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'Winner' scoops more accolades

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Denise O'Leary with WINNER


A book about winning business awards has won an international competition.

Bid-writing and marketing expert Denise O'Leary wrote WINNER – How to WIN Business Awards after finding early career success in entering business competitions.

Published last year – after it hit #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases chart – the book was this week named the winner of a gold Stevie Award in the Best Business Book category in The 17th Annual International Business Awards.

Chippenham-based Denise also scooped a bronze award for her company Purpol Marketing within the category Company of the Year – Advertising Marketing and Public Relations – Small.

“I am over the moon – to win the top award a Gold Stevie within the most prestigious worldwide award – the International Business Awards is a dream come true," said Denise.

"The last few months have been a really tough time for many businesses, and I have had dark days like many others. This recognition makes me feel so honoured, knowing that my book is helping other brilliant companies get the recognition they deserve."

One of the judges commented: “Such a great book idea! Top tips to winning awards from an award-winning bid writer! Couldn't get better! Accessible, warm and down-to-earth writing. Informs, guides and inspires confidence.”

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organisations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations.

The 2020 IBAs received entries from organisations in 63 nations and territories.

Last year Denise flew to New York to pick up two Stevie Awards at a gala dinner. This year the awards will be presented on December 1 during a virtual awards ceremony.

In the book, Denise shares her award-winning process, telling the reader how to find awards to enter, advising on what evidence to gather, and offering techniques for maximum entry standout. The book includes tips from other Wiltshire professionals in different fields.