The Awards are judged purely on the information you submit in your application, so it’s really important to make it count. But what makes a winning application? Here are some of our top tips to get you started:

Start with the criteria and end with the criteria

Each individual award has its own specific criteria so read these carefully to make sure you've addressed each one. Your application will be judged, scored and ranked against the category specific criteria so ignore this at your peril!

Know your audience

Our judges have to look at a lot of applications so make sure your key points are clear and stand out. If you’ve got a lot of things to get across don’t be afraid to use bullet points, lists or even diagrams.

Prove it

Back up your claims with evidence and detail. Be sure to support impact statements with examples – use statistics, case studies, stories, testimonials and feedback to make your application stand out and engage the panel. 

Don't leave it until the last minute!

We know this is easier said than done when you’ve got a million other pressing things to get done. But plan ahead, give yourself time to gather the information you need and spend those extra few minutes double checking what you’ve written against the relevant category criteria. That being said, if you haven't already, get started soon as applications close next Friday 6 July.

If you know another inspiring social enterprise who you think should go in the running for an award then encourage them to apply or nominate themClick here for the full list of categories and for how to apply online.