We pride ourselves on having the highest level of judging on our Hertfordshire Business Awards. From the carefully chosen entry criteria through to the criteria used during the visit judging process.

Our Judges are prominent business people with a wealth of knowledge within their chosen fields.

The Shortlisting Process

Our panel of judges come together for a two day short listing period, they carefully read through each nomination before scoring against the set criteria. Each nominee will have a score at the end of this process and this will determine the top five businesses in each category. The Judges have access to Companies House as well as other online tools to help judge each of the businesses fairly and accurately.

A minimum of four judges will assess each nomination over the two day period.

Once the short listing is finalised we then contact each of the businesses to tell them they have reached the final stage of the Judging process.

Our scoring matrix enables us to give feedback to businesses on which areas they scored lower in, giving valuable insight into what the judges thought of their business.

The Visits

Our Judges are paired up at the shortlisting, two judges armed with a second set or criteria will come and visit the business to assess them in the second phase of the judging, if the business does not have a shop front or office then a suitable location will be arranged convenient to both.

The second phase is really the Finalists opportunity to showcase their business, the visit should take no longer than an hour and can be used in different ways, for example some businesses like to present to the judges, others to keep the meeting more informal. What is always suggested and highly recommended is that you have the key people from the business on hand to speak with the judges.

Once the visit judging has concluded our judges come back to the office for the final judges meeting, here they present to the other judges the businesses that they have seen and explain  in detail who their winner is and why.

At this meeting we also determine who the Company of the Year winner is and why and also the coveted Judges’ Award winner.

Our awards process is stringent and we ask for succinct but detailed information from each of our entrants, the judging process has two phases and to some this may seem long, for this we make no apologies, we believe that every business that makes the finalist stages of our awards process are truly deserving and they can feel immense pride in the knowledge that their business has been looked at in great detail  and by experienced business people.

For further tips on entering please click HERE

Entry deadline: Tuesday 2nd October 2018 @ 5pm

Short listing: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th October 2018

Visit Judging: 12th October to 5th November 2018

Final Judges meeting: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Awards night: Thursday 22nd November 2018