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First awards in UK construction to gain independent trust mark

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The Building Innovation Awards has gained independent accreditation recognising the integrity of its operations; the first such event for the construction sector to do so.

Following an assessment by the Independent Awards Standards Council (IASC), the event was awarded the Advanced Level Trust Mark.

The Building Innovation Awards, which celebrates innovation in the construction technology and built environment sectors, is organised by Manchester-based UK Business Events Ltd (UKBE).

The IASC said: “These are very well-run awards with clear transparency on judging process, fees, and a well organised feedback process for both winners and those that just missed out.

“It is great to have the UK construction industry able to gain recognition for their innovations and modernisation via these awards, which are run openly and fairly. Well done to everyone involved.”

The IASC’s Trust Mark Scheme was established to recognise and encourage transparency and good practice across the awards industry as a whole. It serves to enhance trust between those entering awards, and the organisations that run them, whatever the sector.

Joe Broun, managing director of UKBE, and publisher of Build in Digital, said: “We work hard to ensure our events are open, transparent, and fair; it’s gratifying to have that acknowledged by an independent body.

“The Building Innovations Awards, like all our awards events, rely on the independent assessment of the judging panel. We are privileged to have some of the foremost industry leaders and experts serve on our panel, who between them share a deep well of experience and knowledge about the sector. We couldn’t do it without them; they ensure the awards are based on the merit of the entrants.

“Everyone at UKBE is proud to be organising the very first awards event for the construction sector to gain this important accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to truly celebrate innovation.”

The Building Innovation Awards has gained independent accreditation recognising the integrity of its operations; the first such event for the construction sector to do so.
Past winners of the Building Innovation Awards. Now with added Trust Mark

Pledge to abide

There are three levels to the Trust Mark Scheme: Awards Trust Mark; Trust Mark – Advanced; and Trust Mark – Outstanding. Based around a voluntary code of conduct, accredited companies commit to its principles, with a director signing a pledge to abide by the code.

The highest levels of the code – advanced and outstanding – are further validated by IASC’s assessors, who call randomly selected awards judges and entrants to gain their feedback on the events. Accreditation must be renewed every year.

The IASC is a not-for-profit membership body established – like its Trust Mark scheme – to foster transparency and trust for the benefit all the stakeholders involved n running, or taking part in awards.

Research carried out by member company Boost Awards in 2018 provided the spur for the IASC’s creation of the Trust Mark scheme. Surveying both entrants and organisers, it found that 80% of businesses entering awards would look more favourably at those with accreditation.

Transparency is essential, the research found. Furthermore, it also showed that perceived trust in the judging process is one of the most influential factors when businesses are looking at awards to enter.

The IASC said: “The scheme is already raising standards in the industry, and we would encourage everyone entering awards to encourage the organisers to commit to the code of conduct, and thus earn an awards trust mark.”

Promoting excellence

Speaking of their experience of the Building Innovation Awards, one entrant said: “It’s the best awards we’ve not only entered for (clear, transparent, well thought through, excellent judges) but the event itself was a blast (fun, well run, great food … all round great event.) Wish more in the industry were like this.”

Another added: “When attending I am normally sat on a table with a selection of interesting people with varied backgrounds and interests. I can honestly say that many of the strangers I have sat with at the Building Innovation Awards have stayed in touch. It’s brilliant to see how they are progressing, and sometimes bounce ideas off each other.”

Said this entrant: “We enter quite a few awards generally, and I found the Building Innovation Awards were clear and transparent, and an easy process to follow.”

One of the judges said: “The Building Innovation Awards celebrate ground-breaking innovations and advancements in construction, design, and sustainability. I am delighted to be involved as one of the returning judges recognising and promoting excellence in the industry.”

Another member of the judging panel added: “It was good to see such a diverse pool of competing organisations, which has truly allowed smaller firms to compete for due recognition and exhibit their value creation, towards successful project delivery.”

The Building Innovation Awards 2024 takes place on 17 October at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. To enquire about available sponsorship opportunities for the awards, please visit here.

To find out more, or to enter the awards, visit the Building Innovation Awards here.

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