The MIBBA's don't happen without the sheer dedication and commitment shown by our judges and sponsors.
Without each and every one of them, the MIBBA's would not be possible. The process is hard, not just for the applicants, but for the judges too. It takes, time (lot's of it), patience (in equal measure), and an open and honest mind to determine who will make the finals.
Applications are independently judged before the first stage of scores being collated from the initial application. Judges spend hours reading and assessing each application, no mean feat for sure.
The meet and great is an intense day for all, with candidate after candidate, presenting their businesses to the judges in order for them to determine the final three.
We spoke to two of this year’s judges who gave us their views on their own personal experiences of the judging process.
Suzanne Edmonds - Director at Square Peg Associates
This was the first time that I've been involved in the judging at the Made In Bury Business Awards. The whole process was seamless from scoring the applications through to interviewing the finalists on the day of the meet and greet.
The interview day was brilliant, full of positive, engaged and motivated people that were incredibly passionate about their businesses. The finalists were all of such high quality and very much driven, proving that the talent in Bury is of a very high standard.
It was incredibly tough to choose the winners, everyone was so deserving in their own right. The awards ended of course with a great "do" on the 23rd November which was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic to be part of.
Kath Pollard - Performance Solutions Administrator, Milliken
Here I am in 2017 back for a second time judging the MIBBA’s and it’s a process I have thoroughly enjoyed. The anticipation in waiting for the applications to read, score and find out what area’s I will be judging is great and it’s fantastic reading and learning about new and well-established businesses in the Bury area.
Then when all the reading and scoring is over, it’s off to the judges meet and greet event, which is such a fun day, hard work, but so lovely to meet the final 6 in each category, and to listen to their passionate interview with the judges about their businesses. This year I also interviewed for the Bury Businesswoman of the year, it was such a privilege as the finalists were amazing businesswomen.
The awards event is a chance to meet up again with the finalists and their guests and let your hair down for an evening. Debi, Phil and helpers do a fantastic job of organising the event which I have seen grow from the very first awards ceremony in 2013, to be such a superb evening.
This year was a tough year with outstanding applications coming in for all categories. Everyone gave their all in the hope of making the final three and those that did were truly thrilled.
It doesn't matter who you are or what stage you are in your business, there's a category for you. For those that didn't make the shortlist this year, this is an opportunity to learn, develop and come back even stronger in 2018. Come back fighting, with more purpose and determination.
It's something that many have done in past years and achieved victory - you could too, and, if you didn't get involved in 2017, maybe 2018 is YOUR year!
Entries open again in May so watch this space and start thinking about your business. YOU CAN do it!
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