Each entry will be assessed through a three-staged process:
Stage 1: Due diligence
Once we’ve received your completed entry form, it will go through a due diligence process, where we will check that the information meets the award criteria. We will also check the three years of financial statements that you are required to send with your entry. If your business is less than three years old, we would need the relevant documents since its creation. Financial statements are not initially required for the Innovative idea category, but you may be asked to submit supporting documentation for your entry.
If your application does not demonstrate that you have met the award criteria, you may be eliminated from further stages in the assessment and judging processes.
Stage 2: Assessment process
Once your application has successfully gone through the due diligence process, two members of the awards assessment team will carry out a site visit to your company’s premises. This visit will be approximately two hours in length and will be an opportunity for the assessors to gain a deeper understanding of your initiative and meet the key employees (including members of the finance team) involved in the project. The purpose of these visits is not to attend any formal presentations.
In some instances, assessments for the international entries will take place via audio or video conference calls.
All assessments have to take place between 5 June and 28 July. The finalists for the 2017 awards will be announced in the week commencing Monday 7 August.
Entrants in the Innovative idea category will be assessed via video or audio conference calls. The entry deadline for this category will be Friday 1 September 2017. The assessment meetings will take place the week commencing Monday 11 September.
Stage 3: Judging process
We will invite finalists to give a formal presentation to a panel of judges in London on Friday 8 September. International finalists unable to travel to London will be invited to present via video conference call.
Finalists in the Innovative idea category will be judged at the awards ceremony in front of the audience and a panel of judges on Thursday 12 October.
Awards finalists are entitled to two complimentary places to attend the invitation-only awards ceremony. Winners will be announced at the evening event in London on Thursday 12 October.
Winners will be invited to attend video interviews at Deloitte’s offices in London on Friday 13 October.
Awards key dates