Competition Process

Competition Process

Applications for each category will be assessed by the Executive Judging Panel and they will shortlist an average of ten applicants per category. The Executive Panel will also put forward applicants for categories if that they feel they are more relevant for the individual.

The shortlist will be scored individually and independently by a panel of no less than three judges without any conferring. Once the shortlist scores have been collated an average of six finalists will be selected. These individuals will then attend a twenty minute interview which will be conducted by the panel of judges under the supervision of an adjudicator.

The judges have been selected from a variety of businesses covering various skills and expertise. The judges will individually score each finalist and these points will be added to the votes that each finalist receives to determine the winners.

Voting will be open from week commencing 14th August, 2017. Voting will be open for each category once all finalist have been announced. Voting closes Friday 8th September 2017 Midnight.

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Interviews Venue                                                                                                                                                                          

De Vere Herons' Reach 
East Park Drive


East Park Drive, Blackpool Lancashire, FY3 8LL

From Junction 4 of the M55, head along the dual carriageway towards Blackpool following the brown tourist signs for Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. This is a strict 30 mile an hour limit with several speed cameras. At the 3rd set of traffic lights turn right into East Park Drive (again follow signs for Zoo and Hospital. The hotel is along this road on the right hand side opposite Stanley Park.

If you are travelling by train it will approximately take 15 minutes via taxi.

Parking: Free onsite parking

Judging Schedule:

Tuesday  25th July 2017,   
- Small Business - AM

                                       - Training and Coaching - PM

                                       - Inspirational Woman - AM

                                       - Business Woman - PM

Wednesday 26th July 2017,

                                       - New Business - AM

                                       - Financial Business - PM

                                       - Professional Services - AM

                                       - Creative Industry - PM

Thursday 27th July 2017,

                                       - Customer Services - AM

                                       - Solo Business - PM

                                       - Health & Beauty - AM

                                       - Young Entrepreneur - PM

Friday 28th July 2017,

                                       - Retailer Business - AM

                                       - Hospitality Industry - PM

                                       - Internet Industry - AM

Mop Up Interview Dates:

Monday 14th August 2017,

                                 - Small Business AM

                                 - Training & Coaching AM

                                 - New Business AM

                                 - Financial Finalists AM

                                 - Inspirational Woman PM

                                 - Business Woman PM

                                 - Professional Services PM

                                 - Creative Finalists PM

Tuesday 15th August 2017,

                                   - Customer Services AM

                                   - Solo Business AM

                                   - Retailer AM

                                   - Hospitality Finalists AM

                                   - Health and Beauty PM

                                   - Young Entrepreneur PM

                                   - Internet Industry PM

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