Members dinner venue

Feeling creative?

Being creative can be so important in our lives and we know from research it is definitely good for our mental health. The Ernest Davies Award gives everyone who works in the parking community an opportunity to explore their creative side. If you find yourself writing for fun you might like to consider submitting a poem, blog, article, case study or even a report that relates to and references parking. It doesn’t need to be technical, it could be humorous or innovative in some way and be written with colleagues as a team effort. As long as it benefits the parking sector in some way, raises its profile, helps to share experiences and gives an opportunity for others to learn about some aspect of the wider aspects of parking - go for it, you have nothing to lose! If it is something that’s been published before it must have appeared in the last 12 months and it cannot be commercial.

The award is presented to the winner at the prestigious members’ dinner, which this year takes place at a brand new venue in Covent Garden, London (see photo). The winning entrant receives a trophy, certificate and bottle of champagne, and has their article published in Parking News. Two runners-up receive certificates and champagne.

 What makes a winning entry?
The judges look out for submissions that are creative and original, and of value to the sector. Recent winning entries have talked about raising private parking standards, searching for a parking space, Blue Badge fraud - even a love poem to the BPA! Clearly anything that will make the judging panel sit up and take notice and does so in style, is in with a chance.

Who is Earnest Davies?
This award is in memory of Ernest Davies, a founder member of the BPA and president for three years up to 1979.  He started out as a journalist, publisher and editor of Traffic Engineering and Control, which is still going today. He then became an MP in 1945 and worked as a Foreign Affairs minister under Ernest Bevin. He died at the ripe old age of 89 in 1991.

Application deadline
Please get your creative entries to Sarah Greenslade by 26 September.

 View previous winners

 Good luck!

Photo: The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, venue of BPA annual members dinner