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A completed entry will include:
1. Entry Form
2. 100 Word Company Profile
3. 100 Word Summary
4. 1000-2000 Word Submission
5. Company Logo
6. UK contact details
7. Customer endorsements (optional)

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ENTRY FORM
2017 WINNERS & SHORTLISTED

With the exception of the Global category, organisations entering the Awards must have an office in the UK. When nominating an individual (categories 1-6) your entry must include a large, high resolution photograph of the nominee.

1. Manager of the Year - sponsored by Sungard Availability Services
This award will be presented to the individual judged to have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the role of business continuity or resilience manager over the past year. Individuals will be judged on both their experience and understanding of business continuity and resilience issues. Entries should include a brief description of the company’s business continuity and resilience philosophy, together with the candidate’s involvement in its development and implementation; and an explanation of the innovative and creative ideas that have been used by the candidate to resolve problems within the organisation in establishing and developing an effective business continuity or resilience programme. Nominees should have at least five years’ industry experience. Enter here
2017 winner: Sean Deadman, Resilience Manager, Barclays 

2. Lifetime Achievement
This award will be presented to the individual judged to have demonstrated outstanding achievement within the business continuity/resilience arenas, and professional excellence over the course of a significant career in the industry. The entry should demonstrate the nominee’s high level of professional credibility, a considerable public relations profile, and a high level of respect within the industry in general. Nominees should have at least 20 years’ industry experience. Enter here
2017 winner: Mike Osborne

3. Student of the Year
The nominated individual should be taking, or have completed in the past five years, a professional course of study within the fields of business continuity/resilience, disaster recovery or crisis management. Students undertaking programmes in risk management where these include significant coverage of business continuity may also apply. Entries may be made either in the form of a written dissertation on industry trends or an abstract of a thesis concerning business continuity or related subjects. This category will be assessed through clarity of the arguments expressed, formal references given and innovative thought. In addition, the dissertation must show clear practical application and focus. This category is open to undergraduates and post-graduates from all academic and vocational institutions offering undergraduate, masters and diploma level qualifications. Entrants may be full or part-time students of universities or of professional institutes, and must provide an endorsement from an academic tutor. Enter here

4. Newcomer of the Year
This award is designed to honour the individual newest to business continuity and resilience. With the freshest ideas, this individual is recognised by his/her peers as bringing outstanding qualities and immense potential to the discipline. Entries should show evidence of the nominees’ application of originality and ingenuity, evidence of potential within the business continuity/resilience industry and an understanding of its wider impact within their organisation. Applicants might also consider submitting their views on the development of the profession. Nominees will have been in the industry for less than 24 months up to February 2018. Enter here
2017 winner: Timothy Dalby-Welsh, Senior Consultant, Needhams 1834 

5. Adviser of the Year
In judging this category, recognition will be given to consultants and advisers that excel in business continuity, resilience and operational risk management. Among the factors considered will be the use of creative ideas to resolve problems, innovation in the actual techniques used, the instigation of a resilience culture in the organisations worked with, the strengthening of relations between service suppliers, insurers and business continuity and resilience professionals. Applicants might also consider submitting their views on the development of the profession. The main entry should include details of the activities of the consultant or advisor, past successes and overall strategic philosophy. In addition to the main entry, nominees must include two customer endorsements of 200 words each. Enter here
2017 winner: Charlotte Thompson, Senior Manager, Regester Larkin by Deloitte

6. Public Service Manager of the Year - sponsored by Clearview
This award is for the individual judged to have demonstrated exceptional achievement in enhancing the resilience of a public sector organisation (including local authority or central government agencies, public-private partnerships and CPNI participants) over the past year. Individuals will be judged on both their experience and understanding of business continuity and resilience issues. Entries should include a brief description of the organisation’s business continuity and resilience philosophy, together with the candidate’s involvement in its development and implementation; and an explanation of the innovative and creative ideas that have been used by the candidate to overcome organisational and financial constraints to achieve goals. Enter here
2017 winner: Carl Mayfield, Risk & Business Continuity Officer, Milton Keynes Council

