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Winners Announced for 2012 National Sales Awards

LONDON, November 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

- Jason Manford reveals UK's leading sales professionals -

- Lawrence Dallaglio and Lee McQueen decide the Field Sales Executive winner live -

- LivingSocial, Teeofftimes.co.uk and Everything Everywhere amongst winners -

The UK's leading sales professionals have been revealed at the 16th National Sales Awards in partnership with Huthwaite International. Hosted by Jason Manford, the event saw over 800 leading business and sales professionals recognise outstanding sales teams and individuals, who are contributing to economic growth, with a focus on ethical, smart and professional selling.

Winners include LivingSocial, Teeofftimes.co.uk, Everything Everywhere, Royal Mail and O2, with the prestigious Sales Team of the Year Award presented to O2's Bid and Contract Management Team, as judges felt they represented exceptional business acumen and vision over the last year. Marie Dunkley, Head of Sales at Hitachi Capital Business Finance was awarded the Sales Director of the Year title for developing her team successfully, as well as her business plan development and delivery. The Newcomer of the Year Award went to Phil Smith, CPM Royal Mail Sales Team, who was recognised for his ability to establish commercial success early in his career.

For the first time ever, the Field Sales Executive award was judged live at the National Sales Awards event, with five finalists in this category given two and a half minutes to prove their superior selling skills, by delivering their most impressive sales pitch to the audience and judges. The judging panel included Lawrence Dallaglio, former England rugby captain and now Sales Director for contact centre services in Serco's new UK & Europe Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) business, as well as Apprentice winner Lee McQueen - who decided that Sohiab Khan from Virgin Media was the overall winner of the award.

Lee McQueen, Founder of Raw Talent Academy, said: "This was a true test of a good sales person, selling to a live audience of over 800 people and managing to keep their pitch clear and concise. All the candidates did brilliantly, but Sohaib was crowned the winner for his confidence and delivery - you could tell he knew the product inside out."

Lawrence Dallagio added: "A great sales pitch by Sohaib, he deserved to win the accolade - they really won over the crowd and judges. A big congratulations to all the winners."

The National Sales Awards has distinguished itself by its robust judging process, with around 50 directors and sales professionals participating as judges. This year the judging panel has included Maria Armstrong-Gimblett, Director of London Sales at Marriott Hotels International, Allyson Stewart-Allen, CEO of International Marketing Partners, Ray Harrison, Head of Training & Development (Customer Transformation) at Barclays Bank and Kim Leitch Business Development Director at the Institute of Customer Service.

Steve Lane, National Sales Awards Business Director, said: "This year's winners showcase the talent and skill within the UK's sales industry. These are the people at the frontline of UK businesses, so it's promising to see such a high calibre of winners."

Tony Hughes, CEO of Huthwaite International, said: "Congratulations to all this year's winners. They have proven their mettle in tough times, which is the mark of true skill and professionalism and they deserve to be spoken of as the very best in the industry. Huthwaite is delighted to be supporting the sales industry through the National Sales Awards. We know, through our recent research and the sheer weight of numbers of people we train every year, that buyers are presenting new and different challenges to sellers. These rewards show just how well the top salespeople respond."

For more information visit http://www.nationalsalesawards.com

The full list of 2012 winners -

    Category                               Winner
    Field Sales Executive of the Year      Sohaib Khan, Virgin Media
    Silent Edge Newcomer of the Year       Phil Smith, CPM Royal Mail Sales Team
                                           Highly Commended
                                           Sarah Toms, Venn Digital
    The Direct Line Group Customer 
    Collaboration Award                    Metro Bank PLC
    Virgin Media Contact Centre 
    Sales Team of the Year                 Serco in Partnership with LivePerson & BT,
                                           Serco Group PLC 
    Telephone Sales Team of the Year       Door to Door Sales Team, Royal Mail
    Field Sales Team of the Year           LivingSocial Field Sales Team
    Sales Support Team of the Year         Bid and Contract Management Team, O2
    Customer Service Team of the Year      Sweatshop Sales team, Sweatshop
    Sales Management Team of the Year      Wesleyan Hospital Doctors Sales Segment,
                                           Wesleyan Assurance Society
    Telephone Sales Executive of the       Precious Benson, Pitney Bowes
    Direct Line Group Sales Team Leader    Jay Hares, Everything Everywhere
    of the Year                            Highly Commended
                                           Chris Stanley, CPM                          
    Account Manager of the Year            Rob Saunders, Teeofftimes.co.uk
                                           Highly Commended
                                           Anna Hutchison, IHG - UK & I Managed Estate
    Strategic Account Manager of the       Chris Curd, Telefonica 02 UK
    Year                                   Highly Commended
                                           Mark Crossley, Telefonica UK
    Sales Target Sales Manager of the      Neill Rees Hughes, CPM
    Sales Director of the Year Sales       Marie Dunkley, Head of Sales, Hitachi Capital 
    Director of the Year                   Business Finance

    Huthwaite International Sales Team     Bid and Contract Management Team - O2
    of the Year                                             

Notes to Editors:

About The National Sales Awards

Open to individuals, teams and organisations from all sectors across the UK, the National Sales Awards, in partnership with Huthwaite International, recognise the UK's leading sales professionals with a focus on ethical, smart and professional selling. Now in its 16th year, the National Sales Awards is the UK's leading awards programme for the sales industry and is owned and organised by UBM Awards & Partnerships.  Visit http://www.nationalsalesawards.com for further information.

Huthwaite International

Huthwaite International is a leading behavioural change consultancy specialising in the area of sales performance improvement.  Blue chip companies worldwide trust it to deliver measurable results by challenging, improving and sustaining performance at all customer touch points through its academic research-based methods.

The company focuses on the customer to provide innovative skills advice for progressive individuals and organisations in sectors such as IT, financial services, healthcare, telecoms, manufacturing, legal and professional services.  Specialised services include the Huthwaite Virtual Training Campus and Sales Toolbox. Training initiatives include negotiation skills development, selling to procurement, customer service skills and sales performance improvement such as the pioneering SPIN® Selling.

Established in 1974, Huthwaite has UK headquarters in Wentworth, South Yorkshire, and handles international projects through its associated companies throughout Europe, USA and Asia Pacific.  For more information on Huthwaite's cost-effective services and solutions, please visit http://www.huthwaite.co.uk

For further information or interview opportunities contact:

Rachel Branigan
PR Manager
UBM Awards and Partnerships
Tel: +44(0)207-955-3843
Email: [email protected]

Annelle Botha
Head of PR and Marketing
UBM Awards and Partnerships
Tel: +44(0)207-234-8753
Email: [email protected]

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