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EG Awards: How winners stand out from the crowd

With the entry deadline for the EG Awards barely a month away, our judges are readying themselves for two days of intensive judging at the top of the BT Tower in central London. Here, some of the returning judges explain what they are looking for from this year’s entrants and offer insights into what makes a winner stand out from the crowd.

Alex Price, chief executive, Palmer Capital

“To win an EG award is difficult because year in and year out the property industry somehow seems to find new and better ways to deliver success. The winners usually share the characteristic of being able to stand out among a sea of already outstanding nominations by showing how they really won the award years beforehand after they identified a long-term trend, and executed a business plan that has capitalised on it. This year I am hoping to see a recognition that customers sit at the heart of a business and that the industry is embracing innovation to better understand and serve these customers.”

Matt Crompton, joint managing director, Muse Developments

“Those who develop and invest in their talented workforce stand out. Those who demonstrate consistent delivery, complex property solutions and true innovation never fail to impress.”

Gary Hersham, director and partner, Beauchamp Estates

“Winning an EG Award is a great achievement and the entries are always strong ones. Those who win always seem to be motivated to ever-greater success, and the runners-up often try even harder the next time. This year I am hoping – and expecting – to see more exceptional examples of groundbreaking work from the nominees. It is so interesting to read the entries citing their achievements and backed up with individual presentations of their individual merits.”

Mark Robinson, co-founder, Ellandi

“While it is always easy to be drawn to the outstanding service of established players or the disruption of new entrants, it has also been great to reward firms that have shown resilience or adapted to market challenges. Diversity, behaviour, wellbeing and inclusion are massive issues in society and business and winners this year should demonstrate being able to embrace these opportunities and challenges.”

Harvey Soning, chairman, James Andrew International

This year I’m expecting to see evidence of quality of development, care of the environment and personal and company charitable giving.”

Melanie Leech, chief executive, BPF

“To stand out, awards winners have to demonstrate something ‘extra’ – whether that is exceptional performance; overcoming apparently insurmountable challenges; breaking new ground or helping to shape rather than just perform well.

“I expect to see strong nominations from established players. But I am also hoping to see strong entries from newer entrants to the market, and smaller companies that can bring innovative approaches to achieving their results. Being a judge is a good opportunity to remind yourself of the talent in our industry, and the awards night is a fantastic celebration of success.”

Entries for this year awards close on 20 April. For more on how to enter, go to

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