7. Team of the Year - sponsored by Daisy
This award aims to recognise the human capital of the business continuity/resilience department across the enterprise, including teams that cross geographies and disciplines. The award is designed to honour continuous development and the achievements of the team. Judges will be looking for evidence of excellence in teamwork and communication skills as well as the varied skills profile of the team. Entries will also demonstrate evidence of leadership by the team director. Enter here
2017 winner: Marks & Spencer

8. Specialist Company of the Year
Designed to acknowledge providers of business continuity/resilience/disaster recovery/crisis communications services/solutions, entries should detail products, services or projects undertaken and how success was achieved. Judges will award innovation and quality as well as customer service and satisfaction. In addition to the main entry, nominating companies must include two customer endorsements of 200 words each. Enter here
2017 winner: Harwell Restoration

9. Specialist Technology Company of the Year - NEW CATEGORY
Designed to acknowledge providers of business continuity/resilience/disaster recovery/crisis communications services/solutions, entries should detail products, services or projects undertaken and how success has been achieved over the past judging year. The panel will award innovation and quality as well as customer service and satisfaction. In addition to the main entry, nominating companies must include two customer endorsements of 200 words each.  Enter here

10. Most Effective Recovery of the Year
This award will be given to the company, or individual responsible for achieving the most effective business recovery in the face of adversity over the past year. Examples could include IT and telecom outages, cyber attack or data breach, flood or other adverse weather event, fire, supply chain incident, physical security incident, health and safety incident.. Nominations should outline the nature of the problem faced and how it was countered. Entries should detail the procedures used to achieve RTOs, how any additional problems which became apparent during the recovery process were dealt with and, finally, the lessons learned and subsequent improvements made to plans. Enter here
2017 winner: The London Metal Exchange

11. Strategy of the Year - sponsored by Sungard Availability Services
This award will be judged on an evaluation of the business continuity programme instigated at either a global or domestic level. Recognition will be given to the overall philosophy behind the strategy, the use of innovative techniques and ideas and the success of implementation across the company, and particularly with the risk and insurance functions. Judges will look for successful implementation and testing of processes, the effective use of business impact and risk analysis, the installation of a resilience culture, the addressing and management of people issues, and evidence of applicable resources to achieve the above. We welcome entries that relate to ongoing strategies, as well as those for single/one-off events. Enter here
2017 winner: SWIFT

12. Strategy through Partnership - sponsored by Plan B
This award will be judged on an evaluation of the business continuity programme instigated by at either a global or domestic level, and carried out in partnership with external consultants, specialists or suppliers. Recognition will be given to the overall philosophy behind the strategy, the use of innovative techniques and ideas and the success of implementation across the company, and particularly with the risk and insurance functions. Judges will look for successful implementation and testing of processes, the effective use of business impact and risk analysis, the installation of a resilience culture, the addressing and management of people issues, and evidence of applicable resources to achieve the above. We welcome entries that relate to ongoing strategies, as well as those for single/one-off events. Enter here
2017 winner: The Church of Scotland & CSRR

13. Initiative of the Year
This award will recognise the awareness initiative that is both educational and supports the resilience message throughout the organisation, public or private. Further, the initiative should aim to drive industry thinking forward, encouraging buy-in at board level and involvement throughout the organisation and in the wider community. Examples of potential initiatives includes apps, films, roadshows or scenarios, innovative use of new and social media or any unique/unusual idea for raising business continuity awareness internally. Enter here
2017 winner: Deutsche Bank

14. Incident Management Award
This category recognises the strategy/team or company that best demonstrates the skills and activities required for successful crisis/incident management. Judges will look for the response capability demonstrated in plans and effective plan communication throughout the organisation. Details of how regular testing/rehearsal procedures are implemented should also be included. Enter here
2017 winner: Deutsche Bank

15. Transformation Award - sponsored by Barclays
This award will recognise the individual or team that has achieved the greatest improvement in the management or planning of continuity for their organisation, thoroughly embedding it across all departments and operations. Success will be evidenced by business continuity management having become an integral part of the organisation’s DNA. Enter here
2017 winner: Barclays

