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It’s that time of year where construction businesses across our region will be starting to put together their entries for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber Awards. What better time then to put together our top tips for completing a winning submission.

1. Know your timescales

Make sure you have our key dates in your diary and give yourself plenty of time to complete your submissions. The closing date for entries this year is Friday 15th May 2015 with the shortlist being announced at the beginning of June.

2. Read the entry guidelines document & criteria carefully & provide all requested information

Read through the category criteria and section questions carefully so that you are clear on what the judges are looking for in each category. Ensure that you provide the key data requested, Judges will be looking for hard facts & figures which clearly support your claims.

3. Support your case with good images

Photographic images are an important part of your entry. We do not just want photos of gleaming finished buildings; we want to see before/after, work in progress, people and all aspects of the project. Please try to ensure that these images are of a good quality, high resolution as they will be used in event brochure & the powerpoint on the evening. Images must be in jpeg format.

4. Keep it simple & avoid jargon

Keep the message simple and clear, more words doesn’t necessarily mean a better submission. Avoid unnecessary acronyms and technical terms which may not be understood by everyone.

5. Get Testimonials

Getting testimonials from companies, project teams, individuals you have worked with strengthens your application & demonstrates great teamwork.

6. Involve your team

The best entries involve collaboration & input between all parties who have worked on the project.

7. Don’t recycle

Multiple submissions are actively encouraged but please ensure that

each entry is tailoured to the requirements of the category you are going for.

8. And finally….