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The Secrets of Winning Awards

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Do you want to find out how to make an award-winning presentation?

Join my webinar with Awards International, leading UK organisers of the Customer Experience Awards, the Digital Experience Awards and the Employee Experience Awards at 11am on 28th June 2016.

In the webinar we will cover:

  • How to plan your presentation
  • How to choose your presentation tools
  • How to select a presentation team
  • How to create winning content
  • How to present with confidence

We’ll also answer all your awards questions live.

Click here to register for ‘The Secrets of Winning Awards 2 – Presentations’.

And did you join our first webinar on how to write a winning award entry?

If you missed it you haven’t missed out – you can still get a copy of the webinar where I will tell you:

  • How to identify your award-winning USP
  • How to choose a winning category
  • How to write an outstanding story
  • How to present your evidence
  • How to impress the judges

To download a free audio copy of the webinar, the webinar powerpoint presentation and our ’The Secrets of Winning Awards’ PDF please register your details here.

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I look forward to meeting you at the next webinar!

Beat Brexit by winning awards for export

BEAT BREXIT BY WINNING AWARDS FOR EXPORT, Donna O'Toole, The Awards Expert

Whether you champion the ‘in’ or ‘out’ camp in the Brexit discussion, one thing is for sure; if your business is based in the UK you are hoping for an outcome that ensures you have the strongest possible trading opportunities, no matter what the result of the referendum.

Knowing what being in or out of Europe means to your business is important, and of course having a clear view of the future is essential, but if you have already achieved ‘export’ status you already have something to recognise, celebrate, share and benefit from in many ways.

Now more than ever is the time to show the world why you are a great British business; to show them that you are a safe bet when it comes to international trade; to show them what you can offer as seasoned expert at exporting.

Award-winning exporters stand out

Exporters face incomparable challenges – finding the right global markets, managing a global strategy, taking the most effective routes to market, managing employees within a new culture, balancing revenues across multiple currencies – you name it, pretty much everything about exporting is challenging. But when you get it right, when you cross all the bridges and when you jump all the hurdles, exporting can create outstanding benefits for your business. 

If you have battled through economic turbulence over many years and come out on top by taking your products, operations and services across the world you could now be in line for a key return on your investment by becoming an award-winning exporter.

In these changing global times, wouldn’t you like to have the external credibility that will give you the competitive edge? Because if exporting suddenly becomes more complicated, challenging or competitive than it already is, then your award-winning status might just be the golden ticket you need to get you through the door to a new market.

Exporters, your country needs you!

It’s time to shout about your success and get the recognition you deserve. Just think how much value an award that tells the world you are the best business in your country and your industry could bring.

Did you know about the incredible awards out there specifically designed to recognise exporters? They are available to both the most accomplished exporters and the newest exporters on the block.

Take a look at my top three awards for UK exporters below:

1.The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – perhaps the most coveted award for UK based businesses. These awards are also extremely rigorous. The International Trade category requires a minimum annual turnover of £100K and NO DIPS in profits are allowed (unlike in the Innovation and Sustainability categories). Approximately 100 exporters receive awards from The Queen every year and the value of the award to each business is truly outstanding. Check out my simple Queen’s Awards infographics to see if you could enter this year.

  • Important dates: Open May to September

2. The Chamber Business Awards – run by the British Chamber who have the knowledge and experience you need grow and develop your export capabilities, these awards naturally always feature an export category. Entrants start by competing at regional level only, then the finalists from each region go on to compete nationally where one will be crowned the overall winner. You don’t need to be a member of the Chamber to enter, but your entry is free if you become a member.  

  • Important dates: Open 11th April, deadline 24th June.

3. The National Business Awards – these awards have just introduced an exciting new category for 2016 – the QBE New Exporter of the Year in association with Exporting is GREAT. Designed to celebrate the newest exporters on the block, entrants will be setting the benchmark for success with their results from the past 18 months. The entry experience for finalists includes a presentation to the judges in September, a prestigious gala dinner in November and media promotion for winners.

  • Important dates: Open now, deadline 20th May.

** New Award for 2016 The UK Business Awards 2016 **

On top of the three great awards above, we now have a brilliant new award open to enter for all businesses across the UK. Created by Awards International, the people behind popular awards such as the UK Customer Experience Awards and the Employee Experience Awards, The UK Business Awards includes a category especially for Exporters and promises to be a big highlight in the annual awards calendar for many.

