Entries close February 16th!
Open to specific teams in any claims department or section of an FSA authorised insurer, Lloyd's syndicate, broker with significant delegated claims authority, public authority claims department or self-insured corporate. All categories are open to those from operational and technical areas.
Entries for some categories are now also open to services providers, including loss adjusters, law firms or technology vendors.
You should read carefully the entry criteria for the categories you are interested in and ensure that you are entering the most appropriate categories.
Some categories are open to individuals, others to departments/teams. You may enter more than one project, programme or individual in a category but you need to make it clear precisely who or what part of the company is being nominated.
Covering Statement - and evidence
Your 100 word "why we deserve to win..." declaration and the 250-word statements represent your entry.
These can, by all means, refer to background material (see below) that has been included but remember to keep to a simple formula of statement first, background second.
Remember, the declaration and statements will be what the judges initially see, so they must, "tell the story". The weakest part of many entries in previous years has been the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the achievement is significant or innovative.
The judges are harsh on entries that do not include a clear statement of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached.
Sometimes, for example with training, the targets may be to match externally set standards. If so, these should be stated with an indication of how achievement of those targets has been measured. In other categories, business growth may be the target: again, this should be clear and the achievement of it demonstrated in measurable terms.
When entering "of the year" categories, the judges are expecting to review projects that have come to fruition (i.e.with measurable results) over the previous 12-18 months. All the information contained in the entries and marked confidential will remain so, and will not be released without the permission of the entrant.
Any entries which do not use the standard entry form and submit a designed PDF as a substitute or in lieu of it will be disqualified.
Supporting evidence - which may include designed PDFs - is certainly allowed (see below), but in name of fairness and equality all entries must initially stick to using the entry form and include any supplementary information including charts, graphs, photos and info-boxes in the supporting material NOT the declaration or statement.
The Judges like to have relevant supporting material. But the most important point to focus on when preparing any background material and supporting evidence is that it is quality and relevance that matter, not quantity.
So if a marketing campaign's success is being partially judged on the media coverage it achieved, include links to examples of that coverage.
Research documents, customer brochures, staff newsletters and training manuals all help demonstrate to the judges in a practical way what the entrant has achieved and should be included where relevant.
The panel of judges will also review relevant websites so full addresses and access codes should be provided.
But superfluous documents and PDFs which add nothing will more than likely harm the chances of a submission, rather than support it, and are not advised. Also in order to focus your mind on which supporting evidence is most relevant there is a limit of 3 attachments as a maximum to what can be included.