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How does judging work

We have complied a list of frequently answered questions which outlines how the system works below.

  • How does the system work?
    The South West Business & Community Awards attract nominations from across the region. We get nominees from Gloucester right down to Cornwall and from a variety of industries, sectors and company sizes.

    We promote the awards via our regional database of 40,000 businesses, our south-west business show’s and through our regional partners and sponsors.

    The process of entering the awards is as follows:

    1. Look at what categories’ best suits either yourself or the nominee you want to nominate
    2. Complete the nomination form to the best of your ability and make sure you provide correct contact details for the nominee. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details that are required as we will request and give an opportunity for the nominee to supply additional supporting information at a later stage.
    3. Once the nomination form is completed, we will send the nominee a confirmation email advising that they have been nominated.
    4. The nominee will then receive a digital badge/logo stating that they have been nominated in the relevant category for them to promote and advertise. 
    5. The nominated is then put forward for the shortlisting process.
    6. If the nominee is shortlisted, we will contact them and advise accordingly. We also send them a shortlisted nominee badge/icon and details of the awards ceremony.
    7. We announce all shortlisted nominees publicly on the website and via our press releases.
    8. We will give all shortlisted nominees an opportunity to submit additional supporting information for final judging.
    9. Judges meet for the final decision on winners. We would encourage all shortlisted nominees to attend the awards ceremony as the winners will be announced on the night.
    10. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and presented with certificates and award. All shortlisted nominees that attend the awards ceremony will also be presented with a certificate and have an opportunity for a photo. 
  • How do I nominate someone?
    The nomination process is simple, go onto the award category page of the website and look through to see what category or categories are most relevant and applicable to yourself or nominee.
    Once you have chosen your category/categories, please click on nominate now button which will take you to our nomination form.

    Once you are at the stage of completing the form, you can select multiple categories that you feel are appropriate for your nomination. Please be advised that if you do choose multiple categories, you must include relevant details for each category within the subject boxes provided.

    Once you have completed all the nomination form, press submit nomination then your nominated is entered. We will send a confirmation email to the nominee advising that they have been entered into this year's awards.
  • How do I become a sponsor?

    Becoming a sponsor is simple and very rewarding.

    We have different sponsorship packages such as:

    • Main Award Sponsorship which includes a judging position
    • Category Sponsorship which includes 5 tickets and an opportunity to present the category award.
    • Prize sponsorship, we have various auction and raffle prizes that we use on the night of the awards to raise money for the selected charities / non – profit groups.

    If you are looking at category sponsorship, firstly, you need to look through the categories and see which one you would like to sponsor and then contact us to see if it is still available.

    You can call us on 0843 289 4634 or email

    All the money raised from the awards is donated to charity / non-profit groups. Your sponsorship makes a huge difference and enables us to get back to the neediest in our society.

  • Can I nominate someone outside the South West area

    You can nominate anyone that does business, charity or community work within the area. For example, that nominee may have a business that operates within the area, but they live outside of the region. Or it is maybe a national charity; however, they have a presence/operation within the region.

    For every nominee, you need to be able to demonstrate the impact they have or are making to the region. Any nominees that are not based in the South West or are not associated with the region will be disqualified.

Our Judges and Hostess

  • Alison Edgar
    Alison Edgar
    Alison Edgar is based within the South West and is renowned for helping entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes. She is incredibly passionate about helping startups and SMEs which is she has been voted one of the UK’s top 10 business advisors, won multiple awards and been invited to both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

    Alison is regularly featured in The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and is also on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC.
  • James Phi
    James Phipps
    James Phipps, is a multi-millionaire and the current Chairman of telecommunications company Excalibur.

    James, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born and raised in Swindon and was Wiltshire Business Person of the Year in 2011 and 2012 while running the Excalibur Group, a Times Top 100 Employer which he sold to the management in 2018. He is now Chairman of various businesses and mentors/invests in a range of businesses.

    James grew Excalibur to become one of the region’s most respected companies that deal with more than four thousand businesses, which range from SMEs to premiership football clubs. James still lives in Wiltshire and sends his children to a local school.
  • Roslyn
    Roslyn Bell
    Roslyn Bell is a highly respected female Entrepreneur with a £14 Million property empire.

    When Roslyn was only given years to live by her doctors instead of accepting defeat and quitting, Roslyn developed a business plan from her hospital bed. Her focus was to build a business empire so her children would be secure when she died.

    Roslyn survived and went to develop a colossal £14 Million Business Empire in a male-dominated industry. Roslyn has vast experience after owning and running several businesses and brings an insightful perspective to the judging panel.
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    John Davies
    John Davies is an internationally respected Entrepreneur with over 40 years of business experience after running over 65 companies.
    John is the founder of JLG Group PLC, an alternative commercial lender which is focussed on helping to bridge the funding gap that has restricted the growth of British SMEs. John is extremely passionate about UK businesses, that’s why they’re lending £1M a week to UK SMEs. John has been actively involved in the lending industry for over 30 years and through his own entrepreneurial spirit and experience, has a passion for helping businesses thrive and grow.

    John was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Association of Alternative Business Finance and is the first Chairman. This new trade association for alternative lenders is committed to promoting the best industry practice.
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    Anita Jaynes
    Anita Jaynes is a highly respected media entrepreneur within the South West.

    At only 31, Anita has a wealth of experience under her belt. Her passion for media started at the tender age of 15 when she joined Bath Hospital Radio as a volunteer presenter for Royal United Hospital and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. Her passion for radio grew and developed, and she flourished there for 10 years, during her GCSEs, A levels and University.

    After her studies, Anita worked at BBC Radio Wiltshire and BBC Bristol, which lead to paid contract work across both TV and Radio. Anita learnt the crafts of the trade inside out by working in multiple roles within various companies within the South West, from freelancing as a reporter to working in sales.

    Anita launched her own media group which now produces the region’s leading business publications for Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath, Bristol and Somerset. Through her entrepreneurial passion, The Business Exchange group continues to thrive and is expanding its readership on a monthly basis.

    Anita brings unique insight to the judging panel, which is both entrepreneurial and media (PR) focused.
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    Paul Waite
    Paul Waite is one of the main sponsors and is the essence of a true entrepreneur. It took Paul 20 years to become the entrepreneurial success he is today. He is known for his commitment to doing business correctly, which is unrivalled. Through his positive attitude, unwavering dedication to excellence and attention to the most exceptional detail, Paul only has happy, successful clients.

    Paul is the MD of south-west based accountancy firm Aspen Waite. Through his leadership and entrepreneurial vision, Aspen Waite has tripled its growth in recent years, making them one of the UK’s leading accountancy firms.

    Paul brings a vast amount of experience, wisdom and corporate insight to the judging panel.