The Yorkshire Financial Awards 2024 is now open to submissions.
Submission deadline: 16 February 2024
The Yorkshire Financial Awards provides a unique oppportunity to highlight and celebrate the excellence across financial services in the UK’s biggest financial hub outside of London.
The Yorkshire Financial Awards categories are open to organisations, individuals, and teams working in the region’s finance sector. The awards cover multiple areas, from wealth management to insurance, and recognise the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations.
The Yorkshire Financial Awards celebrates this growing, varied sector through a local lens, pitting national providers with offerings in Yorkshire against local leaders with glowing reputations in their communities.
The awards culminate in a black-tie ceremony and dinner, held in Leeds, where the finalists meet, network and celebrate as a local profession.
How to enter
Pick your categories
There are lots of categories to choose from and you can enter as many as you wish.
Read the criteria carefully for each and decide which will give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your strengths.
The criteria is in a Q&A format, so follow this closely to provide the independent judging panel with a clear, easy-to-follow submission and include all of the information requested. Rest assured, the process is entirely confidential.
Choose the form of your award submission
Make sure every submission is unique for the category that you’re entering.
We accept written submissions of between 250 and 1,000 words per category (please note: this is in total, not per criterion).
Written submissions are at their best after several drafts, with input from everyone involved. Remember that your submission needs to stand out from the crowd, so keep it active, free of jargon, and don’t forget to proofread your words before entering.
Alternatively, you can enter a video submission. You’ll have a maximum of three minutes to demonstrate why you, your team or business should win the particular category. Videos are easy to digest and revisit, and they allow the judges to put a face to an entry.
Please note, we are no longer accepting video files. To submit a video, you must upload it to a third-party platform such as YouTube or your own website and supply a link (ensure that the video is private or password protected before submitting).
Submit via the form
Submissions can only be accepted via the entry form.
Fill out all of the required information. There are mandatory fields for the person providing the submission as well as the subject of the submission.
If you are putting an organisation forward for an award, eg, Company X for Insurer of the Year, mark the fields under the Nominee heading with an ‘N/A’ except for the Company name field and make sure you choose the correct category from the list. Doing so reveals the correct category criteria and fields in which to paste your submission. The form must be filled out and submitted for every category.
The form removes all formatting, so don’t worry about italics, bolding, underlining or hyperlinking, as these won’t make it through our system. Furthermore, no supporting documents and attachments are allowed, so don’t use the attach buttons for CVs, promo videos, PDFs and Word docs—these won’t make it through our system, either.
For written submissions, input your 250 to 1,000 words in the provided fields. To reveal these, click on your chosen category.
For video submissions, fill out the form (except the criteria fields) and paste the link to your video into the one of the criteria fields (alternatively, email the video link to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Attach your logo
If you make it to the shortlist, we’ll need a high resolution version of your logo for the ceremony and marketing campaigns. We accept the .JPEG, .PNG and .PDF formats, but prefer .EPS wherever possible. If you don’t have this, don’t worry.
Attach nominee’s photo
This is for the talent categories. Colour photos are preferred, wide, horizontal shots work well, and high resolution .JPEG is best.
Sit back and wait for news
That’s it, you’re done! Approximately two weeks following the submission deadline, our judging panel will convene to make their decisions. We’ll then get in touch with every finalist to give them the good news.
How to win
It’s all about being memorable and compelling:
- Start early. Give yourself plenty of time to carefully evaluate the criteria for the categories you’re entering and provide a well-produced submission before the entry deadline.
- Check the criteria. Each category has its own criteria, and each submission should be unique.
- Provide evidence. Include as many results and evidence of success as you can, including testimonials. Judges are there to be swayed, so sway them.
- Keep it simple. Write or speak clearly and concisely so the judges can quickly understand the points you’re making.
- Consult with the relevant team. Collaborate on your submission as you do your work, and ensure that your whole team contributes.
- Be enthusiastic, transparent, and honest. Inspire the judges by sharing your organisation’s ethos and passion for your work without trying to pull the wool over their eyes. Honesty is the best policy.
- Redraft and revise. Once your submission is ready, start again and interrogate every fact and figure. Are they correct? Question every claim. Is that true? Weigh your language. Is that a helpful term or an empty buzzword?
General rules and requirements
- Entrants must be based in Yorkshire or provide services in Yorkshire
- Entrants can enter as many categories as they wish
- Submissions must be unique and tailored to meet the criteria of each category
- Self-nomination is required
- Written and video submissions are accepted – both must follow the criteria format
- Submissions can be made until 11.59pm on entry deadline day
- Entrants are expected to send at least one representative to attend the in-person ceremony
- The Yorkshire Financial Awards reserves the right to remove any entries which do not meet the above criteria