NOMINATE

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TIMELINE

NOMINATIONS FOR THE BRITISH EX-FORCES IN BUSINESS AWARDS 2020 ARE NOW OPEN

12 December 2019: Nominations close

1 February 2020: Nominees notified before this date whether they have been shortlisted

2 April 2020: Judging Day, The Savoy

6 April 2020: Shortlist publicly announced

20 May 2020: British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London

GUIDELINES

The winners are decided by the judges based on the information provided in the written submissions. The submissions that explain why the nominee should win in the most detail, within the word limit of 1,000 words, will stand the best chance. They should detail individual achievements and contributions to success, and where possible include quantitative information, such as revenues, profits, margins, cost savings, efficiency gains, productivity gains, returns on investment, customer wins or anything else that demonstrates that individual’s contributions to a business. Testimonials from colleagues, partners or customers can also enhance a nomination. Please note, any information marked as confidential will remain as such. The judges will refer to the criteria of each award (listed below) when judging it, so nominations should adhere to this closely. Submissions that are less than 550 words in length will not be considered. There is no cost to nominate. The editorial and judging teams reserve the right to move submissions to different categories should they be better suited. Good luck!

Advocate of the Year
An organisation or individual that has demonstrated a great desire to support service leavers through their resettlement and into a new career in the last 18 months, or acted as a strong advocate for what ex-forces personnel or reservists can bring to business. The judges will examine specific efforts in this area, as well as ex-forces initiatives and the overall impact of these efforts. 
Business Leader of the Year
A leader of an organisation, or a leader of a department or division within a large organisation, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at the progress and growth of the organisation, or the relevant department within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their leadership and through their own individual achievements.
Champion of Women Award
With women often less recognised and represented than their male counterparts both in business and the armed forces, this important category recognises former servicewomen who have committed themselves to being a role model or mentor to other female service leavers and/or women in business, or who have demonstrated strong commitment to advocating, promoting and supporting gender diversity in the military and/or business. It could also be former servicewomen who have inspired others because of gender biases or discrimination they have had to overcome in either their military or business career. The judges will assess the overall impact of their efforts in advancing gender diversity and/or empowering other women to succeed and overcome barriers.
Employer of the Year
An organisation that has demonstrated a great desire to attract, retain and support ex-forces personnel. Judges will look at the employer’s overall commitment to the ex-forces community in the last 18 months, including its efforts to recruit them, support them in their resettlement and help them grow through the organisation, as well as examples of recognising and promoting the skills of military service leavers and supporting reservists.
Engineering Excellence Award

There is significant overlap between the engineering skills developed by servicemen and women in the military and those required in the business world. This award recognises ex-forces personnel who have carved out a successful second career and created excellent results for their employer by combining the technical knowledge, problem-solving skills and logical thinking of great engineers with their military-gained values.

Entrepreneur of the Year
This category is for service leavers who have taken the bold step of starting their own business. The judges will assess the growth of the company since it was launched by the candidate, as well as results in the last 18 months. They will examine the candidate’s leadership and strategy, standout achievements and customer testimonials, as well as the actual performance of the company (turnover, profit, employees etc.).
Ex-Forces Initiative of the Year
This category recognises a specific programme, network or initiative designed to support veterans, service leavers or the wider ex-forces community in the workplace. It could also be a company or organisation whose whole mission or business objective is linked to supporting this community. The judges will assess the overall impact of the initiative.
Innovator of the Year
A service leaver who has demonstrated outstanding innovation or vision that has contributed to an organisation’s or other people’s success or helped to disrupt a business or industry. This could be innovation on an operational or project level within an organisation or something that has impacted other people or organisations in the form of a new product or idea. Judges will examine how innovative and visionary the leader has been by looking at individual achievements and how they’ve changed the way something is consumed or done.
Inspiration of the Year

A service leaver who has overcome adversity – during their military service, during their transition to civilian life or since he or she started a new career – to ultimately achieve success in the business world, or inspired other service leavers through their commitment, dedication and support. Could also be a veteran in business who has inspired others through exceptional behaviour, conduct or perseverance.

