The South East Construction Awards celebrate the very best projects, people, innovations and businesses in construction and Construct UK is delighted to be supporting them once again.
Apart from the sense of achievement and industry recognition winning an award can help open doors to contracts, find new supply channels and break into new markets. However, awards aren’t easy to win: submissions need to show why your business is better than the others and be presented in a way that someone who hasn’t got a clue about your business can easily understand it. In order to help candidates, the organisers have published 10 top tips on submitting your award entry:
If you’re completely new to entering an award the judges are looking for great businesses. A business that says it is the best is more impressive by winning an award. Behind every award is a person who took the time to write an entry.
Identify the awards you have a chance of winning based on your strengths – be honest at what you are good at and how you can demonstrate this to the judges. The more categories you enter the greater chance you have of winning.
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your entry. Find out the entry deadline and make a start gathering the info you need for your categories. It is always better to beat the deadline.
Producing a winning entry will take time. But will be worth it. Be confident when writing your application to impress the judges your entry must stand out.
Focus on what the judges are actually asking for. Keep it simple, avoid jargon write well and in plain English. Make sure your entry clear and easy to understand.
You must show the judges that you are the best that entered that category in order to win. Can you demonstrate that your product/service has a market and that there is demand from that market and your business is sustainable?
Demonstrate how you have achieved clear benefits to the business, its employees, your customers. Have you got proof that you offer great service, value for money, being innovative?
Check your entry thoroughly before submitting. Sloppy spelling, grammar and typos may give the judges the impression that you have not put enough effort into your application.
Ask a colleague to review your application and give feedback. It’s hard to be objective when writing an award entry.
If you don’t win at the first attempt, learn from the process and try again next year.
Why not give it a go and enter the South East Construction Awards? It is free to enter – for further information, click here.
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