How did I get nominated ?

To get into a competition for the current year we firstly check to see if you’ve been nominated in the last 12 months. It is also possible for people without the internet (there are still some) to telephone us, email us or ask someone to message us through our website chat button. There are many ways to be nominated. When the competition is announced for another year many people re-vote exactly as they did before.

I didn’t know about the competition, do I have to take part ?

No. Your friends, business colleagues and the public may not know the status of your business. Maybe its changing hands. Maybe your not a competitive person. We will always attempt to contact you personally before finalizing anything.

Won’t businesses with the largest social media following win ?

No, it’s not a clicking competition and you can only vote once. If you or any of your supporters do vote again only the first one will count.

As a business owner, will this take up a lot of my time which I already don’t have ?

No, the process runs with very little input from yourself, no forms, no interviews and no public speaking. Everything is arranged through a representative who’ll visit briefly and at convenient times answering personally any questions you or your colleagues may have.

I don’t want to bother my customers to vote, do I have to ?

No certainly not. Many of our past winners won just because the competition went a little viral locally. Businesses do watch what one another are doing so word soon gets around without you doing anything.

Isn’t everyone on the shortlist ?

No, we aim to reduce the shortlist to 4 finalist businesses per category.

If I go to the Awards Ceremony do I have to buy a certain number of tickets ?

Not at all, you can come along on your own or with other finalists or bring all of your staff, entirely up to you. Discounted rates are offered based on numbers required.

Do you allow charity collection envelopes on your tables ?

No. Guests are there for the business awards and we do not allow any other advertising nor envelopes onto the tables.

Can I bring my children ?

Yes children from 7 years + have enjoyed the Awards Shows and like to see their family getting the awards. They can attend free or with reduced rates depending on their age.

If I win do I have to speak at the Awards Ceremony ?

No, but most winners manage a quick thank you. All of your team can come up onto the stage which also makes a great photo opportunity too.

What will I wear to the Awards Ceremony ?

That’s up to you !  Our events across Scotland are Black Tie optional to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible. Gentlemen wear dinner suits, kilts or lounge suits. Ladies wear evening dresses or cocktail dresses.

Can we get photos of the evening ?

Yes photos will be taken at the event to capture you and your team with the award if you win. These are posted online normally the day after the event.

Who are you working in partnership with ?

We are not connected to, nor working with, any other body or organisation. Nor are we connected to either local councils or the government. All of the events are self funding and independent. There are no sponsors. If someone contacts you claiming otherwise, please let us know. We will not give your details to a third party for any reason.

You are asking for telephone numbers and email addresses on the voting form, what happens to them ?

Nothing. They are deleted after the relevant area awards show. We may also switch vote handling software and companies if better online voting products or services become available.

Do you share my details with anyone else ?


We are committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Under the Data Protection Act we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We take appropriate security measures to safeguard your data and apply security standards & controls to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

When you visit this website, your IP address, browser and version, operating system and the site you came from are stored in a log file. This information is only used for statistical purposes to help improve this site. Log files do not contain any personal information.

If you send us an email message or complete an online form, we will use your email address and any information you provide to deal with and respond to your query or comments. This information may be disclosed to the appropriate person in order to deal with or respond to your message.

We may collect information that you give to us to take part in our competition or nominations. Whenever we do this we will inform you of what your information will be used for and to whom it will be disclosed. We may share non-personal statistical information within our organisation.

This privacy statement applies only to websites belonging to and operated by Scotlands Business Awards. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of third party web sites that may be linked to our web pages.

What details about me or my business will you post online ?

Very little. In our competitions we have come across many scenarios that have brought us to a decision that you decide just how much goes online about your nomination, shortlisting and your win, should you win. This deals with many common events and prepares for changes that may be caused by the Right To Be Forgotten and the EU Privacy Removal aspect as time moves on. Such as

  1. Your business details cannot be harvested from our site unless someone recognises your image in a photo, but the photos are taken down and stored as time moves on.
  2. You are taking part in more than one business competition and you want to control which is promoted and at which time of year.
  3. Search Engines cant make a mistake by returning a false positive. ie  Search Engines do not know the difference between finalists, winners and years so searches in the past were inaccurate
  4. You didn’t want nominated by the public
  5. Your business has closed or changed hands since your involvement in a competition
  6. The winner has died

We will still support any request for details made by individual finalists or winners with a common sense approach, but no database of finalists or winners is stored online.