Celebrating Excellence Together
The 2021 Performance Awards Scheme looks to build upon the successful schemes of recent years. There are nine categories in 2021; three ‘Team’ and six ‘Excellence’. The on-going changes faced by the profession brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic are reflected in the criteria for each category.
Entries are welcomed from organisations in both the public and private sector. This includes organisations that are working together.
All submissions will need to be submitted through the Awards portal found on the IRRV Web Site. The closing date for entries is Friday, 2 July 2021. Unlike award schemes run by other organisations, there are no plans for this deadline to be extended.
Once the short-listing process has taken place, the list of finalists will be released in W/C 19 July 2021.
A key element of the IRRV awards has always been the inspection process. In the past, short-listed organisations received a visit from an Inspection Team, drawn from distinguished experts within the profession.
This year, the inspection process will be conducted virtually in August / September, with finalists facilitating the inspection. An Inspection Team will be invited to the virtual meeting who will then produce a report for the Awards Panel.
The Awards Panel will select a winner in each category. In addition, they may also decide to recognise other finalists as being ‘Highly Commended’.
The Performance Awards Gala Dinner (when the winners in each category will be announced and trophies presented) is to be held during the IRRV Annual Conference on Wednesday, 6 October 2021.
Organisations selected as a finalist will receive one complimentary place to attend the Annual Conference (including the Gala Dinner). An organisation short-listed in more than one category, will receive a further complimentary place, for each additional category.
The virtual awards village will be held on the IRRV web site. This will include a summary of the submissions from each finalist. Details of awards schemes from previous years can also be found on the IRRV web site.
All submissions must be submitted through the Awards Portal by 5.00pm on
Friday, 2 July 2021.
(Note: There are no plans for this closing date to be extended)
A submission must not exceed 2,500 words. (Note: Submissions in excess of 2,500 words will be rejected)
Additional documentation should not be provided to support the submission. (Note: The short listing exercise will be based on the submission alone)
An organisation is entitled to submit an entry in more than one category. (Note: A separate submission should be made for each category)
The Awards Panel may decide to split a category into one or more categories. (Note: This will only happen, if entries within a category are so diverse)
The Awards Panel reserves the right to consider a submission in another category. (Note: This will only take place with agreement of the organisation)
Inspections will be conducted virtually and facilitated by the organisation.
Organisations short-listed in more than one category, have the opportunity for their virtual inspection to be combined and carried out on the same day.
Virtual Inspections in any one category will not last more than 2 hours.
A short-listed organisation will be expected to make a presentation of no more than 1 hour and should allow up-to 30 minutes for any questions from the Inspection Team.
An Inspection Team would welcome the opportunity to meet with those that have contributed to the organisations achievement (i.e. staff, internal / external parties etc.).
Additional documentation can be provided by the organisation prior to, during or after their inspection, to support their submission.
Following the virtual inspection, an inspection team will produce a comprehensive report, that is then submitted to the Awards Panel, who ultimately take the final decisions in each category.
All short-listed organisations will be entitled to request feedback on their submission(s), following the Gala Dinner.
Organisations entering the Awards in 2021 are required to register their interest through the Awards Portal at the earliest opportunity. This will enable the Performance Awards Co-ordinator to provide any advice or assistance, when submitting an entry.
Submissions must be submitted through the Awards Portal by 5.00pm on Friday, 2 July 2021.
On receipt of the submission, an automated e-mail will be sent within 24 hours to acknowledge receipt. If an acknowledgement has not been received, an organisation should contact the Performance Awards Co-ordinator immediately.
All enquiries on the Performance Awards should be addressed to the Performance Awards
Co-ordinator, Gary L Watson IRRV (Hons); his contact details are:-
Address: 167-169 Great Portland Street, 5th Floor, London, W1W 5PF
Telephone: 0207 691 8988
Mobile: 07887 804177