Please note that entries closed on 1st August 2019.

To enter, you will be asked to answer 2 questions for each category, with a maximum word count of 500 words per answer (answers much shorter than this may not be accepted). Please note that it is important that all the entry criteria are covered in the submission, as judges can only provide their scores against the information that is submitted on the entry. External links and attachments are not permitted.

The categories for the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) are listed below with their criteria and respective questions.

If you would like to see an example entry designed to illustrate how a case can be made and supported, please follow this link.

Finalists will be announced in October and winners will be revealed at a prestigious Awards Dinner on 9th December 2019. You can follow us on Twitter @theTECAs #TECAs2019 or LinkedIn for any updates on the entry process. You can also sign up for our Security Excellence Digest here.

What is economic crime?

For our purposes economic crimes are those pursued by offenders typically for financial and/or professional gain. They include the following types of offences: all frauds, bribery, corruption, money laundering, forgery, counterfeiting, intellectual property offences and corporate espionage.  They may or may not have a cyber element; may involve an individual, group or organisation as victims or offenders; involve criminal or civil means of control; and engage the public, private and/or third sectors.  Anyone tackling any aspect of these offence types – who has a base in the UK or is significantly active in the UK - may enter for the TECAs.

1. Outstanding Manager or Director

This category recognises those who, through economic crime expertise, business acumen and innovative leadership approaches, have led operations tackling economic crime with distinction. Outstanding performers will be leaders and innovators who are setting examples that others wish to follow.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the manager/director and the ways in which he/she has led change in the organisation including the impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the manager/director and his/her impact on the organisation highlighting the specific leadership qualities that generated any benefits noted. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the role has driven performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the manager/director to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the improvements made to people and/or process and systems

2. Outstanding Team

This award recognises outstanding teams in the private, public or voluntary sectors. An outstanding team is one that has implemented an approach which has contributed to the overall performance of the organisation. This can include roles in protecting the organisation against different types of threats (in any area of economic crime) some or all of which may be innovative or exemplary, as well as showing outstanding performance in enabling the organisation to operate in ways or areas that would not be possible without the contribution of the team.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the work of the team and the ways in which it has driven outstanding performance highlighting the key factors that have enabled success. (500 words)
  2. Describe the impact of the team highlighting the benefits and value it has generated for different stakeholders. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing how the team creates and implements an effective strategy and drives performance
  • Highlighting how the team impacts on the wider organisation
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how improvements made to people and/or process and systems

3. Outstanding Consultant

This award recognises the consultant – individual, team or company – demonstrating outstanding performance in tackling any aspect of economic crime. Consultants often play a key role in offering expertise and insight which can transform the quality of service, product or system that is offered. It recognises the existence of distinct skill sets and crucially the ways these are harnessed and managed to make a difference to strategy and/or practice.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role and objectives of the consultant and the key factors that reflect outstanding performance. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the consultant has displayed outstanding performance in terms for example, of leadership skills, a focus on the customer, by adding value or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the consultant has driven performance
  • Highlighting the key distinguishing strengths of the consultant including leadership skills
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced positively wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

4. Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

This award recognises the company, organisation or individual that operates an outstanding initiative that generates sustainable benefits for customers. There is a broad range of initiatives which can be considered for this award but what they share is an exclusive focus on successfully implementing positive change for customers in any area of economic crime.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the customer service initiative and its key objectives explaining the key influences on the approaches taken and the key impacts it has had. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the customer service Initiative displays and encourages outstanding performance and the reasons why it has been successful and if applicable how success will be sustained. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and how these are focussed on the customer
  • Highlighting how innovation is displayed
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained

5. Outstanding Training Initiative

This award recognises individuals or companies that operate a successful training initiative, which promotes outstanding performance and has produced identifiable results. There is a tendency to talk about training and up-skilling as a good thing in itself. In fact, in the very least, training should most often be undertaken in response to an identified need, with a programme that is suited to meeting a skills gap, that is well articulated and delivered, and results in and benefits in terms of better performance. This award looks to recognise those who have made a difference to improving practice via training in any area of economic crime.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the training initiative, highlighting its key features that were responsible for delivering outstanding performance. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the training initiative made an impact in developing outstanding practices in terms of adding value, improving performance or otherwise driving excellence in tackling economic crime. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and how these are focussed on the customer
  • Highlighting how innovation is displayed
  • Identifying the factors that enable the trainers to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance
  • Demonstrating the business benefits and how they are sustained

6. Outstanding New Product

This award recognises an outstanding new product that has been introduced to the UK market within the last 12 months. The key point is that the product has had a marked effect on tackling any aspect of economic crime. This could involve reducing its incidence and/or its impact (this may include raising awareness and/or generating better intelligence/information for an improved response). It may involve achieving efficiencies, for example, improving results more economically or by otherwise adding value.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the product and its distinguishing features, and any aspects that enable it to be considered as cutting edge. (500 words)
  2. Evidence how the product is specifically designed to address a market demand, show how it adds value. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing any creative and innovative aspects of the design process
  • Highlighting the distinct features of the product
  • Identifying the impact of the product on its target audience
  • Providing examples of benefits for customers
  • Demonstrating the ways in which the product adds value
  • Star quality

