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Here are our Top tips on writing a winning submission and maximising your chances of being shortlisted.

  • Start early! - Give yourself plenty of time to complete your entry. Writing up against a deadline leads to rushing and compromise - give yourself the chance to submit your best possible entry. 
  • Read the entry criteria carefully - make sure you fulfil all the requirements of entering. Look carefully at the award categories to see which ones are most relevant to your product or project. 
  • Answer each of the questions - they carry different mark values so make the most of every mark. Failure to maximise each section is the most common reason for receiving low marks – the judges cannot award marks if you don’t provide the relevant material. 
  • Make sure you know what each question is asking - provide targeted responses that get to the heart of the question. 
  • Show us the innovation - these awards are all about innovation – what have you done differently from others? Is it an industry, business or company first? Be clear how it has impacted your organisation, how has it made things better? 
  • Maximise your content - you have four sheets of A4 (allowing for the required margins and typeface) to provide detail along with tables, graphs, diagrams or photographs to send your message in the most impactful way – use them well and do proofread your entry carefully to reinforce the professionalism of your organisation. 
  • Be clear, concise and avoid jargon - avoid over-technical language, unexplained acronyms or other things that make your entry vague or imprecise. Specific facts and figures make things easy to understand. 
  • Give us the numbers - all information is confidential so you can be assured that anything you provide will stay within the confines of The London Institute of Banking & Finance and the judges (who sign a confidentiality agreement). Ratios, percentages and ROI figures are welcome substitutes for actual numbers if they help the judges understand the positive financial impact of the project on your business. 
  • Been recognised? - If you have received press reviews, awards etc. that give independent feedback about your product or initiative, please provide weblinks or quotations. Please do not send in any hardcopy promotional material as we are unable to distribute it to the judges.
  • Listen to our podcast - Dr Tony Gandy and Alison Thomas Steer, two of our judges for the 2016 Awards, discuss how to enter and what it means to win a Financial Innovation Awards trophy in Episode 9 of The London Institute of Banking & Finance podcast. Listen to it here.

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