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Top tips for winning an award

Winning a National Recycling Awards is recognition for the great work within our sector that organisations are doing. Enhance your chance of being a winner by reading our 10 top tips for completing your entry  

Read the category criteria carefully: Entering awards is similar to applying for a job, you need to carefully read the specification, make sure that you meet all the requirements and then use your entry to show how you meet all the criteria.

Choose the category that best fits your project or initiative: Don’t start the process assuming that your project will only be suited to a certain category. Have a read through all the different categories and criteria to see which one is a best fit for the project you wish to enter.

Back up your entry with evidence: Make sure your evidence is clearly presented and backs up your claims. For example, if your project has improved efficiency, the judges want to see how this has been measured, in cost savings, time savings or fuel savings. They will also want to know over what time period such savings have occurred.

Include testimonials: Qualitative evidence, as well as quantitative evidence will help give the judges a fuller view of your project. Include testimonials from those involved in your project that help to back up the impact your project has had. These could be from customers or project partners for example.

Remember that first impressions count: Again, treat your awards entry as you would a job application and remember that first impressions count. That means having a gripping first paragraph that entices the judges and really sells your project. Try to summarise your project and the impact it has had in the first paragraph, and then go into the detail, outlining what your project has done and how, ensuring you show how you meet all the criteria.  

Include visuals: Remember that a picture tells a thousand words. By including images, be these photos of the technology, plant, or any campaign material, you will help with providing the judges with a fuller understanding of what your project was about.

Stay within the word count: The judges will have hundreds of entries to go through, so they want entries that are clear, concise and easy to read. Don’t waffle.

Remember you can input your entry on the system in stages: That means you don’t have to complete it all in one go if you don’t have the time or all the information to hand. Just remember to save any changes you make each time you update your entry, and then submit it when it is complete.

Start thinking about your entry early: It takes time to put together a good awards entry and gather all the necessary information, data and testimonials to back it up. Start having the necessary conversations in your business or organisation sooner rather than later, so that you can get all the information you need from the relevant internal and external people.

Put yourself in the position of the judges: What would you want to know about your project that would make it stand out among the entries?

Those interested in entering the National Recycling Awards 2014 can register their interest at www.nationalrecyclingawards.com. Categories and criteria for the awards will announced soon.

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