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.

Staying at the top of your game locally is not easy. There are constantly new businesses opening and new products and services coming to the market.

But what does competing involve and what can you expect to happen next ?


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.  The details entered online are only checked to watch for duplicate votes.


Any member of the public can vote for a 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.

Business Registration

Launched in 2019 the Business Registration Page allows any business to register an interest in taking part in the competition without waiting for public nomination. Anyone can use the Business Registration Page including owners, employees, customers, friends. Any details you submit on this page are not passed on to the 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 results night

The Awards Ceremony for your area is the end of the process. Time 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 awards are considered as follows,

This list is not complete and new categories are evolving all of the time

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

Fine Dining

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. As time moves on employees who have been in the competition as part of another business in previous years are setting up on their own and returning to the competition. Its fantastic to see the development of young businesses across Scotland, know the story behind them and watch their further development.

The Annual Grand Final

If you have won in your regional awards your business competes in the highly anticipated national Grand Final held annually in Glasgow. Always sold out, it brings together the winners from our 16 regional qualifying award shows to find out who will win the national awards.