FILLING in an application for the Isle of Man Awards for Excellence is a time-consuming proposition.
But it’s a worthwhile one, on many levels. So, what makes for a good application form?
Here, two experienced Awards judges give their take on it.
‘Judging the Awards for Excellence is a challenging process but being able to recognise and celebrate success in our community makes the effort worthwhile,’ said Carol Hunter, head of communications in the chief secretary’s office.
‘Judges are committed to treating every entry fairly – whether it comes from a large and long-established company or a small start-up business.’
Mrs Hunter, a judge since the Awards began seven years ago, provided the following advice to anyone submitting a form: ‘Please read the application form carefully – it provides valuable guidance on what details to provide. The Entry Guidelines describe the category and explain what actions and outcomes the judges will be looking for in your submission.
‘Answer the questions: “What do you do?” “What did you achieve?” and “How did you achieve it”.
‘Submitting a generic brochure or using the same response for more than one category doesn’t help the judges understand how you meet the criteria or allow them to compare your application to others in the same category. Make it descriptive, provide facts and details such as industry benchmarks, show how important the project, business or individual is to the success of the Isle of Man. Convey your passion!’
Tim Craine, director of business development at the Department of Economic Development, has been a judge for the last two years. ‘As a judge, I look for a well-articulated application with good evidence to support the application for the category in question,’ he said. ‘I am also looking to differentiate on the basis of innovation, commitment, team effort where appropriate and hard work that makes the difference when judging competing bids.’
This year’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, will be held at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on November 15.
Application forms are available at www.iomtoday.co.im/afe.
If you would like to find out more about what entering can do for you, contact Trudi Williamson (tjw(at)newsiom.co.im) or Sarah Radcliffe (sarah.radcliffe(at)newsiom.co.im) or 695695 for more information.