ROUND ONE: The deadline for first-round voting is 23.59 on Monday 24th June 2013
First round rules:
Companies shortlisted following the first round will be asked if they want to enter the second round; if they do want to be considered for a COGS Award, then they will be asked to fill in a submission form explaining exactly why they should win.
This submission form will specifically ask them to address three criteria, which are:
For the 19 industry categories, companies which are shortlisted for consideration in the second round of judging will be asked to pay a small administration charge, which covers the costs of organising the second round judging. The charge is £85 plus VAT per category entered for IPM members, and £105 plus VAT for non-members.
There is no administration charge for going through to the second round of the two special categories, the Individual of the Year and the Company of the Year.
Individuals and companies which have been shortlisted for either of these two special awards do not have to fill in a submission form.
For each industry category, a panel of judges chosen by the IPM for their relevant experience will examine all of the submissions which have been put forward by shortlisted companies. Votes cast in the first round will not influence second round judging: winners will be chosen according to the strength of their second round submissions.
INDUSTRY CATEGORY WINNERS
The company with the highest score in each industry category after second round judging will take first place in that category; there will then also be a runner-up and a third place for each category.
There are two special categories: Company of the Year and Individual of the Year.
Companies and individuals which are shortlisted in the two special categories will be asked to make a submission arguing their case for being the winner in the relevant category. There will be different submission forms for each Special Category.
All of the judges in all of the panels will then be asked to allocate points to the individuals and companies they think deserve to win the coveted Company of the Year or Individual of the Year award.
Unlike entry to the second round of the industry categories, where there is an administration charge to cover the costs of judging, there is no charge to go through to the second round of either of the two special categories.