How to write an award winning entry

HR in hospitality
Awards for Excellence
“How to write an award winning entry”
20 May 2014
“How to write an award winning entry”
• Why should you enter awards?
• Benefits you could get from entering
• What are the rules on entering & how to enter?
• Top Tips on writing an award winning entry
• Judging, sponsoring and Spectacular Awards night
Hear real life Case Studies from previous award winners:
• Brookwood – Sue Parfett & Pauline Vallence
• Jumeirah – David Morrison & Ian Richardson
More Networking opportunity – if you want to stay behind!
Why should you enter?
The HR in hospitality Awards reward absolute excellence and
represent an absolutely free powerful marketing tool for you and
your team.
Being shortlisted gives:
• credibility
• external benchmarking
• team motivation
• celebration of your successes
• talent attraction
• career development
Winners, highly commended and all finalists will receive the
following recognition:
* Finalists/winners promoted through website &
* Winners and finalists to receive marketing logo to promote your achievements.
* Recognition from over 250 HR professionals attending the Awards night.
* Mentions on HRinhospitality twitter (800 followers).
* Mentions on Facebook (800 followers).
* Special Awards night feature in Caterer Magazine announcing winners & finalists.
* Winners glass trophy.
* Photos of individual winners collecting their trophy.
* Certificate – to all winners, highly commended and finalists.
Who can enter?
The Awards are open to all types of organisations, regardless of size.
All member organisations can enter and non-members are welcome to enter, as part of their
consideration for joining.
How to enter
Once you have chosen your category/ies you can download the 1500 words entry form from the
website. When completed you simply upload the form back on to the dedicated site there is no
payment for entry.
Your submitted entry will go through a rigorous judging process with the sector’s top HR professionals.
If lucky enough to be shortlisted you will be notified after the judging day being held on 8th August.
All winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner.
Full details can be found here:
Cost of entry: FREE
What are the rules of entry?
■ All entries must be submitted using the official online entry system by midnight 25th July 2014
■ For your entry to be accepted you must select a category. You can only choose one category for each project.
■ There is no limit to the number of projects that you enter, providing they’re clearly different from each other.
■ Entries must be original this year, or have changed significantly this year in order to be accepted.
■ The name of the entering organisation will always be used as the name referred to in all communications.
■ Shortlisted finalists will be officially announced shortly after 8th August 2014
■ The decision of the judges is final and no further correspondence will be considered. Due to the volume of entries
we cannot always provide individual feedback on entries.
■ The prize is non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternative will be offered.
■ Hrinhospitality and the sponsoring organisations may use footage (photos/video clips) of the Awards dinner.
■ All shortlisted finalists have the right to promote themselves as an Award finalist.
Caterer.comScholarship £2,500 Awards Only
■ To enter this award the individual must have spent at least 3 years in HR and/or Learning & Development but any
level of position is acceptable. They do not have to be currently studying or have recently studied for a HR qualification,
but are genuinely committed to their career and you believe would benefit from this grant .
How to enter a successful entry…..
■ Clearly describe business case for the project
■ Don’t forget to describe the project
■ Quantify, quantify, quantify
■ Explain the people aspects of the project
■ Bring out the winning points
Top things to keep in mind when compiling
your awards entry….. (1-15)
1. Answer the questions properly
2. Don’t ignore the word count
3. Avoid copy and pasting at all costs
4. Banish all HR jargon
5. Write persuasively
Top things ….. (1-15) not to forget…
6. Include supporting evidence
7. Remember that words beat links
8. Make it easy to access websites and files
9. Leave yourself (just) enough time
10. Assign somebody to the job
Top things ….. (1-15) the final 5
11. Consult colleagues
12. Proofread
13. Avoid lame typos
14. Make sure clients give you the thumbs up
15. Be passionate
What are the categories this year?
There are 7 categories this year…….
1. HR in Hospitality Rising Star
2. Excellence in Human Resources
3. Excellence in Learning & Talent Development
4. NEW Excellence in Employee Engagement
5. Excellence in establishing links with Schools & Colleges
6. The Tom Crowley Award for Excellence in Promoting
7. The HR Scholarship Grant of £2,500
The judges this year are…..
The Judging Process
* Judging will take place on 8th August 2014
* Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts and senior professionals from the hospitality sector.
* Judging is split into 2 stages until a shortlist of up to 5 finalists including a winner is decided.
* The first stage of judging is completed online.
* Judges read through all entries & mark accordingly.
* The marks and comments are collated and this determines the shortlist.
* Judges meet to discuss the entries and recommendations are put forward for the winner and highly
commended (if any).
* Winners of each category will be identified by the judges
* All shortlisted entrants will then be notified
Our sponsors this year are…..
Awards night this year…..
Awards dinner
This year’s HR in hospitality Awards will be held at the stunning
Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London
on Friday 12 September 2014.
Awards night this year…..
Announcing a special invitation to all those talented individuals and
teams out there……..
Enter yourself or a team from your organisation in the “HR’s Got
Talent” to showcase what you can do at the Awards Dinner – Singers,
Choirs, Comedians, Dancers, All entries are welcome……..
Case studies…..
Let’s hear from previous Award winners about their experiences…..
• Brookwood – Sue Parfett &
Pauline Vallence
• Jumeirah – David Morrison &
Ian Richardson
Deadline for entries?
All entries must be submitted by Midnight on the
25th July 2014.
What’s stopping you?
Thank You
Any Questions?
Networking opportunity please stay a while……