7. Outstanding Partnership

This award recognises a successful partnership between two or more separate parties (public, private or third sector), focussed on tackling any aspect of economic crime. Effective partnerships are most often the result of good planning around identifiable objectives designed to deliver specific benefits, and are typically characterised by good management/co-ordination.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the partnership and the benefits it provides. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the partnership demonstrates outstanding performance and why the partnership deserves this award. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the role of the partnership and the key benefits it provides
  • Highlighting the strategic approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of outstanding performance for stakeholders
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained
  • Star quality

8. Outstanding Investigator

This award recognises an investigator – either an individual or company – who has/have displayed outstanding performance in an area of criminal or civil investigation. This may relate to a single investigation or multiple investigations that required skill and/or specialist knowledge or expertise in any area of economic crime.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the work of the investigator and the ways that their actions have an impact on clients (500 words)
  2. Describe how the investigator produced outstanding performance in its activities and why it deserves to be rewarded with this TECA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths of the investigator
  • Highlighting the ways in which the investigator has built and sustained key relationships
  • Identifying the factors that enable the investigator to excel
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained
  • Star quality

9. Outstanding Policing Initiative

This award recognises an initiative from any area of policing (including private, voluntary and public sector policing bodies) that has helped tackle issues relating to any area of economic crime. This could involve reducing its incidence and/or its impact (this may include raising awareness and/or generating better intelligence/information for an improved response). It may involve achieving efficiencies, for example improving results more economically or by otherwise adding value.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the initiative and its key objectives and any innovative aspects that have led to its success. (500 words)
  2. Evidence how the initiative benefits its target group highlighting the role of management/partnerships in generating an effect. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the role of the initiative and the key benefits it provides
  • Highlighting the strategic approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable the initiative to excel
  • Providing examples of outstanding performance for stakeholders
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained
  • Star quality

10. Outstanding Young Professional

 This award recognises a young professional – that is anyone below the age of forty (there is no restriction on the number of years spent working in the economic crime sector) – who has excelled in early career performance. This award will be made to someone who has made an impact in tackling any area of economic crime.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the young professional and the ways in which he/she has excelled. (500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the young professional and his/her impact in specific area or areas of tackling any area of economic crime activity (inside the workplace and/or outside) highlighting the special qualities of the individual. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the work of the young professional and its relationship tackling any area of economic crime
  • Highlighting the ways in which the young professional is laying the foundations of a career
  • Identifying the influence of the young professional on specific audiences
  • Providing examples of interest and dedication to improving tackling any area of economic crime
  • Demonstrating how high performance will be sustained

11. Outstanding Cyber Company

This award recognises outstanding performance from a company – that has a distinct cyber expertise and profile providing products or advice focussed on tackling any aspect of economic crime. This can be in the form of preventing any area of economic crime, catching offenders and/or raising awareness across the industry. A wide range of elements may contribute to outstanding performance including motivating and engaging staff, managing resources, up-skilling, recognising the distinct importance of frontline leadership, forging internal and external partnerships and making them work are just some of the trends that are leading to new approaches and thinking. The object of this category is to recognise outstanding companies making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the cyber company and the service and products it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this award. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the company displays
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying examples of business success in initiatives, procedures and policies
  • Providing examples of impact
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained
  • Star quality

12. Outstanding Female Professional

This award recognises a female professional at any level in an organisation who has consistently shown outstanding performance over a substantial period of time. The award also recognises the substantial impact a female professional has had in driving standards in tackling any aspect of economic crime.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout the individual’s career. (500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout their career; how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how they have contributed to raising performance standards. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Key distinguishing strengths of the individual in driving performance
  • Factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Significance of influence
  • Effectiveness of relationships with key stakeholders
  • Value added by the individual’s contribution
  • Overall star quality

13. Outstanding Male Professional

This award recognises a male professional at any level in an organisation who has consistently shown outstanding performance over a substantial period of time. The award also recognises the substantial impact a male professional has had in driving standards in tackling any aspect of economic crime.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout the individual’s career. (500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout their career; how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how they have contributed to raising performance standards. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Key distinguishing strengths of the individual in driving performance
  • Factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Significance of influence
  • Effectiveness of relationships with key stakeholders
  • Value added by the individual’s contribution
  • Overall star quality

14. Outstanding Prevention Initiative

This award recognises an initiative that has been developed and implemented and subsequently had a positive impact in reducing any aspect of economic crime. This could involve reducing its incidence and/or its impact (this may include raising awareness and/or generating better intelligence/information for an improved response). It may involve achieving efficiencies for example improving results more economically or by otherwise adding value.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the initiative and its key objectives and any innovative aspects that have led to its success. (500 words)
  2. Evidence how the initiative benefits its target group highlighting the key factors that are key to generating a positive effect. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and the needs it meets
  • Highlighting how it enhances the purpose of prevention
  • Identifying the factors that enable it to excel
  • Providing examples of improvements claimed
  • Demonstrating how benefits are sustained

15. Lifetime Achievement

This TECA recognises a senior member of the tackling economic crime community. It recognises an individual who has consistently shown outstanding performance over an extended period of time and has had a substantial impact upon defining and driving standards in the economic crime sector.

In nominating someone for this category (it is nomination only) you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the individual’s career, including key moments and prominent achievements. (500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout the individual’s career, how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and specific contributions to raising performance in tackling any area of economic crime. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the roles held by the individual and the significance of them to tackling any area of economic crime
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced others
  • Providing examples of building and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added
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