The SME Assistance Trophy
Martin Isles, Mineral Products Association receiving the SME Assistance Trophy Award.
It is widely acknowledged that small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) need help and support to enable them to manage health and safety successfully. This RoSPA SME Assistance Trophy recognises the most outstanding contribution made by a trade association or similar body to providing health and safety assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
As part of its annual awards programme RoSPA invites businesses, trade associations and other bodies as well as individual businesses to nominate potential recipients for the award.
The judges look for the winning organisation to demonstrate outstanding work to provide advice and assistance to small firms.
The 2012 SME Assistance Trophy was awarded to the Mineral Products Association with the Chemical Business Association receiving a Highly Commended Award and the Hire Association Europe a Commended Award.
If you know of or represent a body whose help for SMEs in health safety deserves recognition please either:
- Complete the RoSPA SME Assistance Trophy entry form (Word 118kb)
- Nominate an organisation so they can be interviewed by RoSPA; or
- Write to us with your reasons why they should be considered.
Please send this information by email to email@example.com with "SME Assistance Trophy" as the message subject.
Alternatively the postal address is:
SME Assistance Trophy,
RoSPA, 28 Calthorpe Road,
How the award will be judged
Nominations, including any 'self-nominations', will initially be reviewed using a scoring matrix to produce a long list of possible recipients of the award. Criteria include:
- Evidence and needs led services
- Developed with input from SMEs
- Addressing priority issues
- Working in partnership
- Using novel methods of intervention and influence
- Sensitive to SME needs
- Evaluating impact and effectiveness
- Capable of replication
The SME Assistance Trophy judging panel - a sub-committee of the overall RoSPA Awards Panel - will then shortlist the three best candidates, which will subsequently be interviewed by an H&S professional appointed by RoSPA.
The trophy winner will be selected based on corroborated information from the initial nomination, together with the interview findings.
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