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Launch of Rising Stars awards 2022

Win a year of free training and development from SP with our Rising Stars awards 2022.

If you're in the UK and under 30 - or relatively new to the bid and proposal profession - you have until 30 November to enter and win a year of free training and development from SP. 

We ran "Rising Stars" in 2017 - and it was a huge success. We can't wait to see who applies this time around! 

To find out more and apply, please head to

What you get

Award winners will be offered a bundle of free leading-edge training and development activities across 2022, including:

  • two courses on bid & proposal best practice – London (21 April) and Leeds (21 & 22 September)
  • industry-leading guest speakers at both course
  • drinks reception after the first event, and group dinner at the Leeds session
  • project work with your fellow programme members
  • 1:1 coaching from a senior Strategic Proposals team member
  • the chance to build a network with other future stars of our profession.

We cover all of the costs, including materials, food and drinks at the events. We'd ask your organisation to kindly cover your travel costs including any accommodation.

There are only 20 places on the Awards programme, limited to a maximum of one attendee per organisation. You must commit to attending both courses, if selected.

What past participants have said

This is our second Rising Stars award programme. The first, in 2017, was a finalist in the British Excellence in Sales Management Awards, and the attendees are still in regular contact!

"The Rising Stars programme was fundamental in opening my eyes to bidding best practice, building my confidence and improving my network. Rising Stars broadened my horizons, changed the way I thought about bids, and was the catalyst in taking my career to the next level. I can't thank the Strategic Proposals team enough!" - Adam Redmond, Pursuits Strategist & Global Delivery Services Lead for UK&I Busines Development, EY

"Taking part in the Rising Stars Programme gave me the best start to my career in proposals. I connected with a group of inspiring people, who I am still in touch with today. We bounce ideas off each other and both seek and offer advice. The programme itself was very informative and gave me that push out of my comfort zone that I needed. I couldn't recommend this opportunity more highly to those considering taking part." - Emily Birkett, Proposals Writer, Volker Stevin 

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