How do I enter?

 

All you need to do is 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 your business merits an award
  • Highlight up to six key points selling your company to the judges
  • Attach up to five pieces of evidence to support your application – attachments can be up to a maximum of 2MB each.
  • Attach the company logo

For any queries regarding your entry, please get in touch with the Chamber Team at info@somersetbusinessawards.org.uk.

 

See the below awards guide for full details on our 2021 awards:

Does my business qualify?

All businesses entering the awards must be based within the district council administrative boundaries of Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Mendip and Somerset West and Taunton. Business can also enter if they are based within the following North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset postcodes:

BS21, 22, 23, 24, 40, 48 and 49

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 within the eligible areas listed above.

If you are unsure if you qualify, please get in touch.

Do you accept joint business entries?

Unfortunately entries must be made by one company only. Applications from franchises and consortiums are also not accepted.

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.

Please note that you will be required to make a separate 800 word application for each award category.

I'm a community interest centre, can i enter?

Good news, we do accept applications from community interest centres. 

Do I have to include attachments?

You can apply without any supporting evidence, however it is encouraged to include at least 2. More often than not, the supporting documents take a good entry to a winning one. 

My customers are based in Somerset but my business isn’t, do I qualify?

No sadly not. The aim of the Somerset Business Awards is to celebrate Businesses based in Somerset. The business should have its head office within the defined eligible area set out below:

All businesses entering the awards must be based within the district council administrative boundaries of Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Mendip and Somerset West and Taunton. Business can also enter if they are based within the following North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset postcodes:

BS21, 22, 23, 24, 40, 48 and 49

 

Can I enter again if I've entered before?

Yes, absolutely! All previous applicants and winners are welcome to apply again each year.

I've entered... what happens next?

The initial shortlisting process will take place between 30 November – 14 December, after which you will be notified if you have made it through to the next stage.

If your entry passes the first shortlisting process, you will be contacted by one of the judges who will make an appointment to come and visit you at your premises. The visits will take place between 15 December – 16 January so you will need to ensure you are available during this time.

After that, the judges will meet to 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 two free tickets to the night. Additional tickets will be available for purchase in due course. If you are successful in becoming a finalist, you will also be visited by students of Weston College to produce a short 30 seconds film to be shown on the awards evening.

What are the key dates I need to know?

1 September – Entries open

14 October – ‘Benefits of Entering’ event

27 November – Entries close

15 December – 16 January – Judges’ visits

15 February – Ticket sale for finalists

1 March – Ticket sale to general public

26 March – Awards ceremony

How much will it cost me?

It is free to enter the awards, apart from your time.

Do I need to be a Somerset Chamber member to enter?

No, the awards are open to all Somerset businesses.

Need help with your entry?

We will be running a ‘Benefits of Entering’ event in October, to help you learn from past winners and judges and to give you some top-tips about writing an award-winning entry.

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