All you need to do is to complete the online entry form, making sure that you understand the criteria for the category/ies that you wish to enter.
*Choose your category
*Enter a statement of up to 800 words explaining why a business merits the award
*Highlight up to 6 key points selling the company to the judges
*Attach up to 5 pieces of evidence to support your application - Attachments can be up to a maximum of 2MB each.
*Attach the company logo
Can I enter my business into more than one category?
Yes, you can enter your business into as many categories as you like, providing the category is appropriate and that you can provide the required evidence as detailed in the category criteria to support your entry.
What will it cost me?
It is free to enter the Awards, apart for your time.
Would my business qualify?
All businesses entering the awards must be based within the administrative boundaries of Somerset or one of the following North Somerset postcodes;
BA3, BS21, 22, 23, 24, 39, 40, 49
While the awards are predominantly for companies within the above boundaries we are keen not to discourage quality entries from within the historic boundaries of Somerset.
The business should have its Head Office within the defined eligible area set out above. If this is not the case, the entry MUST demonstrate that the enterprise has local autonomy over business planning, marketing, HR and budget.
Can I enter again if i've entered before?
Yes, absolutely! All previous applicants and winners are welcome to apply again each year.
Can I only apply online?
Yes, i'm afraid applications can only be accepted through our online form.
Do I need to be a Somerset Chamber member to enter?
No, the awards are open to any Somerset Business.
What are the key dates I need to know?
30th May– Launch Event
3rd June- Entries Open
4th July- Benefits of Entering
9th August- Entries Close
3rd-20th September– Judges Visits
Awards Ceremony date to be announced shortly...
Need help with your entry?
We will be running a Benefits of Entering Event, to help you learn from past winners and judges on how to write an award winning entry. Date will be announced shortly!
I've Entered... what happens next?
The initial shortlisting process will take place between 23rd - 30th August, after which time you will be notified if you have made it through to the next stage.
If your entry passes the first short listing process, you will be contacted by one of the judges who will make an appointment to come out and visit you at your premises. The visits will take place between 3rd - 20th September so you will need to ensure you are available during this time.
A judges meeting will take place, where judges will give careful consideration to all the entries received. You will then be notified if you have or have not been successful in reaching the final shortlist.
If you make it to the final shortlist, you will automatically be invited to the Black Tie Gala, receiving 2 free tickets to the night. Additional tickets will be available for purchase prior to the night.
If you are successful in becoming a finalist, you will also be visited by students of Bridgwater & Taunton College to produce a short 30 second film to be shown on the awards evening.
When can i buy tickets for the awards ceremony?
Tickets for the awards go on sale in two different stages: The first is pre-sale for finalists only. Finalists receive two free tickets and can then purchase up to an additional 8 tickets to make a table. Followed by general sale to the public.
Dates and prices will be announced shortly
If you would like to register your interest in tickets before these dates, please email us and we will send you a reminder once they are available to purchase.