Awards FAQ

Who can enter?

The Awards are open to all current paid up members of the Trade Association Forum. Members may submit more than one entry in any category and also may enter the same initiative for more than one category.

Entry submission date:

All submissions must be entered by 5.00pm Friday, 11th April 2014.

How to enter?

Step 1
Decide which categories you wish to enter. Remember you can enter as many awards as you like and you may enter more than one project/activity in each category. Please note, that there is a charge of £45 + VAT for each award category entered. This charge does not apply to the Special Awards.

Step 2
There are set criteria for each separate award. Please ensure that the criteria are adhered to in order to ensure you qualify for entry.

Step 3
Complete the online entry form for each submission and ensure that you submit all of the necessary supporting documentation in line with the criteria for each category.

Step 4
Any enquiries should be directed to the organisers:

Jocelyn Rudnick
Events and Sponsorship
Trade Association Forum
jrudnick@taforum.org

Eligibility

The Awards are open to all members of the Trade Association Forum. Please note that your subscription must have been paid in order for your organisation to qualify for entry.

Publicity

The names of trade associations that have submitted entries for the Awards may be published in lists of entrants, Finalists or Winners on the Forum website and elsewhere as deemed appropriate.

Images submitted as part of entries, including photos, document covers, web pages, etc, may be used in connection with the Awards presentation and Judges' reports and must be declared free from copyright or other restrictions in connection with reproduction.

Data Protection

Data collected with entries will be stored in a database and may be used in future to send out information that the Forum feels may be of interest to members. By taking part in the awards you are agreeing to this.

Confidentiality

The Forum recognises that some information submitted in support of entries may be of a sensitive or confidential nature.

The Forum undertakes to try and ensure that, where information is indicated to be confidential, that confidentiality will be respected and maintained in both the judging process and in any resulting publicity.

Please note that Award entries, together with supporting documentation may be made available for viewing by other associations. If you wish to keep information confidential (e.g. financial information), please submit it on a separate sheet of paper, so that it can be detached and type 'Confidential' at the top of the document.

Method of Judging

The judging will be in two parts:

  1. A sifting stage to select the Awards Finalists.
  2. Final judging to select the Winner in each category.

There will be one winning submission per category.

The Judges will take into consideration the merit of the entries and the extent to which the entries meet the awards criteria. The Judges will recognise that smaller associations may not have the resources of larger associations.

Consideration will be given to how generally applicable each entry is to the wider TA world and other associations.

The Judges reserve the right to withhold awards where entries are deemed to be of insufficient merit.

The decision of the Judging panel is final. No correspondence will be entered into. The Judges reserve the right to move an entry from one Category to another.

If you would like to take part in the sifting process please contact the Forum.

Announcement and Presentation

The award Winners will be announced at the Annual Awards and Networking Dinner due to be held at St George's Hall, Liverpool on Thursday, 10th July 2014.

No information regarding the Winners will be given out prior to the event. The Winners in each category will receive an Award trophy and a Certificate. All finalists will receive a Certificate.

Results will be recorded in a Post Event Report and displayed on the Trade Association Forum website.