Awards FAQ

Who can enter?

The Awards are open to all current paid up members of the Trade Association Forum. You may submit more than one entry in any given category and may also enter the same initiative for more than one category.

Entry submission date:

All entries must be submitted by 5.00pm Tuesday, 17th April 2018.

How to enter?

Step 1

Decide which categories you wish to enter. Remember you can enter as many awards as you like and you may enter more than one project/activity in each category. Please note, that there is a charge of for each entry for each award category entered.

Step 2

There are set criteria for each separate award. Please ensure that the criteria are adhered to in order to ensure you fully qualify for entry and secure the best chances for success.

Step 3

Complete the online entry form for each submission and ensure that you submit all of the necessary supporting documentation in line with the criteria for each category.  If you are unable to do so, please state clearly why this is the case.

Step 4

Any enquiries should be directed to the organisers:

Emma Marriott

Events and Sponsorship Manager

Trade Association Forum Ltd


Rules for Entry


The Awards are open to all members of the Trade Association Forum.  Please note that your subscription MUST be paid up-to-date in order for your organisation to qualify for entry.  Failure to adhere to this will result in your entry being disqualified. No refunds for entries will be given under these conditions.

Submission statements together with supporting evidential documentation must be submitted before the published closing date for the Awards in order to be considered.

Unless otherwise stated, all documentation submitted should be in electronic format, except in the case where hard copies are necessary to demonstrate the quality of the entry.  Where hard copies are submitted, a minimum of eight copies should be sent to the organisers, clearly labelled with the Award Category.


The names of trade associations that have submitted entries for the Awards may be published in lists of entrants, Finalists or Winners on the Forum website and elsewhere as deemed appropriate.

Images submitted as part of entries, including photos, document covers, web pages, etc, may be used in connection with the Awards presentation and Judges' reports and must be declared free from copyright or other restrictions in connection with reproduction.

Data Protection

Data collected with entries will be stored in a database and may be used in future to send out information that the Forum feels may be of interest to members. By taking part in the Awards you are agreeing to this.


The Forum recognises that some information submitted in support of entries may be of a sensitive or confidential nature.

The Forum undertakes to try and ensure that, where information is indicated to be confidential, that confidentiality will be respected and maintained in both the judging process and in any resulting publicity.

Please note that Award entries, together with supporting documentation may be made available for viewing by other associations. If you wish to keep information confidential (e.g. financial information), please submit it on a separate sheet of paper, so that it can be detached and type 'Confidential' at the top of the document.

Method of Judging

The judging process will be in two parts:

  1. A sifting stage to select the Awards Finalists. The sifting panel will comprise of impartial volunteers from the Forum's membership together with a chosen expert for each category.
  2. A Final Judging Panel will meet to select a winner for each category of Award. This Panel will comprise of independent judges from the industry and Civil Service.

There will be one winning submission per category.

The Judges will take into consideration the merit of the entries and the extent to which the entries meet the awards criteria as well as the quality of the supporting documentation submitted. The Judges will also recognise that smaller associations may not necessarily have the resources of larger associations.

Consideration will be given to how generally applicable each entry is to the wider TA world and other associations.

The Judges reserve the right to withhold awards where entries are deemed to be of insufficient merit.

The decision of the Judges is final.  No correspondence will be entered into. The Judges reserve the right to move an entry from one Category to another.

If you would like to take part in the sifting process please contact

Announcement and Presentation

The Award Winners will be announced at the Annual Awards and Networking Dinner due to be held at Drapers Hall, London on Tuesday, 10th July 2018.

No information regarding the Winners will be given out prior to the event. The Winners in each category will receive an Award trophy and a Certificate.  All finalists will also receive a Certificate.

Results will be recorded in a Post Event Report and displayed on the Trade Association Forum website.