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Top Tips

Our top 10 tips … to help you create a winning entry

1.   Make sure these important dates are in the diaries of critical team members.

  • 5th March 2018:  Close for submissions.
  • 19th April 2018:  Judging Day.   If your submission is shortlisted, your team will be required to make a presentation on the Judging Day. Please make sure the relevant members of the team are available for interview in Central London on the 27th of April. We will not be able to allocate a specific time until the beginning of April.
  • 28th June 2018:  Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

2.    Make a plan and follow the entry guidelines

  • Visit www.ce-awards.co.uk.
  • Review the categories and entry criteria.
  • Pay attention to the entry guidelines:  How to enter.
  • Register online to download entry forms.
  • Gather your team together – allocate roles and responsibilities.
  • Timetable the gathering of evidence, writing and revision of submission.
  • Start collecting the logos and photos as required in the entry guidelines.

3.   Choose your category carefully

  • Read through the category criteria and section questions carefully so that you are clear on what the judges are looking for.
  • Consider in what capacity you are entering - as an organisation, an individual, or a project. Or are you nominating another party for the award.
  • Consider if your entry could address more than one category - multiple entries are allowed but must address the specific category criteria.

4.   Be clear about who should take the ‘credit’

  • The project name and the logos of those companies named in the submission will be etched onto the glass award presented.  Make sure you include only the relevant parties.
  • Please make sure these details are correct and submit original .eps files of all company logos you would like included on the award.

5.   Keep the messages simple and clear 

  • Read our note:  Understanding the terms & criteria
  • Avoid making your entry wordy and difficult to read.
  • More words don’t necessarily make a better submission.
  • Avoid using technical terms which may not be understood by everyone.

 6.   Use your entry form wisely

  • You can prepare your submission on your local drive and upload a copy of your submission when it’s finalised.
  • Please observe the word-counts.
  • If you use abbreviations to minimise your word-count – please spell them out in the first instance.
  • Only the entry form will be submitted to the judges – appendices are not usually accepted.
  • We recommend that you include supporting images, charts etc within the body of the entry form to support your narrative.
  • Where words are included/inserted as images, i.e. charts, captions, testimonials etc – these are not included in the word-count.
  • Short videos will be accepted and are particularly useful in respect of the Achiever of the Year category.
  • Use a file name that identifies your organisation and project.

7.   Provide facts and figures to support your case 

  • Ensure that you provide the key data requested. Judges will be looking for hard figures. which clearly support your claims. For example, if you state that you work to reduce construction waste what are the figures to support this?
  • Construction KPIs are a helpful measure but not a requirement. Click here for more information about Construction KPIs.
  • Testimonials from independent people are always helpful.
  • Highlight additional awards that you may have already won.

8.   Support your story with good images 

  • Photographic images are an important part of your entry. We’re not just looking for just photos of gleaming finished buildings; we want to see before/after, work in progress, people and all aspects of the project.
  • Please insert low resolution images within your entry form.
  • Please upload with your submission at least 2 high resolution photos that we could use in awards publicity material, including our high quality Awards Brochure.

 9.   Involve your team 

  • If a PR team is writing your entry - make sure the technical team get involved with producing good content.
  • The best entries involve collaboration between the construction and marketing teams.
  • Make sure you address the hard business issues involved.
  • Ask a colleague to proof read your entry highlighting areas for improvement.

10.  Multiple submissions

  • If you are entering more than one category, please do not use the same content for each submission.
  • Remember that you must address different and specific criteria for each category description.

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