Qualifying Criteria: The significant portion of the entry must have taken place from July 2016 – July 2017, however we do accept that many programmes and projects have longer life spans than 12 months.
Judging : Judging for the awards will take place in August 2017. An independent panel of industry experts will independently judge the awards. The judges' decision is final.
All finalists are required to attend the G17 Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner on 17 November 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane, where the winners will be announced.
Supporting Material : There is an option to attach supporting material to your online entry. We recommend that you restrict these supporting documents to those that are most relevant and help illustrate the points you have made in your entry.
Commercial Project of the Year
The demands now being put on the glass, glazing and hardware companies in the commercial sector are unprecedented. As architects and construction companies seek to allow more and more light into a building, so the design, comfort and security standards are being continually tested.
This award is open to all companies of all disciplines and materials, who have been involved in a commercial project, refurbishment or new build that was or due to be completed before July 2017. The award will be presented to the team that demonstrates a combination of elements of excellence and innovation in terms of design, equipment or application. The entry should include mention of special challenges, objectives or constraints and their design solutions. Evidence of collaboration between members of the project team should also be included.
Component Supplier of the Year
This Award recognises companies who may only serve a niche market, or companies who would not be able to fit into the other categories. It is open to any component supplier of any size or market sector.
Conservatory Installer of the Year
This Award is open to anyone installing conservatories using any material, of any size and type. The qualities the judges are looking for are how the business is run, how it has grown, the quality of workmanship, the company’s achievements and how you expect to grow in the future. A site visit by one of the judges will take place for those selected as finalists.
Customer Care Initiative of the Year
Retaining existing customers often comes down to more than just product. Customer service is essential in building and maintaining healthy, profitable relationships. This Award recognises companies who go the extra mile to offer exemplary customer service and is open to all types and size of business who can demonstrate how they systematically offer the best service they can.
Fabricator of the Year
This is open to window fabricators of any material, including composites, aluminium, PVC-u or timber. Any size of business can enter. While the amount of windows you produce is important, it is not vital and it is how you run your business, how it has grown, the quality of workmanship, your achievements to date and how you expect to continue in the future that interests the judges. A site visit by one of the judges will take place for those selected as finalists.
Glass Company of the Year
This category is open to manufacturers, processors, designers and importers of glass, of any company size. The judges are interested in how you run your business, how it has grown, how you meet and exceed standards, your achievements to date and your plans for the future. A site visit by one of the judges will take place for those selected as finalists.
Installer of the Year
This is open to installers of any size, any product or material, and all disciplines, and importers of glass. The judges will be looking for information about the success of your business, how it has grown, your achievements over the last twelve months and your plans for the future. A site visit by one of the judges will take place for those selected as finalists.
New Product of the Year
The New Product of the Year Award seeks to identify outstanding a new and/or innovative product that will make major inroads to improving overall building performance, as well as making significant contributions to the company balance sheet.
Judging Criteria: The Judges will consider any product that improves building performance and will be looking for evidence of:
- Research, testing, development- Innovation in design, technology and/or application
- Improvement over existing products in terms of performance
- Use of recycled materials and recyclability of the product
- Performance in operation as well as factory or laboratory test results
- Clear product technical information for specifiers, designers, installers and operators
Promotional Campaign of the Year - Retail
As businesses have to focus more on marketing and promotion, this award recognises that need. It is for any business of any type or size that has embraced retail-focussed promotional and marketing campaigns this year. It can relate to any product or products, and any type of retail campaign.
Promotional Campaign of the Year - Trade
One of two marketing categories, this Award recognises the importance of marketing and promotion. This Award is for any business type or size that has embraced trade marketing in their campaigns this year. It can relate to any product or products, and any type of trade campaign.
Training & Development Initiative of the Year
Staff training and development is the bedrock of a successful business. Ensuring individuals are suitably qualified to perform, and given the opportunity to improve and progress is a must in today’s competitive business environment. This award is designed to reward those that have been seen to excel in this area, whether as an individual completing and gaining a qualification, or as a manager implementing schemes that have seen trainees or apprentices flourish. It is open to companies that embrace the training and development ethic in house, or institutions that specialise in this subject and can demonstrate tangible success through results.
The submission for this Award should include evidence of:
- The nature of the initiative and how it leads to better performance
- Any special challenges or constraints experienced in the development of the initiative and how they were overcome
- Examples of training materials used
- The successful application of the initiative and its impact (actual or intended)
- How the initiative met or exceeded the original objectives
Do you have a member of staff who works tirelessly for your organisation, who always goes the extra mile, but who doesn’t make a big song and dance about it? Is there someone in your company, whether they work on the shop floor, the boardroom, or anywhere in-between, who you think should get much wider recognition for what they do for the business? The winner will receive a trophy on stage plus Champagne Lunch for Two at Gordon Ramsay's Savoy Grill.
Simply nominate the employee who you think should be recognised with the ‘Unsung Hero’ award, outlining what he or she does in your company and, in no more than 500 words, tell us why you think they should win.
It doesn’t matter if they are young or old. It doesn’t matter if they have worked for your company for a couple of years or a couple of decades¹; the overriding factor will be the difference they make to your business.
While there is no upper limit on time spent working for a company, nominated employees should have worked at the firm for at least 12 months and still be working for the firm at the time of their interview with the judges.