  • Important dates: Open now, deadline 23rd August

These are just a few awards out of many international and national awards, and the chances are if you are doing well enough to win one of these, there are many more you could be winning too.

I have personally seen the difference a high-profile award can make to a business trying to open the doors to a new market or raise its profile in a new country, so don’t miss out on the kudos that being a national award winner can bring to your business or you could miss out on much more.

For a FREE Queen’s Awards assessment or to be assessed for your likelihood of winning any one of the awards above and more just drop me a line and by answering a brief set of questions I’ll be able to let you know whether 2016 is your best year to enter and my experience will give you an outstanding chance of success.

The secrets to winning awards for your small business or startup

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Are you an entrepreneur or innovator? Perhaps you don’t even think of yourself that way, you’re just ‘Freelance’ or ‘getting started’. Well no matter how small your business or start-up, you could be winning awards – but there’s a few secrets to success you need to know first.

Entrepreneurs and innovators running small businesses tend to fall into two main camps when it comes to entering ‘industry’ or ‘business’ awards competitions.

The first is the ‘hungry for awards’ camp who are keen and eager to start filling the trophy cabinet from day 1.

The second is ‘I’m too small to win awards’ camp who stand back from awards opportunities and watch others walk away with the awards.

Both have their reasons for their approach to awards. Both have their pros and cons.

The entrepreneurs in the ‘hungry for awards’ camp realise the importance of gaining external credibility for their business; are determined to show the world how brilliant their business, service or innovation is; and have the drive and determination to reach the podium. But they are in danger of falling at the first hurdle if they don’t yet have award-winning results.

The entrepreneurs in the ‘I’m too small to win awards’ camp are just as driven and determined, but perhaps less confident. They see all the big brand names out there winning awards and think they have to wait until they’ve got a few more years under their belt and a recognisable name before they start competing.

So what’s the secret to winning awards for start-ups and small businesses?

The answer is the same no matter what the size of your business. If you don’t enter the right awards competitions you won’t have a chance of winning – no matter how big, small, old or new your company.

To win awards when you are running a small business you need to be strategic. Take a bit of the confidence of the ‘hungry for awards’ camp, add it to the caution of the ‘I’m too small to win awards’ camp, and what do you get? A balanced and measured approach to winning awards that’s what.

Work your way through the questions below and take a look at my small business and start-up award suggestions and you never know it could be you walking away with the next cash prize, mentorship or industry trophy – and then the world will be your oyster.

  • Do you have a minimum of 12 months financial results? Without at least a year’s financial results that demonstrate that your innovation, business model, or service is commercially viable and sustainable, you are simply pitching a ‘good idea’. Don’t jump in too early to gain serious credibility and buy-in from the judges.
  • Is there an interesting story behind your business? Did you know that some awards judges are journalists looking for a great story for their winner’s write-ups? If you have conquered adversity to get your business off the ground, or founded your business based on a new, fun, or unusual approach, you could have something special for your award entry. The judges don’t want to hear your whole life-story, but if a part of it is connected to the creation of your business it could give you that magical USP that helps you to stand out.  So don’t ignore your history, use it within a slick storytelling method to breath real life into your award entry.
  • Do you have big plans for the future? If you have a clear idea of the next steps for your business, and your success is just the start of an exciting journey that you have mapped out, tell the judges what you’ve got planned for the future. When entering awards for small business or start-up achievements the awards organisers are often offering significant benefits to help grow the winning businesses and they want to find a winner with a solid plan and exciting ideas. Cash prizes, mentoring, support to export, and free PR are just some of the benefits of winning many dedicated small business and start-up awards.
  • Have you selected the awards you are most likely to win? It’s so important to make sure you are running in the right race before you spend precious time working on your awards entries or invest in outsourcing your awards project to an expert. Check out past winners, look at the awards organisers own marketing material, find out who the awards organisers’ target audience is, look at who the judges are, look at who runs the awards and what the benefits of alignment could be before assessing if the categories fit your business achievements.

