Judging process

Criteria:

Each of the 12 awards has five sets of criteria to be scored against that are relevant to that award.  These criteria are to be scored at the written submission stage (Stage 1) by the Business Awards Panel (each criteria will be scored out of ten, one being poor, ten being excellent) and then again at the interview stage (Stage 2) by the judges (each criteria again scored out of ten).  Each award category will include an unscored question which will ask the entrant to describe their business in fewer than 400 words.  This is simply to allow judges to get a good understanding of the company, its customers, competitors, challenges and opportunities.

Stages:

Stage 1 

Will count for 30% of the overall score. Initial sifting and scoring of the awards entries (Stage 1) will be undertaken by an expert Business Awards Panel who will have responsibility for finalising up to six finalists per award.  The Business Awards Panel will consist of representatives from the following organisations: Doncaster Chamber, Doncaster MBC, Finance for Enterprise, Doncaster College and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Stage 2 

Will count for 70% of the overall score. Each category will have two judges for Stage 2 (one sponsor judge and one Doncaster Chamber representative).  Judges will be asked to visit each finalist for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.  Judges are free to set their own questions/conduct interviews and discussion as they wish but they must drill down into the relevant criteria as outlined on the entry forms and provided scoring charts.  Awards entrants will be asked to present for 10-15 minutes at the start of the interview to allow judges to understand the business. The presentation will not be scored and should not exceed 15 minutes.  This need not be a formal presentation (Power Point, Prezi or otherwise). The intention is simply to describe the business so that it can be assessed fairly.  Judges will not see the Business Awards Panel’s scores (Stage 1) at any point.  

After the interview/discussion stage, all judges will be asked to return their scores to the Doncaster Chamber event organiser who will add up all scores, apply the necessary weighting/handicap (for eligible categories), and verify results.  The entrants with the highest overall scores will be confirmed as the winner and runner up for each category.

Handicap system:

In order to support smaller businesses, that are likely to have less resources to dedicate to the awards process, a handicap system will be in place. This handicap scoring system below will not apply for the following award categories: Rising Star of the Year, SME Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year. 

  Employees within the organisation* Stage 1 Handicap (30% of overall score) Stage 2 Handicap (70% of overall score)
Sole Trader 1 +5% +5%
Very Small 2-5 +4% +4%
Small 6-20 +3% +3%
Medium 21-50 +2% +2%
Large 51-100 +1% +1%
Very Large 101+ +0% +0%

*Employee numbers should be regarded as Full Time Equivalents.  

SME and Large Business of the Year Awards handicap system:

The Business of the Year awards will be categorised as follows: 

  • SME Business of the Year (up to 50 employees)
  • Large Business of the Year (51 or more employees)

To even the playing field, the following handicap system is in place for both awards:

SME Business of the Year:

  Employees within the organistion* Stage 1 Handicap (30% of overall score) Stage 2 Handicap (70% of overall score)
Sole Trader 1 +3% +3%
Very Small 2-5 +2% +2%
Small 6-20 +1% +1%
Medium 21-50 +0% +0%

Large Business of the Year:

  Employees within the organistion* Stage 1 Handicap (30% of overall score) Stage 2 Handicap (70% of overall score)
Large 51-150 +2% +2%
Very Large 151-249 +1% +1%
Very Very Large 250+ +0% +0%

Please ensure you have also read the Terms and Conditions of entry. 

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