Finalists in Training Journal Awards 2019

Last week the shortlisted finalists for the Training Journal Awards 2019 were announced and we were lucky enough to have made it to the last four in the Best Engagement Programme category.

We’re delighted to be even shortlisted at these prestigious awards.

The TJ Awards 2019 – Recognising the Best in L&D Practice

TJ awards 2019

The TJ Awards are part of the Training Journal  brand which for over 50 years has been supporting those involved in workplace learning and development with their CPD. The Awards, now in their 14th year, recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world. The awards’ categories allow a broad range of companies and individuals to participate and reflect the increasing diversity and scope in the L&D landscape.

Best Engagement Programme Category

Shortlisted finalists are:-

The judges will be looking for organisations that demonstrate how they harness the talents and creativity of their people to make their organisation more productive and a better place to work. This can be through a holistic, cultural approach or through a specific programme or initiative. Organisations that have engaged employees demonstrate key behaviours.

  • Give their people control at work
  • Empower them to make decisions
  • Trust them with the benefits of working flexibly
  • Allow them time to work on their own special projects
  • Encourage diversity and inclusion
  • Have a process for listening and feedback from staff
  • Adapt organisational practice on the basis of staff feedback
  • Encourage personal development
  • Create a culture of care
  • Build creative benefit packages

We’ve been shortlisted for our work with the Talis People Programme

The programme included a training and OD programme which was innovative, creative and stimulating. Seeking a more engaged workforce being managed effectively with timely communications, resulting in high achieving teams and productivity. After recognising that key areas within the organisation required attention Talis selected Call of the Wild to help design and deliver some of the key components of their people programme.

The outcomes were exceptional and included increased productivity and sales together which a much improved staff retention rate combined with new vision and values.

The awards take place in December at the Pavilion at the Tower of London.

Winners Institute of Directors Awards (Wales) 2019

We are pleased to announce that our MD Geraint Lewis won the Institute of Directors Award (Wales) in the Corporate Social Responsibility category. Geraint was announced a winner at the awards lunch at Sophia Gardens the home of Glamorgan Cricket Club.

Our Approach To Business

Geraint was recognised for his work aligning the business to the local community and the benefits for both that flow from this approach. Geraint is in the centre of the back row in this photo

Institute of Directors (Wales) Award Winners 2019

Why Geraint Lewis

In 1998 I had a long term 10 year strategy for the Company which has been implemented. This required that CSR was intrinsic to our core purpose and embedded in our vision and values creating a culture which enhanced stakeholder engagement. I adopt a practical and pragmatic approach spending a significant amount of time ensuring the culture & values of the Company are always in the mind of colleagues. This has been successful as in recent appraisals a number of staff said this is the best place they’ve ever worked.

Geraint Lewis, MD of call of the Wild

You can’t be a Director or a ‘leader’ without having followers and this is what we have with Call of the Wild. A strong dedicated and committed team. You can’t achieve this without having self-awareness and understanding how your behaviour impacts on others. It’s about having respect for others. It’s as much about embedding this same mindset in others, setting the standards through our vision and values, focussing on professionalism, ethics and performance. Being ethical is built into our vision and acting with integrity is a key behaviour in our performance management behaviours matrix. When you’re a Director you’re not only an advocate in a business environment but also in the community.

Institute of Directors (Wales) Awards 2019

Institute of Directors (Wales) Awards 2019

Call of the Wild Named Best Team Building Experience at C&IT Awards 2017

Call of the Wild Ltd, are thrilled to announce they have won the Team Building Experience of the Year Award at the Conference and Incentive Travel Awards 2017 (C&IT).

The judges were impressed by our Elite Team Performance work with Worcester Warriors English Premiership Rugby Team. The team were in danger of being relegated from the English Premier League to the First Division. This would have been financially  disastrous.

Team Building Experience of the Year For Work With Worcester Warriors Rugby Team

CIT Awards 2017 Winner Team Building

Approximately 50 personnel from the club attended our Elite High Performing Team event and workshops in the Brecon Beacons. They were from 20+ global countries, so bringing together different cultures, approaches to the team.

They stayed at our purpose built, residential centre set in 73 acres situated in the National Park. From the moment they arrived until they the moment they left, they were interacting, learning and developing their physical, mental and emotional skills to further improve their elite performance ability by working more effectively and efficiently as a unit.

The outcome was that they won the rest of their games following the event and stayed up in the English Premier League, so saving them £millions in lost sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise opportunities. They also developed a strong set of core values and a symbolic shield of their values is now embedded into their games, their ethos, their culture and their fabric at the ground (literally).

Team Building Award Winners at C&IT Awards

Short-listed with two other Companies from the UK, the award winners were announced at a grand ceremony at The London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 22nd September.

“We are absolutely delighted. To be chosen by the judges before larger organisations is excellent. When venues such as Berlin, Geneva, Las Vegas and Lisbon are winning awards at the same event it puts into perspective how big this award is for us. It illustrates that our work in the fields of management training, team building and leadership development is recognised as some of the best in the country,” explained Geraint Lewis, Managing Director.

Hilton Hotel Park Lane, London

Editor of the C&IT Magazine, Susie Harwood said

“The C&IT Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the best B2B events delivered in the UK and overseas by top brands and their agencies.

