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Why should I enter the awards?

Entering the MIBBA's comes with a range of advantages – whether or not you eventually win.

The application process for the Made in Bury Business Awards will provide you with a valuable opportunity to properly appraise your business. Business owners are often so overwhelmed with the day-to-day running of their business that they do not get a chance to work on their business. The application process will often force you to adopt a new perspective on your business, encouraging you to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

The judging process, meanwhile, can be thought of as a benchmarking process. Judges will consider your application in comparison with other businesses within your sector. You will therefore have an opportunity to assess your position in relation to that of your peers and competitors. If shortlisted the Meet & Greet with the judges will put you in front of some of Bury’s biggest and most influential businesses.

Winning, of course, brings its own advantages. The MIBBA’s can generate fantastic publicity, and this can have a direct and dramatic impact on your business. Just as importantly, winning a MIBBA clearly differentiates you from your competitors, and can provide a real competitive advantage when seeking or retaining customers.

If you are seeking investment, demonstrating that you have received recognition as the best business in your field can really help your case. Similarly, you may find it easier to attract top quality talent as a result of your awards success.

 

How do we submit an entry?

You must download and complete a seperate entry form for each category you wish to enter.

If you wish to enter 3 categories you need to submit 3 entry forms.

Please then upload this to the entry form page of this website or email to debi@madeinbury.co.uk or send by post. 

How many submissions can I enter?

There is no limit to the number of entries an organisation can make however please ensure you upload one entry form for every category you wish to enter. 

How much does it cost to enter?

The awards are free to enter and shortlisted organisations will receive one free ticket to the celebration dinner.

How many stages are there?

Entry is by written submission only from which shortlists will be decided.

Shortlisted organisations will be invited to a meet and greet event on Friday 13th October and will have 10 minutes to showcase their organisation to a panel of judges via a 5 minute presentation and a 5 minute Q&A session.

A senior representative from all entrant organisations must be available to attend this event (for sponsors, a representative other than the judge must be available to attend the meet and greet on behalf of the organisation). 

After the Meet & Greet event the judges will decide upon the Winner, Highly Commended and Commended in each category – these are the Finalists!

Each finalist will be offered a free ticket to the awards ceremony and will be given the opportunity to purchase further tickets.

Who can enter the awards?

The awards are open to ALL business with a base in the borough of Bury. You DO NOT need to be a member of 'thebestofbury' to enter the Made in Bury Business Awards!

 

What are the rules regarding supplying supporting documents/materials?

You may upload or email up to 3 pieces of supporting material along with your entry as well as an obligatory business logo in JPEG (this may be used in presentation materials and the event brochure should you be shortlisted).

Each must be no larger than 2MB, and can include items such as:

  • Team CVs
  • Business account summaries
  • Copies of media coverage
  • Media evaluation
  • Testimonials
  • DVDs / CDs
  • Marketing materials
  • Photography
  • Web links
What is the maximum submission length i.e. word count, number of pages, max font size etc?

All entries should not exceed the word count as stated on the entry form (this word count applies to Section C only, excluding questions). Judges may not run individual word counts however we strongly recommend keeping your entries concise and to the point.

 

Is there a required structure for the written entry?

Yes, please download and complete the entry form, please do not change headings.

Please ensure you answer the questions as they are listed as this is how entries are marked and changing headings can severely affect your scoring. Please use the entry form provided and do not create your own, we do not award marks for design.

 

Does anything need to be signed or approved?

By submitting your entry you are confirming that information included is true and correct and you have gained the appropriate permissions. 

What is the confidentiality policy for the written entries?

All entries are confidential and will only be viewed by the judges. Judges are placed into panels to ensure they do not have access to any entries within their particular business sector.

We will not publish or reveal any of your entry without your prior permission.

Who’s behind the MIBBAs and who should I contact with any questions?

The MIBBAs is organised by Made in Bury Limited  You can contact us via the methods below:-

Made in Bury Limited

Europa House

BusinessLodge

Barcroft Street

Bury

BL9 5BT

E:  debi@madeinbury.co.uk 


T: 0161 447 8814

 

What can I expect on the night?

A night like nothing you’ve ever experienced before – the MIBBAs ceremony is something very different and will certainly be a night to remember, regardless of if you are a guest, a finalist or even better a winner!  

Your colleagues, important clients and prospects will enjoy the very best in hospitality, entertainment, cuisine and production.

How can I keep up to date with the latest MIBBAs news?

Simple, check back here regularly, visit our blog section, follow us on twitter or check out our Facebook page.

Can I sponsor the Business Awards?

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Debi Fellone via debi@madeinbury.co.uk or call 0161 447 8814

What is the deadline for the Made in Bury Business Awards?

The deadline for entry this year is 9th July 2017.

Can I enter on behalf of another company?

If you are an agency entering a company on their behalf, please state the company name on the entry form to avoid confusion. Please ensure you provide your contact details and most importantly those of the company you are entering for. If they become a finalist we will need direct contact with them. 

Can I extend the word limit for my entry?

The limits have been set at a level that we believe offers enough room to fully explain your entry. The word limit cannot be extended.

What happens after I submit my entry form?

You will be contacted in September when the shortlist is announced whether you are successful or not. 

Can I request feedback?

The judges decision is final.

We will give feedback post awards if requested.

If I am a finalist do I get discounted tickets?

If you are chosen as a finalist you will receive a complimentary place to the awards and will be offered the opportunity to purchase further tickets for your company, team or clients to celebrate with you if you win.

When will I know If I am a finalist?

The finalist announcement will be 17th October. You will be contacted via email whether you have been successful or not. We will also announce via our website and social media channels.

May 2nd, 2017
July 9th, 2017
September 14th, 2017
September 25th, 2017
October 13th, 2017
October 17th, 2017
November 23rd, 2017
Open for Entries
Deadline for entries
Sponsors Dinner
Shortlists announced
Judges Meet & Greet
Finalists announced and invitations sent
Awards Ceremony