Make a diary date now for Tuesday 22 October 2002. This is the date for the celebratory dinner of the fifth annual Health Insurance awards to be held at Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
The event has already become the premier awards ceremony for health insurance intermediaries, recognising the professionalism and wide ranging duties of the independent intermediary.
Entering one or more of the 11 different categories requires a small investment of your time, but the rewards of winning one of the categories, or the overall award are tremendous! Previous winners have reported increased volumes of business as a direct result, as well as recognition within the health insurance industry of their professionalism. Not to mention the tremendous pride in knowing that independent assessors also think that they are good too! Of course, the best endorsements come from the winners themselves – just take a look at the comments from some of last year’s winners on the next page.
This year we have added a new category of Intermediary Business Initiative of the Year. To win this, you need to show that you have improved your business through a ground-breaking approach to marketing and sales. This could include anything from developing an interesting and user-friendly website to local community initiatives and direct marketing.
You may enter as many categories as you wish, or just the ones that most closely reflect your own areas of specialisation.
In addition to the 11 categories, all entrants will automatically be considered for the overall Health Insurance Intermediary of the Year award. You may also nominate a candidate for the Personality of the Year award. This is a special award that allows the industry to reward a person or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. The range of people eligible for this award is as wide as the industry itself! And could include, for example, someone who has been actively involved in lobbying Government, a charity worker or an intermediary who has offered exceptional service or innovation.
This year we have made it even easier to enter. The awards entry form, included with this month’s issue, features an example entry and includes hints and tips to give you an idea of what the judges are looking for. In the past, entrants were required to present a 1,000 word entry and were also allowed to submit an unlimited amount of supporting material. This year we have streamlined the entry procedure in an effort to make it much simpler and less time consuming. To enter, you should submit up to 10 bullet points explaining why you should be considered for a particular category and a 500 word summary of you/your business/your strengths in that area. You may also, if you wish, include a maximum of four pages of addendum material.
The awards are open to all independent intermediaries and IFAs. As mentioned earlier, the awards entry form is included with this issue. If you do not have a copy, call Emma Hawkings on 020 7017 4205 or email her at email@example.com and she will gladly send you a copy. You may also vote for your favourite providers – look out for the questionnaire in the July issue.
The closing date for entries is Friday 9 August. We look forward to receiving your entry/ies!