Awards 
 
2019 DIRECT SELLING AWARD CATEGORIES 
 

Supplier Award 
To be awarded to a DSA Approved Supplier Member company  
or individual who has provided outstanding service to a DSA  
Member Company. This award will be a self-nomination by a  
Supplier Member. 
 
 
Sustainability Award 
This award will be given to both a Member company and a Supplier Member company where people, projects, products and organisations that together are redefining what it means to be a sustainable business. 
 
 
Excellence in Field Sales Development Award 
This award will be given to a Member company. Recognition of an individual who has given exceptional support in partnership with their direct sellers helping them to achieve their goals. 
 
 
Disruptive Technology Award 
This award will be given to both a Member company and a Supplier Member company. Entries will be from businesses that have turned their sector on its head by harnessing new technologies, developing new business models, or utilising old technologies in innovative  
new ways. 
 
Customer Experience Award 
This award will be given to a Member company. Judges will be looking to learn about what you consider as excellence in the way that a customer focused project has been both planned and implemented. You will need to demonstrate excellence through best practice approaches with supporting results. 
 
 
Rising Star Award 
This award will be given to a Member company to celebrate the emerging talent in direct selling - recognising and identifying the sector's future leaders as well as shining the spotlight on the organisations and individuals that are helping develop and foster new talent in the industry. 
 
Most Successful New Product Launch Award 
This award will be given to a Member company who prepared, planned and implemented a sound strategy resulting in the successful launch of a new product or product range. 
 
 
Hidden Gems Award 
This award will be given to a Member company. Individual or team members who have demonstrated an exceptional quality of work throughout the year and who consistently champion the core values of the business. 
 
JUDGING PANEL 
Lembit Öpik 
In 1997, Lembit was elected to British Parliament, serving for 13 years. In 2001, he was elected Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Party, and during his time as party Leader, the movement achieved its greatest political advances. He saw the potential of politics and the pitfalls of parties, which can serve to unbalance political endeavour for personal or partisan interest. 
Paul Dobson 
Paul graduated in law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1967. He is a barrister, having been called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1974. From 2001 to 2016, he was Code Administrator for the UK Direct Selling Association. He is, and has been for some years, a member of the Ethics Committees of both Seldia (the European Federation of Direct Selling Associations) and WFDSA (the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations). 
Alison Chapman 
Alison Chapman has over 40 years' experience and expertise in jewellery, antiques, objet d’art, ceramics and art. Alison gives motivational talks and after-dinner speeches, even giving talks on P&O Cruises. She mentors other businesses and volunteers at the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch railway. She currently presents on Secret Dealers and Dickinson’s Real Deals. 
Elias Jahshan 
Elias is the Editor of Retail Gazette, the UK’s leading free retail news website. Originally from Australia, he has been living in London for the past three years and has over 10 years of experience working in various media publications. 
Follow Retail Gazette on Twitter 
@retailgazette 
 
Good luck with your nominations!  
Please note these industry awards are recognising Corporate successes.  
Our Distributor awards will be held in November 2019 – full details will be issued later. 
 
 
Rules and Conditions 
 
All award nominators must be members of the UK DSA or be currently employed by a UK DSA Member, Prospective Member or Approved Supplier Member Company. 
All recipients of a UK DSA Industry Award must be employed or have a contract with a UK DSA Member, Prospective Member or Approved Supplier Member Company. 
All nominators and nominees must be 18 years old or over. 
All nominations must be received by the DSA office no later than July 1st 2019. Late entries will not be considered. 
The judges’ decision is final and no written correspondence will be entered into. 
 
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