The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards

The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards

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Milly Bones

Principal Consultant, Boost Awards

Awards Spotlight – The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards 2019

As one of London’s top responsible business awards, the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards celebrates businesses that are achieving excellence in social impact. Recognising the vital role businesses across every sector have to play in this important topic, these awards recognise everything from responsible recruitment through to procurement and giving practices. In fact, the whole event aims to celebrate success and inspire others by showcasing how the best in business tackle the plethora of challenging social issues we face today.

Whether your business is large or small, these awards give you the opportunity to shine a light on your achievements. So perhaps your company champions diversity, or runs a successful volunteering or social mobility scheme? The Dragon Awards recognises businesses going the extra mile to make a difference to society, so you will receive the credit you deserve for improving people’s lives by operating responsibly.

Like what you see? Then you’re probably wondering what categories The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards has on offer.

Categories

1. Lord Mayor’s Award for Leadership in Digital Skills

New for 2019, this category is perfect for companies that are investing in the UK’s digital future. If you have a story with a focus on championing and boosting the UK’s digital skills, this is the category for you. With digital skills proving vital when it comes to ensuring the UK remains competitive and inclusive, this exciting new category is sure to be popular.

2. Heart of the City Award

Is your business at the beginning of its social impact journey in Greater London? Perhaps you’ve put strong foundations in place to deliver sustainable impact in the future? If your strategic approach started within the last three years, then this category is a great choice for you.

3. Boosting Social Impact Award

Celebrating businesses that support others, this category will be awarded to the business that has multiplied its own social impact by providing support to small businesses, social enterprises and charities on their mission to launch, grow or become more sustainable.

4. Inclusive Employment Award

Does your business actively seek to remove employment or progression barriers for disadvantaged, underrepresented or minority groups? Perhaps you’ve made it your mission to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce? This category celebrates companies who have committed to inclusivity.

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“The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards celebrates excellence in social impact both within Greater London and nationally, for the Regional Impact Award and Lord Mayor’s Award categories. Best of all, they are completely free to enter.” 

5. Innovation Award

Have you found a new way to think about a deeply entrenched issue? Sought to drive impact on a long-standing issue? Or perhaps your business utilises its unique position to address issues which have been overlooked before? The Innovation category is the place for you. This award is for businesses that recognise the benefits of innovation – both as an important driver of sustainable social impact and as a way to engage their workforce.

6. Regional Impact Award

Does your organisation use its influence and resources to strengthen regional communities? Are you creating an impact that runs beyond the capital? This category, for those with a London presence, recognises initiatives that both respond to local need and tie in to a strong overall social impact strategy.

7. Community Partners Award

Are you part of a community organisation? Perhaps you’ve run successful initiatives working with companies to achieve excellence in social impact? This category recognises good practice and innovation in building and maintaining effective cross-sector partnerships that benefit Greater London.

For over 30 years, the Dragon Awards has attracted high-quality applications from a variety of organisations across London and the UK. Alongside a highly-coveted Dragon Award statue to celebrate success with employees, clients and competitors alike, winners will also benefit from a fully-edited video of their initiative, as well as additional support securing press and media coverage.

All applicants will be invited to The Mansion House in September, where the winners will receive their prestigious ‘Dragon’ from Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the great work firms are doing to tackle social problems across the capital, and the wider UK.

“I’m very excited that this year we have an award focused on digital skills. It is now more important than ever that we bring communities together to build, develop and nurture the pipeline of digitally-skilled and innovative talent. 

“Digital transformation offers us an opportunity to improve community cohesion, widen social mobility and build the UK’s competitiveness through skills development. It is an opportunity that together we must seize.

“I am calling on businesses of all sectors and sizes to come forward and show us what they are doing to benefit society.”

Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of London.

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How to enter

If you’d like to join the likes of Penguin Random House, Arsenal Football Club and PwC, these awards are completely free to enter and will be open for applications until 16th April 2019. What have you got to lose? Previous winners have reported winning new contracts, improved internal relationships, stronger reputations and increased PR as a result of taking part in the scheme.

Entry forms and full eligibility criteria can be found on the Dragon Awards website, but each entry requires a written award submission which answers specific questions relating to your initiative, including evidence of the difference your initiative has already made – through both qualitative and quantitative data, along with interesting plans you have in store for the future. Each category has its own clear guidance and information on word limits, outlined in the guidance documents online. It’s a really good idea to read and familiarise yourself with these, as it’s vital to help with the all-important judges’ points.

It can feel daunting when you first put pen to paper – so you might find these tips helpful. The biggest piece of advice is to make sure that you are telling a story. You have one opportunity to get the judges attention – and keep it! Also, be aware of making unsubstantiated claims like “we received excellent feedback” – judges won’t be impressed if your entry lacks evidence. It’s also really common to fall into the trap of focusing on what you did and not what you achieved – it’s important to find a blend of the two.

Milly Bones

Principal Consultant, Boost

Awards Spotlight – The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards 2019

As one of London’s top responsible business awards, the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards celebrates businesses that are achieving excellence in social impact. Recognising the vital role businesses across every sector have to play in this important topic, these awards recognise everything from responsible recruitment through to procurement and giving practices. In fact, the whole event aims to celebrate success and inspire others by showcasing how the best in business tackle the plethora of challenging social issues we face today.

