FAQs

  • Can anyone enter the CCLA/Room151 Impact Awards? Our awards are very simple and free to enter. They are open to all UK local government finance officers. Entries must get the ‘thumbs up’ from your section 151 officer.
    Note: Entries made with/on behalf of clients (local authorities, councils) must be endorsed by the client.
  • Does it cost anything to enter the awards? No. The CCLA/Room151 Impact Awards are completely free to enter and involve submitting an online entry. Further info here
  • Can we make more than one submission? You can make a maximum of two submissions – both free. Further info here
  • How many categories can we enter? You can enter each submission into a maximum of two categories.
  • When is the closing date for submissions? April 30th, 2021 at midnight.
  • Will you be extending the entry deadline? To request an extension please contact June.clark@room151.co.uk. Please provide details of your organisation and the category you plan on entering as well as your contact name, number and email and a team member will be in contact closer to the deadline.
  • What will the submission form look like? The submission form for entries is in an electronic format that you will fill in online. It needs to be completed in one sitting. However, if you need to take your time over it, you can request a Word document version from June.clark@room151.co.uk
  • How long should my submission be? The maximum words allowed is 1100 (excluding our words)
  • What information do we have to include in the entry?
    A summary of your entry in 100 words, why your entry should win the award in 1000 words; two high quality photographs related to your submission (team photo, project, activity) to appear on screen and in publications if you are shortlisted or are a winner.
  • Can I include photos of the team and biographies? Yes, you can.  However, the overall file size must not exceed 2MB.  Words are still limited to 1100 so keep your team bios very short! By entering you are agreeing that Room151 can use/publish the images supplied.
  • What will the photographs be used for? Photographs will be used only if you are shortlisted on screen at the awards ceremony and within publicity materials. By entering you are agreeing that Room151 can use/publish the images supplied.
  • Can we include testimonials? Yes, testimonials should be included within the wordcount for your submission.
  • What are the judges looking for? Have a look for the guidance here. 
  • What do you mean by impact? Positive outcomes. The good stuff that you do for people, place and the environment.
  • So do you mean impact investing? That’s just one small part of it. Impact can be found in everything you do: the capital programme, joint ventures, procurement, commissioning, treasury management, supporting services, pension fund investing, building houses, waste management, getting grants out the door for covid-19…etc, etc.
  • But we’ve been so busy this year with Covid! Exactly! A great example of how finance teams at local authorities have made an incredible impact on their communities. Tackling Covid-19 is one of the categories.
  • What other tips?
    • Focus on content
    • Tell a story
    • Clear, easy to read
    • No appendices
  • How do we submit an entry? All entries are submitted via an online entry form here.
  • Do we have to complete the entry in one go? The submission is made online and in one sitting. You are not able to save and return. It is strongly advised that you prepare your entry in a “Word” document and then copy and paste the information into the appropriate section. Please contact June if you have any difficulty with your submission june.clark@room151.co.uk
  • Can we exceed the word count? No, the judges will discount any words over the limit.
  • When will the shortlist be announced? The shortlist of finalists will be announced on 28th May 2021 in Room151’s newsletter.
  • What if we are successful in becoming a finalist? You will be notified by email for each category in which you are successful.  We aim to do this by 28th May 2021.
  • Our submission did not make the shortlist. Is it possible to get feedback? We are unable to provide feedback on entries that were unsuccessful.
  • What happens after the finalists are chosen? After the short list announcement, each judging panel will meet to discuss the shortlisted entries and decide who should be the overall winner.
  • When will the winners be announced? The winners will be announced at the virtual CCLA/Room151 Impact Awards ceremony at 1630 on Thursday 1st July 2021. You can sign up here and invite all your colleagues! It’s free to attend.
  • Who will be judging the awards? You can see the judges here. They have all been carefully selected and are experts in local government finance and investment.
  • What will be included in the “Summary of Entries”? By entering the awards you agree that Room151 is able to use your project information for the purposes of publicity and circulation to all participants and judges.  We may include any of the detail submitted in your entry. If you do not wish any details to be published you must notify us by email with the above details and we will remove it from the “summary of projects”.
  • How will we get the “summary of projects”? This will be circulated after the CCLA/Room151 Impact Awards ceremony held on 1st July 2021 by email to the contact given on your entry.
  • If I have any other questions can I get in touch? Of course. You can email june.clark@room151.co.uk