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Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2016 now open for entries!

Registered sites, companies and suppliers can now enter the increasingly popular Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition, which has returned for its fourth year.

The ever-growing annual competition encourages contractors to engage with their local communities by asking them to help design and decorate their hoardings and turn them into amazing works of art.

Any site, company or supplier registered with the Scheme can enter this artistic contest, with 48 contractors taking part in the competition last year – the biggest number so far.

They encouraged over 2600 children to take up their paint brushes, pencils and anything they could get their hands on to create magnificent masterpieces on their site hoardings.

The competition provides an excellent opportunity for all age groups, particularly the young, to show off their creative flare by decorating site hoardings and making them a fantastic feature of their respected towns.

Launching the 2016 Hoarding Competition, Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said:

“The Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition continues to inspire and educate young people about construction. It provides the perfect opportunity for contractors to engage with their communities and not only reinforce the importance of safety, but showcase the very best of our industry.”

How to enter

Registered sites, companies and suppliers interested in entering the competition have until 13 May to complete an entry form. The fee for this year is £425 (+ VAT) which includes 2 x Ivor Goodsite promotional signs and 2 x A2 posters to promote their entry in this year’s competition as well as prizes for up to 50 participants.

This year however, sites with a project value of under £500k can enter the competition for a reduced fee of £225 (+ VAT), which includes one promotional sign and A2 poster, and prizes for up to 20 participants.

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Contractors should then organise an event with a local school, Scouts, Girl Guides or any other local group to help them design and decorate their hoarding around a chosen theme.

Last year the eight winning sites chose themes which represented their local town and environment, including ‘Glorious Britain’, ‘The incredible Edible living wall’, ‘Beautify Enfield’, ‘The Seven Tythings of Abington Abbey’, ‘Exploring nature in Bristol’ and ‘Romans in Mancetter’.

After the hoarding has been decorated, contractors will need to submit photos and information on their event to the Scheme by 3 June, when the winning entries will be selected by a judging panel.

All participants will receive Ivor Goodsite prizes including trophies, medals, certificates and fun packs.

Praising the 2015 competition, Gill Sangster, Aspirations & Engagement Officer at North Shore Academy said:

“We really enjoyed working on the competition. We have an academy policy which states that linking with local businesses is a high priority and one which we must undertake.  The competition and the work we did with Keepmoat certainly ticked these boxes for us and was enjoyable for the students.  Meeting ‘real professionals’ was both interesting and informative and we would love to do more.”

A minimum contribution of 4% plus VAT per competition entry shall be made to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (charity no: 1053549), the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. CAPT want children to lead active, healthy lives and recognise their need to experiment, play and take risks. CAPT help children, parents and professionals to understand the real risks to children’s safety and gain skills in managing those risks. For more information, click here.

 

Costume hire

Industry mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite can be hired to attend construction-related events to engage with children and encourage safety on site. Find out more about how you can hire the costume characters and promote a positive image of the industry.