Doncaster Business Awards
Do you have a question about the Doncaster Business Awards? Check our FAQ below. If your question isn't listed, you can always email Rebecca Nightingale.
Am I eligible to enter?
All Doncaster Chamber members and businesses with a DN postcode are eligible to enter.
Can I enter if I am not a Doncaster Chamber member?
Non-members are eligible to enter the awards if their registered business address is Doncaster. There is a £50 +VAT charge per category for non-members to enter which must be paid prior to the closing date for written entries. If no payment is received prior to this date entries will not be submitted for judging.
How does a small business compete with a large business?
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. You can find out more information about the handicap system on our judging process page.
What is the judging process?
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).
Further information is available on our judging process page.
Is there any support available when entering?
Doncaster Chamber do not provide individual support for entrants. However, we run workshops on both writing an entry (stage 1) and finalist interviews (stage 2) which can be found on our events page.
What if I am unavailable for the stage 2 judging dates?
Where possible we try to ensure judging is carried out at a time convenient for both judges and entrants.
Due to the coordination of several diaries it is not always possible to reschedule, and we do request on entering that the dates you specify as being available you block out in your diary. We are unable to conduct judging visits outside of the three weeks specified (Monday 21 October – Friday 8 November 2019).
How do I know if I have made it through to the second stage?
You will be contacted by Doncaster Chamber and informed if you have been successful as a finalist and made it through to the 2nd stage of judging.
If I enter do I automatically get tickets?
No companies are automatically granted tickets. Tickets and tables can be purchased directly from the Doncaster Business Awards event page.
When do entries for the awards open?
Entries for the awards open on Monday, 13 May 2019.
Will I receive feedback for my entry?
Feedback is submitted with the notification emails for stage 1 and following the winners being announced on the awards night.
What is the closing date for entries?
The closing date for written entries (stage 1) is midnight, Sunday 8 September 2019.
What are the categories?
There are 12 categories available for entry. Full details and criteria can be found on our dedicate
Can I enter someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award?
The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award is chosen by the board of Doncaster Chamber. You are more than welcome to email a nomination to email@example.com.
How many categories can I enter?
You can enter as many categories as you feel are relevant to your business. For non-members there is a £50 +VAT charge for each category entered.
How do I enter?
If emailing, please specify which categories you are wanting to enter as each category application form is different.
How much does it cost to enter?
All categories are free for members to enter. For non-members there is a £50 +VAT charge for each category entered.
What is the earliest date I can purchase tickets?
Tickets are available to purchase now! Please visit our event listing to find out more and book.
What is the last date I can purchase tickets?
Tickets and tables can be purchased up to Sunday, 1 December 2019.
How much are tickets?
- Individual Ticket: £75 +VAT
- Table of 10: £700 +VAT
- Table of 12: £805 +VAT
- Individual Ticket: £85 +VAT
- Table of 10: £800 +VAT
- Table of 12: £905 +VAT
What is the minimum/maximum people per table?
Tables at the Doncaster Business Awards are sold in 10s and 12s. Any tickets purchased individually may be seated with guests from other companies.
Can I pre-order drinks?
You will receive a wine pre-order form prior to the event. All other drinks can be purchased at one of the bars on the evening.
Is car parking available?
Free car parking is available in Car Park A, opposite the main entrance to the Racecourse.
What date do I need to submit my table plan?
Tables plans and dietary requirements must be submitted to Paige Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 8 November 2019.
Can I promote my business at the event?
Visit our sponsorship opportunities page for more information about sponsorship, advertisement and promotion. Businesses are prohibited from displaying literature and banners at the event.
Are children welcome on the night?
The Doncaster Business Awards are a celebration of local business excellence, and as such are not suitable for children under 16. Any children who attend must be 16+ and accompanied by an adult who is a business representative.
Can I bring a guest?
You are more than welcome to bring a guest for the evening. Should your guest be a member, they will also be charged at the member rate. Find out more about ticket and table prices on our event listing page.