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Nomination Categories & Criteria

 

Make sure you look at the criteria for your nomination category as the judges will be using this when choosing their winners!


Criteria for Awards and Nominees

The following information is designed to help you complete your applications for The PA Hub Awards. You can either nominate someone for an award or you can apply yourself.

 

Categories


Rising Star Award

Outstanding Charity Work

Members’ Member Yorkshire

Best Organised Event

Employer of the Year

Above and Beyond

Best PA Team

Best Boss

Yorkshire VA of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

Yorkshire PA of the Year


 

Important Dates

Monday 22nd July 2019 – Nominations open.


Monday 19th August 2019, 17:00 – Nominations close.


Monday 2nd September 2019  – Finalists for the 2019 Awards announced.


Wednesday 18th September 2019, 10:00–16:00 – Interviews to be held in Leeds City Centre for categories – Yorkshire VA of the Year, Lifetime Achievement & Yorkshire PA of the Year and judging for all the other categories will be done by applications received.


Wednesday 18th September 2019, 18:00 – 20:00 – Finalists Pre-Awards Evening Event for all finalists for an evening of celebration and to meet the other finalists and photos taken for the Awards brochure.


Friday 18th October 2019, 19:00 – 12:30 – The PA Awards Dinner will be held at Hilton Leeds City

 

For information:

We refer to the role throughout the information as Personal Assistant (PA). This is a generic use of the title for an assistant and covers other job titles such as Executive Assistant (EA), Business Assistant (BA), Secretary, Legal Secretary, Medical Secretary, Office Manager, Administrator etc. It is impossible to list all versions of the title for the role. We assume the assistants that apply are assisting at Director level or equivalent to qualify. If you want to check that you are eligible to apply please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification. We will treat each case individually and look at the role rather than the title.

Rising Star

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that meet the criteria below:


The nominee will have been a PA for less than four years and is showing enough promise for you to expect them to go far within the PA industry. They show ambition, confidence, and are always happy to assist colleagues and managers.

  • How does the nominee demonstrate commitment to the role and the company?
  • How do they develop their skills in the role and how have these skills been applied to improve performance?
  • Does the nominee show eagerness to learn and develop? Have they completed additional training to improve themselves and/or have they considered any future plans for learning and development.
  • Tell us about their enthusiasm & give examples of a can do attitude.

Extra Criteria

You must have been a PA for less than four years on 1 July 2019.

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Outstanding Charity Work

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that meet the criteria below:


The nominee for this category will be a PA who is making significant contributions to their community; a PA who makes you wonder, “How do they fit all this in as well as work, family and life?” This award recognises the unsung heroes of our communities.

They may volunteer for a charity or be a much needed helping hand to a member of the public. They may have raised money for charity in some way or they may be a shining example within a community showing compassion and empathy to a cause or are helping others achieve.

  • Give examples of how and where the nominee has been involved in volunteer activities at work or in the community at any point within the last 12 months.
  • How are they making a difference from these activities?
  • Explain how they strive to make the world a better place when giving up their time showing compassion and empathy in the extra work they are doing.
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Members' Member Yorkshire

Our PA members are invited to vote for their fellow members who they believe are worthy to be recognised within The PA Hub membership.


This nominee could be seen as an inspiration to others within the profession, has welcomed you into the group, given great advice or just been generally nice to everyone and making people feel at ease. They may have spoken at an event, helped out on reception or been the helpful driver for the evening. They may have introduced you to The PA Hub and you are grateful for the opportunities, the collaboration and the friendships this has given you or they may have given unknowing advice and you want them to know you value their opinion.

  • Nominate for your Members’ Member – the PA with the most votes will be the winner.
  • Be nice to everyone – it could be you!

Extra Criteria

  • You must be a current paying PA Hub member on 1 July 2019 on any type of membership. This does not apply to non-members who pay per event.
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Best Organised Event

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that meet the criteria below:


The nominee for this category will have excellent organisational skills enabling them to produce and deliver an outstanding event; be that a board meeting, an away day, a gala dinner, awards ceremony, a PA event or a full-on conference.

Tell us about the event:

  • What type of event was it?
  • Where and when was the event held?
  • How many people attended?
  • What special skills did the nominee show to make it go to plan?
  • What made it different or extraordinary? How did it stand out from other events?
  • Please include up to 3 testimonials (on the additional A4 attachment) as we believe the best events will have positive feedback from the guests who attended.

Extra Criteria

The event, meeting or conference must have been held within the last 24 months within the period of July 2017 – July 2019.

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Employer of the Year

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that meet the criteria below:


The smallest of things can make a happy work place. Here is your chance to show how you make that happen within your company:

  • How does your business support and encourage continuous personal development and excellent training opportunities for your PAs?
  • Tell us about how the company encourages PA networking whether that be an internal or external PA group or both.
  • How does the business make sure they listen to the staff and ask for their views on the company?
  • How does the company keep present and engage with changes for the future such as embracing new technologies or business practice?
  • Please add up to 3 testimonials (on the additional A4 attachment) from the employees on the initiatives that your company has made that take it from good to great.
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Above and Beyond

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that meet the criteria below:


This category is designed for a PA who has influenced or implemented something that proved to make a visible difference or cost saving to their company; a PA who understands the needs of the business they work for.