Enter these 7 great awards for small businesses and startups:

Now you know where you stand, here are a few suggestions of awards you could enter:

  1. The Federation of Small Business Awards: In partnership with Worldpay, the awards offer a cash prize for the winner and a logo that shows credibility the FSB awards are very popular across the UK – there is even a Microbusiness category for the smallest of businesses to enter.                       
  2. The National Business Awards : A big name award with a big brand audience – but with a lot of love and support for small businesses, the National Business Awards dedicates a category especially to New Business of the Year and even has a category for New Entrepreneurs – supported by The Duke of York no less!
  3. The Chamber AwardsRun by The British Chamber of Commerce this is a great award for gaining local business support, allowing you to enter and win regionally before competing for a national title. Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to be a Chamber member to win, and there’s even a cash prize up for grabs! Categories include Young Person in Business and Small Business of the Year.
  4. The Startup Awards: Based in London these awards offer lots of categories and will give you a ‘startup’ winner’s logo that could help you attract new investment or business support for your new and innovative business. Lots of great categories highlighting the best Crowdfunded Business and Lean Startup of the Year.         
  5. The Growing Business Awards: These awards do exactly what they say on the tin – champion the hottest small businesses in the UK. Sponsored by Lloyds bank and with inspirational talent on the judging panel, your business could get a fantastic audience just by entering. Categories for Digital Champions and Innovators.  
  6. The Guardian Small Business Showcase: A great award run by a national newspaper these awards focus on one category at a time and include a Rising Star Award. Enter for national recognition and excellent PR opportunities.

More awards for small businesses and start-ups:

And once you’ve checked out the awards above, there are also brilliant awards run by your local newspapers, magazines and business networks. Often appealing to small businesses looking to gain more local customers, local and regional awards can be a great place to start when you run a small business.

You should also check out my list of Awards for Women in Business and Awards for Entrepreneurs, Directors and Business Leaders to enter even more awards that will raise your personal profile and support your growing brand.

Do you have more awards suggestions you could add? Share them with me on Twitter and I’ll give you the inside scoop on whether they’ll work for you: Just post to @comms_director and #smallbizawards.

Good luck – I can’t wait to hear about your award-winning adventures!

Donna O’Toole is an awards expert with an outstanding record of helping businesses and the people behind them to win awards for their hard work. Contact Donna for your FREE Awards consultation today. 

Are you ready to win awards?

Are you ready to win awards? Find out with advice from The Awards ExpertHave you or your business ever won an award? If so congratulations, you’ll know the brilliant feeling that comes with being crowned the best leader or business in your sector or region. And you’ll have experienced the value being an award winner brings in helping you stand out from your competitors, improving staff morale, increasing trust in your service, and even growing your business.

But what if you’ve entered awards and not won, or never even entered a business or personal awards competition in the first place? Does that mean you or your business are no good?

Of course not! There can be lots of reasons why you didn’t win, or have been put off entering, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on future awards and let someone else have all the glory, while you watch from the sidelines as their trophy cabinet grows.

The three most common statements I hear when talking to people about awards are:

“I’m skeptical about awards, aren’t they all a fix?”

“Well we entered something last year and didn’t win so we’re not bothering now.” 

“It just takes so much time and we’re too busy right now.

All fair statements, but all possible to overcome if you value your business and want to make it stand out.

How do you know you are entering the right awards?

Awards are not all a fix, just ask the judges who pour over entries and sweat over who’s going to win this year’s prize. The best awards are the toughest to win.

But the last time you entered awards did you do your due diligence in assessing the industry awards horizon from A-Z (there are literally thousands of industry awards out there) investigating the awarding bodies, the category choices, the nitty-gritty of the criteria, the judging process, and the previous winners?

Did you make a shortlist of potential awards programmes then align these with your past 12 months commercial results, projects and successes to see where you stood out and where you might have weaknesses before you decided which programme you were best placed to win?

Or did you pick an awards programme because it’s local/your friend once won/you fancied the gala dinner/you know someone on the judging panel?

And once you had selected the award to enter did you focus on your USP, compile supporting evidence, collect case studies, and write a clear and magical entry that would hook the judges so they didn’t want to put it down?

Or did you leave it until a few days before the deadline, copy and paste some of your marketing info into the answers, write all the clever jargon terms you could think of and blind the judges with science, or make them weep with frustration with a lack of evidence?

How to become a winner:

Don’t worry, if you did any of the above you are not alone. Winning awards is not easy, that’s why companies like Nationwide invest in a full time awards coordinator to make sure they consistently raise their value by winning awards.

But not entering awards is not simply saving yourself from disappointment; it’s just missing an opportunity to shine and letting someone else stand out instead.

So how do you know if you are truly ready to win awards?

