The Application Process
The 2014 call for entries will begin on 5 March and the deadline for entries is midnight on 9 May.
Click here for more detail on the 2014 schedule.
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Categories and submitting an entry
There are five categories covering all sizes and types of organisation plus the Innovative New Idea category, which recognises an idea in its early stages rather than established changes.
The categories are:
- Large Business - click here to read the criteria
- Medium-Sized Business - click here to read the criteria
- Small Business - click here to read the criteria
- Social Enterprise or Charity - click here to read the criteria
- Public Sector - click here to read the criteria
- Innovative New Idea - click here to read the criteria
Initial entry is by submission of a completed entry form by 9 May 2014. The form can be completed online or by downloading a word doc version and submitting by email. The questions have been designed so that the application process does not require more than 1,500 words to be submitted in support of the application. There is an individual word limit for each of the questions.
Due diligence and assessment
Once we’ve received your form it will go through a due diligence process, where we will check that the information meets the award criteria. We will also check the three years of financial statements that you are required to send with your entry. Financial statements are not initially required for the Innovative New Idea category, but you may be asked to submit supporting documentation for your entry. If this is required, we will contact you after you have submitted your entry and our team has reviewed your completed form.
If your application does not demonstrate that you have met the award criteria, you may be eliminated from further stages in the assessment and judging process. Click here for more information on the awards terms and conditions.
Once your application has successfully gone through this process, two members of the awards assessment team will carry out a site visit to your company’s premises. This visit will be approximately two hours in length and will be an opportunity for the assessors to get to know your businesses properly; to walk about and to meet and talk to employees. The purpose of these visits is not to attend any formal presentations.
Once these visits have taken place, a shortlist of finalists in each category will be drawn up.
We will invite finalists to give a formal presentation to the judging panel on 5 September 2014 in London. Winners will then be announced at a presentation ceremony in London on 14 October 2014.