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Entry Form & Word Count

The entry form is split into 2 questions.
Question 1 asks why you are worthy of winning the award, listing 3 main achievements.
Word limit: 300 words

Question 2 is your main submission where you will go into detail on your successes and how you achieved them.
Word limit: 1000 words

Total word count: 1300

Employer Categories & Entry Criteria

Savings & Benefits Team of the Year

What were your key achievements during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? What makes your team worthy of the ‘Savings & Benefits Team of the Year' accolade?

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Best Benefits Strategy / Innovation of the Year

• How has your overall workplace savings and benefits strategy excelled and helped reach organisational goals this year?

• Have you introduced new benefits or widened accessibility to staff?

• Did you change your approach to communicating workplace benefits and engaging staff?

• What other innovations have you used to maximise the role that benefits can play in a vibrant workplace?

• Did one change to the operation of workplace benefits produce a significant improvement in outcomes at your workplace?

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Best Pensions Strategy of the Year

• How have you tackled the challenge of pensions at your organisation? What changes have you made in response to the pensions flexibilities?

• Did you review your scheme's investment options or launch a new communications or education campaign?

• Or have you used your pension scheme to successfully promote and encourage staff loyalty?

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Best Healthcare and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year

• How have you supported your workforce's health and wellbeing?

• Entries can be for either a one-off event or prolonged campaign related to any aspect of health and wellbeing.

• Did you reduce sickness absence within the workforce by introducing a new benefit?

• Have you improved overall staff health by promoting health checks and health awareness days?

• Or have you used a combination of benefits and communications to successfully promote employee wellbeing?

• Have there been any benefits to the wider community?

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Best Financial Education Strategy

• How have you supported your workforce financial literacy through a financial education or engagement programme?

• Entries can be for either a one-off event or prolonged campaign related to any aspect of financial education

• Did you focus on one section of the workforce or was your initiative company-wide?

• How was the initiative delivered? Did you use face-to-face, online or other delivery methods?

• How did you assess the effectiveness of the programme and what feedback did you receive?

• All entries should be supported by clear and accurate data to illustrate the impact of a well-targeted financial education strategy on the workforce and on company objectives.

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Best Flexible Benefits Strategy

• How have your used flexible benefits to support your organisational objectives over the 12 months to 31 January 2018?

• Have you launched, expanded or changed your flex strategy over the past year? If so, what were the results of the changes you made?

• How has your flexible benefits strategy helped engage your workforce?

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Best Communications / Engagement Initiative of the Year

• How have you communicated with and engaged your workforce?

• Entries can be for either a one-off event or prolonged campaign related to any elements of workplace savings and benefits.

• Did you increase benefits take-up with a new communications campaign?

• Have you improved staff engagement by introducing a new benefit?

• Or have you used a combination of benefits and communications to successfully promote and encourage staff loyalty and engagement?

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Provider Categories & Entry Criteria

Employee Benefit Consultant of the Year

This is open to consultants and intermediaries in all areas of workplace savings and benefits.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Pension Consultant of the Year

This is open to pension consultants and intermediaries.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Group Risk Consultant of the Year

This is open to all consultants and intermediaries advising on group risk

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Healthcare and Wellbeing Consultant of the Year

This is open to all healthcare and wellbeing consultants and intermediaries.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Benefits Innovation of the Year

This is open to providers in all areas of workplace savings and benefits.

• What new innovations have you introduced/developed over the past year and how has it / will it help clients and fulfil their needs?

• Innovations entered in this category could include new products, services, strategies or initiatives.

• All innovations should have been launched/developed in the 12 months to 31 January 2018 or have been largely worked on in that period (innovations launched just after 31 January 2018 will be considered if the bulk of the development was done in the year being judged).

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Benefit Communications Initiative of the Year

This category is open all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena.

• What new communications innovation or service did you introduce over the last year has had a significant effect on your clients? How did it support employers and their employees?

• Entries can be for either a one-off event or prolonged campaign related to any elements of workplace savings and benefits.

• Did you help your clients increase staff benefits take-up with a new communications campaign? Have you improved staff engagement by introducing a new benefit? Or have you used a combination of benefits and communications to successfully promote and encourage staff loyalty and engagement?

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Benefits Use of Technology for Benefits Award

This category is open all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena.

• How have you harnessed technology to help clients during the 12 months to 31 January 2018?

• Have you launched new technology platforms / solutions, used big data to deliver new insight to your clients or used your technology to help your clients better engage their staff?

• Or have you used technology to solve client challenges?

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Car Scheme Provider of the Year

This category is open to providers of all forms of car scheme benefits.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Flexible Benefits Provider of the Year

This category is open to all flexible benefit scheme providers.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Financial Education Provider of the Year

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face

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Group Risk Provider of the Year

This category is open to all group risk providers.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Health Cash Plan Provider of the Year

This category is open to all cash plan providers

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Healthcare and Wellbeing Provider of the Year

This category is open to all workplace health and wellbeing providers, including private medical insurers, cash plan providers and other health and wellbeing operators.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Pension Provider of the Year

This category is open to workplace pension providers of all types.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Voluntary Benefits Provider of the Year

This category is open to providers of all forms of voluntary benefits.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Wellbeing Initiative of the Year

This category is open all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena and aims to recognise the provider that has launched, or largely completed, an initiative to help employers improve wellbeing over the 12 months to 31 January 2018.

• What new wellbeing initiative did you introduce over the last year and what effect has it had on your clients? How did it support employers and their employees?

• What did you do and how did it improve wellbeing?

• Can you evidence this entry with figures about how wellbeing improved?

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Mental Health Initiative of the Year

This category is open to all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena and aims to recognise the provider that has launched, or largely completed, an initiative to help employers improve their employees' mental health over the 12 months to 31 January 2018.

• What new initiative did you introduce over the last year and how has it helped employers to reduce or better manage mental health issues among their employees?

• What did you do and how did it improve mental health among your clients' workforces?

• Can you evidence this entry with figures about how mental health improved?

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International Benefits Provider of the Year *New for 2018*

This category is open all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena that offer international benefit products or services.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Share Scheme Provider of the Year *New for 2018*

This category is open all share scheme providers.

• What have your key achievements been during the 12 months to 31 January 2018? How have you helped clients during this period?

• Key achievements could include the launch of products and/or initiatives, new communication strategies and support processes or simply providing exceptional service for your clients during the year, helping clients deliver their objectives and solving particular challenges they face.

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Workplace Savings and Benefits Initiative of the Year *New for 2018*

This category is open to all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena and aims to recognise the provider that has launched, or largely completed, a significant initiative or product over the 12 months to 31 January 2018.

• What new initiative, product or service did you introduce over the last year and how has it helped employers and their employees?

• How was this initiative received?

• Can you evidence this entry with figures about how successful this initiative was?

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Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award *New for 2018*

This category is open to all providers, consultants and other intermediaries in the workplace savings and benefits arena and aims to reward those firms that best promote diversity and inclusion within their own workforce as well as those who have contributed to industry-wide initiatives in this area. Judges will, in particular, look at initiatives launched and conducted during the year to 31 January 2018.

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