About the MEA Business Awards
MEA Markets is happy to announce that the MEA Business Awards are returning for the sixth consecutive year! This established awards programme identifies those individuals and companies who excel in their respective industries, encompassing the entirety of the Middle East and Africa in our search to highlight the firms that go above and beyond to establish themselves as business leaders.
In recent years, the MEA region has steadily increased its presence on the global business stage, improving and expanding its wide range of economic environments. Given such expansion, now is the perfect time to harness the exposure that the MEA Business Awards 2022 can provide.
The MEA Business Awards 2022 will examine a variety of industries and sectors in our search for the region’s finest businesses. From aviation and agriculture to utility companies and yacht manufacturers, we aim to consider each and every market which trades within the MEA region. With successful awardees selected purely upon merit, we have the opportunity to award the small family-run company, the upcoming start-up, and the well-established large corporation. Regardless of your business background and size, the MEA Business Awards 2022 will provide each awardee with an excellent chance to showcase their achievements.
Like its international counterparts, the MEA region is embracing the call for innovative and sustainable business practices. Companies in the MEA are building upon their innovative business methods whilst introducing new sustainable initiatives, thereby establishing themselves at the forefront of modern business.
With steady financial growth predicted by the region’s experts, the MEA region is one of the leading areas to watch for adaptation and transformation. Recovering from recent international political upheaval and a global pandemic, businesses in the MEA region are thriving with the changes these events have brought forth, and investment in local business is expected to rise in consequence.
By utilising a merit-based awards system, not only are we able to assess each applicant on a level playing field, but we are also able to accept self-nominations alongside anonymous votes. This means all sectors within the region are welcome to take part, and our unique award methodology allows for a fairer style award nomination procedure. As a long-standing awards programme with an established presence, we understand that receiving an award within the MEA Business Awards can have a great influence upon our participants’ business exposure and wider company morale, providing a welcome boost and some well-deserved recognition!
Each successful awardee in this year’s cohort will be able to utilise their award to stand out amongst stiff competition, with the option to promote and publicise their achievement via a range of bespoke promotional packages including a complimentary option as standard.
If you or a business you know would make a great candidate for the MEA Business Awards 2022, please submit a vote using the voting form provided. You are also welcome to reach out to our dedicated Awards Team who will gladly assist should you have any queries regarding participation or the awarding process.
The MEA Markets team work hard in identifying great businesses, driving many of the nominations themselves. The team encourage external nominations from the subscribers of the magazine, web visitors, social media following, clients and wider circulation. Nominating parties are invited to put forward either their own business or third-party companies whom they hold in high regard.
All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination, nominees are obviously free to accept or decline if they so wish. Those who formally accept are given the opportunity to submit additional supporting information to cement their nomination. There is no obligation to complete and supply such material, we have found that many nominees value this stage, in the process, as much as our research team do.
Evaluating shortlisted nominees
Our dedicated research team will assess all information presented to them. The team gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside any material supplied by a nominating party or by the nominee themselves. The research team casts their final judgment, based on various criteria such including business performance, longevity, diversification, growth (either sustained or rapid), any significant innovations, feedback from stakeholders.
How winners are determined
Once winners are selected, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner; however, all who take part are encouraged to come back next year. Once the press embargo is lifted, details of our award winners will be made public via the MEA Markets website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.
Sharing the news
We offer a range of promotional packages and items to MEA Markets’ award winners, which vary from inclusion in the free-of-charge winners’ directory, to trophies, content in our magazine and on our website.
We encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently in order to gain maximum exposure. Announcements via company websites, social media, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such a great achievement. If you have need of further advice, on how to publicise your win, please feel free to get in touch. We are more than happy to assist our clients with their needs.
Our Awards Team
Joe joined the research team in 2016 and has been heavily involved with MEA Markets throughout. Joe has an interest in businesses of all shapes and sizes and how they have come to evolve over time making him an ideal Lead Researcher for the brand, researching businesses from across the region and across a variety of sectors. Joe has a natural interest in some of the major economies driving growth within the region and is always looking at what value the publication can bring to growing businesses across the Middle East & African countries.
Laura joined the media group in 2014 and now oversees MEA Markets’ Awards programmes each year. Laura is committed to all nominees and winners to ensure that they receive both a great experience from the team and that winners are supported in gaining maximum exposure from such an amazing achievement.
Jeremy has been dedicated to the research team of AI Global Media since 2015. He leads the team of researchers with utmost dedication and diligence and has a hands-on understanding and awareness of MEA Markets, what the brand’s aims are and the value it brings to its clients and award winners.
Jane is one of the founding members of the publishing group and one of three directors driving the business today. Jane is committed to ensuring that each of our MEA Markets’ Awards winners not only has a great experience, but also gain maximum value for their award win.
The Nomination Team can assist with answering any queries that you have regarding a nomination, or the process involved in taking part in one of our award programmes.
Please get in touch with us via email or over the phone if you have any questions - we are happy to help!
Saturday 17th September 2022
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