Awards - Frequently Asked Questions

Your awards questions, answered

We’ve answered the most common questions about the BCI Awards here. Can’t find the answer? Get in touch.

Who can make a nomination?

The awards are open to anyone who meets the criteria of the related category.

Is there any cost to enter?

No – it’s completely free to enter the BCI Awards.

Can I nominate myself or my own company?

We accept self-nominated and third party entries for both organizations and individuals.

How many submissions can be made for the same individual or organization?

There are no limits to how many unique submissions can be made by an individual or organization as long as they meet the eligibility requirements for the category / region.

Which region’s awards should I enter?

•    There are seven BCI regions (Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, India, Middle East, and North America) 
•    For an individual they must live, work or be responsible for a region that they wish to enter. For an organisation they must have a registered office or be able to demonstrate (as part of the submission) customers or activity in that region.

Can I enter the Global Awards without entering a Regional Awards?

No, you must enter the appropriate regional award.

How do I enter?

Easy – just select your region and category, then complete the online application form. You’ll get an on-screen notification and an email to confirm we’ve received your entry.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, you can enter as many categories as you want. Just make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for each category before submitting.

The only exception is for companies in the BCI Hall of Fame – you cannot enter the category for which you received your Hall of Fame induction.

Can I enter for more than one region?

You are permitted to enter unique submissions for different regions provided your entry meets the qualifying criteria.

What’s required for references?

References/testimonials, a formal statement supporting the submitted nomination, we will not accept simply, a name, email address and telephone number. References/testimonials are accepted from: stakeholders, clients, colleagues.  Submissions received without a reference may delay your submission being scored or result in your submission being rejected.

What format should attachments be?

Please make sure than any relevant supporting documents are provided in PDF or PowerPoint format only.

Is my submission confidential?

Yes – all awards submissions are treated as highly confidential. Only the BCI Awards team and judging panel will view them.

How are judges selected?

Judges are selected from a pool of experienced BCI members. Each one is asked to declare any interests they have such as former colleagues or employers so that the judging process is carried out fairly.

What happens after I submit?

Sit back and wait, in the meantime we will:

  • Review all submissions against the set criteria (if you’ve missed anything important, we’ll contact you to clarify)
  • Send all submissions to the judging panel for scoring
  • Finalise the scores
  • Let you know if you’ve been shortlisted
  • Announce the shortlists on the BCI website and social media channels
  • Announce the winners at the regional awards ceremonies

I am unable to attend the awards ceremony, what happens if I win?

If you have made the shortlist, the BCI will then make contact to find out if you are attending the awards ceremony. If you are unable to make the event, we will ask you to provide us with contact details of someone who could collect your award on your behalf if you win.

I am not a member of the BCI, can I vote for Industry Personality?

•    No. The regional nominations for Industry Personality are open to BCI members only. Details of how you can cast your vote are sent out via T-News, Social Media, and dedicated e-blasts. You can only vote once and for one candidate only. 
•    The global nominations are made up of individuals that have won the regional industry personality award. At this stage the winner is decided by a pool of judges with each region providing a judge.

How are the winners determined?

Each of the judges ranks the entries in order of preference and marks them out of 100. The winner will be the entry with most 1st places. If these are tied then 2nd places, 3rd places etc. will be taken into account. If they are still tied then the average score will be used to determine a winner. If they are still tied after this then the Head of Judges will have a casting vote.

A winner must achieve an average score of at least 50% of the marks available. In the event of no entry achieving this then no award will be made for that category.

Will I receive feedback from a submission?

No, feedback is not given on submissions.