Lifetime Achievement
This category looks at the achievements of service leavers throughout their whole career, both in the military and their accomplishments after leaving the military. The judges will look at each candidate’s contributions to defending British freedom during their time in the forces, as well as what they have contributed to British life, society and the economy through their achievements since leaving the forces.
Military Partner of the Year

Spouses and partners are a crucial part of the Armed Forces community, building and maintaining a home life while their serving partners are deployed domestically or internationally. This award recognises the business achievements of military spouses, recognising their career commitments and advancements amidst the uncertainty and transiency that can come with having a partner in the forces. The judges will assess the business accomplishments of the military spouse, the challenges they have overcome in advancing their career while supporting their partner, and how they have channelled the strong values and attributes common in military partners into role to the benefit of their employer.

Military Values in Business Award

This award recognises a former serviceman or woman, or a military partner, who has created successful business results and advanced their career by exhibiting and applying military virtues and values to their role and activities. The judges will want to see specific examples of how military values and ethos, honed during the applicant’s time in the armed forces or as a military partner, were deployed in business scenarios to strong effect, generating results that were tangible for the organisation or praised and recognised by others for the positive effect they had.

New Service Leaver of the Year

This category recognises ex-forces personnel who left the military less than three years ago and, through an effective transition, are already achieving great things in a second career. The judges will examine standout achievements since the candidates left the forces, including demonstrations of leadership or innovation, contributions to successful projects, and examples or testimonials that highlight the business potential and promise they have shown.

Outstanding Achiever of the Year
This category recognises an outstanding business achievement (or achievements) in the last 18 months from somebody who used to serve in the forces. This could be somebody who has demonstrated outstanding commercial results, transformed an organisation or culture, significantly improved the way an organisation is run, achieved something outstanding for the ex-forces community, or inspired others to achieve.
Reservist of the Year
This category recognises the importance of British reservists by recognising those who have demonstrated excellent achievements in their career while also dedicating themselves to the commitments required of the Reserve Forces. Judges will assess each candidate’s business achievements in the last 18 months – including demonstrations of leadership or innovation, contributions to successful projects, and examples or testimonials that highlight their capabilities – as well as how they have acted as a strong ambassador for the British Armed Forces and committed themselves as a reservist. 
Rising Star of the Year
A former serviceman or woman who began a post-military career in the last six years and has progressed quickly through an organisation or industry, demonstrating strong business results and leadership. The judges will examine each candidate’s accomplishments and progression since leaving the forces, with a particular emphasis on achievements in the last 18 months.
Role Model of the Year
A former serviceman or woman who has not only transitioned successfully to the business world but has been a strong and effective role model to other service leavers in the last 18 months. The judges will examine each candidate’s commitment to supporting other service leavers through specific examples of how they’ve acted as a role model, as well as demonstrations of their own leadership and business success.
Service Leaver of the Year
This category looks at ex-forces personnel at all stages of their career to pinpoint an overall service leaver of the year. The judges will examine achievements in the last 18 months of each candidate’s career, looking at demonstrations of business excellence and leadership, examples of being a role model to others, as well as efforts to support or represent the ex-forces community as a whole, either as an ambassador or by actively trying to bridge the gap between the armed forces and the business world.
Team Leader of the Year
A team leader within an organisation who has demonstrated outstanding team leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at the progress and growth of the organisation, or the relevant team within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their team leadership and through their own individual achievements.
Young Leader of the Year
A leader of an organisation, or a leader of a department, team or division within a large organisation, under the age of 40, who has progressed rapidly into a senior management role and demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at each candidate’s professional growth as well as the growth of their organisation, or the relevant part within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their leadership and through their own individual achievements.

TIMELINE

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE SCOTTISH EX-FORCES IN BUSINESS AWARDS 2019

2 August 2019: Nominations close

1 September 2019: Nominees notified before this date whether they have been shortlisted

23 October 2019: Judging Day, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

28 October 2019: Shortlist publicly announced

3 December 2019: Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

Nominations for the Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020 in London will open in June 2020.
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