Examples such as a smooth running of a complicated office move, a system that makes the office a brighter and happier place, a successful project or a service introduced that saves time for employees. Something that is different to the day to day role of an assistant and has been a welcome change.

  • How has a new system, service or project proved successful and had a positive influence to the workplace?
  • Has a new initiative saved business time and resources?
  • Describe how the new and improved way of working has made a difference to the company.
  • All PAs make a difference on a day to day basis; what makes this nomination different to make it stand out from the crowd?
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Best PA Team

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that meet the criteria below:


This category is for a team of PAs who work as a group to deliver an excellent service to their company and work over and above expectations. They will demonstrate outstanding team work and show invaluable initiative to the business they work for. They will work extremely well together to achieve set objectives and provide a good support network for not only their own team but those who they work with on a daily basis.

Please include:

  • Any particular projects that have achieved success by working as a team?
  • How do the team meet specific objectives by required deadlines?
  • Have your team have undertaken specific training together to meet the needs of the business?
  • How do the team support each other?
  • How do the team make sure the business runs smoothly with a consistent high level of work, achieving specific objectives and delivering the required outcomes.

Extra Criteria

  • There must be at least three PAs in the team to qualify for this category.
  • All team members must work for the same company.
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Best Boss

Interviews will not be held for this category. However, to help the judges make their decision please provide examples within your application that can be taken into consideration.


The nominee for this award will be highly regarded by all levels of staff. They show strength, direction and cascade their company’s values to all teams and employees within their structure. They have inclusive ideas and work hard to make sure the department/company runs efficiently and effectively.

Having a good PA/Manager relationship is paramount. Vote here for a boss that you respect and work in partnership with.

  • What positive attributes does your boss have and how do they communicate the message of good working values throughout the organisation?
  • How does your boss show instinctive leadership skills with an understanding for their employees?
  • How does your boss value employees and listen to their ideas that may better the business?
  • Describe your working relationship with your boss.
  • Give examples of how you work well together and how you help your boss be the best that they can be for the company.
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Yorkshire VA of the Year 2019

The finalists for this category will need to attend an interview with our judging panel between 10:00 & 16:00 on Wednesday 18th September 2019 in Leeds City Centre.


This category is for self-employed Virtual Assistants or Freelance PAs only; those who run their own independent business. Employed company VAs will not be shortlisted.

  • How does the nominee show entrepreneurial flair with a proven record of excellent delivery of a first rate service to their clients.
  • How does the nominee enhance the customer experience?
  • How does the nominee show talent in their business and stand out above others in this field?
  • What initiatives has the business made that takes it from a ‘nice to have’ helping hand to being an essential and fundamental part of the client’s business success.
  • What business growth plans has the nominee got in place for new ideas showing entrepreneurial skills for getting those new initiatives started.
  • Please include up to 3 testimonials (on the additional A4 attachment) from your clients.
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Lifetime Achievement

The finalists for this category will need to attend an interview with our judging panel between 10:00 & 16:00 on Wednesday 18th September 2019 in Leeds City Centre.


The nominee for this special award must have been a PA for over 20 years. They will be recognised for their lifetime dedication to the industry and will be highly respected by their colleagues and peers having reached the pinnacle of their career.

This award will be testament to their dedication to their career, the profession and the companies they have worked for.

  • How does the nominee show continuous enthusiasm and commitment to the PA profession.
  • How does the nominee show mentorship skills to less experienced PAs
  • How does the nominee show continuing professional and personal development.
  • Are there any special skills they bring to the table that make them stand out from the crowd?
  • Give an example of something that shows where their skills and knowledge have made a positive impact on the company.
  • Why are they worthy of winning a lifetime achievement award?
  • Please include a testimonial from the current executive if this person is not the nominator (on the additional A4 attachment).

Extra Criteria

You must have been a PA for more than twenty years on 1 July 2019.

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Yorkshire PA of the Year 2019

The finalists for this category will need to attend an interview with our judging panel between 10:00 & 16:00 on Wednesday 18th September 2019 in Leeds City Centre.


The nominee for this exceptionally coveted award will be a PA who is highly regarded by fellow professionals for their overall dedication and accomplishments within their company. This individual will have shown flair, ambition, commitment and have a desire to progress in this profession.

This Award is a real testament to someone who is dedicated to the PA profession and appreciates how important their role is in the day to day running of their business.

  • Describe the working relationship between the nominee and boss.
  • How does the nominee get involved with business strategy? Please include examples of how the nominee demonstrates good business practice within the company and the support they give to their executive/s.
  • How do they stand out from the crowd and what invaluable skills do they have that the company benefits from. Give examples of where they go above and beyond in their role.
  • What professional and personal development has the nominee undertaken in the last 12 months?
  • What  professional and personal development does the nominee wish to pursue in the future?
  • How does the nominee promote the profession?
  • Is the nominee an active networker – if so please tell us about this.
  • Please include a testimonial from the current executive if this person is not the nominator (on the additional A4 attachment).

The winner of this Award will be expected to work with The PA Hub for 12 months following the Awards to promote and champion the profession. This can include speaking at events, writing articles & being an ambassador for The PA Hub. The winner will also be a judge at the 2020 PA Hub Awards and win a continuous complimentary membership with The PA Hub.


Extra Criteria

You must have been a PA for more than 4 years on 1 July 2019

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If you have any questions please contact our Awards Team by emailing [email protected]

Best wishes

Marion & Jon

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