Answers to your most frequently asked questions

Below is a recommended format for writing a quality award nomination.

Step 1: JUSTIFICATION: Compile a list of reasons why your nominee should be selected. Reasons could include examples, stories, illustrations, and statistics about an individual's work. It is important that you be as specific as you can in your nomination letter. Avoid sweeping generalities and make every sentence count. Bring this person to life; help the reviewers visualize this individual. Ask others for more information. Talk with them in person or request that they email you. Ask if they have a story or example they can share.

Step 2: OPENING STATEMENT: Start with a clear, direct, and specific statement of why the nominee deserves recognition. Include enough information for the judges to become familiar with the nominee’s specific challenges faced, actions taken, and results or goals met. List the most important information in the first few sentences and then elaborate as necessary but try to keep your nomination under 1000 words. Anything longer than that is unlikely to be remembered in a positive light.

Step 3: SUPPORTING STATEMENTS: Support the opening statement with specific examples and elaborate on why the nominee’s accomplishments are worthy of the award.

These examples should include outcomes, results, and/or activities “above and beyond” the nominee’s job description. Include qualities that make this person outstanding, and that are clearly relevant to the award criteria (e.g., contribution, teambuilding, collaboration, initiative, and leadership). Consider including the following evidence to answer the “who, what, when, where, why” in your supporting statements:

WHAT did the nominee do (e.g., projects, activities)?

  • Projects and/or Activities above and beyond the nominee’s job description
  • Any challenges or issues encountered and overcome

HOW did they do it?

  • Initiative and/or Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and/or Innovation
  • Behaviours and/or Attitudes

WHAT were the results and/or impact?

  • What did the nominee’s efforts accomplish?
  • Are there specific benefits that the company derived from those efforts?

RELEVANCE: Ensure that everything is related to the award you chose.


Yes, there is plenty of parking around the NEC and you are able to park for free in the OEA carpark on the evening of the event. Please follow the signs for 'The RailStaff Awards'. Cars may be left overnight at the owners risk. This car park is a 1 minute walk from Hall 1 and is next to the Moxy hotel.

Yes, there will be a fully staffed cloakroom for all guests to leave belongings free of charge. Please note, we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to items left in the cloakroom.

Dress to impress! Black Tie, Lounge Suits, and Cocktail Dresses. It's a party, we want you to have fun. Pick your style.

Yes, all bars accept cash and card. You may also order drinks via the online app (please see your evenings brochure for full details on how to use this).

Doors open at 18:00. The event runs through to 01:00.

Here's the itinerary for the evening:

  • 18.00 Drinks
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 21.30 Awards
  • 23.00 Entertainment
  • 24.00 Midnight Buffet
  • 01.00 Carriages

Please see details of our venue’s accessibility here: https://www.thenec.co.uk/visitors/accessibility/


Discounted entry rates are available for carers. To be eligible you will need to provide one of the following documents:

  • Blue Badge 
  • DLA Letter (along with the ID of the person named within the letter)

Contact Phone: 01530 816450

Email: [email protected]

Let us know when you’re booking if you need a wheelchair space or have any special requirements, so that we can arrange for everything to be ready on your arrival. We can also help you book the most convenient seating for visitors with visual impairment.