Every year since 2006, RLI has recognised excellence in retail and leisure throughout the world, and presents the prestigious and highly-sought after Global RLI Awards.

A winning entry in each category must be the best in a number of ways and it must show that it has achieved success in the most important aspects.


Eligibility & Entry

WHO CAN APPLY – Provided the criteria for each individual category are met, anyone is eligible to apply. Applications can be made on behalf of clients provided they have given you permission, please note a contact person from the client must be provided in this instance.
A company may enter as many nominations as it chooses. The said nomination may be entered into any number of relevant categories provided the criteria are met. If entering more than one category, please submit a full entry form for each category entered.

ACCEPTABLE LANGUAGE– All entry contents must be written in English.

ELIGIBILITY – Application forms will be accepted for projects and companies from all around the world. All new schemes must have opened to the public or, if refurbished/extended, been completed in the period between 1 September 2019 and 31 January 2021.
The only exception to this is the RLI Most Anticipated Opening 2021 Award, which will now be for projects due to complete and open to the public for the first time from 1st February 2021.
Past entrants that have won a Global RLI Award can be entered again if it meets all nomination criteria for 2021.


RULINGS– The RLI Awards team will make all eligibility rulings. RLI reserves the right to re-classify, re-categorise or disqualify entries, as well as to remove any ineligible materials. All decisions are final.

PUBLICATION– Your entry grants RLI the right to publish any information contained in the entry in any form in news releases and the RLI Magazine. Copyrighted photographs, slides, videos, maps or drawings must be accompanied by a release from the copyright holder, in addition to any preferred credit or acknowledgements.


IMAGES– A choice of the images sent to us will be used in preparing the finalists presentation and the awards brochure to be used on the night.

SUPPORT– If you need additional help or have more questions, you may contact us at

JUDGING PROCEDURE– The Global RLI Awards judging team is a group of leading industry experts who will review eligible submissions and score them confidentially and inform the RLI Awards team. The panel will not review entries from their own companies or any entry that might constitute a conflict of interest.

NOMINATION FORM– Download it here.
Entrants must aim to ensure that their submission is supplied in PDF format, along with a completed nomination form. Word or PowerPoint presentations are also accepted.
Ensure that entries are clearly labelled, stating the entrant’s name and the category for which it is intended, together with any supplementary details.
The person listed under Your Details on the Nomination Form must be the person representing the project and will be the person contacted should the entry be chosen as a finalist.
For all project related categories, please provide detailed supplementary information in relation to the professional team involved, such as Architect/Designer, Project Manager, Consulting/Structural/Civil Engineer, ME & Engineer/Contractor, Main Contractor and Agents.
Please make sure that we are able to read written forms, typed forms are preferred.

PAY NOWEach entry costs £250 + vat where applicable. Each entry must be accompanied by a payment. Payments can be made online here or by bank transfer by emailing

AUTHORISE– All entries must have the authorisation of the Owner to authorise the submission of the entry and must have agreed to abide by all rules of the Global RLI Awards. Each entry must also have ticked and agreed to the Terms and Conditions of this document on the Nomination Form.

All shortlisted companies will be required to book a table of ten at the live event including wine, three-course meal and entertainment (£2,450),
for those companies that still have a moratorium on travel, you will be required to book a virtual package for ten including a complimentary delegate pass
for RLI Connect Global 2021 (£995).

All Winners and Highly Commended’s will be required to take a discounted A4 advertisement in the Winners Brochure alongside your category £1,500
(normally £2,250), which will be published with the first issue released following the events and sent to our global circulation.