Entering is free & easy. Once you are ready to submit your entry online (wordcount for submissions is 2,000 word) simply click on CATEGORIES and select the category you would like to enter then review the category overview and criteria. Then click Start your entry and fill out your details.

To upload a nomination, simply choose your file in a pdf format (no larger than 40MB), find your file and attach your nomination.

Please note, you cannot go in and save your submission. Uploading your submission should only happen once you are ready to send it.

  • Once your submission has uploaded to our system you will receive an automated email confirming your nomination has been successfully received. If not please contact (0207 973 4682) who can check to see if your nomination has gone through.

The closing date for submissions is 11:55pm on 4 February 2022.

The judging process

All nominations will be shortlisted by a panel of at least 3 judges industry specific for that category, see the judges tab to see who. Judges have 4 weeks to agree on a shortlist of 6-8 local authorities plus any they would like to commend.

If you have been short listed you may be invited for a interview between March – May where you will be given the opportunity to give a 15 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. One winner and any highly commended are decided at this stage.

Rules and guidelines

Entries are welcome from all local authorities across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Applicants may enter more than one category. 

Nominations can be made online and must be around 2,000 words to be considered by the judges.

Entries can exceed or go below the word limit by around 10%. Each entry needs to describe the achievement and in particular support their entry with proof of its success and customer feedback.

A brief summary of up to 100 words can accompany each entry. A separate text box is available to enter this summary. You must adhere to your individual category criteria addressing each of the key evidence points that the judges are looking for. 

General criteria for submissions

The judges will be looking for the following from submissions:

  • Innovation
  • Imagination and ambition
  • Evidence of a good clear strategy for the project or policy
  • Evidence of good management
  • Evidence the strategy was clearly communicated to staff and other stakeholders
  • Value for money
  • Supporting evidence that the project/policy has made a difference to customers
  • Evidence it has achieved or is well on the way to achieving what it set out to do

Submissions should include descriptions of how the project or policy came into being, how it fits in with the overall strategy of the authority and how it has been shown to enhance service provision.

Please bear in mind that supporting documentation may not always be taken into consideration on top of the main submission at Stage 1.

Entering is free and can be made online at the CATEGORIES section.

The submissions closing date is 11:55pm on 4 February 2022.