Whether your business is large or small, these awards give you the opportunity to shine a light on your achievements. So perhaps your company champions diversity, or runs a successful volunteering or social mobility scheme? The Dragon Awards recognises businesses going the extra mile to make a difference to society, so you will receive the credit you deserve for improving people’s lives by operating responsibly.

Like what you see? Then you’re probably wondering what categories The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards has on offer.

Categories

1. Lord Mayor’s Award for Leadership in Digital Skills

New for 2019, this category is perfect for companies that are investing in the UK’s digital future. If you have a story with a focus on championing and boosting the UK’s digital skills, this is the category for you. With digital skills proving vital when it comes to ensuring the UK remains competitive and inclusive, this exciting new category is sure to be popular.

2. Heart of the City Award

Is your business at the beginning of its social impact journey in Greater London? Perhaps you’ve put strong foundations in place to deliver sustainable impact in the future? If your strategic approach started within the last three years, then this category is a great choice for you.

3. Boosting Social Impact Award

Celebrating businesses that support others, this category will be awarded to the business that has multiplied its own social impact by providing support to small businesses, social enterprises and charities on their mission to launch, grow or become more sustainable.

4. Inclusive Employment Award

Does your business actively seek to remove employment or progression barriers for disadvantaged, underrepresented or minority groups? Perhaps you’ve made it your mission to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce? This category celebrates companies who have committed to inclusivity.

5. Innovation Award

Have you found a new way to think about a deeply entrenched issue? Sought to drive impact on a long-standing issue? Or perhaps your business utilises its unique position to address issues which have been overlooked before? The Innovation category is the place for you. This award is for businesses that recognise the benefits of innovation – both as an important driver of sustainable social impact and as a way to engage their workforce.

6. Regional Impact Award

Does your organisation use its influence and resources to strengthen regional communities? Are you creating an impact that runs beyond the capital? This category, for those with a London presence, recognises initiatives that both respond to local need and tie in to a strong overall social impact strategy.

7. Community Partners Award

Are you part of a community organisation? Perhaps you’ve run successful initiatives working with companies to achieve excellence in social impact? This category recognises good practice and innovation in building and maintaining effective cross-sector partnerships that benefit Greater London.

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“The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards celebrates excellence in social impact both within Greater London and nationally, for the Regional Impact Award and Lord Mayor’s Award categories. Best of all, they are completely free to enter.” 

For over 30 years, the Dragon Awards has attracted high-quality applications from a variety of organisations across London and the UK. Alongside a highly-coveted Dragon Award statue to celebrate success with employees, clients and competitors alike, winners will also benefit from a fully-edited video of their initiative, as well as additional support securing press and media coverage.

All applicants will be invited to The Mansion House in September, where the winners will receive their prestigious ‘Dragon’ from Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the great work firms are doing to tackle social problems across the capital, and the wider UK.

“I’m very excited that this year we have an award focused on digital skills. It is now more important than ever that we bring communities together to build, develop and nurture the pipeline of digitally-skilled and innovative talent. 

“Digital transformation offers us an opportunity to improve community cohesion, widen social mobility and build the UK’s competitiveness through skills development. It is an opportunity that together we must seize.

“I am calling on businesses of all sectors and sizes to come forward and show us what they are doing to benefit society.”

Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of London.

great place to work

How to enter

 

If you’d like to join the likes of Penguin Random House, Arsenal Football Club and PwC, these awards are completely free to enter and will be open for applications until 16th April 2019. What have you got to lose? Previous winners have reported winning new contracts, improved internal relationships, stronger reputations and increased PR as a result of taking part in the scheme.

Entry forms and full eligibility criteria can be found on the Dragon Awards website, but each entry requires a written award submission which answers specific questions relating to your initiative, including evidence of the difference your initiative has already made – through both qualitative and quantitative data, along with interesting plans you have in store for the future. Each category has its own clear guidance and information on word limits, outlined in the guidance documents online. It’s a really good idea to read and familiarise yourself with these, as it’s vital to help with the all-important judges’ points.

It can feel daunting when you first put pen to paper – so you might find these tips helpful. The biggest piece of advice is to make sure that you are telling a story. You have one opportunity to get the judges attention – and keep it! Also, be aware of making unsubstantiated claims like “we received excellent feedback” – judges won’t be impressed if your entry lacks evidence. It’s also really common to fall into the trap of focusing on what you did and not what you achieved – it’s important to find a blend of the two.

Next steps?

Do any of these make you think “That’s us” or “We could win that”? Or perhaps you are looking at the entry form wishing somebody could write it for you? If so, then I recommend you let us help with the creation of your written submission. We’ve been helping businesses enter and win business awards, including successfully winning The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, since 2006. Details of our award entry writing services can be found here.

I would be happy to give you a call to help you double check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email me directly via milly.bones@boost-awards.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Milly

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,300 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Milly Bones and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Images used with the kind permission of The City of London Corporation. 

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Next steps?

Do any of these make you think “That’s us” or “We could win that”? Or perhaps you are looking at the entry form wishing somebody could write it for you? If so, then I recommend you let us help with the creation of your written submission. We’ve been helping businesses enter and win business awards, including successfully winning The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, since 2006. Details of our award entry writing services can be found here.

I would be happy to give you a call to help you double check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email me directly via milly.bones@boost-awards.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Milly

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,300 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Milly Bones and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants
Boost Awards.  Images used with the kind permission of The City of London Corporation.  

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