INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES


You must have received a
nomination to complete the questionnaire stage for the individual categories. You must also be based in the UK to qualify for this next stage.

If you have been nominated, but didn't receive an email detailing which categories please
contact us.

Some of the categories have been split into reseller/solution provider and vendor/distributor. Please ensure you select the right one depending on which category your company fits in. Please complete questionnaire for each category you've been nominated for.

You must submit your questionnaires by Monday 21 June at 5pm. Good luck!


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Sales Employee of the Year - Reseller/Solution Provider

Sales is the bedrock of the channel. This award will go to an outstanding sales woman who consistently tops the sales leaderboards at a vendor, distributor or reseller. They will also be known for possessing the kind of attention to detail and professional acumen that keeps clients coming back time and again.

Sales Employee of the Year - Vendor/Distributor

Sales is the bedrock of the channel. This award will go to an outstanding sales woman who consistently tops the sales leaderboards at a vendor, distributor or reseller. They will also be known for possessing the kind of attention to detail and professional acumen that keeps clients coming back time and again.

Marketing Employee of the Year - Reseller/Solution Provider

The winner of this award will have demonstrated excellence in a marketing role at a vendor, distributor or reseller. The winner will famed for generating demand and increasing awareness through their original and thoughtful campaigns.

Marketing Employee of the Year - Vendor/Distributor

The winner of this award will have demonstrated excellence in a marketing role at a vendor, distributor or reseller. The winner will be famed for generating demand and increasing awareness through their original and thoughtful campaigns.

Technical Employee of the Year - Reseller/Solution Provider

For this category, the judges will be looking for someone who has excelled in a technical, pre-sales or support role at a vendor, distributor or reseller.

Technical Employee of the Year - Vendor/Distributor

For this category, the judges will be looking for someone who has excelled in a technical, pre-sales or support role at a vendor, distributor or reseller. 

Manager of the Year - Reseller/Solution Provider

This winner of this award will be a strong team leader and mentor to staff around them. The judges will look for evidence of someone who goes above and beyond to help members of their team and who is known for being dependable and supportive.

Manager of the Year - Vendor/Distributor

This winner of this award will be a strong team leader and mentor to staff around them. The judges will look for evidence of someone who goes above and beyond to help members of their team and who is known for being dependable and supportive.

Role Model of the Year - Reseller/ Solution Provider

With the IT channel desperately short of female workers, especially at more senior levels, role models are essential. This award will go to the woman who most inspires her colleagues, and leads by example.

Role Model of the Year - Vendor/Distributor

With the IT channel desperately short of female workers, especially at more senior levels, role models are essential. This award will go to the woman who most inspires her colleagues, and leads by example.

Unsung Hero - Reseller/Solution Provider

The winner of this category will be someone their colleagues regard as indispensable to the business, but whose hard graft often goes unnoticed. This could be in a non-customer facing role that isn't encompassed by the other categories, such as finance or operations.

Unsung Hero - Vendor/Distributor

The winner of this category will be someone their colleagues regard as indispensable to the business, but whose hard graft often goes unnoticed. This could be in a non-customer facing role that isn't encompassed by the other categories, such as finance or operations.

Rising Star Award - Reseller/Solution Provider

The Rising Star Award is for 2021's most trailblazing young woman in the channel. This may be a graduate scheme employee who has made an exceptionally strong impact in a short time, or a young manager or executive who is making waves through the business.

Rising Star Award - Vendor/Distributor

The Rising Star Award is for 2021's most trailblazing young woman in the channel. This may be a graduate scheme employee who has made an exceptionally strong impact in a short time, or a young manager or executive who is making waves through the business.

Graduate/Apprentice of the Year - Reseller/Solution Provider

The skills shortage has prompted many vendors, distributors and resellers to pursue a ‘grow your own' model by building out their graduate training and apprenticeship programmes. This award will go to a graduate or apprentice that has made an immediate impact in their role, whether that be sales, technical, or another area of the business.

