The following comprehensive judging criteria serves as our blueprint for evaluating entries. While the ultimate winner may not meet every criterion, our judges will prioritise entries that exhibit exceptional quality, industry leadership and/or innovation. 

THE REVO’S

Recognise and reward the best of the best in the built environment including examples of development, investment, asset management, operation, customer experience, and destination marketing in the sector.

In recognition of comprehensive and strategic asset management initiatives, this award celebrates excellence in optimising retail and leisure destinations. Successful entrants must provide a detailed overview of their asset management activities, showcasing a holistic approach that integrates retail or leisure leasing and innovation, as well as outstanding pop-up initiatives within the managed assets. 

Entrants are required to highlight the involvement of key stakeholders, including funders, local authorities, leasing agents, marketing agents, commercialisation agents, and the management team associated with the award activity. The winning initiative should demonstrate a transformative impact on the overall customer experience, creating vibrant, accessible, and engaging environments that resonate with the target audience. 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Strategic Planning: How well does the initiative showcase a strategic and comprehensive approach to asset management? Are there clear plans and strategies in place to optimize retail and leisure destinations? 
  • Effective Partnership: To what extent has the entrant collaborated with the wider team? How has this collaboration enhanced the overall effectiveness of the asset management initiatives? 
  • Detailed Overview: Does the submission provide a detailed overview of the asset management activities undertaken? Are key components, such as retail or leisure leasing and pop-up initiatives, thoroughly explained? 
  • Seamless Integration: How well is retail or leisure leasing integrated into the asset management strategy? To what extent does the initiative optimize leasing opportunities for the managed assets? 
  • Innovative Pop-Up Concepts: Does the initiative include outstanding pop-up initiatives? How innovative and engaging are these initiatives, and what impact do they have on the overall asset management strategy? 
  • Customer-Centric Approach: How does the initiative prioritize and enhance the overall customer experience? Does it create vibrant, accessible, and engaging environments that resonate with the target audience? 
  • Aesthetic and Functional Enhancement: To what extent does the initiative contribute to the creation of vibrant and accessible environments? How has it enhanced the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the managed assets? 
  • Audience Resonance: How effectively does the initiative engage with the target audience? Is there evidence of resonating with the preferences and needs of the intended demographic? 
  • Measurable Impact: Can the initiative demonstrate a transformative impact on the managed assets? Are there measurable results or key performance indicators that showcase the success of the asset management activities? 

The ESG Excellence Award recognises real estate projects or initiatives in the retail, leisure and placemaking sector that demonstrate outstanding commitment and achievements in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. The winning entry should exemplify a long-term and holistic approach to sustainability, creating value across economic, environmental, and social dimensions. 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Integrated ESG Strategy: To what extent does the project or initiative demonstrate an integrated and holistic approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles? 
  • Long-Term Sustainability: Does the submission showcase a commitment to long-term sustainability, considering economic, environmental, and social dimensions and how is this measured? 
  • Resource Conservation: How effectively does the project or initiative contribute to resource conservation and environmental protection? 
  • Green Practices: Are there notable green practices and initiatives that showcase a commitment to reducing the project’s environmental footprint? 
  • Inclusivity Measures: How does the project consider inclusivity, diversity, and social equity in its planning and implementation? 
  • Transparent Governance: How transparent and accountable is the project’s governance structure? Are there clear policies and practices that uphold ethical standards? 
  • Creativity & Uniqueness in Implementation: Does the submission showcase innovative, creative and/or unique approaches to ESG initiatives and solutions? 
  • Economic Value: How does the project create economic value, considering factors such as cost-effectiveness and financial sustainability? 
  • Social Value: What evidence is there of the project creating social value, contributing positively to the well-being of individuals and communities? 
  • Environmental Value: In what ways does the project contribute to environmental value, such as biodiversity preservation or climate change mitigation? 
  • Quantifiable Results: Can the project demonstrate measurable results in terms of ESG metrics? Are there specific indicators or benchmarks that showcase the project’s impact? 
  • Engagement with Stakeholders: How effectively does the project engage with various stakeholders, including communities, employees, investors, and regulatory bodies? 
  • Feedback and Improvement: Is there evidence of feedback mechanisms and continuous improvement based on stakeholder input? 
  • ESG Reporting: How transparent is the project in reporting its ESG initiatives and outcomes? Are there comprehensive reports or documentation available for assessment? 

