Rising Star

Finding Outstanding Young Talent

The Rising Star Award acknowledges and celebrates outstanding young talent within the motoring industry.

We invite managers to nominate individuals who have already established themselves as exceptional performers, possess strong business expertise and inspire colleagues through their performance.

These candidates should be driven, innovative, and have the potential to make a significant impact on the broader car retailing sector.

We encourage staff members from all areas of car retailing, including sales, aftersales, administration and management to apply.


Essential Eligibility Criteria

  • This award is open to professionals who have entered the automotive industry within the last two years, showcasing rapid development and exceptional contributions to their area of work. This includes car retailing, including sales, aftersales, administration, and management.


Award Criteria

Exceptional Performance: Evidence of outstanding achievements and contributions to the company’s success in their role.

Team Collaboration: Evidence of effective teamwork and the ability to collaborate with colleagues across different departments to achieve common goals.

Customer Service Commitment: Demonstration a strong commitment to providing outstanding customer service, contributing to customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Business Expertise: Demonstrate understanding and application of business principles that have positively impacted their area of work.

Commitment to Industry Excellence: Demonstrate a commitment to upholding high standards of excellence and ethics in their work and interactions.

Professional Development: Evidence of setting and achieving personal professional development goals, showing dedication to continuous improvement and career advancement within the automotive industry.


Submissions should be clear, concise, and supported by verifiable evidence or data where possible. Each criterion should be addressed individually, providing specific examples or case studies that demonstrate excellence and distinguish the individual from his/her peers.

The judging panel may request to interview or set a test for an entrant as enhanced assessment if required.

Making Your Entry Stand Out

When you’re making your application, take your time to be clear. It’s easy to over explain your achievements, to go into too much detail or to spend time only on one item.

Try to break down your application into sections that are clear, concise and really tell a story about who you or your brand are. Our judges want to understand you, get to know you and to understand the authentic contribution you’re making to the industry.

Keep it simple

Be clear and concise in your application, the judges want to see exactly what you can do.

Use Examples

If you have stats or specific stories, include them. Our judges want to get to know you.

Be Yourself

Be authentic. Tell us what your experiences are, not what you think our judges want to read.

Sing your own praises

This is your chance to really shout about what you’ve been doing. Don’t be modest!

Let's get started

Hit the ignition on your entry to this year’s awards. Click the link to be sent to our online awards application portal, create a login and save your entry as you progress. Then, when you’re ready, submit ahead of the deadline.