Rising Stars Competition 2020

Supporting the stars of tomorrow

Nominate your Rising Star

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Aston Lark is proud to launch our first ever Rising Stars competition. We’ll be recognising five up-and-coming Funeral Directors across the country and rewarding them with dedicated training from Green Fuse Ltd – a prize worth over £2,500 per winner (including travel and accommodation).

The Rising Stars competition has been launched to recognise and support the development of new and promising Funeral Directors, providing training to these individuals which is designed to enhance and nurture the skills they have learned to date.

What is the Rising Star competition? What does it involve?

The Rising Star competition is a two-fold process designed for the independent Funeral Director sector. Stage one is a nomination process, giving the chance for a director or partner within a Funeral Director business the chance to recognise their Rising Star by answering three very quick and easy questions about their nominee.

Stage two, subject to your nominee being shortlisted and agreeing to their ongoing participation in the competition, is our  video round. Your nominee will be asked to record a video of them answering pre-set questions from the judging panel.

The judges will then review both the nomination by the business and the video content from the nominee and decide the five regional winners.

What are the regions?

There will be a total of five winners, one chosen from each of the following:

  • Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • The North of England
  • The Midlands
  • The South of England

Who can enter?

The Rising Stars competition is open to nominees with less than 5 years experience in the independent Funeral Director sector overall. Nominees can include family members, school leavers and career changers with no age restrictions. The nominee themselves must be in full-time employment with an independent Funeral Director and must also be a UK citizen.

How do I nominate?

Nominating your Rising Star could not be simpler. Please click here to complete our online form by answering three questions about your nominee. Alternatively, click here to download a form, which you can then complete and send to [email protected].

In order to give your nominee the best possible chance of being shortlisted as the regional winner, please be sure to expand on your answers wherever possible, supplying as much detail as you can.

The judges will be looking for stand-out nominations with individuals who have shown a clear passion and drive for the work that they do.

What is the timeline for the Competition?

Competition launch: 24 August 2020
Nomination end date: 6 October 2020
Shortlist announced: 13 October 2020
Nominee Video submission deadline: 30 October 2020
Judging review completion: 13 November 2020
Winners announced: 19 November 2020

Please click here to view the Rising Star Terms and Conditions

We very much look forward to receiving your nominations. It has been a particularly difficult 2020 with an awful lot of strain and pressure applied to the Funeral Director sector throughout the Coronavirus pandemic so this is a great way to celebrate contributions that members of the profession have made.



Nominate your Rising Star

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