Every personal or business story is different, so there might be that golden nugget just waiting to help you win awards, but if you don’t investigate further you will never know.

First take a look at The Award Expert’s Guide to Winning Awards to see if you could be ready to win.

If you answered yes to the questions in the guide and you’re still not winning awards then there are two main areas where you could be going wrong:

  1. You are entering the wrong awards programmes or categories. If you don’t run in the right race, you’re never going to win.
  2. You are in the right competition, but your entries are letting you down. Weak, boring, or badly written entries won’t get you anywhere and are simply a waste of your time and the judges’.

To find out which awards you have the best chance of winning and make sure you have the best written entries book your FREE consultation with The Awards Expert.

This year could be the year you really stand out – so are you ready to win awards?

The Award Expert’s guide to winning awards

 

Donna O'Toole, The Award Expert's guide to winning awards

Have you ever wondered if you could be ready to win awards?

Or are you puzzling over why you didn’t win the last award you entered?

Answer the questions below in The Award Expert’s Guide to Winning Awards to find out if you are ready to win prestigious recognition for your achievements: 

About you:

  • Are you an entrepreneur, leader or director with an innovative or successful product or service?
  • Are you a brand with people, products and service to be proud of?

About your results:

  • Has your business been trading for at least 12 months?
  • Has your turnover and profit grown over the last 12 months?

About your achievements:

  • Do you have a company leader, team or individual who stands out for their achievements?
  • Do you have a new product that is achieving significant sales results?
  • Do your customers sing your praises for service and experience?
  • Do you champion your employees and create positive engagement?
  • Do your finances show excellent domestic or international growth?
  • Do you support the environment, society or the community as part of your business plan?

Did you answer yes to at least one question in each section?

Congratulations, you could be winning awards for your achievements! From innovation awards to customer service; Queen’s Awards to personal honours, if you stand out for all the right reasons you may be ready to gain formal recognition for your successes.

Contact The Awards Expert to find out which awards you stand to win this year, empower yourself to achieve even more and start showing your customers, your peers and your competitors why you really are outstanding.

There are awards deadlining every day so don’t miss out or you might have to wait another year to enter. Book your FREE awards consultation today.

5 ways to win customer service awards

Donna O'Toole, customer service awards, national business awards, UK Customer Experience Awards, INdustry awards, local awards, national awards, the communications director

Winning customer service awards is one of the most credible ways of making your business stand out from the competition; encouraging customer loyalty, and creating new business growth.

If you are proud of the achievements you have made in creating an excellent customer experience you could be in line to win an award – but only if you pick the right competitions and then take the time to enter!

There are a wide range of awards programmes to choose from that will recognise your customer service initiatives. So how do you know where to start, when you have a realistic chance of winning, and which awards will bring you the best benefits and help you achieve your wider business goals?

When it comes to selecting awards to enter there are five possible approaches you could take:

1. Industry Specific Awards: Enter customer-focused categories within specific industry awards. This will allow you to stand out from competitors within your industry – for example: Retail Week Customer Experience Awards, UK Financial Services Experience Awards.

2. Discipline Specific Awards: Enter a discipline-specific category within a customer service award. This will give you the ultimate recognition for your customer initiatives – for example: The Institute of Customer Services Customer Satisfaction Awards, The UK Customer Experience Awards.

3. General Business Awards: Enter customer-focused categories within general business awards. In these awards you will compete against businesses from all other industry sectors giving you a wider audience for your success – for example: The National Business Awards, The European Business Awards, The International Business Awards.

4. Local/Regional Awards: Enter customer-centric categories within local and regional awards. This will demonstrate that you are a great business in your area and help you attract local customers – for example: The Sussex Business Awards, The Gatwick Diamond Awards, The Midlands Business Awards

5. All Awards: Make your message even more powerful by combining all of the strategic approaches above into an awards strategy tailored to your strengths. This approach is the most effective all round, allowing you to stand out from your peers and your competitors, appealing to industry leaders and investors, and ultimately attracting even more customers.

Once you have chosen which awards to enter, make sure you have everything ready to help you stand out to the judges. You could be asked a multitude of questions like these:

  1. How do you measure the success of your customer service processes?
  2. How do you align your customer service initiatives to your wider commercial strategy?
  3. How do you apply innovation to your customer experiences?
  4. How have you utilised technology to improve your customer experience?
  5. How do you ensure employee engagement with your customer service initiatives?

