FAQs - Everything you need to know about entering
Who can enter the awards?
The Personnel Today Awards are open to entries from anyone involved in delivering excellence in people management, whether it comes directly from an employer, from a consultant or from supplier or agency.
The Awards will recognise the employer-client and the supplier, if one is involved, provided:
- The entry relates to one project or strategy from one supplier-client relationship;
- The supplier must have prior written permission from the client to submit the entry on their behalf;
- The supplier must provide contact details of an individual at their client with whom Personnel Today should liaise;
- The employer client must provide contact details of an individual at their supplier with whom Personnel Today should liaise.
Some categories are restricted to entries from employers only, others are only open to suppliers – please refer to a specific category’s entry criteria.
When is the entry deadline?
Entries close on Friday 19 June 2020 at 23:55.
It is the entrants responsibility to ensure that all entries are completed and fully uploaded to the site by this date.
Our offices close at 17:00, therefore no one will be available to assist you should you be uploading your entry after this time on the deadline day.
How do I enter?
All work should be entered using our online entry system.
1. Select the category you wish to enter.
(You can select additional categories from the drop down menu in the basket and the clicking the green +add button.)
2. You will then be redirected to a registration page for new users or login page for returning users
3. You will need to supply the following information for each category you enter:
- Company name
- Written statement (no more than 1200 words)
- Supporting material (optional)
- Supporting video link (optional) - these should be supplied as hosted links
- Image that represents the project - this will be used in the awards presentation if shortlisted
- Company logo - this will be used in the awards presentation if shortlisted
- Company website
- Twitter handle
It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure they have (written) permission from any owner of the supporting material they are wishing to upload.
- Literary works such as articles, stories, journals, or computer programs;
- Pictures and graphics;
- Audio-visual recordings such as movies;
- Sound recordings;
- PowerPoint presentations.
4. Once all mandatory fields have been answered you can proceed to payment. Here you should complete your companies billing address.
5. Once completed you will then be asked to select to pay via credit card or invoice.
Invoices will be emailed directly to the email address assigned to the login credentials. For credit card payments you will be redirected to an online payment page hosted by PayPal.
6. A confirmation email will be automatically emailed to the address assigned to the login credentials as soon as you complete your order. If this is not received check your junk mail folder and contact email@example.com
How much does it cost to enter?
Entries are charged at £210+VAT per entry per category.
Entries can be paid via credit card at the time of submission or you can select to pay by invoice.
Entries must be paid before judging commences in June. If we have not received payment for entries by this date you will be disqualified.
How do I pay for my entry?
Entries can be paid for by credit card or invoice at the time of submission.
You will be redirected to DVV Media International's payment page hosted by Paypal.
You do not need to set up a PayPal account, you simply submit credit card details.
Once completed you will receive a receipt from both PayPal and Personnel Today Awards. If you do not receive both, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not accept AMEX
Once you have selected the invoice option you will have the opportunity to input a Purchase Order Number if you have one.
If you have a purchase order number at a later date please email this to email@example.com who will assign this to your invoice and re-issue.
Invoices will be issued at the point of submission and emailed to the address assigned to the login credentials. It is the entrants responsibility to ensure that this is forwarded to their accounts team for payment.
Invoice terms are 30 days.
If you have not received the invoice from firstname.lastname@example.org, please check your junk mail and spam filters.
Is there a discount for the public sector?
Unfortunately this is not something that we are able to offer, apologies.
What categories are there?
Categories available to enter are:
Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
Business Sustainability Award
Change Management Award
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Employee Benefits Award
Employee Experience Award
Employer Branding Award
Employment Law Firm of the Year
Excellence in Public Service HR Award
Family Friendly Employer of the Year –New!
Graduate Scheme of the Year
Health and Wellbeing Award
HR Consultancy of the Year
HR Director of the Year
HR Impact Award
HR Team of the Year
HR Tech Provider of the Year –New!
HR Technology Award
Innovation in Recruitment Award
L&D Supplier of the Year –New!
L&D Team of the Year
Learning and Development Award
Resourcing Supplier of the Year –New!
Talent Management Award
You can find the criteria for each category in the entry guide.
Where do I find the entry criteria for each category?
What should I include in my written entry?
Entries must fulfil the definitions of the category in which they are entering (see Entry Guide for details).
Entry statement should be no more than 1200 words.
In most categories, entrants are requested to provide clear responses under three headings:
- The challenge – An outline of what the organisation hoped to achieve.
- The solution – Describe what the organisation/individual did to achieve this
- Benefits to the organisation – Highlight the benefits for the company – financial, motivational, etc.
The entry should show examples of the following criteria:
- Innovation and achievement
- Effective use of resources
- HR’s contribution to the business
All work should be entered using our online entry system.
