The Development of the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs)

The TECAs recognise and reward those working to combat any area of economic crime. The awards are designed to be both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers, whether buyers or suppliers, to be recognised and their success to be celebrated.

The criteria for these awards are based on extensive research on key factors that contribute to and characterise outstanding performance. The TECAs are being set-up in collaboration with relevant associations and groups.

Core Values

  • Independent: The TECAs are independent. You don’t have to be a member of an association to be involved; anyone working in, or from the UK to prevent any area of economic crime can enter a category that is relevant to them. The only requirement is that the nominee has shown outstanding performance in their field.
  • Credible: The criteria for each award category has been carefully considered and is based on extensive research across different areas of economic crime - by looking at how outstanding performance is recognised and judged in other fields. There are strict criteria for who is appointed as a judge and for ensuring that judging decisions are fair and impartial.
  • Transparent: We want everyone to know the criteria for entering, how judges are selected and how the judging process works, so these details are published on the website.
  • Respectable: The TECAs will become a well-known brand, generating honour and opportunities for finalists and winners. Furthermore, winners will be widely recognised as driving outstanding performance from those involved in tackling different areas of economic crime.

Why Enter?

There are many great reasons for entering the TECAs:

  • Credibility – you will become part of an evidence-based scheme which understands what ‘outstanding performance’ really means, and recognises it.
  • Gain Recognition and Brand Exposure – you will become part of a national scheme recognised across the industry.
  • Value – you will show people that you recognise the value of the work that you do.
  • Industry Benchmarking – you will be able to set yourself apart from the competition by committing to a scheme, which rewards evidence based achievement and is committed to openness and credibility.
  • Business and Networking Opportunities – the TECAs will bring together leading stakeholders from across the industry, providing the opportunity to meet new people and make important industry contacts.
  • The Awards Night – you will be part of one of the premier nights on the economic crime calendar where you can network and socialise with the very best from the industry.
  • Winners – you have the chance to become a winner and be promoted for your achievements in our extensive marketing and PR campaigns.

Who Can Enter?

Anyone working to combat economic crime, working in or from the UK can enter. You don’t have to be a member of an organisation or association to do so.  The main criterion for entry is that you can demonstrate the nominee has performed at an exceptional level. You are permitted to enter as many categories that are applicable to you.

How to Enter?

The entry process is straightforward, there are only two questions to answer for each category which have been researched to distinguish those who are outstanding from the rest. You can enter on-line from this website.


Our Ethics

We strive to be transparent and credible. In a commitment to this, we have set out key ethical guidelines to ensure best practice in the running of the Awards. The TECAs will:

  • Publish all the conditions required for entry.
  • Publish a Judges’ Code of Ethics and require all judges to adhere to the policy during the judging process.
  • Make the process for selecting the judging panel publicly available and provide routes for public feedback concerning the suitability of judges.
  • Publish the criteria the Judges use for assessing the awards.
  • Have a policy which clarifies the role of sponsors.

 The Judging Process

Each judge is an economic crime expert with experience and knowledge in different areas of tackling economic crime.  Judges are nominated by leading associations and partner organisations working with the TECAs and then independently reviewed to ensure their credibility and suitability. The judges mark all entries against the criteria set out in the category requirements (viewable on the ‘Enter’ pages) and the highest scoring entry following the judging will be the winner. Entries are assigned to judges, however, they are reviewed prior to distribution and not assigned to judges where there is known to be a conflict of interest.  All judges follow a strict code of conduct, which can be found below. The judges’ shortlist is announced prior to the awards event, however the winner of each category will remain a secret until the night of the awards.

 Judging Panel Selection Policy

The TECAs represents best practice in tackling economic crime and we are committed to recruiting the best possible panel to review entries and decide upon category winners.  As such, the criteria for the judging panel has been set out. The panel must include individuals:

  • With experience, knowledge and expertise in business and fighting economic crime
  • Who are familiar with the country’s economic crime culture
  • Who have undertaken different roles in different aspects of business and economic crime
  • Who have a proven organisational knowledge and have been successful
  • Who commit to adhering to the Judges’ Code of Ethics

 Judges’ Code of Ethics

The Judges' Code of Ethics is set out to define the standards required of a judge. This is in order to maintain the core values of integrity and impartiality. There is an obligation on all parties to observe the highest standards of integrity and all judges and officials who act on behalf of the TECAs must accept the importance of establishing and maintaining appropriate ethical behaviour. By becoming a judge that person has agreed to the Code of Ethics.

Judicial Independence – Judges must uphold and exemplify independence. Their decisions must not be based on extraneous influences, and they must reject any attempt to influence their decisions.

Integrity – Judges are an integral part of the TECAs and must conduct themselves with integrity to ensure they are above reproach in their own business in the view of fair minded, informed people.

Diligence – Judges must commit to providing time to ensure that all entries they receive are judged fairly and are considered equally.

Equality – Judges should carry out their review without discrimination.

Impartiality – Judges should aim to remain impartial in the judging process, and review entries purely based on the quality of the evidence provided to them on the entry form.

If you have any concerns regarding any member of our judging panel then please contact us.

Entrants’ Code of Ethics

The ‘Entrants’ Code of Ethics’ is set out to define the standards required of a participant. This is to maintain the values of integrity and impartiality within the awards scheme. Before submitting an entry the conditions of entry must be read and accepted.

Conditions of entry
  • Entrants must be working in or from the UK.
  • Entries must be submitted through the official channel on the website.
  • Entrants must complete the entry form to the best of their ability and must use accurate and honest information. If any information is found to be inaccurate the entrant will be disqualified.
  • No alterations may be made to nominations which have been submitted
  • A company or individual can enter more than one award category, providing all the requirements are met. The evidence presented in each award category needs to show outstanding performance in that category.
  • Any attempt to gain unfair advantage at any point during the process will result in immediate disqualification.
  • The TECAs judging panel are responsible for determining the winners of each category. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The decision of the judges must be respected and, by entering the TECAs, entrants accept this condition.
  • Please note that we do not anonymise the entries. Our experience has led us to let the judges see the entry in full so that they can help ensure that no award is given to anyone unworthy. That stated, please be assured that judges will mark the entry based only on the information that has been provided. By limiting the entry to short text-based answers the TECAs aims to create a level playing field where, for example, small and large companies can compete fairly. Moreover, we have found that long answers are not necessarily good ones and being required to think about and focus on the information most relevant to the judges can be helpful; it is quality not quantity that we value.
  • All entries to the TECAs must be received before the deadline. Entries received after this time may be disqualified.
  • No Judge will be permitted to enter any category as an individual.
Obligations to the TECAs
  • Entrants accept that by entering the TECAs their entry is subject to scrutiny by our team and the judging panel.
  • Entrants must be prepared to submit additional evidence or provide reasonable support for any relevant points raised or answers to any queries that may arise.
  • All entrants must accept that all those shortlisted for an award will be published and company or individual details may be used in pre-event and post-event publications to recognise the awards.
  • All those shortlisted are expected to attend the awards ceremony, or send a representative on their behalf that can collect the award if they become a winner on the night.
  • The TECAs reserves the right to use all or part of the material entered on the nomination form for promotion of the awards. Under no circumstances shall the organisers be held responsible for the payment of royalties or other charges for the use of materials provided in support of the awards.
  • All entries become the property of the TECAs on submission. No entries will be returned.
  • Entrants accept that our team reserves the right to not award a category if circumstances deem that necessary.
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