Competition Process

Competition Process

Entries will close on Saturday 9th June at midnight.

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 are then collated.

When the judges scores are either tied or within a margin of just 2% between finalists the votes received are added and will decide the winner. No one judge has the overall power to decide the winner.

Voting will be open from week commencing 20th August, 2018. Voting will be open for each category once all finalist have been announced. Voting closes Friday 7th September 2018. Midnight.

Interviews Venue                                                                                                                                                                     

The Village Hotel
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 10th July 2018,   
                                       - Small Business - AM

                                       - Training and Coaching - PM

                                       - Inspirational Woman - AM

                                       - Business Woman - PM

Wednesday 11th July 2018,

                                       - New Business - AM

                                       - Financial Business - PM

                                       - Young Entrepreneur- AM

                                       - Professional Industry  - PM

Thursday 12th July 2018,

                                       - Internet Industry - AM

                                       - Solo Business - PM

                                       - Health & Wellbeing – AM

                                       - Beauty Industry - PM

Tuesday 24th July 2018,

                                       - Retailer Business - AM

                                       - Hospitality Industry - PM

                                       - Customer Services – AM

                                      - Creative Industry – PM

Mop Up Interview Dates:

Wednesday 25th July  2018,

                     - Small Business AM / Training & Coaching AM

                     - New Business PM / Financial Finalists PM

                     - Inspirational AM /  Business Woman AM

                     - Professional PM / Young Entrepreneur PM

 Thursday 26th July 2018, 

                                   - Industry AM / Solo Business AM

                                   - Health and Wellbeing PM / Beauty Industry PM

  Tuesday 14th August 2018, 

                                    - Retail Industry / Hospitality Industry AM

                                    - Creative Industry  PM

Wednesday 15th August 2018,
                                    - Customer Services AM 


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