Tips about your entry

It's your time to shine

Ready to get started with your application? Here are our top tips for submitting your entry. Good luck!

Don’t miss the deadline. Check your geographic region’s closing date for applications so you have enough time to showcase your achievements.

Check your eligibility.  Your business must have fewer than 250 full time equivalent employees (or 10 for the Micro Business category). Your business must must be based (or have your head office) in the UK.

Choose the right category for you. There’s 12 to pick from, so play to your strengths and enter a category that reflects your business.

Entering more than one category? Tailor your answers to each category, as the judges will be scoring against specific criteria. (Check the categories section for more tips.)

Read the criteria. Take your time to understand the questions and address each point clearly.

Keep to the limit. Questions will have a word limit, so you have a limited space to grab attention.

Tell your story. What makes your business stand out from the crowd?

Focus on the facts. How has your business grown in the last 12 months? What successes or achievements have you had?

Presentation is key. Use sub-headings and bullet points where necessary and ensure your entry is well structured. Don’t forget to proofread.

Include relevant attachments. Paint a fuller picture of your business with customer testimonials or a link to your website.

Be passionate! Most of all, our judges want to see your enthusiasm about your business shine through in your entry.

Write it up beforehand! Write up a draft entry before you enter it to our site, so you have something to come back to if you lose your content.

Give us relevant evidence. Use your supporting documentation to paint a fuller picture of your business, and make sure it is relevant to your entry

Check your copy! What you write may appear in our programmes, so please do make sure it makes sense.