Nominations for the Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020 are now closed.
Nominations for the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2021 in London will open in January.
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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
Business Leader of the Year
A leader of an organisation, or a leader of a department or division within one, 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
Employer of the Year
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
Ex-Forces Initiative of the Year
Innovator of the Year
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.
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
Reservist of the Year
Rising Star of the Year
Role Model of the Year
Service Leaver of the Year
SME Leader of the Year
A leader of a small or medium-sized organisation, or a leader of a significant department/division within one, 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.