This award is for anyone under the age of 35 and recognises the positive impact that the individual is making on the property industry right now. They could be an up-and-coming entrepreneur, a successful dealmaker or agent, a digital disrupter, have made a positive sustainable impact in the industry or had a large influence on successful placemaking and regeneration – the award is open to anyone who has achieved something special that stands out and has and is making a positive impact on the industry. 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR? 

  • Innovation and creativity: Are you the mastermind behind fresh, out-of-the-box ideas? We want to see your knack for innovation and your ability to craft unique solutions to industry challenges. Show us your creativity at its finest! 
  • Impact on the industry: Have you left a mark on the property industry landscape? We’re seeking individuals who have made waves with their work,  contributing significantly to industry growth and success. Your impact matters, and we want to recognize it!
  • Collaboration: Team players, this one’s for you! Have you worked hand in hand with others to achieve shared goals? We’re interested in seeing your collaborative spirit and your talent for building strong partnerships within the industry. 
  • Performance: Are you a high achiever, consistently exceeding expectations? We’re on the lookout for individuals who have achieved outstanding success in their field. If you’ve got the results to back it up, we want to hear from you! 

So, if you’re ready to showcase your talent, make your mark, and join the ranks of industry leaders, this is your chance to shine. 

This Award celebrates those who has embraced, developed or refreshed new technology in the previous 12 months.  This can include the introduction of technology solutions to drive operational performance, create value-add data, support initiatives and / or enhance the customer experience of the destination.  Examples should be provided which showcase the technology implemented, how this has improved the location, together with any stakeholder feedback to support the entry.

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Innovation: How innovative is the technology solution implemented in the past 12 months?  
  • Operational Performance: How has the technology solution improved operational performance at the destination?  
  • Value-Add Data: Has the technology solution been successful in creating value-add data for the centre team or owner?  
  • Customer Experience: How has the technology solution enhanced the customer experience at the destination?  
  • Stakeholder Feedback: What was the feedback from stakeholders regarding the technology solution?  
  • Environmental Impact: Has the technology solution had an impact on the environment?  
  • Community Alignment: How does the technology solution align with the needs and desires of the community?

This award recognises and celebrates retailers and leisure operators who can demonstrate a combined vision of driving footfall, usage and/or members and/or sales in an innovative way, enhanced and excelled at customer experience, embraced social value (they may have worked in partnership with local suppliers, engaged in employment programmes etc), resilience and adaptation to current challenges, and any other initiatives that may set them apart from their competitors. They should be able to demonstrate increase in sales, improved customer satisfaction, and/or social value commitments.

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Innovative strategies to drive footfall, usage, and/or membership growth. 
  • Excellent customer experience, including feedback mechanisms and response times.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to social value, including partnerships with local suppliers and engagement in employment programs  
  • Resilience and adaptability in the face of current challenges in the retail and leisure market  
  • Measurable success in increasing sales and improving customer satisfaction  
  • Evidence of sustainability and environmental initiatives, such as the reduction of energy consumption in stores.  
  • Unique initiatives that set the operator apart from competitors. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee satisfaction and well-being. 
  • A fit out that challenges the industry and inspire other operators.

This award recognises outstanding achievements by an independent business operator in any the retail, leisure and placemaking industry. This award is open to individuals who own and operate a business independently without being part of a larger corporate chain. 

Criteria for Entry: 

  • The nominee must be an independent operator, meaning they own and operate a business without the support of a larger corporate entity.  
  • The business must have been in operation for at least two years.  
  • The nominee must have less than 10 stores/locations. 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Innovation: Does the business demonstrate a unique approach or new ideas in their industry?  
  • Customer experience: How does the business prioritise customer satisfaction and create a positive experience for their patrons?  
  • Social value: Does the business give back to their community or promote social initiatives?  
  • Resilience: Has the business overcome challenges and adapted to changes in their industry?  
  • Measurable success: What tangible results has the business achieved, such as increased revenue, customer base, or recognition in their field? 

This award honours outstanding teams in various sectors, including security, asset management, centre management, leasing, and more, who have demonstrated exceptional teamwork, dedication, and excellence in their respective fields. Whether comprising an entire department or a specialised sub-team, this accolade recognises the collaborative efforts that contribute to the success and positive impact of the team on their operational environment. 

Entrants for this category are invited to showcase instances where they have consistently delivered best-in-class performance, exceeded expectations, and gone above and beyond in their roles. This could include successful initiatives, innovative approaches, or instances where the team demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills.  

