Entry guidance notes – all categories
The Negotiator Awards 2018 is now open for entry. To start your entry, please download your entry form (click here), fill it in and email it to us straight away. Send us a separate entry form for each category you enter.
Email your entry form to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have registered your intention to enter with us, set to work to prepare your submission. You must send it to us by the closing date, 30th June 2018.
Start preparing your entry for 2018 now!
- Agencies may only enter one size category in estate agency and in lettings as appropriate.
- Each company/brand may enter a maximum of FOUR of any of the categories (Suppliers excluded).
- Your entry can be sent to us by email, to email@example.com.
- You should send it in PDF format, with a maximum of 10 sides A4-size of information, no larger than 15mb.
- Download your entry form by clicking here.
- The Negotiator Awards is judged by a large, carefully selected panel of judges with extensive industry experience, who agree to strict impartiality and confidentiality.
- No member of the panel will judge a category of which they have any conflict of interest.
- No entrant is permitted to speak to any of the judges about their entry before, during or after the event.
How to prepare your entry
The essential seven steps to success
For the first time this year, we have set out required sections for you to answer in your submission. We’ve done this to make it more straightforward for you and to give the entries a consistent structure and level the playing field across all agencies.
Decide which categories to enter. Regional categories provide more of a chance of winning, so seriously consider this. They are very valuable for local business – you can enter regional and national categories.
If you are a supplier, carefully consider which category you best fit into; if in doubt, contact us for guidance.
Read the category information carefully and be sure to answer the questions fully. There is no word limit to each question, but this is the basic information upon which to build your submission and the points of comparison with other entries, for the judges.
Regional categories: focus on your position in that region, your business relationships, special things about operating in your region.
Bring on the stats. Judges love real, honest statistics and figures. Make them clear, relevant, comparative (eg year-on-year growth in sales etc.) Charts and tables are great, especially if they are independently verifiable. Don’t be tempted to exaggerate. The judges spot inconsistencies at a mile.
Report your progress – set the scene, eg: 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.
Celebrate your successes – tell the judges about local business awards, involvement in community improvements, business qualifications, recognition.
Get creative and illustrate your written part, as appropriate. You can include graphs, photographs, images to support your brand strength and values, your staff and your achievements – but choose carefully as they must be within your 10 sides of A4 limit. It is not compulsory, but it does add colour and sparkle to the written part, when supported by relevant pictures and charts/tables etc.
We need facts and relevant information more than pictures but they do give a real ‘feel’ for your business. It is an opportunity to show the effectiveness of your branding, company image and style.
Here’s an example entry to inspire you…
To download the example entry as a PDF click here.