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 March 2019, and shortlisted finalists will be notified immediately. The winner of each award category will be announced at the Gala Dinner Awards ceremony in May.

What are the timings for the 2019 awards?

The timetable for the awards is as follows:

  1. Launch Event Tuesday 20th November 2018
  2. Nominations can be submitted from Tuesday 20th November 2018.
  3. Applications can be submitted from Tuesday 27th November 2018.
  4. Closing date for nominations is Sunday 6th January 2019.
  5. Closing date for applications is 16th February 2019.
  6. During February and March 2019 all applications will be assessed and judged, with the finalists announced by Friday 29th March 2019.
  7. Winners will be announced at the Gala dinner and awards ceremony on Friday 10th May 2019 at Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire.

Can I buy tickets to the Awards ceremony?

Tickets for the 2019 Awards are not yet available to purchase.   Announcement on ticket sales will follow in the New Year.

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