1. Am I eligible to enter the Growth Finance Awards?

Any company, lender, provider, broker or manager providing a growth finance service, platform, or product in the UK can enter the Growth Finance Awards including: Fund managers, Challenger banks, Corporate financiers, Peer-to-peer lenders, Direct lending platforms, Venture debt providers, Invoice finance providers, High street banks, Digital banks.

You cannot enter if you sponsor any of the awards categories.

2. When is the entry deadline?

Please contact events@intelligent-partnership.com if you have any questions regarding the entry process.

3. Why should I enter?

A two stage judging process supported by an Advisory Board of industry leaders and an independent panel adds credibility and prestige to recognition through the Growth Finance Awards. Finalists are guaranteed a dedicated feedback and benchmarking report on areas of improvement and all finalists are offered an opportunity to participate in a coordinated PR campaign across financial, enterprise and national media.

4. How do I enter?

The entry process is straightforward. Each category has a description showing what the judges are looking for and the questions you will need to answer. To enter the Growth Finance Awards simply select the award category(ies) you would like to enter, then complete the online entry form ensuring you meet all the criteria, and have answered each question within the word count.

Tip: We strongly recommend writing your entry in a word document first, then copy and paste your final submission into the online form.

5. Which category(ies) should I enter?

Please see individual category information to ensure you have a relevant product, service, or business story for that category. We don’t place a limit on the number of awards you can win, so please enter as many categories as you feel are relevant.

6. What should I include in my entry?

Use the category criteria to guide the content of your entry, highlighting your performance over the past 12 months. Please include relevant evidence to substantiate your story.

Please note: Some categories may require additional financial data in order for the judges to understand the full context of your business achievements.

You can also submit a supporting document alongside your entry for certain categories. Supporting documents should be no longer than 2 A4 pages and may include links, images, video files, testimonials, and anything you feel brings your entry to life for the judges. The maximum file size is 25MB.

7. How much does it cost to enter?

Entrants must pay a fee of £195 + VAT per entry they submit. You can select to either pay your entry fees by credit card at the point of submission, or be invoiced for your entries. If you opt to be invoiced, you will be issued an invoice automatically when you submit your entries.

8. How is it judged?

There is a two stage judging process for the Growth Finance Awards based on the entry form. An initial shortlist of all entries submitted by the deadline will identify finalists in each award category. Finalist entries will automatically go forward to a second round where a panel of between three and five independent judges for each award will score each entry. Scores from each panel judge will be collated to determine the overall winner. In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by consensus.

9. What happens after I submit my entry?

You will be notified by email when we receive your entry, and you will be notified via email to confirm the status of your entry 3 months before the awards ceremony.

The winners will be announced during the evening of the awards ceremony.

10. When are finalists announced?

All finalists will be notified via email. All finalists are given a finalist logo and a press release to publish on their website and distribute to their media channels and customer / partner networks to optimise their recognition.

11. How confidential is the judging process?

Information supplied in the entry form is completely confidential and will not be published or shared with third parties. All judges must sign a confidentiality agreement before they are given access to entry forms.

12. What is a feedback report?

A feedback & benchmarking report based on scores from each entry will provide feedback to all finalists, highlighting areas of improvement. The cost of administering the report is included in the entry fee and creates value for everyone entering the Growth Finance Awards.

13. When will I find out if I have won?

All winners will be revealed during the evening awards ceremony. Each winner will receive a trophy for their award category and a press release including a judge’s comment to publish on their website and distribute to their media channels and customer / partner networks.

14. How can I attend the Growth Finance Awards?

Finalists are not obliged to take a table at the awards dinner, but it does provide an opportunity to celebrate achievements with their team, clients and partners. All finalists are encouraged to attend to ensure a representative is available for the trophy presentation plus photo, film and PR opportunities on the night. 

15. Who organises the Growth Finance Awards?

The Growth Finance Awards is organised by Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading provider of education and insights on alternative investment. We engage our 6,000+ subscriber community of advisers, wealth managers and financial services professionals through a year-round programme of content that includes award-winning digital and printed reports, video content, and live events – accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI) and Personal Finance Society (PFS). This thought-leadership activity is supported by the industry’s top providers and jointly promoted with over 50 affiliate partners. Find out more at  intelligent-partnership.com