You can enter via the online entry forms or can download the word doc. Make sure you are entering into the correct region, you can enter into other regions if you have company office located there too.

Step 1:

Make sure your presentation is well written – check spelling and grammar.

Step 2:

Complete the form clearly; type it on screen or print and write on it. Answer all category questions. Complete a separate entry form and create a separate supporting statement for each category you enter. Decide which categories to enter.

DON’T: enter more than three categories, don’t enter categories which do not apply to you or your business.

Step 3:

Read the category information carefully. Include any information that informs the judges of your strengths, USPs, innovation etc. and include as much information as possible, the style and content is up to you – but make sure it is relevant – the judges don’t want to hear how well you did when you raised money for charity if you are entering for Digital Woman of the Year.

DON’T: write about how unprofessional your competitors are, compared to you.

Step 4:

Bring on the stats. Judges love real, honest statistics. Make them clear, relevant, comparative (e.g. year-on-year growth in sales etc.) Charts and tables are great, especially if they come from an independent source. DON’T: Fib/exaggerate. The judges spot inconsistencies at a mile.

Step 5:

Report your progress – set the scene, e.g. when and how you started, where you operate, who you are (part of a larger organisation/independent) who you work with (in conveyancing, referral networks etc), professional bodies, industry qualifications, where you plan to be in the future.

Step 6:

Celebrate your successes – tell the judges about local business awards, involvement in community improvements, business qualifications, recognition.

Step 7:

Get creative, when you have your relevant and sparkling written entry, liven it up with pictures and charts/tables etc. Keep imagery and text in proportion, we need facts and relevant information more than pictures but they do give a real ‘feel’ for your business. Many successful entrants follow the style of their branding and company brochures/website.

DON’T: include whole brochures or massive, hi-res pictures – resize if necessary to keep to the file size of 15MB for the whole entry.

Step 8:

Finalise your entry – it does not have to be flashy, it is the content that counts. Remember, your entry will be reviewed on iPads, not a large screen. Remember – maximum of 10 pages, plus the entry form.

DON’T: Sign it with Docusign type systems – they prevent judges sharing files. To complete the form onscreen, just type your name.

Don’t send more than 10 pages plus the entry form, excess pages will be discarded.

Step 9:

Save each entry form and supporting statement as a single A4 PDF, portrait – not landscape). Make sure your entry form is correctly and clearly completed and within the PDF document. (Make a PDF of the two separate documents then, in Adobe Acrobat – File –Create – Combine files into a single PDF.) Check that the completed document is no more than 15MB.

Step 10:

Send your COMPLETE entries and third-party nominations by sated date for each region. If you only send the form, not your submission, it will not be entered. Please DO NOT expect or request an extension. Send it to: send it by post or file transfer systems like Wetransfer. Email works best! DON’T: forget to book your tickets as soon as booking opens to get the best seats for the relevant region's awards ceremony  – the tables sell out very quickly!