Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost to enter?

For private companies, it costs £385.

For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £195. For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.

Entry to HR future leader of the year is free.

Will there be an in-person ceremony this year?

Yes. The ceremony will be held in London on Wednesday 1st December 2021. More information will be available soon.

I work for a company outside the UK, can I enter the awards?

We have a category specifically for overseas entrants. Alternatively, if you are entering on behalf of a company based in the UK or work directly with a company based in the UK, then your entry will be accepted.

What are the main characteristics you see in a winning entry?

A breakdown of each category criteria will be available on the categories page. You will also find links to previous winners on the HR Excellence Awards website.

Are there any new categories this year?

This year there are two new categories. These are:
Best Flexible Working Strategy
Best Crisis Management Strategy

My project could fit into two categories, how do I decide which to enter it into?

The criteria on the categories page specifies and advises which category to enter. However, you can enter both categories if you feel your entry is relevant to both.

Why is there a cost associated with entering the awards?

The HR Excellence Awards are the one of most well-regarded and prestigious events in the sector. For this reason, we expect a high calibre of entries and have chosen a price point which matches this. There are early bird discounts and charity rates. We are able to offer this reduced fee thanks for to our sponsors and HR Magazine.

Who are the judges? and How are they chosen?

The judges are all leading industry experts and have been chosen based on their experience in the HR industry. They span the public, private and charity sectors.

How do you prevent bias in the judging process?

The judges all must sign an NDA. A lot of work goes in to making sure there is no conflict of interest, with each judge sending in their scores individually, meaning they do not know the winner until the night of the awards.

Which supporting evidence will best support my submission?

Data and metrics is preferable to case studies and anecdotes, yet all add to the quality of the entry.