RIA Annual Conference 2021

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RISE Awards

Celebrating Railway Industry Supplier Excellence 

The Railway Industry Supplier Excellence (RISE) Awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of RIA’s supply chain members in a range of categories. 2021 continued to be a very different year to what any of us could have envisaged, following the Coronavirus outbreak, but the rail supply sector has risen to the challenge, working hard to keep our rail network running during an incredibly difficult period as well as building the world-class railway of tomorrow. We should celebrate their fantastic achievements to support the UK, and the RISE Awards this year will do just that.

The RISE Awards 2021 will form an exciting part of the RIA Annual Conference. The Conference is set to take place on 4 & 5 November 2021, with the RISE Awards taking place on the evening of the first conference day.

The 2020 RISE Award winners can be found here


Our 2021 event will offer enhanced promotion opportunities for RISE award winners, through media partners and social media channels.


RISE Award Categories for 2021 

Enter your Company for a RISE Award: 

  • SME Exporter in Rail Award (sub £50M turnover companies) 
  • Micro Business Growth in Rail Award (sub £2M turnover companies) 
  • SME Growth in Rail Award (sub £50M turnover companies) 
  • NEW: Special Covid Response Award 
  • NEW: Community & Charity Engagement Award 
  • Safety & Wellbeing Award  
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Award 
  • Environment & Sustainability Award 
  • Collaboration Award 
  • Unlocking Innovation Award 

Nominate an Individual for a RISE Award – there is no charge for nominations: 

  • Future Leader Award 
  • Client of the Year Award 

Deadline (new!)
The deadline for your Award submissions and nominations is Monday 27 September 2021, at 17.00. 

Judges 
Judging panels will include senior representatives from BEIS, DfT, DIT, InnovateUK, UKRRIN, Network Rail HQ, RSSB, NSAR and YRP

When will I know if my entry has been shortlisted? 
Shortlisted entries will be notified by Friday 15 October 2021.  

Where and when is the Award ceremony held? 
The ceremony will take place during the evening dinner, at the Hilton Bankside in London on Thursday 4 November, at the RIA Annual Conference 2021. 
Buy dinner tickets – or full conference tickets – here: LINK 
If we are unable to hold the event in person, we will hold a virtual ceremony instead. 

Sponsor an Award 
Sponsor an award category for £2,500 +VAT – contact rose.garber@riagb.org.uk for details. 

Price 
Entry fee is £80 +VAT per award entry. 
RIA’s SME members with an annual rail turnover below £1m will enjoy a 50% fee reduction. 
There is no limit to the number of entries you can make; you can make several different entries to each award category.  
Every unique entry you submit will be charged as a separate entry. 


IMPORTANT - Detailed Instructions for Entering Company RISE Awards 

  • Please email RISE@riagb.org.uk with your entry in PDF format.
  • Your entry must contain no more than 10 pages in total (the 10 pages can be submitted in more than one pdf, eg 2 files both containing 5 pages). 
  • Word count must not exceed 1000.
  • You may use pictures, diagrams and graphics. 
  • Each pdf must not exceed 20MB file size.
  • We encourage you to include a short video or interactive element (max 2minutes) to supplement your submission, that can be watched online. Please send a link via WeTransfer or a similar file sharing platform.
  • Note that excerpts from shortlisted entries will be published online. 
  • Please clearly mark up any sensitive information that you do not wish to be mentioned in promotional material about your entry, should it be shortlisted.
  • If you do not receive an email confirmation for your entry within 24 hours, please get in touch.
  • You can pay by card or by invoice – please state your preference, and include your Purchase Order or billing reference with your submission(s). 

IMPORTANT - Detailed Instructions for Nominating Individuals for RISE Awards 

  • There is no charge for nominating a colleague for an Individual RISE Award. 
  • Please email RISE@riagb.org.uk with your nomination. 
  • Please use Microsoft Word format. 
  • Your nomination must not exceed 500 words in total, nor 2 pages of A4. 
  • Your file must not exceed 20MB. 
  • We encourage you to include a short video or interactive element (max 2minutes) to supplement your submission, that can be watched online. Please send a link via WeTransfer or a similar file sharing platform. 
  • Note that excerpts from shortlisted nominations will be published online.  
  • Please mark up any sensitive information that you do not wish to be mentioned in any promotional material about your entry, should it be shortlisted. 
  • If you do not receive an email confirmation for your entry within 24 hours, please get in touch. 

Submitting a good quality entry 
If your entry is shortlisted, your company should be prepared to attend the awards ceremony on the evening of 4 November, in person or online. 

