How much do you charge?
We price each award entry on a project-by-project basis. This is because the amount of work required for each job can vary depending on a number of factors, for example:
- The level of support you require from us (it could be writing the whole submission from scratch, or just sense-checking your draft).
- The awards being entered (some require a great deal of content and supporting evidence while others may be just a few hundred words).
- The number of stages involved in the entry process (some awards just ask for a written entry, other may have multiple stages, for example, a presentation).
- How much content is recycled from other entries (sometimes we are able to reuse content to enter other awards or categories).
Once we’ve provided a quote and if you’re happy, as long as the scope stays the same, we won’t charge more. There are no hidden extras and no surprise invoices; the only additional thing we would charge for are external expenses which are charged at cost. These charges are outlined here.
To enquire about pricing for a potential awards project, please get in touch.
How much notice do you need?
In an ideal world we would like to have one or even two months’ notice. This is simply because some research can take time.
The reality, however, is that it is not always an ideal world and we are often given only a few days’ notice. But fear not, there are seventeen of us, and as a team we operate for 24 hours a day to be able resource projects at short notice.
Isn’t it just the big companies that win awards?
No. We cannot stress enough how wrong this common assumption is. Yes, a few awards schemes favor big brands, but many of the most prolific winners of national awards are small to medium sized enterprises.
Will you be honest about our chances of winning?
Yes. We often advise people not to enter awards or to withdraw from a submission. This could be for three possible reasons:
1. There is a condition of entry in the small print that they cannot meet (for example, end date of a project).
2. The evidence of achievement is simply impossible to find, no matter how hard we search.
3. The evidence, when uncovered, actually proves that the programme was not outstanding after all.
N.B. This does not mean we won’t charge for time already invested, but it does mean saving further time, money and possibly disappointment.
Who actually enters the submission? You or us?
A majority of clients like to do the final submitting themselves, and unless agreed to the contrary, our quotes will assume this. Here are some points to bear in mind:
1) If the entry is by email then a client contact will have to do the submitting, but we can advise on the covering email message.
2) If online credit card payment is required, then clients tend to submit themselves using their own card details. This is preferable to them giving us their credit card details, or us paying using a Boost credit card and revealing our involvement. If we use our credit card then we will add a 10% charge on the fee.
3) If an online upload is required then we can do this for clients with ease and in these situations we tend to do so.
4) If printing, packaging and a courier are required, we can provide this service. We will try to clarify this at the time of quoting, but if it is omitted from the quote, please assume this is an extra charge (time and expenses at cost).
Do we need to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
We regularly sign non-disclosure agreements with clients 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.
What happens if another company asks you to write a competing submission?
We do not write competing submissions for single-winner awards categories. Some awards, like the Queen’s Awards and the National Training Awards have multiple winners in each category. We are happy to write multiple submissions for the same category for awards like these. When awards have regional and national phases, this policy applies on a regional basis only.