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Entry Rules

Terms and Conditions

  1. You may enter up to 2 awards categories, each entry must be submitted on a separate entry form.
  2. You may only enter 1 public vote category. If you are nominated in more than one, the first category you are nominated in will be the category chosen unless notified otherwise. 
  3. All entries as well as supporting documents must be submitted online, if you have any queries about hard copies of evidence please contact the team
  4. The categories are open to all businesses paying their rates to a council in Luton and Bedfordshire who commenced business prior to 1st January 2018
  5. If you commenced business after the 1st January 2018, you can enter up to 2 categories from Best New Business, Business Person of the Year, Business Woman of the Year, The Green Award, Young Business Person of the Year, Website of the Year and the Public Vote Categories.
  6. Entry is FREE
  7. Entrants must have less than 250 employees at the time of entering or be self employed
  8. A sponsor cannot enter an award in the category that they are sponsoring
  9. Each category has different requirements in terms of length of time in business or age of entrant – please see individual awards for specific rules
  10. If you are to win a starred category (*) you will automatically make it through to the SME National Business Awards Final
  11. Local Awards do not go through to the National Final
  12. If you have won the same category two years in a row, you cannot enter the category again
  13. The comments made on your application form should be accurate to the best of your knowledge
  14. The Judges will be representatives from each of the sponsors and guest judges, who are well respected experts in their field
  15. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. By entering these awards, you agree to our business partners and sponsors having access to your contact details
  17. Entrants must be available for consultation with the Judges should the need arise
  18. By entering the awards you agree to partake in publicity of the awards, including the use of any images taken
  19. Should a category not receive sufficient entries, it will be withdrawn from the Awards Ceremony
  20. Entries will only be accepted on the official online entry form
  21. Entry is completed solely on your application form, there will be no site visits
  22. The closing date for all entries is Thursday 25th June at 3pm.
  23. We reserve the right to extend the deadline
  24. A representative from all finalists will be required to attend the Grand Final evening at their own cost. 
  25. Please note that due to the nature of the Awards Night, Children under the age of 16 will not be able to attend.
  26. The Grand Final is being held at Bedford Corn Exchange on Tuesday 25th May 2021.
  27. Refund policy – Grand Final Tickets, there is a 100% refund within 60 days of event, 50% refund within 45 days of event and zero refund within 30 days of event
  28. Refund policy – There is zero refund on all merchandise due to the nature of our ordering process.
  29. By entering the awards, you authorise us to use personal data collected during the registration process for the purposes of administering the awards, receiving/circulating further information regarding the awards and other relevant events from time to time. To opt out please email emily@eventsandpr.co.uk 

Please note: Any financial information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to anyone other than the panel of judges.

Business Chameleon and Lockdown Leader Categories

  1. You may enter one or two of these categories.
  2. Entries are open to all SME’s including those who have already reached the finals.
  3. If you are through to the finals in three categories already, you are still eligible to enter these as additional categories.
  4. The cost of entry is free.
  5. The closing date for these categories is Monday 9th November 2020 at 2pm.
  6. Please note there will be no extensions.
  7. In addition to these rules, entrants must also adhere to the main Terms and Conditions.