A panel of judges will assess all submissions and score each question in line with the judging criteria. All submissions will be judged independently by at least 3 judges, the scores will then be collated and the outcomes used to decide the finalists, highly commended, and winners of each category. This judging panel is made up of ‘out of area’ business leaders – none of whom enter the awards and have any association or affiliation with local businesses.
Those on the awards committee are not permitted to enter to avoid any conflict of interest.
The judges’ decisions are final and no further discussion will be entered into.