Competing

In Scotlands Business Awards

Being nominated for one of the awards is an exciting time not just for you but your staff and customers too. There is soon a lot of discussion locally about which businesses are in the running and of course who might win. Always hotly contested are the individual city/town awards.  But what does competing involve and what can you expect to happen next ?

Nominations

Nominations are open all year round to encourage people to put forward businesses for consideration. There is no restriction placed on who or what kind of business may be nominated because we will visit the business before any final decision is made. Since 2018 online nominations have included the option to say why you are nominating a business. But no one nominating or voting has to reveal their name or the reason for the nomination if they don’t want to. The details entered online are only checked to watch for duplicate votes.

Votes

Any member of the public can vote for the business but it is only one factor. The are also some businesses where voting or asking customers to vote is simply not appropriate. So of greater importance are the mystery shopper visits and our own visits to your business.

We visit you

During this stage we are looking at how easy is it for customers to contact or meet you, your opening hours, availability and presentation of the business premises. Home based businesses can be considered and are in their own category.  The visits are made by our staff who will introduce themselves.

Mystery shoppers

Mystery shoppers can, phone you and make internet and facebook enquiries to test some of the customer experience. Some can call in to test your products and services.

The Decision

Through a combination of nominations, mystery shopping and our personal visits with you, a winner is decided.

The awards night

You have the option of attending the Awards Ceremony for your area to get together with other finalist businesses from your area and find out first who wins.

The Black Tie Award Dinners are held locally in a hotel in your region.

In general the retail awards are considered as follows,

If you are not involved in retail this list will not apply to your business

Individual City/Town Awards

New Business Awards

Community Awards

Independent Retailer Awards

Licensed Trade Awards

Consumers Awards

Innovation Awards

Fashion Awards

Hair Salon Awards

Barbers Awards

Beauty Salon Awards

Nail Salon Awards

Restaurant, Cafe, Eatery and Takeaway

Health & Fitness Awards

Craft and Creative Awards

Hotel and B&B Awards

Lifetime Achievement in Business Awards

We are very proud of the strict conditions the competition is guided under.

Its not possible to win just by number of votes, the human element and our feet-in-the-street approach means categories are considered very fairly and accurately.

It is now possible to meet former regional winners and former Grand Final winners at our award shows in a celebration of local business excellence. Many businesses say its fantastic to be mixing with other successful businesses and meet those involved.