As you may have noticed, we’re finally drawing to a close on this year’s mammoth nominations phase in the 2018 National Fenestration Awards. To be precise, you have until 11pm on Friday 14th September in which to place your nominations.

Now that might not sound like a lot of time. However, in reality it is. It takes less than a minute to submit your nomination to the NFAs, depending on how long you take to write your reason for the nomination. Each person can also submit one nomination per category. So technically, one person could submit a nomination in all 24 categories in less than half an hour. So if you look at it that way, you have tons of time!

To submit your #NFA18 nomination follow this link:

What happens next?

Once 11pm on Friday arrives, we will place the website into “maintenance mode” over the weekend whilst we remove all nominating infrastructure. Text needs to be changed, pages need to be removed and new pages need to be built. We’ll aim to get the website back up and running on Monday, but without the nominations related material.

Over the next few days we’ll be putting together the shortlists for each of the 24 categories based on the nominations received. This is perhaps one of the most time consuming parts of the awards as this is a manual process and we have to check each nomination for it’s validity and to put it in the right shortlist. For example, we have had in the past nominations for people and companies submitted, but in the wrong categories, so we have to be on the lookout for things like that to make sure everyone gets their chance to be in the various voting lists.

Providing all that is done on time, we hope to get voting live on Thursday 20th September at 10am. Given that #NFA18 is as big as it is, we’re aiming to make voting as simple as possible. All will become clear on Thursday.

The voting phase will then run until 11pm Friday 26th October. That is a period of 5 weeks or so in which the industry will then get their chance to vote for their overall winners based on the voting lists in each category.

It is this phase of the competition that becomes the most energetic and most vocal, especially across social media and email, where companies who have made the lists try their very best to convince everyone to give them their votes. From a personal point of view, this is one of the periods of the NFAs that give me most pride, because you get an indication of how important these awards are to so many companies. We have worked to the bone to get the NFAs established in an industry where certain circles really didn’t want us there. I’d like to think that five campaigns in we have demonstrated that there is a different way, a better way in my own opinion, of finding and rewarding the very best people and companies in this eclectic sector.

You can nominate by following the URL above, and from there you can find out more about the awards and how to be part of it! Good luck!

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