If you are providing a video, files should not be uploaded but hosted and links provided (eg: hosted on a company website; vimeo; YouTube.)
A high-resolution version of your company logo and a supporting picture should be uploaded at the point of submission. These will be used in the awards presentation if your entry is shortlisted.
What is the word count?
Your entry statement should be no more than 1200 words.
What do I put in the image upload section?
A high-resolution version of your company logo and a supporting picture should be uploaded at this point of your submission. These will be used in the awards presentation if your entry is shortlisted.
If I start an entry can I go back to it at a later date?
Yes, please press the “Save for Later” button which will then move your incomplete entry into your “Saved Items”.
When you are ready to submit you can log back in, go to your saved items tab to make any necessary changes before selecting the “Move to Basket” button which will allow you to complete your transaction.
Can I edit my entry after I have submitted it?
Yes, as long as it is before the final entry deadline of 23:55 on 19 June 2020.
If you log back in your entry will be held under the Awards > Nominations section. You will then be able to select the “edit” button and make necessary changes. Please be sure to press save.
After 23:55 on 19 June 2020 no further changes can be made.
Our offices close at 17:00, therefore no one will be available to assist you should you be uploading your entry or editing it after this time on the deadline day.
How do I add multiple files to my entry?
You will need to collate all of the documents, photos or PDFs you wish to enter into one folder and convert this to a .zip file.
You can do so by right clicking on the relevant folder, going down on the menu to the “Send to” option and then click Compressed (zipped folder).
The maximum file size we can accept is 5MB per file and 40MB per folder. To reduce the folder size you may wish to convert individual documents within a folder to PDF if appropriate.
How will my entry be judged?
Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts drawn from the HR industry selected by Personnel Today.
Decisions of the judges will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
If an entry is deemed more appropriate for another category, Personnel Today Awards reserve the right to move this without notifying the entrant in advance.
I have sensitive information in my entry how will it be used?
We ask all of our judges to sign a confidentiality agreement before we allow them to begin the judging process and review any entries.
Any confidential or sensitive information included in your entry must be clearly marked.
Winners of the awards will have an overview of their entry published on www.personneltoday.com. Any information that shouldn’t be included should be clearly marked within your entry.
When will I know if I've been shortlisted?
You will be informed via email if your entry has been shortlisted in July.
As a shortlisted company you will also be able to download a finalist logo and social media post.
FAQs - everything you need to know about attending
When and where is the Award Ceremony?
The 22nd Personnel Today Awards will be held on Thursday 26 November 2020 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, W1K 7TN
How much does it cost to attend the Personnel Today Awards?
Gold Table of 10 - £3500 + VAT
Includes arrival drinks reception, 3 course gala dinner, half a bottle of wine per person, access to awards presentation and after-party. Tables will be positioned in the first 3 rows.
Table of 10 - £3150 + VAT
Includes arrival drinks reception, 3 course gala dinner, half a bottle of wine per person, access to awards presentation and after-party.
Individual seats - £320 + VAT
Includes arrival drinks reception, 3 course gala dinner, half a bottle of wine, access to awards presentation and after-party.
Companies that book individual spaces will be seated with other companies who have opted to book these.
Do you issue tickets for the event?
Yes, tickets will be posted to you 6 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. An e-ticket can also be provided.
Do shortlisted companies receive a free/discounted ticket to the awards?
Unfortunately this is not something we offer, apologies.
Where do I submit my guests details?
What time should I arrive?
19.00 – Drinks Reception
19.30 – Call for Dinner
20.00 – Dinner
21.45 – Awards commence
23.00 – Disco & cash bar
01.30 – Bars close
02.00 – Carriages
What is the dress code?
The dress code is black tie.
How can I order additional drinks?
Tickets include half a bottle of wine per person and additional drinks can be ordered on the night from the wine waiters.
If you would like to pre order additional drinks in advance the Grosvenor House will issue you a link to their drinks portal where this can be done online.
Links will be emailed out six weeks prior to the award ceremony.
Will there be filming and photography at your events?
Photographs and video will be taken at this event.
By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for visual presentation or social media or marketing purposes relating to the event or future events organised by DVV Media International Ltd.
By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use of these materials.
Can I cancel my Individual Seat or Table Booking?
In line with our Terms and Conditions cancellations must be made in writing to the registration contact at the address below. If you cancel on or before 16 October 2020 we will refund your booking fee less an administrative charge of 15%.
If you cancel after 16 October 2020 no refund will be given. If the event is cancelled all paid booking fees will be refunded.
We do not, however, accept liability for travelling, accommodation or any other expenses incurred as a result of any cancellation or postponement of the event.