How to be a winner: Tips for entering the Future Manufacturing Awards

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You’ve worked hard to create an innovative program at your organisation.

You want your efforts validated by the Future Manufacturing Awards to impress your colleagues, other businesses and the media. You’re just not sure how best to tell your story in the entry form.

With the deadline for entries fast approaching on August 17 for business awards and August 5 for apprentice awards (both dates extended from the July 31 due to popular demand), we’ve talked to the judges and compiled their insights on what makes an award-winning entry:

Tell a Compelling Story

Don’t just explain the basics of a particular program or initiative – tell the judges why the program was developed and how positive results were realised (with specific statistics or examples whenever possible). Bring your initiative to life by compelling storytelling, and don’t be afraid to brag a bit.

Enter More Than One Category

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You may find your story is applicable in more than one award category. For instance, if you have changed the way your production line works to make it more efficient, this may have resulted in growth. Then submit in the Business Growth and the Business Efficiency categories to double the odds of winning. You might as well – entering is free!

Complete the Forms When You Want

Simply download the forms from the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards site and save them to your computer so you can easily complete the forms at your leisure (which is so much better than feeling the pressure of an online submission form!). It won’t take long – there’s a 2,300 word max for business entries and 2,000 work max for apprentice entries.

Don’t Forget Apprentices

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Did you know there are awards for individual apprentices as well as your business initiatives? You can enter up to six apprentices per company, per site for each award. Read our top tips for apprentices for more advice.

Reuse and Recycle

Entered the Future Manufacturing Awards in a past year, but didn’t win? Try again. Add in some new facts and figures based on recent progress, and see if this is the year you come home a winner.

Back it Up, Visually

A picture – or graph – can tell a thousand words. You’re allowed up to five attachments, such as graphs, photos and tables, to accompany your entry. Just be sure you refer to these in your entry form so judges know how to interpret them in the context of your story.

 

The bottom line is: take the plunge. Many of our past winners were unsure if they should enter, but were so glad they did when they took home an award. We know the manufacturing industry has amazing stories to tell, and we look forward to hearing about and celebrating them. So get started on your entries!

Also see: Our blog on why you should enter the Future Manufacturing Awards.

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