Voting for the Ayrshire Retail Business Awards closes 8pm Friday 7th. The Ayrshire Awards return to Ayr Racecourse for a third year featuring many new nominees from across Ayrshire.
Finalists will be heading to the racecourse on Sunday night to find out first hand who has won this years awards. The evening features the largest number of finalists in a regional show for 2019 in an excellent start to the new annual cycle. The winners from Sunday night will have the option of competing in next years Grand Final at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.
The qualification rules for both the regional and national awards shows have been changed and Ayr will be the first area to implement them for the start of the 2019-20 cycle. Basically entry to both the regional and national stages is no longer automatic. Unless a business is actively engaged in the competition they can lose their place at both a regional and national level.
On Sunday night Ayrshire will also be told which categories have qualified for the national stage and in which categories Ayrshire has no entries for the national final. Up to now entry into the Grand Final was optional and some businesses were exercising this at the last minute with little or no effort to compete. This ambiguity is being removed completely and it is no longer possible to do this.
We wish all of our Ayrshire finalists both past winners and new entries the very best of luck on Sunday.