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Innovation and Collaboration: Does the team exhibit innovative collaboration within their sector? Are they able to think creatively and come up with unique solutions to challenges through collaborative efforts? 
  • Communication Excellence: How effectively does the team communicate both internally and externally? Do they employ innovative communication strategies to foster a positive and inclusive team culture? 
  • Milestones and Achievements: Have there been notable achievements or milestones reached by the team that showcase their excellence in performance? 
  • Innovative & Unique Approaches: Does the team showcase instances of introducing innovative solutions or unique initiatives and approaches in their operational environment? Are they proactive in identifying and pursuing opportunities for improvement? Are they set apart from other teams in the industry? 
  • Efficient Problem Solving: How effectively does the team address challenges and solve problems? Can specific examples be cited where the team demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills? What impact did the team’s problem-solving initiatives have on overall outcomes? 
  • Surpassing Benchmarks: Are there instances where the team surpassed predefined expectations? How consistently does the team strive to exceed benchmarks and set higher standards for themselves? 
  • Adaptability: How well does the team adapt to changing circumstances or unexpected challenges? What strategies do they employ to remain flexible and responsive to evolving situations? 
  • Team Dedication: To what extent is the team dedicated to their roles and responsibilities? How do team members support each other, fostering a sense of camaraderie and contributing to a positive working atmosphere? 

THE PURPLE APPLES

Recognise and reward effective retail destination marketing within the UK. For Best Marketing Campaign of the Year activity needs to have taken place between Jan 2023 – July 2024. 

These marketing awards recognise the most effective marketing campaigns in the retail destination industry.  The entries need to clearly demonstrate the strategy and objectives of the campaign, along with the results achieved.  The winning entry will be an innovative idea that shows a unique approach and impactful delivery.

We understand that all destinations have different budget constraints that affect what is possible to deliver, therefore are splitting the entries into three categories so that we are able to compare the entries fairly. 

Campaign budget over £25k 

Implementation Dates: January 2023 – July 2024

These marketing awards recognise the most effective marketing campaigns in the retail destination industry.  The entries need to clearly demonstrate the strategy and objectives of the campaign, along with the results achieved.  The winning entry will be an innovative idea that shows a unique approach and impactful delivery.

We understand that all destinations have different budget constraints that affect what is possible to deliver, therefore are splitting the entries into three categories so that we are able to compare the entries fairly. 

Campaign budget between £5-25k 

Implementation Dates: January 2023 – July 2024

These marketing awards recognise the most effective marketing campaigns in the retail destination industry.  The entries need to clearly demonstrate the strategy and objectives of the campaign, along with the results achieved.  The winning entry will be an innovative idea that shows a unique approach and impactful delivery.

We understand that all destinations have different budget constraints that affect what is possible to deliver, therefore are splitting the entries into three categories so that we are able to compare the entries fairly. 

Campaign budget under £5k 

Implementation Dates: January 2023 – July 2024

This award celebrates those who have delivered an initiative that has made a positive social impact on the local community. This could include the use of commercial space/empty units for not-for-profit organisations, fundraising, volunteering, work with schools, anything that has directly benefitted the communityThis award is not about big investments of money but is focussed on community spirit and going above and beyond to give back to the community. 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Impact on the local community: How significant was the initiative’s impact on the local community? Did it address a key need or issue in the community? How many people were directly or indirectly impacted by the initiative?  
  • Innovation: Was the initiative creative and unique in its approach? Did it incorporate new or unconventional ideas or methods to achieve its goals?  
  • Collaboration: Did the initiative involve collaboration with other organisations, businesses, or individuals in the community? How effective was this collaboration in achieving the initiative’s goals?  
  • Sustainability: Is the initiative sustainable over the long term, or was it a one-time event? Did it have a lasting impact on the community beyond the initial event or activity?  
  • Community engagement: How engaged was the community in the initiative? Did it involve community members in the planning, execution, or evaluation of the initiative?  
  • Measurable success: Were the goals and outcomes of the initiative clearly defined and measurable? Were these goals achieved, and were the outcomes positive and impactful?

THE GOLD’S

Recognise and celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management in the retail sector. 

This prestigious category under the Revo Gold Awards, aims to recognise excellence in transforming retail and leisure spaces to create vibrant, engaging environments. This award celebrates projects and initiatives that have redefined the functionality and appeal of existing assets, showcasing innovative repurposing or refurbishment alongside impactful placemaking strategies. 

