Read the criteria

You can enter more than one category but make sure you read the criteria carefully to put your best foot forward – does your entry meet all the criteria or is it better suited to a different category?

Be clear

While you aren’t judged on the design of your entry, something that is well-presented and well-laid out will be easier for the judges to extract the relevant information from. Clear and simple should be your watchwords.

Provide evidence

If the entry criteria ask for evidence of success – be it operational or from client feedback/testimonials – then you need to show it clearly. The judges need to see the hard facts that back up your claims.

Be concise

For some awards, the judges will have to read through a large number of entries in a limited period of time. Therefore, while large and wordy entries are very worthy, it’s unlikely they will get the attention they deserve. The judges can mark down entries where the word count of the main submission is above our 1,000 words recommendation (remember you can include supporting material in appendices which are not included in the entry word count) and providing so much information that the judges cannot find the salient facts does not help your score. Try drawing attention to the key messages in the lay out of your entry.

Be current

Don’t be tempted to dwell on the past. The Heavy Lift Awards 2024 aims to recognise excellence from the past year. Avoid devoting a large chunk of your entry explaining your company’s history and focus on what from the past year has set you apart from the other entries.

Above and beyond

Remember the Awards reward excellence – that does not mean simply ticking the boxes, it means going above and beyond the call of duty. You need to demonstrate – with evidence – that you have done this.

Size isn’t important

Judges take into account the relative size of each company involved and make their decision on the basis of the evidence in front of them. Small companies have succeeded in the past.


If you are going to include appendices, then some guidance and context as to what they contain and why they are relevant is important.

Never assume

Our panel of judges are experts in their field, but they won’t necessarily know the intricacies of the operation. If it’s relevant to your entry, then describe the particular challenges you face.