When do the awards open for entries?

The awards are currently closed to entries 

When do they close?

The awards are currently closed to entries 

Who can enter?

The Mendip Business Awards are open to all businesses, social enterprises, CIC’s and professional organisations with at least one business location within the Mendip District Council area – including home-based and start-up businesses. If you are unsure whether your premises are in the area, you can check by entering your postcode at: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council 

How do I enter?

The 'ENTER' button at the top of the page takes you to the online entry form. Simply complete every section of the form and press submit.  We recommend typing your draft answer into a document that can be edited and saved until you're ready to submit your entry.  Alternatively you can print a copy of the form and post it to us on the address detailed on the form.

Will I find out if I'm shortlisted?

Yes, there are 2 stages to judging.  After the first stage of judging, the top 5 businesses from each category will be notified that they have been shortlisted.  Shortlisted businesses will go through a second round of judging where the business will be looked into in more detail by 1 or more of the judges.  This could involve a mystery phone call, looking at the website or a visit to the business.  

What happens if I'm shortlisted?

You'll be notified and will go through a second round of judging - this could involve a mystery phone call, looking at the website or a visit to the business. 

If I'm shortlisted, how do I know if I've won?

At the Awards!  Get some tickets and find out on the night. The awards are a great opportunity for networking and if you're one of the finalists or winner of your category you'll have your photo taken and will appear in the local press.  


If I'm shortlisted what chance do I have of winning?

There will be 5 shortlisted businesses from each category with 2 finalists and 1 winner.  If you're shortlisted you have a 3 in 5 chance of going home with something! Pretty good odds!

I'm having problems with my form, help!

We've had our entry forms professionally designed to overcome any compatibility issues however, if you have any problems at all after the opening date, please call or email us - we'll be able to work around it. 

I don't know where to begin and could do with some help - is any available?

YES!  We will hosting drop in surgeries across the district - email bizawards@mendip.gov.uk to register your interest. 

When and where is the awards ceremony being held?

A date is yet TBC


How can I order tickets?



Is there a dress code for the ceremony?

Yes - Smart casual, not black tie.  The marquee where the event is being held has a grass floor and will be affected by the weather.  Why not have a look at last year's photos for inspiration?


How can I sponsor an award and what's included?

If you would like to sponsor an award or the event in 2021, please email bizawards@mendip.gov.uk.  


How  can I provide samples of my products to local businesses at the awards?

If you would like to showcase your products at the awards ceremony please email bizawards@mendip.gov.uk detailing what product(s) you would like to supply.


Who are the judges?

The Mendip Business Award judges are representatives from the FSB, local Chambers of Commerce, local entrepreneurs and the Managing Editor of Mid Somerset Series.


Can't find the answer?  

Drop the Biz Awards Team an email with your inquiry and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.