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How to improve your entry: Enterprise Promotion

Hushpreet Dhaliwal.
Hushpreet Dhaliwal who nominated winner Timothy Barnes in 2014.

So, over the last few weeks we’ve offered you video advice on completing entries for the business categories of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – that is, Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development.

Now to the award for individuals – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. With only 2 weeks to go until the 2015 Awards close to entries, we have some excellent advice for you from Hushpreet Dhaliwal. Hushpreet successfully nominated one of the winners of last year's Enterprise Promotion Award, so her insights are definitely worth noting – watch the video below.

Don’t forget that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the awards, so winning in this special year would really be something. As Hushpreet says, it’s so important that you start your entry right away because you will need to gather various pieces of information in order to put forward the very best nomination you can.

The closing date is 30 September, so time really is beginning to run out…

Transcript

Hi. I'm Hushpreet and last year I successfully completed a nomination for the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

I wanted to share a few tips and tricks with regards to this application.

So just a few things...

We're a couple of weeks away from the deadline, so now is the time to get started.

The second thing is that this is an online form only... I saved a PDF of it, so that I could share this with the individuals I worked on the nomination with. So save a copy. Save a hard copy on your desktop... But remember it's an online application form.

So there's 2 pieces of advice I'd offer.

We are only a few weeks away so get started now - that's the first thing - get started early. Don't leave it a couple of days before, because you do need to collect background information, and you do need to get letters of support. And that's easily done when you give people a couple of weeks, but often if you give them only a day or so that becomes really tough. So start early!

The second thing is to make sure you ask for help. You're not expected to know an individual's complete CV and achievements, but you can find that out if you ask their friends, family, colleagues etc. But remember you can't let them know. This is meant to be a surprise, so you're meant to be asking individuals that they've worked with.

So keep those 2 things in mind:

  • start early; and
  • ask for help and support ahead of time

You've got a couple of weeks to go.

Good luck with your nominations and we're looking for to receiving them.


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