Rules of Entry

  1. The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards are free to enter for organisations based in the Lanarkshire area. Businesses owned by parent companies or groups based outwith Lanarkshire may also enter provided that the Lanarkshire organisation can demonstrate a significant degree of autonomy over its operations, policies and strategies.
  2. Entry to more than one category is allowed and is actively encouraged up to a maximum of three categories.
  3. Award sponsors may enter one category and are not permitted to enter the category they sponsor.
  4. Entries are treated in confidence.
  5. All entries must be electronic and completed on the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards entry forms only. No other format will be accepted. Entries should be in English and produced using PC/Mac. Entries must be checked for spelling and grammar.
  6. All entries will be judged on information contained only within the standard entry form but due diligence will be undertaken. Please remember, do not submit any supporting evidence, appendices or supplementary information with your submission.
  7. Please be aware that any website links used within your entry might be activated by the judges to validate any claims made in your submission.
  8. Please note that the maximum word count for any entry is 1750 words. This word limit does NOT include the questions. The maximum file size is 1MB. If your entry exceeds the word count or file size it will be disqualified by the judges.
  9. Entries will be judged at two stages by impartial panels of judges. From the applications received a shortlist will be created and we will be informing shortlist companies by w/c 25 March 2019. Formal interviews for this award category will take place weeks commencing 16 and 22 April 2019.
  10. If your company is shortlisted you will be asked to provide your company logo and an image in a high-resolution format for additional promotional purposes. A brief description of your company may also be included in the programme – text from this will be uplifted from your application form and any sensitive information will be removed.
  11. The Awards gala dinner will be held on Friday 31 May 2019, when the winner in each category will be announced.
  12. Applicants must be authorised to enter their organisation into the awards.
  13. Incomplete entries will not be judged.
  14. All entries will be acknowledged on receipt. Entry forms will become the property of North and South Lanarkshire Councils and entries will not be returned and will be securely destroyed within three months of the date of the Awards Ceremony. Proof of sending entry (by email) is not proof of receipt.
  15. North and South Lanarkshire Councils reserve the right to withdraw an award from any applicant supplying false information within their entry. Judges reserve the right to carry out due diligence on any information supplied.
  16. The closing date for entries is 5 pm on 1 March 2019
  17. The judges’ decisions are final and while feedback may be provided, no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. Information supplied will be shared with the judging panel and all information will be treated as confidential. It will not be used for any purpose other than judging the competition. Finalist organisations may be included in related media coverage and may be required to take part in promotional activities about the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.
  19. It is a condition of entering the awards that organisations do not contact the press about their entry or being shortlisted as finalists prior to the announcement of winners at the Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday 31 May 2019.
  20. By entering, entrants are confirming that the business has no arrears of VAT, National Insurance, PAYE or Income/Corporation tax, premises rent or non-domestic rates.
  21. By entering, entrants are confirming that the business and the directors/partners/trustees have not engaged in, and undertake that they will not at any time during the period of this application engage in, serious and organised criminal activities as defined in section 28 to 31 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 and also that the business is not the subject of any investigation or enquiry by the Health & Safety Executive.
  22. By registering and completing an entry for the Awards you agree to these terms and conditions.