How to enter
Call for Entries opens on January 1, 2018
Who should enter the Corporate Finance Awards?
Any business involved in the profession of corporate finance is eligible to enter: independent consultants and agencies, in-house departments of companies, banks, insurers and other relevant financial service providers, specialist UK and overseas business credit and corporate finance companies. Eligibility is as broad as the profession itself. If you are in any doubt, please call the Awards office for guidance.
What do you need to do to enter the Corporate Finance Awards?
First, please read through the category list and decide which categories you wish to enter. Remember, you can enter as many categories as the services your business provides for customers throughout the extraordinary, high calibre and high profile world of corporate finance.
Assemble the information you need to make your entry. There may be subtle differences between category criteria, so make sure you prepare to draft your submission with the specific category in mind, retuning the words if you need to enter the same entry in another category.
The Corporate Finance Awards are about innovation, excellence and sound professional practice. Over time, the Awards’ archive will be a “who’s who” of the best companies, services and products in corporate finance.
Next, you will need to write your submission. There is a limit on the number of words in any one submission. While 1,500 words seems a lengthy essay, a complex submission will quickly chew through that number. But be aware, the judges will mark down over-length submissions, so please watch the word count. Similarly, the judges will vote higher any paper that is concisely written with no unnecessary hyperbole or self-promotion. Additional support material expanding on your entry submission may be provided if necessary.
Again, please pay particular attention to the criteria of the category you wish to enter. The judges will appreciate your extra effort, even if it is simply to provide an introductory sentence or two as evidence that you have addressed the category’s criteria.
Will you need to provide additional support material?
Corporate finance is not necessarily the easiest subject to illustrate, but printed material, branded items, photographs and video can all be used to great effect in helping the judges to understand the case you are making. Please think about how you can support your entry, bearing in mind that any picture or branded material will help to make the Awards presentation more visually interesting.
At the very least, even if you have nothing else to show, please submit a high resolution (300 dpi) file of your company’s logo and a corporate brochure about your company and its services.
How should you submit the information?
The whole of your entry – entry form, submission paper, payment, support documents, picture or video material, promotional literature or giveaways – can be submitted online with a 10MB limit. If your support material is visual rather than physical you can provide a URL to a microsite containing the visual material, or you can submit the material on a memory stick. If you do need to supply physical paperwork it must be supplied in a rigid walled box file, clearly marked with the name of the submitting company and the project or deal title as stated in the entry form.
If copies of your submission need to be made for the judges we will do this at no cost to you.
You need to supply only one copy of your support material, even if you enter the same or a revised submission into more than one category. However, if your entries are in very different categories, or you make several diverse entries in a single category, then you will need to provide support material for each entry you make.
Will the information you provide be kept safe and confidential?
All entries are stored safely in a secure environment, accessed only by the Awards’ organising team, the judges each have to sign a confidentiality/non-disclosure letter in advance of the judging, and the Awards’ organisers undertake to keep securely and not disclose any information marked as “not for publication”. The Chair of judges will also be sensitive in the choices of judges to scrutinise entries, thus ensuring balanced verdicts.
How much does it cost to enter?
There is an entry fee to the Corporate Finance Awards. Why? Because there are real costs associated with the care and secure storage of entries, and the processing of papers, entry forms and payments. Distributing collated papers to the judges, convening the jury, providing a venue for the judging days, offering refreshments and lunch to the judges, compiling the privately scored judges’ marks and communicating the short-list to the lucky finalists, also incur costs.
So the entry fee for the Corporate Finance Awards is set at £300.00 plus VAT at the current applicable rate (£360.00 including VAT at 20%)
If you enter more than once, the price reduces to £200 per entry, plus VAT at the current applicable rate (£240.00 including VAT at 20%)
Payment for all entries must be received at the time of entry and receipt of entries will be acknowledged by the Awards’ office. Each entry must be paid for separately, but if you know you will submit several entries please let the Awards office know and an invoice can be raised for you to pay electronically, if you prefer.
What is the closing date for entries?
The closing date for entries of April 30 will be strictly observed. If for any reason you believe your entry will be late please notify the Awards’ office immediately, before the closing date. Failure to do so, without prior agreement, will incur a penalty charge of £100.00 plus VAT per late entry, as the processing team will need to be re-convened at considerable extra cost.
Will your entries be returned?
No entries will be returned after judging. They will be securely destroyed after the Awards ceremony has taken place. Entries that make the short-list of finalists will be used in any Awards supplement published on the night of the Awards. Any information marked as confidential will be treated as such by the organisers.
What will you receive if you win?
Every winner will receive a custom-designed trophy. Highly commended runners-up will receive an A4-sized wall plaque. All other finalists will receive an A4-sized certificate to display.
Duplicate trophies, Winner or High Commendation plaques or Finalist certificates may be purchased for other parts of your company to display, if you wish.
As important as winning itself will be the publicity information distributed by the organisers after the Awards, telling national and local news outlets about the winners and high commendations. Wherever possible this publicity will provide links to the online Winners’ gallery on the Corporate Finance Awards website as well as to the Winner’s own website.