For the Repurposing aspect, entrants must present a clear thought process that led to the successful delivery of a project, regardless of budget constraints. This could include substantial refurbishments, extensions, or new build developments executed between January 2023 and July 2024. Winners will be required to demonstrate the impact of their repurposing efforts through empirical evidence such as financial metrics, footfall data, and value growth, complemented by anecdotal information such as consumer and tenant feedback, as well as third-party testimonials.  

 The Placemaking aspect seeks entries that showcase substantial impact alongside specific goals and objectives. Successful initiatives will demonstrate creativity and innovation in enhancing the overall retail destination, aligning with the community or target audience. 

Entrants are invited to illustrate how their projects have not only transformed physical spaces but also strengthened the connection between people and the places they inhabit. This award recognises the power of thoughtful repurposing and creative placemaking in shaping the future of retail and leisure destinations.

 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Process: Entrants must present a clear thought-out approach to both design and delivery.
  • Innovation: How has the project achieved its objectives through the use of an innovative approach?
  • Design: Does the design of the project demonstrate it enhances the place but is respectful of neighbouring buildings? Does the design demonstrate any innovative approaches to retention or repurposing?
  • Placemaking: Does the project demonstrate a coherent approach to placemaking that enhances the overall environment for users and visitors?
  • Delivery: Does the project demonstrate any novel or innovative approaches to the delivery of a building or multiple buildings?
  • Cost: Does the project demonstrate a clear approach to cost without compromising tenant mix or the credentials of the building(s)?
  • Measurable success: Did the project deliver clearly defined metrics evidenced through increases in footfall, spending, and value?
  • Partnership: Has the project been delivered by the use of collaboration or partnership and how has this been structured?
  • Social Value: How did the project deliver social value and how was this quantified or qualified? Does the project deliver other wider benefits to the community?
  • Sustainability: Describe the approach to sustainability and how this has been defined and measured.

This Award recognises visionary projects that demonstrate excellence in urban regeneration planning and design, targeting Developers, Owners, Local Authorities, Planners, and Architects. This prestigious category celebrates initiatives that go beyond immediate improvements, presenting a compelling and sustainable vision for the long-term transformation and revitalisation of urban spaces. 

Entrants are invited to showcase comprehensive regeneration visions that address the diverse needs of communities and contribute to the creation of resilient, vibrant, and inclusive urban environments. Successful projects should exhibit strategic foresight, innovative design, and a commitment to social, economic, and environmental sustainability. 

Judges will be looking for a clear articulation of the long-term vision, supported by well-defined goals and objectives. Entrants should demonstrate how their regeneration vision aligns with the aspirations of local communities, enhances public spaces, and fosters economic growth. Consideration of environmental impact, inclusivity, and adaptability to evolving urban trends will be key factors in the evaluation process. 

 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

  • Overall: Does the project deliver excellence against all the criteria? Can the project be held up as an exemplar for long-term regeneration
  • Process: Entrants must present a clear thought-out approach to both design and delivery.
  • Innovation: How has the project achieved its objectives through the use of an innovative approach?
  • Design: Does the design of the project demonstrate it enhances the place but is respectful of neighbouring buildings? Does the design demonstrate any innovative approaches to retention or repurposing?
  • Placemaking: Does the project demonstrate a coherent approach to placemaking that enhances the overall environment for users and visitors?
  • Delivery: Does the project demonstrate any novel or innovative approaches to the delivery of a building or multiple buildings?
  • Cost: Does the project demonstrate a clear approach to cost without compromising the mix of uses or the sustainability credentials of the building(s)?
  • Funding: How has funding been achieved to help deliver the desired outcomes?
  • Partnership: Has the project been delivered by the use of collaboration or partnership and how has this been structured?
  • Measurable success: Did the project deliver clearly defined metrics evidenced through increases in footfall, spending, and value both in the short and long term?
  • Social Value: How did the project deliver social value and how was this quantified or qualified? Does the project deliver other wider benefits to the community?
  • Sustainability: Describe the approach to sustainability and how this has been defined and measured.

Entry Fees 

Entries are accepted from all types of places and there is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted per company. However, there is a fee per entry, £150 plus vat for every category except Rising Star which is free to enter and the Gold’s which cost £300 plus vat to enter.