction picking up the Best Live Act award. They managed to beat off competition from the Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay in the public vote. The One Direction fan base came out in full force, with almost a quarter of all the 26,000 votes cast going to the X Factor winners. Harry Styles saying of the news "We are over the moon. Congratulations to Nordoff Robbins on another amazing Silver Clef Awards. What an incredible charity, helping people with music therapy."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Incentive Ideas for Rewarding Hard Working Staff

Incentives are an important part of motivating and rewarding staff for their efforts and sharing the success of the company. Studies have shown that incentive schemes increase productivity, reduce time off due to sickness and increase employee engagement. During the recession many companies have been unable to sustain their incentive schemes and productivity has dropped as a result, further compounding the decline in business. As cash incentives become less viable, many companies are turning to cash alternatives. In this article I will be looking at some of the options available for non-cash employee rewards.

Monday, June 10, 2013

How Our Pricing Works

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is how much do your awards cost? You may have noticed that most of the awards on our website don’t have pricing on them, and there is a very good reason for this. All of our awards are designed specifically for your needs, including your budget. For this reason, we offer a free design and quote service, so you can see exactly what you are getting for your money. The handy guide below shows how easy the process is:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gaudio Celebrates at the Conference Awards 2013

The guests arriving at the Conference Awards 2013 on Friday 7th June were treated to a sunny afternoon welcome at the fabulous Brewery venue in Central London but it wasn’t just the weather that had attendees keeping their fingers crossed. With nominations in 19 categories for the main event and 15 categories for the newly launched Conference Venue and Supplier Awards many were hoping to walk away with the honours and a coveted Conference Awards trophy.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Countdown to the Conference Awards 2013

The countdown has begun to the most prestigious event in the conference and events calendar. The Conference Awards 2013 takes place this Friday lunchtime at the fabulous Brewery venue in London. Hosted by Jo Brand the event is now completely sold out and the Gaudio team are particularly excited to be the trophy partner this year. For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed out on tickets there will be a live webcast starting from 2:45pm so that you can keep up to date with the lucky winners on the day. You can register for this by clicking on to the Conference Awards website at

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Introducing the Gaudio Design Team: At Your Service

As a design led company we understand the importance of great design. After all, the success of our business is determined by the quality of our bespoke designs. At Gaudio, we are so confident in the work of our designers that we offer a free design service, because we know that once you see what we can do for you, you won’t want to go anywhere else!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Do awards make a good incentive?

Awards and trophies have been used as an incentive for hundreds of years with evidence dating back to the 1600’s of trophies for sporting events. It’s hard to imagine an event without awards and trophies. What would happen at the end of the FA Cup final without a trophy? What would the Pride of Britain TV programme look like without the award giving? Although these are both high profile examples, the same can apply for industry awards and corporate incentives, the award becomes the visual and physical representation of the achievement of success.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nordoff Robbins Opens 'Best Live Act Award' to Public Vote

The UK's leading music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, are asking the public to vote for the Best Live act of the year for the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. A panel of music industry experts have taken the top 100 rated shows from Tickmaster's UK website and created a shortlist of 30 of the finest live acts in the country.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Integrating the Award Design with your Event Branding

Having a bespoke award commissioned is a great way to push your branding and ensure that it is consistent across everything you’re doing. Most events change theme every year and update their branding, staging, website and literature to reflect the theme, but often the awards themselves are neglected.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Finest in Architecture Rewarded at AJ100 Awards

The Architects Journal AJ100 Awards took place at the stylish 8 Northumberland Avenue in London on Wednesday to recognise the best architecture practices in the UK. The AJ100 remains the authoritative survey of the largest architecture practices in the UK and the awards recognise and celebrate the most innovative and successful practices in what has been another challenging year for the industry.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Next Generation of Nurses Honoured at the Student Nursing Times Awards

The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards were announced last week at a glitzy ceremony held at The Grange in London. The event, now in it's second year, was attended by over 400 inspirational nurses, education providers and mentors. 17 custom designed awards were handed out to students, mentors and lecturers who excel and go the extra mile.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

We're Hiring Again! More Hands Needed in Production!

Our continued growth means that we are once again looking to take on more staff. If you live in the Worcester/Tewkesbury/Cheltenham area and have a fun, positive attitude you could become the latest addition to our hard working production team. Please read the job description below and get in touch if you're interested, or share with your friends and family.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Confex Roundup: Awards Day!

Another busy day at Confex yesterday, and this time the focus was on awards ceremonies. First up was inspiring talk from Caroline Jackson Levy, CEO of UBM Awards, explaining how to please all of the people all of the time. The key themes here were look after the customers (the award entrants) and grow the brand.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Courageous and Inspirational Mums: Tesco Mum of the Year Awards

We were thrilled to have once again provided the awards for the truly deserving women at the Tesco Mum of the Year awards which were broadcast on Mothers Day. If you missed the emotional show, you catch up on Demand5.