Ethics and confidentiality
In our role as award entry writers, we are put in a position of trust by both our clients and awards organisers. Our clients need to know we will not mishandle their confidential information or misrepresent them, and awards organisers need to know that we will not try and mislead the judges. For this reason, we work to a strict code of conduct.
Conflict of interest
We do not write competing submissions for the same single-winner awards categories. However, for some awards, where there are multiple winners (e.g. the Queen’s Awards and National Training Awards), this rule does not apply.
Honesty in submissions
When we write awards submissions our aim is to do you justice and help find the evidence needed to substantiate your claims. We do not endorse or encourage exaggeration or fabrication.
Being honest about your chances
We are not the judges, so cannot predict with certainty what will get through to the finals or win. We will, however, use our extensive experience to give you an honest assessment of your chances. For example, if our search for evidence to prove you are outstanding fails to uncover anything that might earn you a place in the finals, then we might possibly recommend withdrawing the submission. This does not mean we won’t charge for time already invested, but it does mean saving time, money and disappointment in the long run.
We regularly sign non-disclosure agreements and are always happy to do so. Whether we sign one or not, we will treat all information provided as confidential and will not share it outside the Boost team. We will also not publish the fact that we work with you on our website or in marketing communications of any sort without your permission.
We believe a client should take all the credit and, where possible, will treat our involvement in the writing of an award submission with full discretion. Please see our Privacy Statement for more details.
Honesty in charging
When a quote or upper limit is agreed for a project, we will only charge up to this point.
Boost will not accept any commission from awards organizers who encourage people to enter their awards. We also do not own or part-own any awards programs.
An honest win rate
The good news is that we are so successful that we do not need to embellish our figures to make us look more successful than we truly are.
As the first award-entry specialists, we have mastered proprietary techniques which dramatically increase the likelihood of our clients winning credible awards ( having 30-100 applications per category), which means almost 40% of our submissions win.
Our win rate is calculated by dividing the number of genuine third-party awards won by the number of entries we wrote or co-wrote for clients (across the entire time we have been trading).
We do not employ any of the following tactics (that we have seen among less reputable marketing and PR service providers):
- Treating commendations as wins.
- Run any type of home-made awards program, where we act as the awarding body as well as the award entry writers – this sounds shocking, but it happens.
- Focus our clients on awards that are easy to win, but lack prestige. Our aim is to add value to their brands, and unknown or “pay-to-win” awards do not achieve this.
Our corporate social responsibility
- Our Awards Planner tool generates money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK. (20% of fees).
- We write a lot of CSR award submissions, and have seen numerous examples of best practise that could apply to other organisations. We regularly share these tips and tricks and help clients improve their corporate social responsibility as a result.
- We actively try to reduce our carbon footprint by supporting home working, travelling primarily by train to client meetings and minimizing our use of paper.
- Our team actively works with the community through voluntary work and Boost makes regular charitable donations.