Award Entry Criteria T&Cs

Please read the below carefully before submitting your application

 

Applicant Membership

  • Applicants must be a fully paid up member for the 2021 year. Please talk to your branch Award Coordinator/Membership officer regarding your membership fees.
  • Where a business has corporate membership, each fully paid up employee will be eligible to enter the employee categories.

Category Options

  • Members who meet the criteria for two different categories, ie Established Business and STEM, should enter the category that they feel is most aligned with their business and goals.
  • Members can enter one standard category plus the Power within category.
  • Members can enter the Power Within Category on it’s own if they wish to do so.
  • Business Owner applicants must own at least 15% of their business. This does not apply to two Employee categories, or if entering the STEM, the Creative Professional or Power Within Champion categories as an employee
  • Franchises and partnerships can enter.

Application

  • Each section on the awards application form for the category must be completed
  • Award applications can only by submitted via the online application through the website
  • Applicants can nominate themselves or be nominated by other Network Members (membership must be fully paid by nominee and nominator)
  • Applicants must NOT have been a Winner (of that category) of a Network branch business Award in the prior 2 years
  • All prior winners may enter within the 2-year period if their category changes (eg. from emerging business to established business category)
  • For committee members wishing to enter the Awards, which we highly encourage, it is recommended that they step away from any involvement in the process/discussions of the Awards at committee level.
  • Presidents and awards coordinators are not eligible to enter the awards on the year they hold those roles

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

All applicants are advised to note

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they submit a complete application form and adhere to the entry Criteria and Terms & Conditions
  • Network Ireland reserve the right to exclude any applications that are incomplete and where criteria, eligibility, instructions and due dates are not met.
  • Once submitted the application form is deemed to be final and cannot be edited.
  • The application form cannot be downloaded to complete offline, but applicants can copy and paste the questions to a word doc, compose the answers to the questions and once they are happy to submit copy and paste across to the online application.
  • Applicants will be able to complete the application in stages online as long as they use the same browser to access the form. For example an applicant can’t start to fill the form on their phone and then try to complete on desktop/laptop.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all sections required for their category on the online application form have been correctly completed for submission.
  • Applicants BIO information, name, company details, social media details and headshot will be used in the promotion of finalists at branch and national level where relevant: press releases, social media posts, award certificates, printed material
  • Profile Photos must be a professional head shots as these will be used for promotional purposes in future. It must be at least a 300 DPI photo. Company logos are not acceptable. An application form will be deemed not accepted if an appropriate head shot is not included and therefore will not be passed for judging.
  • Fill out all required fields.
  • If you feel a certain field does not apply to your application, then type N/A in that field. Required fields and or incomplete sections of the application cannot be submitted blank.
  • Word count is a guideline not a target. If you can convey the relevant information in less words than the word count allowed then do so.
  • Any additional documentation including cover letters/emails cannot be added to the application and will not be submitted for judging.

Deadlines

  • Deadline dates for receipt of applications must be adhered to
  • Network Ireland reserves the right to corroborate the contents of the information provided in the application
  • Deadline dates for receipt of any additional information requested for the final process must be adhered to

Category Rules

  • For an awards category to run at Branch level there must be at least 3 applicants. Where there are less than 3 applicants in a category at branch level, applicants will go forward to be judged at a regional level.
  • There must have at least 3 applicants from various branches to run a regional category.
  • If we are able to run a regional category, those applicants will be judged by application form only, by a set of independent judges.
  • The winner from this regional category will be announced as winner in their home branch
  • For an awards category to run at national level there must be at least 3 finalists
  • National interviews will be held in person/ virtually on the 1st week of September 2021. This is a mandatory step in the process. We will announce interview dates closer to the time (Mid-August) in keeping with government guidelines.
  • Please note the closing date to submit the online application form is 5pm Friday April 16th 2021

BRANCH LEVEL Judging of Applications

  • Each branch operates a standardised scoring criteria which will be supplied to each branch confidentially.
  • Every applicant will be judged based on their online application.
  • Some branches may ask applicants to attend for short interview
  • Incomplete applications will not meet the full judging criteria
  • Judges must be independent of the Network Branch and Network Ireland
  • Individual judges shall not act as a judge for more than 3 successive years in any one branch
  • Any conflicts must be noted at the outset to allow for an alternate judge
  • Where a conflict of interest arises with a judge and an applicant, a substitute judge must be used
  • Network Ireland reserves the right to corroborate the contents of the information provided in the application
  • Network Ireland reserve the right to exclude any applications that are incomplete and where criteria, eligibility, instructions and due dates are not met

NATIONAL FINALS Judging of Applications

  • The judging criteria will remain the same as that at branch level
  • The application as submitted for branch judging is the basis for the national awards judging.
  • Incomplete branch applications will not proceed to national finals
  • Finalists may be required to submit some additional supplementary information
  • Business Owners must hold a current tax clearance certificate to proceed to national awards
  • Judges must be independent of the Network branch and Network Ireland
  • Interviews will be held for the selection of the overall National Winners (Dates TBC in accordance with government guidelines)
  • Network Ireland reserves the right to corroborate the contents of the information provided in the application
  • Network Ireland reserve the right to exclude any applications that are incomplete and where criteria, eligibility, instructions, and due dates are not met

Branch Award Winners

  • Each branch winner will be required to attend and partake in the Network branch publicity and PR surrounding the awards
  • The Network Branch is responsible for organising publicity and PR pertaining to the awards and winners as a whole and not responsible for individual PR opportunities of the branch winners
  • Branch winners are free to manage their own personal and business PR surrounding the win
  • Any PR and publicity should contain specific reference to Network Branch and Network Ireland as prescribed
  • Any promotions should be in good taste and in keeping with accepted business and professional standards and in no way, bring the Network branch, its members or Network Ireland into disrepute
  • The winners will be expected to attend the regular monthly branch meetings until the next branch award winners are announced
  • The winners will be asked by the branch to assist in promoting and encouraging other members to be involved and partake in future awards

National Award Winners

  • Each National winner will be required to attend and partake in the Network Ireland National and branch publicity and PR surrounding the awards
  • Network Ireland is responsible for organising publicity and PR pertaining to the awards and winners as a whole and not responsible for individual PR opportunities of the National winners
  • National winners are free to manage their own personal and business PR surrounding the awards
  • Any PR and publicity should contain specific reference to Network Branch and Network Ireland as prescribed
  • Any promotions should be in good taste and in keeping with business and professional standards and in no way bring the Network branch, its members or Network Ireland into disrepute
  • The winners will be expected to attend the regular monthly branch meetings until the next award winners are announced
  • The winners will be asked by Network Ireland to assist in promoting and encouraging other members to be involved and partake in future awards

Disputes

In the event of any circumstance arising that has not been considered, the first instance is to contact your Network Branch Business Awards Coordinator. If the branch does not have a designated business awards coordinator, then the branch President should be contacted.

In the event that the issue cannot be resolved at branch level, the Branch President/Business Awards coordinator will consult with in the first instance, the National Business Awards Coordinator.

If further consultation is required, it will be discussed with the National Executive where a decision will be made and communicated to the branch. This decision will be final.