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Whether you’re organising your school’s sports day or ironing out the fine details of your next quarterly team get together, there’s no denying that presenting awards, medals and trophies is one way to make the recipient feel proud and valued.

But how can you take things to the next level to really convey how well someone has done? The answer is simple – custom trophies.

A close up of a brick wall with tropies

Custom trophies not only allow you to create something personal to your business, but also to the achievement and the individual in question. And this can have a multitude of benefits, including:

These are just a few of the general benefits, but of course there are plenty more depending on the type of custom award you’re giving. So, it goes without saying that opting for a custom trophy is worth it, but where do you start with creating one?

If you’ve got an event coming up that you want to commemorate with a custom award, here are 4 things to consider first:


Are you awarding one achievement or celebrating a team win? Whether you need one, two or several custom trophies should be your first consideration as this will be likely to have a large impact on the rest of your design preferences.

Afterall, customising one trophy is different to doing several, and will also have a big impact on price.


What are you celebrating? Engraving is a wonderful way of showing someone how much you appreciate them and should include both the name of the recipient and their achievement. Remember though, don’t over complicate engraving as this can make it hard to read and overcrowded, so keep it short and sweet.


Both the amount and the material of your custom trophies will impact the bottom line, so your budget is an important thing to consider. Some materials are more expensive than others, for example glass trophies and those made from gold or silver will cost more than plastic, or wood – so have a discussion with the designer to find a solution that suits your budget.


If you’re only giving out one award, you may not have to give much thought to the size, however if you’re awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for example, then it may be worth considering small, medium and large custom trophies to better demonstrate the prize. 

Ready to get your custom trophies?

Perhaps one of the most important things you need to do when ordering a bespoke trophy is research the available companies. There are lots of trophy manufacturers out there, but not all provide the same quality or service, and some specialise in specific industries giving them an edge over the competition. 

Custom trophy manufacturers EFX Awards have supported both large and small companies to celebrate monumental occasions with their high quality, bespoke trophies made right here in the UK. So, if you’re looking to start your search on a high – be sure to check them out.

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