What to do – register first
Register your unique user account for 2019. All entries must be received using the website so you need an account for your business. Note: even if you have entered in previous years you will need to re-register for this year’s event. Go to www.iwchamberawards.co.uk to set up your new user account.
Log in and click on the entry forms
Each category has its own individual application form. Log in to the website and download the application form(s) that you require. Each document begins with a “Insert Business Name” prefix. Rename the document so that the file name now begins with your own business name.
Write your entry
Fill out the entry form, paying attention to the questions and the wordcount. All entries must be received using the entry form. Please don’t create your own document or format.
Submit your entry
When you’ve finished, upload your finished document along with any other supporting materials using the “submit new entry” section of the website. All entries must be received via the website and not via email. We will acknowledge receipt of your entry within a working day. It’s free to enter for your first two categories; subsequent entries will be charged for.
The list of nominees for each category will be published online first at iwchamber.co.uk early in September at a pre-advertised date and time. Shortlisted businesses will subsequently be contacted directly.
Got a question?
Try our FAQ below.
Can I enter for an award?
Yes. Your business must be based on the Island and must have completed your first full year of trading.
Is it free to enter?
Yes. Any business can enter in two categories for free. Subsequent entries will be charged at £100 plus VAT per entry for IW Chamber members or £150 plus VAT for non-members.
Do I have to be a Chamber member?
No. The awards are open to any Island based business.
When do the awards open?
Entry criteria and application forms will be available from Monday 20th May 2019.
What is the closing date?
Entries must be submitted by 5pm on 31st July 2019.
Will this closing date be extended?
No. This date and time are final and any entries received after this time will not be included.
What time period should my entry cover?
The awards time frame begins on January 1st 2018 and ends on the date of submission (ie 31st July at the latest). Entries should reflect activity within this time frame although year on year and historical comparisons can be included to show growth and scale.
My business is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Will that help me win an award?
Your award entry will be judged on your activity within the time frame of the awards not the lifetime of your business.
Can I email or post my entry?
No. All entries must be submitted using the online entry form.
When will the nominations be announced?
The shortlist will be announced in early September. The list will be unveiled at www.iwchamber.co.uk and the announcement will be advertised in advance.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced and presented with their award at the ceremony at Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday 18th October 2019.
Will you acknowledge receipt of my entry?
We will aim to acknowledge receipt of your submission within one working day.
Who are the judges and who will see my entry?
The judging panel is comprised of impartial business experts. Some are Island based, others on the mainland and some are internationally based. Your business will be judged wholly on your entry and the information that you provide. Your entry will be treated in confidence.
What about additional material?
The judges will make their decisions based on your written entry. You can supply additional photos or brief documents where you feel it to be appropriate. You can include website links within your entry and this can include links to video material (eg Youtube). All external material should be hosted for the duration of the judging process, as part of your own website or with a provider such as Dropbox. Please do not send externally hosted material with a time expiry date eg WeTransfer.
How is the shortlist put together?
The judging panel will assess all valid entries. Submissions that are incomplete or exceed the word limit or any other entry requirements will not be judged. Shortlists for each category and the number of nominations will reflect the quality of submissions within each individual category. The judge’s decision is final.
Can I receive feedback on my entry?
Judges feedback will be available on request after the awards ceremony on the 18th of October.
Can I get help with my entry?
The strongest advice we can give you is to read the entry requirements for each category thoroughly and supply the evidence required. Remember that the judges may have no prior knowledge of your business or your activity. This is your opportunity to tell your story and show them, with evidence, what makes your business so exceptional.
The Chamber will be running two “So you want to win an IW Chamber Award” sessions with Dale Howarth on Monday 10th June at the IW Chamber Office. To book places please visit the events page.