New categories and guidelines introduced for 2014

The 16th annual Rail Business Awards – RBA2013 – is launched with the introduction of new categories including awards for Women in Rail and for Diversity and Inclusion.

“The changes we’ve made to the 2013 awards reflect the changing nature of business practice and the increased emphasis companies place on their corporate social responsibilities,” explained Emily Barnes, business development manager of awards organisers Woodhouse Communications.

She added: “The Women in Rail Award will go to the company that can demonstrate its commitment to improving gender balance throughout its workforce, while the other will be presented to the organisation that shows the greatest commitment to diversity and inclusion and the positive impact that commitment has had on commercial or operational performance.”

The Rail Business Awards are the longest standing of their type. They recognise business excellence across the rail industry, and are open to any company or organisation associated with that industry.

There have been thousands of entries received in the Woodhouse offices over the years and, at judging time, many comments from the judges about the quality of some of those submissions.

So, Woodhouse has produced a free guide to entering the awards, which is full of information including how to improve an entry’s chances of winning.

Rachael McMillan, events manager at Woodhouse and now in her third RBA, concluded that the instructions on the RBA website and in the entry pack were not enough.

“I drew up the guidelines following a pre-launch Woodhouse quality review of the RBA when we identified the issue,” explained Rachael. “The guidelines include check lists, schedules and some words of wisdom from members of our panel of judges. We are hoping these new guidelines will level the entry playing field.”

The deadline for submission is September 25. This gives those wanting to participate nearly two more months to enter one or more of the categories.

The guidelines and a full list of categories and criteria of all of the categories are available through the RBA website:

The Hilton is once again the venue for the dinner, which will take place on February 27, 2014, and will be attended by key decision makers and their colleagues from companies throughout the rail industry. It is regarded as a key date in the industry’s calendar.

There is also a special early bird discount for those wishing to book a table at the event, which provides an excellent opportunity for networking. The early bird discount on tables ends on August 30, so you are advised to get in quickly.


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