Enter the Awards
Celebrate your excellence at The Electrical Industry Awards – the benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the electrical industry.
The Awards focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and installation of electrical products.
Our refreshed and refined categories present the perfect opportunity for the electrical trade to highlight its successes and achievements.
Winning an Electrical Industry Award can be a major boost for your company’s profile and business opportunities.
You can fill in an entry form here: EIA FORM 2021
Simply select the category(ies) most relevent to your achievements, and check the criteria to ensure you qualify.
What the judges look for:
1. Read the criteria
Making sure you answer all that is asked for in the category you enter and judging criteria is paramount in submitting a successful entry. You should ensure you cover everything the judges need to compare your entry to others.
2. Hit the deadline
The awards entry deadline is part of a schedule for a large and complex process. Hitting the deadline will make the organiser think well of you, and will allow the judge the maximum amount of time to consider your entry.
Many schemes do extend their deadlines, so do enquire if you think you will need the extra time, but don’t put it off again until the day before the deadline. Being as early as you can will be appreciated.
3. Get the judges attention
Judges will be looking at more than one entry. A crisp, clear, but attractive presentation in an easy-to-handle entry, which immediately (perhaps on the front cover) makes it obvious why it is the winner, will be more eagerly consumed.
Be arresting in your approach and use of colour, graphics and materials, but please do make the thing you’re drawing attention to easy to understand, and easy to praise.
4. Hit the judging criteria
If there is a most important tip, then this is it. Read the criteria for the particular category you are entering and ensure you:
- State your objectives, and how they relate to the corporate ones. Make sure they are specific, measurable, and timed.
- Define your audience and present any research results that have influenced the choices you have made.
- Point out the innovation and show how the design has been tailored to the audience.
- Say how much it cost and, if at all possible, give an ROI (return on investment) number.
- Show your results and compare them back to your objectives.
5. Trust the Judges
It may feel you are supplying confidential information. Usually you are not. Most of what you put down could be guessed, or offers little advantage to any competitor.
6. Don’t do it on the side
Putting together a good award entry takes time, effort and sometimes money. Allocate all three – if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
Put someone in charge, give them the information, resources, time and money they need to put together the best entry your organisation can manage.
7. Put people in it
Staff can embody commitment and excellence. Customers can say why you’re great in a single sentence. Use your own people, and your customer’s people to tell your story.
8. Look at previous winners
Why did they win? What did they do that singled them out as the winner in your category? Do you share their innovation, creativity, commitment, excellence, originality? If the judges comments about them say they did something really well, and that’s why they won, then make sure you’ve got something similar in your entry.
9. Keep it brief
Judges are usually spending their own time on judging. Be efficient in your use of words and space, and communicate your information quickly and efficiently.
10. Make it pretty
You need to stand out. Your entry will be in a box with others, so why will a judge pick it out first, or look forward to reading it if it doesn’t please the eye?
Tips courtesy of Ross Sturley, principal of Chart Lane, a strategic communications consultancy.