10 Top Tips for Entering the Woman Who…Awards 2017

coffeeWe know that it’s tough for you to talk about yourself in glowing terms, but now is not the time to be modest. Just think about all that you have achieved to date!

So sit back, grab a coffee and just think about a few things….then read the Award Categories and the Guidelines for Entry and complete one of these Entry forms:

We know that many Awards organisers just leave you to it. However, the Woman Who…Awards are different. We want to encourage you and help you at each stage of the Awards process. These tips may just assist:

  1. Think about the things you have achieved…a qualification, recognition, personal achievement, starting a business, a promotion, a testimonial, a new innovation or initiative. I bet you could list at least 20 things you have achieved.
  2. Read the Award Categories and Guidelines for Entry. I bet that you fit into a least two, if not more, of the categories. Take a deep breath, be bold and start filling in one of the Entry Forms.
  3. top-tipsTailor your entry to the Award you are entering. Make sure that you read all about the category before you submit your entry.
  4. Think about what the judges would be interested in.  They won’t have time to read brochures or look through your website, so make sure that every word counts, be concise and make sure that you describe your product or service. Send us pictures if that would help.
  5. No marks are gained for multiple nominations, so there is no point in getting your friends and contacts to send in multiple entries. The judges will merely be informed that multiple entries have been received. It is far better to have one strong entry from you with testimonials.
  6. You can enter more than one category but you need to tailor each entry to that category. We encourage you to enter as many of the categories as you can. Sponsors are also permitted to enter the awards, but not in a category that they sponsor.
  7. Can you think of someone else who you think ought to enter but hasn’t got the confidence to start the process?  If you start the process for them, they will be encouraged to send us the rest of the information. Over 80% of our entries in 2016 were from a friend or business contact.
  8. No marks are given or deducted for presentation so it doesn’t matter whether you submit your entry online or by downloading the Entry Form (which is in Word). It’s all about content but please do check your spelling.
  9. century-prAsk for help. There is no rule or reason why someone else can’t draft your entry for you. You may have a team member, someone who does your marketing or a PR company who can draft your entry for you. You may also contact Celeste Clarke at Century PR to help, as we have negotiated a special rate for the Woman Who…Awards entrants.
  10. Don’t leave it until the last day. Unlike many Awards, we don’t extend the deadline for entry. It is set at 4.00pm on Friday 24th February for all Women in Business entries and will not be extended. There are reasons for this. We ensure that every entry is presented in the same format for our shortlist judges at the same time. All entries are treated equally and everyone has had the same period of time to enter. (The deadline for the Rising Star  and Special Achievement Awards are later as there are no interviews involved.)

What happens next?

  • All entries will receive an email about what will happen next.
  • Once the deadline has closed the entries will be prepared for our shortlist judges.
  • Shortlist Judging will take place on 1st March.
  • The Finalists in each category will be announced at the Woman Who…Network on Wednesday 8th March during our celebration of International Women’s Day. Every entrant will be sent a complimentary ticket.
  • All Finalists will be invited to an interview with our Panel of Judges on Monday 20th March at Coombe Abbey.

Panel Judges

2017 JudgesWe are delighted that all of our  2016 Judges have confirmed that they are joining us again in 2017 for the Woman Who…Awards.  Our Judges are all human, great fun and have all been exactly where you are, so they completely understand how difficult it is to shout about your own achievements.


Here is what our Judges said about the 2016 Awards:

160314-WomanWho-JudgingTeam-01-SqDr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo and Business Woman of the Year  

As a recent winner of a Women in Business Award, I know how intimidating it can be to apply for such accolades, but I would encourage women to continue to put themselves forward and celebrate their achievements.  It was wonderful to see so many entrants from across the region.

MBE outside FSB officeIan O’Donnell MBE, Owner of web Design company Real Point and National Councillor and Policy representative for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Coventry & Warwickshire

Great to see a wide range of differing and successful businesses and people represented in these awards, demonstrating the enterprising character of Coventry and Warwickshire. In judging, I was personally inspired by the stories I heard.”

PPaul Carvellaul Carvell, MD of the SFB Group and President of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce 

“I have been a panellist in the judging process of several other awards over the years and can categorically state that the quality of the finalists for the Woman Who Awards were one of the best I have had the privilege to be involved with.  It made judging all the more difficult!”

Emma Heathcote-James, Founder and MD of The Little Soap Company

Emma Heathcote-James“The interview day at Coombe Abbey was fantastic as was the Awards lunch in April – the energy in the room was palpable. Am so thrilled to be part of the judging team and really looking forward to the spin off events that will be taking place throughout the year such as Woman Who networks and other events.”

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