Frequently Asked Questions
How did my business 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. This will normally happen because someone has entered your business name into the nominate pages of our website under whichever area your business is located in. It is also possible for people without the internet (there are still some) to telephone us, email us, post a letter, or talk to one of our area representatives in person. When the competition is announced for another year many people re-nominate exactly as they did before.
Each awards show generates legacy votes. The public don’t stop voting. In the excitement that your business has been involved in the awards or indeed has won your category the public will vote again, sometimes after an awards show, which will nominate you for the next years business awards. We call these legacy votes. You will receive notification but you don’t have to do anything about the next nomination. In fact many businesses try to guess if they can win a second or third time. In reality only two businesses in Scotland have ever won three times. Many more have won a second time. No one has won a category four times.
It is now possible to register a business for the competition without waiting for random votes or nominations. You can use the form on the Business Registration page. Businesses entered there still go through the same process of voting and visits as everyone else.
Am I in business ?
At the stage where you are trying out a new venture or still working at a another full or part time job you need to watch that you are still following the rules. A common mistake in a new online or home business is not giving out your business address. This means on websites and facebook and other social media too. Businesses who are missing contact details ie an address, phone number and email address are unlikely to progress through a business competition. Consider how customers find or contact you.
I didn’t know about the competition, does my business have to take part ?
No. The public may not know the status of your business. Maybe its changing hands. Maybe you’re not a competitive person. We will always attempt to contact you prior to an awards show.
I’ve received a letter telling me I am a finalist do I have to do anything ?
You can share the voting link and let your colleagues know about the mystery shopper. But no you don’t have to do anything specific. We’re going to visit your business as many times as we need to meet you and introduce ourselves.
You visited my business last year, do you have to visit me again ?
In business many things can happen and it is an important aspect of the awards year on year that if you are nominated again there is another visit to check any changes to the business.
What happens if I do nothing ?
If there are no further nominations or votes for your business, or we don’t hear from you despite attempts to visit your business, contact you in person or telephone you we reserve the right to remove your nomination. We have to confirm with the business owner or manager that they are happy to be in the competition if this is not possible our default position is to remove your business. Similarly in the Grand Final winning takes a lot of effort. Again if we don’t hear back from you about the Grand Final we may not put your business forward. Every year we write to each Grand Finalist twice but around two weeks before the Grand Final a decision is taken on who will feature and the show is created.
Won’t businesses with the largest social media following win ?
No, it’s not a clicking competition.
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 answering 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. Nominations will always be available online and do help in the process but we have moved away from that being the deciding factor. Through time the public become less enthusiastic about online voting and previous winners have occasionally struggled to re-create a previous years voting pattern. Competition for space on timelines is fierce and you can’t always be sure your audience is seeing your particular message. Of greater importance to us is our visits to businesses and there is no substitute for this.
When is voting appropriate ?
Voting whether online or offline is not appropriate to all business sectors and we appreciate this. Some customers cannot or would not leave a review anywhere depending on the service they are using. This is one of the reasons our mystery shops and visits to businesses are more important.
My vote has been returned as blacklisted spam
What is the link to nominate on ?
If I enter my email or mobile number will I start receiving unwanted messages ?
No. We have never used emails or mobile numbers for that purpose. Our site displays a page thanking you for your entry and that’s it done. We do not collect business or personal information intended for use in marketing.
How do I find out who is in the shortlist ?
Details are discussed in person with each individual business before being used in a shortlist. In the past shortlists published online were used as calling lists by salespeople from other businesses so you wont find them online.
Isn’t every business a finalist ?
No, we aim to reduce the finalists to 4 or 5 businesses per category in the regional award shows.
Doesn’t everyone who goes win ?
Unfortunately not, you have to be prepared to attend and not win, no one is given the result before the evening itself.
If I go to the Awards Ceremony do I have to buy a table ?
No. There are many small businesses involved and in many cases there are not more than 3 or 4 people in the business.
Do you offer a complimentary ticket ?
Unfortunately not, space is normally at a premium at our business events. There are early bird discounted tickets available and a business purchasing a table of 10 will only pay for nine tickets instead of the full 10.
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 ?
Children in the audience are rare but it has happened. Children from 6 years + have enjoyed the Awards Shows. They can attend free or with reduced rates depending on their age.
If I win do I have to speak ?
No, but most winners manage a quick thank you. All of your team can come up onto the stage which also makes a great free photo opportunity too.
What will I wear ?
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 ?
Yes, if you win photos are taken of winners on stage with their award. These are posted online free of charge normally the day after the awards.
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 area award shows 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.
Privacy – You are asking for telephone numbers or email addresses on the voting form, what happens to them ?
Nothing. They are deleted after the relevant area awards show. Only we have access to the voting forms no third party is involved at all.
Privacy – Do you share my details with anyone else outside of the competition ?
No. We are committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR regulation. 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 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. 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.
Privacy – Aren’t my business details on the guest list given to the hotel or venue ?
Since 2017 hotels and venues we use throughout Scotland are advised by us not to misuse the data we give them for the purposes of catering and the seating plan. They are individually advised that you have a right to privacy and to decline publicity. If you are contacted by a hotel or venue and you feel it was as a result of an awards show please let us know. We do not collect business information intended for use in marketing.
Privacy – 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 or your win, should you win. This deals with many common occurances and prepares for changes that may be caused by the General Data Protection Regulation, your Right To Be Forgotten and the EU Privacy Removal aspect as time moves on. Such as
- Your business details cannot be harvested from our site unless someone recognises your image in a photo. Photos are taken offline as time moves on
- You are taking part in more than one business competition and you want to control which is promoted and at which time of year
- Your details don’t appear online as results in inaccurate searches. Search Engines do not know the difference between nominees, finalists and winners so online searches in the past were inaccurate
- You didn’t want to be nominated by the public
- Your business has closed, been renamed or changed hands prior to or since its involvement in a competition
- The staff members responsible for the award have left the business or there has been a significant change in your personnel since an awards show
- You do not or cannot attend an awards show
- You do not want a photograph taken
- The winner has died either prior to or after an awards show
We will still support any request for details made by individual finalists or winners with a common sense approach, but no details of finalists or winners is stored online.
Currently if you voted prior to 3rd January 2019 your email or phone number and the name of the business or businesses you supported has already been deleted from our system.