Awards for the best customer service are one of the most popular categories to enter and there are quite literally thousands out there to choose from, no matter how big or small your company. But the entry requirements and criteria are different for every award so one size will not fit all when it comes to writing your entry, compiling evidence, and impressing the judges.  

Before you launch yourself out into the sea of customer service awards without a clear view of the horizon, talk to an expert. I will maximise your chances of winning and give your entry everything it needs to get you to the top. 

The better aligned your awards strategy is with your wider goals, the more benefits there will be for your business in the long run.  

Check out 10 Steps to winning awards to make sure you have what it takes to win, and find out ‘Why the customer is not always right‘ in CX magazine to find out what makes brilliant customer service. 

Donna O’Toole is an experienced Awards Expert who has helped businesses large and small win awards by creating their awards strategies, directing and writing winning award entries. Contact Donna today for a FREE awards consultation.

Top 10 Awards for Directors, Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders

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Are you a director, entrepreneur or a business leader who has created positive results for your company, your employees and your industry?

Do you have future business plans for investment, merger, growth or sale?

Or perhaps you would like to broaden your horizons by becoming a non-exec director for an organisation that could benefit from your knowledge and experience?

If you answered yes to any of the above, it’s time to start taking your professional profile seriously and viewing it from the outside in when it comes to awards. 

Yes, you know how much you have achieved, and your employees, peers and competitors might even be aware of your work too. But do the people who have the power to make or break your next business move know what makes you stand out? Can they see any external credibility that backs up why they should pick you for their next role, investment or partnership?

Winning high-level awards for directors, entrepreneurs and business leaders verifies your achievements and can create a snowball of success, presenting you with excellent PR opportunities, fantastic networking events, and a firm step on the pathway to the next level in your life.

But don’t just take a stab in the dark when it comes to awards. Making sure you are a good fit for the awards you enter will give you good alignment with your peers and competitors, a better chance of success, and support your wider goals and future plans.

Top Tip: If you don’t know which awards you could be in with a chance of winning, take a look at your nearest competitor’s awards, or pick out a peer you feel you have a similar story to and see which awards they have been winning recently. Now wouldn’t you like that award-winning profile to be yours?

Here’s a roundup of ten high-impact awards with categories for directors, entrepreneurs and business leaders…and this is just a taster, there are many more awards within your industry sector too:

Interested in entering? Make sure you allow plenty of time to create a compelling entry – these are rigorous awards and the entry requirements vary widely, with written entries ranging from less than 1000 words to more than 5000 words!

Are you a female director, entrepreneur or business leader? As well as all the awards above there is also a whole genre of awards dedicated to women in business.

Watch this space for more tips on entering awards or get in touch for free one-to-one advice on the awards you could be winning this year.
Donna O’Toole is an experienced awards adviser and writer with an outstanding success rate in helping businesses and individuals to win awards. Contact Donna for a FREE awards-profile consultation today. 

Top 15 Awards for Women in Business

Donna O'Toole, Awards Expert, Communications Director, awards for women, female entrepreneur awards, leadership awards, recognition for women, Women-in-business

Over the last couple of years there’s been lots of good news for ‘women in business’ – around one million UK based SMEs are now led by women; the number of female board members has shown growth (albeit slow); and for the first time in history more women than men were included in the Queen’s Honours List.

And just as the number of women in business has grown over the last few years, so too have the number of awards designed to recognise their achievements.

But, despite all this good news it’s still well-documented that women receive less formal recognition for their achievements than men. Whether this is because they are less likely than men to put themselves forward, or because they are overlooked in favour of their male counterparts, is a debate that will run and run. The female:male ratio is certainly something I have noticed myself as an awards adviser, writer and judge.

So what does this mean for awards designed exclusively for women? Are they all fizz-fuelled fluffy events that you win by simply turning up? And is an award designed for female competitors somehow less credible than an award open to both men and women?

No. And no. Let me explain.

Awards for women in business are tough. They have been designed to recognise the business achievements of our leading ladies using distinct criteria that challenges their thinking and analyses their efforts, benchmarking them against their competitors. And, as entrants and past winners will know, it can feel harder for women to stand out in an all-female competition than it can as one of perhaps only 20% of female competitors in a traditionally male-dominated award or category.

