For a number of reasons, we have decided to extend the entry timetable for 2020, giving you more time to complete your entry.
We always get requests for deadline extensions, but usually we stick to our announced deadline, just allowing a few days post deadline for the completion of entries already started. However, 2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least, and it seems a number of you are struggling to meet the deadline. Some have issues relating to employees being on or coming back from furlough, and others are simply under immense time pressure because of the restrictions COVID-19 has brought.
Also, we are aware that we had an issue with our website at the end of last week and over the weekend which prevented people from accessing the judging criteria, and will have made a difficult situation even worse for some.
Accordingly, we are adjusting the schedule to allow an extra week. We are also announcing now that we will be allowing additional time for completion of entries registered on the system after the deadline – but this will ONLY be for entries already started and registered.
The new schedule will be:
Entries close – September 25
Extended close – September 30 (to finish entries already registered)
Shortlist announcement – October 19
Interview stages (for certain categories only) – November 3 – 5
Awards presentation (online) – November 26