EXPORTER / GROWTH AWARDS 
Entries must show how your company has grown in sales / headcount / profitability, explain how this growth has been achieved, and why your business deserves recognition this year as the rail supply community’s best growing rail supply business. 

Submission headings should include: 
- Summary – including headline challenges and achievements, why you should win; this will be published online, if you are shortlisted. 
- Challenges / starting point, including figures. 
- Achievement / impact, including figures, demonstrating growth and improvement. 

 SPECIAL COVID RESPONSE AWARD - 2021 only 
Entries should show how your company has responded to the Coronavirus crisis, adapting its business practices, ensuring the wellbeing of employees, and introducing new working practices.  

Submission headings should include: 
- Summary – including headline challenges and achievements, and why you should win; this will be published online, if you are shortlisted. 
- Recent contribution / impact on the supply chain / how the nominee has made a difference to the wider industry. 
- Demonstrate quick response / employee welfare / new ways of working 
- What are the lessons learnt? 

COMMUNITY & CHARITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD – new for 2021 

Entries should explain how and why your activity/initiative is exemplary, and explain its impact, including how this has or will benefit the wider community and stakeholders. 

Submission headings should include: 
- Summary – including headline challenges and achievements/ impact, and why you should win; this will be published online, if you are shortlisted. 
- Problem / challenge / starting point. 
- Solution / initiative / project. 
- How does it address the challenge? Describe the impact / outcomes. 

SAFETY / DIVERSITY / ENVIRONMENT / COLLABORATION / INNOVATION AWARDS 
Entries should explain how and why your activity/initiative is exemplary, and explain its impact, including how this has or will benefit customers. 

Submission headings should include: 
- Summary – including problem, solution, impact, and why you should win; this will be published online, if you are shortlisted. 
- Problem / challenge / pain point / starting point. 
- Solution / technology / initiative / project. 
- How does it solve the problem / impact / outcomes – internal and external. 

INDIVIDUAL FUTURE LEADER / CLIENT NOMINATIONS  
Tell the judges about why your nominee deserves recognition as an exemplary future leader or client, from the perspective of the rail supply community. The client can be an individual from any rail-related organisation; they may also be a supplier themselves. The name, company and job title of the endorser should be supplied, although these details won’t be published without express permission. You should seek permission from your nominee, before you submit your nomination. You and your nominee should be prepared to attend the awards ceremony on the evening of 4 November, in person or online. 

Your nomination should include details of the individual’s: 
- Name, company, job title.  
- Professional and personal characteristics and behaviours. 
- Demonstrable achievements / lasting impact. 
- Recent contribution / impact on the supply chain / how the nominee has made a difference to the wider industry. 
- Endorsements from named colleagues – not anonymous – ideally from more than one company.  
Terms & Conditions 
By submitting your entries and/or nominations, you agree that: 
You are authorised to submit the entry or nomination on your company’s behalf. 
You agree to pay the entry fee of £80 +VAT for company awards (50% reduction for SMEs with <£1M rail turnover). 
The judges’ decisions are final. 
RIA may publish your summary (company Awards) and/or part of your nominations (individual awards), free of charge, via various channels including trade press, social media and websites.  
RIA will seek your permission to publish names of any individuals. 
Members of RIA may be given the opportunity to vote on some shortlisted entries – namely Client of the Year. 
Votes will not be counted if they are from the same company as the award entrant. 
Voting is confidential and results will NOT be made public. 
No sensitive information will be published. 
The RISE Awards are open to all RIA Member Companies. 
RIA reserves the right to change the award titles, criteria, and judging process. 

Contact 
Email RISE@riagb.org.uk or call the RIA office on 020 7201 0777 if you have any queries. 

THIS YEAR'S JUDGES 














Jake Rudham, Marketing Director, Unipart Rail
George Davies, Director Sustainable Development, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) 
Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) 
Jo Lewington, Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer 
Luisa Moisio, Director of Research and Development, RSSB  
Kelvin Davies, Innovation Lead Rail, InnovateUK
George Chilcott, Senior Euston Station Sponsor, HS2 Ltd and Chairman for Young Rail Professionals Ltd (YRP)
Pete Gracey, Head of Interoperability and Rail Vehicle Engineering, Office of Rail and Road
Michael Noakes, Head of Rail, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Susan Millington, Head of Programme Management, Network Rail 
•       Ria Bairtow, Sector Manager, Rail at Department for International Trade (DIT)
•       Nicola Small, Senior Rail Programme Manager, (Very Light Rail Programme Manager), Coventry City Council
•       Jools Townsend, Chief Executive, Community Rail Network 
•       Ian Prosser CBE, Director, railway safety, Office of Rail and Road

 


More Judges to be confirmed shortly.  

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