Graduate / Apprentice of the Year - Vendor/Distributor

The skills shortage has prompted many vendors, distributors and resellers to pursue a ‘grow your own' model by building out their graduate training and apprenticeship programmes. This award will go to a graduate or apprentice that has made an immediate impact in their role, whether that be sales, technical, or another area of the business.

Outstanding Returner Award

There's no ‘perfect time' to return to work after starting - or expanding - a family. The returning process will always represent numerous obstacles in a career path. For this category, the judges will be looking for a returner who can provide an inspirational example of returning successfully to a career, highlighting both personal commitment and drive as well as dedication and support by the organisation.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur in this sense isn't necessarily a business founder, it could mean someone who has created a new business unit or other group within a larger organisation. This award will be given to the woman who best demonstrates the success, both current and potential, of her idea.

Executive Mentor of the Year

This category will be open to both genders. CRN wants to recognise that the drive towards better representation in our industry is not something that happens in isolation; that both men and women are working towards this goal. The Executive Mentor of the Year Award will celebrate those who are proactively helping women to rise through to senior leadership positions.

Woman of the Year

This award will go the woman most deserving of recognition for her achievements in the IT industry this year. Her successes won't necessarily fit neatly into any of the other categories, and could even span several of them. She will be inspiring to others, and will have brought about significant success and change in her organisation.

COMPANY CATEGORIES


Any company in the UK channel can enter these categories. You
do not need to have been nominated - we invite all companies in the channel to enter.

Deadline to submit is Monday 21 June at 5pm

Word limit for entry statement: 600 words

Best Community Outreach Programme

Attracting more young people into STEM - and the technology industry specifically - is one of the country's most pressing challenges. Not enough girls in particular are pursuing a career in tech. This award will go to a vendor that is doing its bit to tackle this issue head-on through community outreach.

  • How did your outreach programme promote diversity in IT?
  • Please ensure you use a project from the last 12 months. Specifically, detail how your programme will help encourage more girls/women into the tech sector?

Word limit: 600

Gender Parity

The tech channel, like many other industries, remains male-heavy. This award will go to an organisation with a strong track record of nurturing female talent. The winner will demonstrate either that they have a relatively high percentage of females both across their business, and in executive positions, or that they are making strong headway in this area.

  • How diverse is your company?
  • How has your workforce changed over the last 12 months?
  • What policies do you have in place that help promote diversity, particularly getting more women into that top quartile of senior roles? Please ensure you use initiatives from the last 12 months. 

Word limit: 600

Ethnic Diversity Champion Award

In Partnership with:


This award will recognise an organisation that is leading the way to encourage people from diverse ethnic backgrounds into the industry and/or creating a culture of supporting and promoting people from different ethnic backgrounds throughout their careers.

  • What steps have you taken to encourage people from diverse ethnic backgrounds into the industry?
  • In what ways have you created a fully inclusive culture?
  • What initiatives/support systems are in place to champion people from diverse ethnic backgrounds throughout their careers?

Word limit: 600

Health and Wellbeing Recognition Award

In Partnership With:


Our health and mental wellbeing has never been more important this past year as staff continue to face the uncertainty of a global pandemic. This award will recognise organisations in the channel that have the put the health and wellbeing of their staff at the forefront.

  • How has your organisation supported staff’s health and wellbeing over the past year?
  • What new initiatives has your organisation introduced during the pandemic to ensure staff feel supported and connected while working from home?
  • Why does your organisation deserve to win this award?

Please use initiatives from the last 12 months

Word limit: 600

Diversity Employer of the Year

The diversity employer of the year will be doing industry-leading work in building an atmosphere in which a diverse workforce, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, can thrive and prosper?

  • What benefits does a diverse workforce bring to your business?
  • What steps have you taken to address diversity in your workforce?
  • Why does your firm deserve to win?

Please use an example from the last 12 months. 

 Word limit: 600