And just look at the most common backers and sponsors of awards for women – who do you see? Banks and financial institutions that’s who – Natwest, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds, Barclays, Deloitte, Aviva, etc. etc. These savvy sponsors know that there are more women opening businesses today than ever before, and they want to make sure the cream of the crop come to them for lending, investment, insurance, accounts, and business banking.

Then there’s the judging panel. Male and female industry experts; leading ladies who’ve walked in your shoes and jumped your obstacles; influential business leaders who are looking to highlight, and possibly even work with the world’s next best businesswoman. They’re not easily pleased, and rightly so, they are looking for something special.

Awards for women are not an alternative to entering awards for both sexes, they are an additional opportunity for women to shine a light on their achievements, to gain valuable insights from the women who have gone before them, and to make new relationships with potential collaborators, partners and investors.

So ladies, stop leaning in/sideways/this way and that, and start stepping forward instead.

To help you on your way to building credibility and winning valuable external recognition for your achievements as a female entrepreneur, business leader or innovator, here’s a selection of 15 awards designed specifically for women in business:

The Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards

Women in the City Future Leaders Awards

The First Woman Awards

The Veuve Cliquot Business Woman Award

The Asian Woman of Achievement Awards

The FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards

The Natwest Everywoman Awards

The National Mumandworking Awards

The Women in Sales Awards

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business

The Mumpreneur Awards

The FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

The Women of the Future Awards

The Venus Awards

Putting the time and effort in to entering awards for the work you have completed over the years can seem a little strange. It can feel like you’re shouting ‘Hey, I’m great, look at what I’ve achieved’. But what’s wrong with that? It’s a competitive market and if you don’t shout about your successes, who exactly are you expecting to shout for you? Recognition is important for progression, so don’t dismiss any awards before you have investigated further.

And if you want to give something back, how about giving your boss a shout out for being such a great employer by putting them forward to be one of the Top 50 employers for women. Awards for employers can also be hugely rewarding for the whole company, but that’s another story for another day…

Good luck ladies!

Donna O’Toole is an experienced awards adviser, writer and judge with an outstanding success rate in helping businesses and individuals to win awards and achieve personal recognition. Contact Donna for a FREE awards-profile analysis to find out which awards you could win in 2016.

10 steps to winning business awards

 

Donna O'Toole, The Awards Expert, Award Entry Writer, Awards Adviser, Customer Experience Awards, Employer Awards, Industry Awards, International Business Awards, National Business Awards, UK Awards, Win Business Awards

The benefits of winning awards can be huge – more customers will choose you over the competition, you’ll get the best talent applying for your jobs, and you will boost internal morale. You’ll also often receive feedback to help you improve your business even further.

But entering business awards can feel a bit like a game of cards – play the right hand and you’ll be a winner, but miss out on that vital card and your competitor will take the lot. 

So how do you know if you are ready to enter awards and win in the first place?

First you need to pick an awards programme that is right for you. Start by investigating which awards will give you the most valuable recognition, put you in front of the right audience, align you with the best brands, and bring your business the best benefits.

Once you’ve identified the ideal awards programmes, next you need to find the right categories to highlight your successes by filtering through their specific criteria.

Next you need to get all the right evidence together to demonstrate your achievements. And only once you have completed this three stage process can you even think about starting to write your entry. 

Every single award competition sets its own entry requirements, criteria and benchmarking scores, so you must check these carefully before entering. Here are a few general guidelines that will help you gather everything you need to stand a chance of winning.

Answer the questions below to give yourself the maximum chance of hitting the awards jackpot:

  1. Do you have at least 12 months company finances showing positive results?
  2. Have you identified your USP for the award – how are you going to stand out?
  3. Do you have positive customer feedback and testimonials from key accounts?
  4. Do you have permission to share the details of your client projects?
  5. Do you have both qualitative and quantitative evidence of your success?
  6. Can you demonstrate that your product or service is leading your industry?
  7. Can you show that your innovation is making money – it’s not just a ‘good idea’?
  8. Do you have photos, imagery or videos that can bring your entry to life?
  9. Can you demonstrate how you have overcome challenges to reach your goals?
  10. Can you demonstrate multiple ways in which you have progressed and grown?

These 10 questions are just the start. There is a lot more to winning awards than meets the eye. Speak to an expert to make sure you enter awards that are the perfect fit for you and save yourself hours, weeks and sometimes even months of preparation.

Contact me for a FREE consultation and I’ll give you all the information you need to help you stand out for all the right reasons and become an award winner.