Useful advice

Who can enter?

The Retirement Living Awards are open to any developer or owner of a retirement living development in the UK, no matter how large or small the scale of operation, as well as providers of retirement living services. 

Companies may submit entries in any number of categories. Different projects from the same business can be entered into as many categories as you wish, but each different project or development will incur a first entry fee. Any subsequent entries for the same project are free of charge. Please tailor each submission to fit the category into which it is being entered. This helps the judges to assess your entry in the correct context.

Practices and agencies are welcome to submit entries on behalf of their clients. Retirement living operators based outside the UK can also enter, provided they have UK developments.

If entries are duplicated by accident or in error, entries will have to be processed before a decision about their duplication can be made. Regrettably, any duplicated entry fee will be forfeited. 



Except where indicated, submissions should relate to the period June 1 2022 – May 31 2024.

The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication, both on- and offline in ways that enhance the standing of entrants, supporting partners and the Retirement Living Awards themselves. Descriptions of submissions from winners and runners-up will be published in connection with the Awards. Entrants may mark certain sensitive parts of their entry ‘not for publication’ (such as exact data, etc.), provided such restrictions are not used unreasonably.


General entry information

Entries into the Retirement Living Awards must be submitted online. Your written entry must be no more than 1500 words (12 point type, single line spacing) saved in PDF format (5MB maximum file size), uploaded from your desktop to the Retirement Living Awards awards management system. All entries should be uploaded following the template sections shown below. The Judges will automatically vote lower any entries that exceed 1500 words. Please adhere to these basic rules of entry, together with any other specific criteria described below.


Template guide

Your written entry and 100-word summary form the basis on which the judges will vote for and short-list your entry. The 1500 words should tell your story in your way, but at the beginning of your submission the following information must be listed:

The Judges will need to access your website (please note that the website must remain live or be accessible in an archive for the judges to access until August 31, 2024).

Within your submission document you must use the following as sub-headings under which you clearly enter your information:

You may not need to complete all the above headings fully. If your entry is just about a marketing campaign for a development, for instance, the judges will mark your entry in context and will expect the content of your submission paper to reflect the specific nature of your entry.

Support material

If you wish to provide additional support material please provide a URL to a supporting micro site in your 1500-word submission paper, as well as the URL to the relevant website. If you wish to submit video material, please upload it to Vimeo, for preference, and provide the link to the material. The judges will want to feel fully informed about your online activity, so please include whatever you feel is appropriate and relevant for your entry. If an entry is entered into more than one category, please indicate this clearly, and state which other categories you have entered.


Any entry that breaks national or international laws or offends public, religious, national or gender-specific sensitivities will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified for any reason the entry fees will not be refunded.