Entry Guidance

In addition to completing the entry form above, entrants will also have to write a submission and attach this to their online entry form which can be found here. This must be no more than 4 pages (sides) of A4 long and be attached to the online entry form in a Microsoft Word or PDF file format.

All parts of the submission must refer to specific developments during the 12 months to October 31, 2016, with the exception of the 20th Anniversary Awards, which should focus on achievements over at least five of the 20 years leading up to October 31, 2016.

 

Greatest Single Contribution to Occupational Pensions 1998-2017

This year, the Pensions Personality of the Year Award will be replaced by the Greatest Single Contribution to Occupational Pensions 1998-2017 accolade, which will recognise the individual who has done the most to advance the cause of occupational pensions over the past 20 years.

No submissions will be needed for this category and the shortlist will be decided by the Professional Pensions editorial team as well as an industry-wide vote. The final winner will be decided by the UK Pensions Awards judges.

There will be a three stage process for this category:

1. Longlist
A longlist of contenders will be created by the Professional Pensions editorial team in consultation with a number of industry professionals.

For further information of this stage of the process, please contact jonathan.stapleton@incisivemedia.com

2. Industry-wide poll
After the nominations process has closed, we then conduct a poll among the Professional Pensions audience to decide on a shortlist.

3. Choosing the winner
The winner of the Pensions Personality of the Year award will be decided by the judges of the UK Pensions Awards and the winner will be announced at the UK Pensions Awards dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 4th May 2017.

20th Anniversary Awards

These special 20th anniversary awards will reflect excellence over the past two decades.

The three other 20th anniversary categories 20 Years of Excellence in Consultancy, 20 Years of Excellence in Investment Management and 20 Years of Excellence in Defined Contribution will recognise the consultants and providers that have offered the highest level of innovation, performance and service to occupational pension schemes and their members - and have done the most to improve this level of performance service and innovation over a longer time period.

The submission for these categories should be no more than 4 pages of A4 in length. All parts of the submission must refer to developments within the past 20 years.

Firms that enter these categories should be able to demonstrate at least five years of excellence leading up to 31st October 2016 - ideally for the longest period possible in the 20 years leading up to 31st October 2016.

In particular, judges will ask if your submission can answer most or all of the following questions:

  • Has the firm been a success over the period? Can they describe and evidence their key successes?
  • Has the entrant demonstrated how they have led the industry and how you they have managed to maintain this leadership position despite shifts in the industry?
  • What are the key products and services they have developed? How have these helped pension scheme clients and members?
  • Where has this entrant led where others have only followed?
  • How does this entrant stand apart from its peers? What are the key differentiators?
  • Has this firm delivered excellent long term performance for its clients?
  • If this submission was an elevator pitch to a scheme trustee describe the entrant's biggest achievements over the period, would they have been successful.
  • How has this firm grown over the past 20 years? Does it now employ more people, have bigger turnover? Importantly, how was this growth driven by driving positive outcomes for schemes?
  • What external accolades has this firm received over the past two decades?

Innovation Awards

For the five innovation awards, judges will measure the submissions solely on the basis of innovations made over the past year (the 12 months to October 31, 2016).

Judges will award up to 100 marks - looking at the extent to which your firm has developed new services, products and offerings for clients and the extent to which these innovations helped pension schemes, sponsors, trustees and scheme members.

The submission should also be no more than 4 pages of A4 in length. All parts of the submission must refer to specific developments during the past 12 months.

 

Initiative Awards (Communication Initiative of the Year and Educational Initiative of the Year)

For the Communication Initiative of the Year and Educational Initiative of the Year awards, judges will measure the submissions solely on the basis of an initiative launched or largely completed over the past year (the 12 months to October 31, 2016).

For the Educational Initiative of the Year award, judges will look at the extent to which consultant and provider initiatives have helped trustees understand complex topics, make better decisions or look at things in a new way. Initiatives may include such things as thought leadership, articles, whitepapers, seminars, conferences, videos etc

For the Communication Initiative of the Year award, judges will look at the extent to which consultant and provider initiatives have helped scheme members understand their pension better. Initiatives should focus on the new innovations consultants or providers have launched during the 12 months to 31 October 2016 and could include the use of technology; financial education; or simply the revamp of existing scheme communications.

The submission should also be no more than 4 pages of A4 in length. All parts of the submission must refer to specific developments and initiatives during the past 12 months.

For all other categories (those except the Innovation, Initiative, 20th Anniversary Awards and Greatest Single Contribution to Occupational Pensions 1998-2017)

For all categories barring those above, judges will measure submissions against three set criteria - innovation, performance and service - in addition to looking at the entry forms submitted.

The overall aim of these awards is to recognise providers that offer the highest level of innovation, performance and service to occupational pension schemes and their members - and have done the most to improve this level of performance, service and innovation over the past year (the 12 months to October 31, 2016).

Judges will award up to 100 marks on three set criteria - with up to 40 marks for innovation and up to 30 marks each on performance/benefit to clients and service standards.

The submission should be no more than 4 pages of A4 in length. All parts of the submission must refer to specific developments during the past 12 months.

The set criteria for the main submission, along with some ideas and pointers for things to include under each heading, are:

Innovation:

What specific innovations or new services have you launched over the 12 months to 31 October, 2016? What is available in addition to the basic core and value added services that are provided? How do you liaise with clients to ensure developments continue to meet their needs? Which new services have been introduced over the past year and how successful have they proved? How quickly can products and processes be adapted to meet market changes or to meet an individual client's needs?

Performance:

What has your performance been over the 12 months to 31 October, 2016 and how does this compare to your peers? Do you benchmark your services to clients and, if so, how do you compare against your peers? How do you measure how well you are performing for clients and how do you monitor performance or service standards and act on the results? How frequently do account managers discuss performance and operational and service levels with clients on a face-to-face basis? How frequently are factual/statistical reports produced?

Service:

In what ways have you improved your service to clients over the 12 months to 31 October 2016? Have you provided any extra value services, such as training courses, seminars or education to trustees to clients over the period? Do you carry out formal research with clients to measure how effectively you meet or exceed their expectations? How often do senior managers review operational standards against the service standards agreed with each client? How do you report to clients and how do you ensure they receive up-to-date and meaningful information in a format that meets their requirements?

Details on how to register, view the entry form amd to complete a submission will be released on Tuesday 18th October.