Being a BAPTA judge is not an easy task, a huge amount of time and effort goes into the judging process of the entries every year, and the competition gets harder each year too!

The entries are all independently judged by a team of industry and the sponsor of the category, the judging process is always impartial. The judges review each submission and judge them against the criteria outlined in each of the category descriptions and the  information requested on each of the entry forms.

The judges take into account not only the application form but also customer reviews, social media and websites. Judges also take the time to visit short listed businesses as appropriate. 

Each judging panel includes a sponsor and suitable trade judges, who are chosen for their knowledge in each of the sectors. Judging of each category varies and is agreed in advance.

The 4 public voting categories are linked to the number of votes each person receives, and are only eligible if they meet the criteria of the award category votes for these categories are collected by the computer app we use and then the results are verified checking for Computer IP address and email address abuse.

The top 10 entries in each category will be declared semi-finalists, and the top 5 will make it through as finalists, with the winner being announced at the Final Gala Dinner on 15th March 2018.