Who can enter the awards?

Any organisation (including Public Sector, Education, etc.) located within the Cherwell District administrative boundary that has local management autonomy, may enter.
Sponsors, suppliers and official supporters of the Cherwell Business Awards are not eligible to enter.

What area does Cherwell District cover?

The geographical area covered by the awards is the Cherwell Council district and includes Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington and all the villages in between. If you are unsure, please check your postcode. If you feel your postcode should or indeed shouldn’t be in Cherwell but the postcode search is throwing up an incorrect result, please email admin@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk.

How many awards can I enter?

Any entrant may enter a maximum of two of the Business Sector Awards. In addition, as an individual, you can enter the Business Person of the Year Award.

Is there a cost to enter the awards?

It is free to enter. If you are shortlisted as an award category finalist, you will be offered two complimentary tickets to the Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony in May.

Can I apply online?

Yes, you simply have to set up a login then you can complete the application form and upload via the website. You can also attach documents to support your application. If you experience any problems with submitting your application, please email admin@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk.

How can I support or sponsor the Awards?

We would love to hear how you would like to be involved with the Awards. Please contact our organisers at admin@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk

How are the awards judged?

Each award category has a sponsor. It is the responsibility of the award sponsor to carry out the judging process in line with the awards’ guidelines. The sponsor will be judging applications, based on the criteria set out for each award. Entrants are advised to answer all questions within the application and may also provide supporting documentary evidence.

After the closing date for applications, all entrants will be contacted directly by a representative of the award’s sponsor. Entrants must be available to be interviewed either by phone or face-to-face.

The selection of finalists will take place at a Judging Meeting with all other sponsors in November 2020, and shortlisted finalists will be notified immediately. The winner of each award category will be announced at the Virtual Awards ceremony on 11 December 2020.

What are the timings for the 2020 awards?

The timetable for the awards is as follows:

  1. Launch Event Tuesday 5th November 2019
  2. Nominations can be submitted from Tuesday 5th November 2019.
  3. Applications can be submitted from Tuesday 5th November 2019.
  4. Closing date for nominations is Friday 20th December 2019.
  5. Closing date for applications is Friday 14th February 2020.
  6. During February and March 2020 all applications will be assessed and judged, with the finalists announced by November 2020.
  7. Winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony on Friday 11th  December 2020.

Can I buy tickets to the Awards ceremony?

As the 2020 Awards will be virtual, there will be no tickets sold this year. Instead we invite all to watch the award ceremony which will be live streamed on 11 December at 18:00.

I was a finalist last year, can I enter the same award category again the following year?