From inspiring international incentives in far-flung destinations, to innovative internal communications conferences designed to engage and motivate employees, the C&IT Awards showcase best practice and innovation in events.”

Conference and Incentive Travel award winners 2017

If you would like to learn more about our elite team performance and team

Healthy Working Wales

The Small Workplace Health Award

The Small Workplace Health Award is the national mark of quality for health and wellbeing aimed at organisations employing fewer than 50 people.

It is a developmental process, based on good practice and improvement and it can be used to support the creation of activities that promote the health and well-being of employees. The award has been developed to target the key preventable ill-health issues in your workplace, which will also help to increase organisational performance and productivity.

The three levels of the award, Bronze, Silver and Gold will reflect the range of actions that an organisation is taking to promote the health and well-being of its staff. We have been awarded the Bronze Award.

2015 UK Corporate Excellence Awards Winners

Call of the Wild are pleased to announce we have have been named one of the best companies in the UK for leadership and management courses in the ‘Corporate Vision‘ 2015 UK Corporate Excellence Awards.

Corporate Vision is dedicated to working around the clock to shine a spotlight on the brightest, best performing and most deserving companies and individuals from around the business world.

About the Awards

Corporate Vision are  fiercely passionate about recognising outstanding achievement, game-changing innovation and stellar performance, and all of the  awards are carefully tailored to provide detailed and in-depth analysis of the very best each market, industry, sector and region has to offer.

They take choosing our winners very seriously and every single one is chosen on merit. As we said, they’re only interested in recognising the very best so, no matter how big a business is, nobody can buy their way to success

How are Winners Chosen?

The winners are decided by a combination of votes gathered from a network of respected industry partners and their own rigorous in-house research, performed by their dedicated network of industry insiders and corporate specialists.

Each award is carefully scrutinised, from a nominee’s region to their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation, their methods and even their competition to ensure that only the most deserving firms walk away with one of our prestigious trophies.

Outstanding Training Organisation (Finalist) Barclays Finance Academy Suppliers Awards 2008

Named as one of the Outstanding Training Organisations in this must sought after prestigious awards from Barclays Bank. This was for our creative and innovative work with Barclays graduates. Our blended learning approach was commended for its fresh approach to graduate development. This was a particularly pleasing accolade given that it is recognition from one the World’ s foremost financial institutions.

Welsh Small Business of the Year 2008/09

The final adjudication was carried out by an independent panel of judges including representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses, KPMG and the University of Glamorgan Business School. The award honours and acknowledges the very best in Welsh Business. This award recognised the achievement of outstanding business performance in recent years. The company’s potential for growth, innovation and commitment to Wales was key to winning this much sought-after award.

Leading Wales Awards 2010

Geraint Lewis, MD, from Call of the Wild was named, not once but twice, as one of Wales’ top leaders at a prestigious ceremony at Cardiff’s Hilton Hotel in March 2010. Geraint  was recognised for his outstanding leadership in the Business Leadership Initiative in the Community and Leading Management and Leadership Skills Development for the Leading Wales Awards. We were the only company to win two awards at the event which is unique.

The Leading Wales Awards recognise great leadership at all levels across the public, private and voluntary sectors in Wales, celebrating individuals whose excellent leadership skills have made a strong impact and resulted in positive change within their organisations. The awards sought people, whose leadership had made a real difference in Wales.

SMARTA 100 Best Small Companies in the UK 2010

In February 2010 Call of the Wild Ltd were chosen by a judging panel including Deborah Meaden and other leading entrepreneurs such as Bebo Founder Michael Birch as a winner of’s inaugural ‘Smarta 100’. Not only did Call of the Wild make the Top 100 Small Companies in the UK it was also voted in the Top 5 for its Business Ethics.At the presentation evening for the 100 companies in London in May 2010, in addition to the above, Call of the Wild were picked out for a special commendation by the sponsors. This meant we were in the top 4 of the SMARTA 100 companies in the UK. The judges were particularly impressed by our community focused approach to business and our corporate social responsibility.

Winner of Regional Business Award for Leadership in Business

The Swansea Bay Regional Business Awards gala evening was held in November 2010 in Swansea. Call of the Wild were delighted to be named by judges as the winner of the Leadership & Management in Business Award. These prestigious awards seek to recognise success, innovation and excellence across all industry sectors. Some of Swansea Bay Region’s most outstanding businesses have been judged among the best.

National Business Tourism Company of the Year 2011/2012

We were delighted to have won the Business Tourism Award especially given the stiff competition. These National Awards are about showcasing the very best that Wales has to offer and showing what can be achieved through hard work, ingenuity and commitment.

We were lucky enough to be shortlisted in two categories:-

  • The Best Team in Wales
  • The Business Tourism category.

We were delighted to have won the Business Tourism Award  and be highly commended in the Best Team category.

Judging Critieria

The award seeks to promote the significant contribution made by a Company in Wales to the business tourism sector. The judges were looking to recognise an operator or venue that catered for and provides specific services to either the corporate or association market. This was for companies for instance who attract national and international conferences and meetings, organise exhibitions or arrange corporate events such as incentives, team building and personal development programmes, product launches or hospitality.