16. Resilient Workforce Award - sponsored by Business Continuity Transport
This category recognises the company’s most important asset – its people. Judges will be looking for evidence of business continuity practices that put people at the heart of business continuity planning. Entries should demonstrate how communications and exercising form part of the organisation’s commitment to both safeguarding the workforce, and leveraging this vital asset. Enter here
2017 winner: Medical Research Council

17. Excellence in BC in the Financial Sector - NEW CATEGORY - sponsored by Daisy
The financial sector faces several unique challenges to its business operations, and not only does the sector operate in a fast, tightly controlled environment, it also has immediate public scrutiny heaped upon it. Therefore the judges will be seeking exemplars of planning and innovation. Enter here

18. Excellence in BC in the Retail Sector - NEW CATEGORY
The retail sector is heavily dependent upon the continuity of its supplies and operation – from supply chain challenges to power for its stores. Therefore continuity planning has to be of the most robust and flexible kind, and creating effective strategy and implementation has a particularly wide ranging remit. The judges will seek evidence of thorough planning and testing. Enter here

19. Excellence in BC in Industry - NEW CATEGORY
Industry has its own set of issues that sets it apart – although highly dependent of its supply chain, it is one that cannot be quickly changed, and strategy must take this into account. The judges are looking for a ‘strong and stable’ continuity plan, that ensures the business can continue in spite of natural disaster or other interruptions. Enter here

20. Resilience in Infrastructure & IT service delivery
This award will be presented to the organisation with the most resilient approach to its IT service delivery. The judges will take into account the planning for continuity as part of a larger strategy and the overall design of IT infrastructure from both the resilience and efficiency perspectives. Entries should outline its successful approach at achieving the balance between security and availability. The winning entry will exhibit innovation and scalability. This category is open to supplier organisations as well as in-house strategies. Enter here
2017 winner: Sungard Availability Services

21. BCM Planning Software of the Year
This award will be presented to the company whose entry demonstrates that the software is of innovative and original design. This category will recognise the software developer that has done the most for companies of all size to improve their continuity management and operational resilience whether servicing the public or private sector. Judges will also be looking to award the company that has incorporated into the product best practice within the field of business continuity management. The software must have been on the market for at least 18 months prior to February 2018. In addition to the main entry, nominating companies must include two customer endorsements of 200 words each. Please note, the ‘company’ is understood to be the originator of the software, as opposed to a reseller. Enter here
2017 winner: Clearview Continuity

22. Most Innovative Product of the Year
This award will be presented to the company which has demonstrated the most innovation in product development over the past judging year. Entries should outline the nature of the solution, its philosophy and details of how it can aid companies in their business continuity/resilience function. The solution must have been on the market for at least 18 months prior to February 2018. In addition to the main entry, nominating companies must include two customer endorsements of 200 words each. Enter here
2017 winner: Send Word Now

23. Cloud-based Services
This category is for suppliers or in-house solutions to issues of business continuity management that are hosted on the cloud. Whether ensuring the use of a single important function in event of a crisis, or enabling remote working of an entire operation, the judges will be looking for effective planning and implementation of the technology. Enter here
2017 winner: IT Specialists (ITS)

24. DRaaS Award
This category is for suppliers of disaster recovery-as-a-service solutions. Judges will be looking for scalability and flexibility in the offering. Entries must include two customer endorsements/case studies of 200 words each, demonstrating how the technology was successfully applied. The solution must have been on the market for at least 18 months prior to February 2018. Enter here
2017 winner: Daisy

25. Global Award
This category is for organisations without a UK presence, but which has in their home country or globally created a business continuity or resilience capability of outstanding quality. Entries should include a brief description of the company’s business continuity and resilience philosophy and evidence of successful implementation. Enter here
2017 winner: Estmrarya Management Consulting

26. Best Contribution to Continuity & Resilience
This category will acknowledge progress over the past judging year of the organisation, public or private, that can demonstrate the most progress in advancing the continuity and resilience cause to the wider business community. Judges will take account of innovation in the development of techniques deployed to underpin resilience, innovation in product development and/or services and a commitment to advancing the professionalism of the industry. Entries are welcomed from the entire spectrum of service providers / providers of technology or corporate / public entities whose contribution has made a difference. Enter here
2017 winner: Sungard Availability Services

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