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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

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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.
  • Cam
    Camilita Nuttall
    Camilita is a ‘Rock Star’ International Speaker, Radio Show Host at The Camilita® Podcast, an ‘Award-Winning’ Corporate Sales Trainer, Wealth Coach, Business Growth Strategist, Author and Property Investor. Camilita is featured in Forbes on How to Use Events, Social Media and Key Note Speaking to Increase Your PR & Profits Globally, has graced the USA and European covers of Celebrate Business Magazine, appeared on BBC Business News, SKY TV, B2B News Network and is mentioned in the New York Times Bestseller Think & Grow Rich for Women. Her dedication to leading by example, constantly evolving and succeeding by raising others up has led to a growing network of world champions.

    In the face of extreme adversity, Camilita fought against all odds to become a dynamic powerhouse of success and inspiration. Founder of the Event of Champions®, her story alone is motivating. But it is her straight-forward advice and ability to repeatedly gather the top minds in the industry to impart real-world knowledge and immediately-actionable insider tips that sets her apart.

    Her larger-than-life personality is relatable and genuine, as is her desire to help others reach their full potential. By giving everything to fulfilling the dreams of others, Camilita is who entrepreneurs across the globe trust to take their business to the next level.
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    Michael Hill
    Michael is the great grandson of Edward Hill, founder of Hills Waste Solutions and joined the family business in August
    1994 after spending several years in Bristol working for the accountancy firm KPMG. Mike graduated from Brunel University with a joint honours degree in European Business Management and Spanish and in 2004 graduated from the University of Bath with an MBA. Mike became Group chief executive in April 2008.

    Hills has come a long way since Edward Hill started his one-man business manufacturing bricks in 1900.
    Based for most of the last century in Swindon, the company expanded into haulage, quarrying and eventually waste management. Edward could hardly have imagined that, four generations of his family later, the business would have evolved into a multi-million pound operation, harnessing the latest technologies, pioneering major infrastructure projects such as the Northacre Resource Recovery Centre (Wiltshire’s first mechanical and biological waste treatment plant) and employing nearly 400 people across western and southern England.

    Hills is proud to provide jobs and homes for local people, supply materials for the construction industry and contribute significantly to the regional economy and local communities. Hills also care passionately about the environment, and about minimising any impacts on its neighbours.

    While there have been many changes since 1900 the same qualities of energy, enterprise, affability and confidence with which Hills was founded, still characterise it today. Hills’ people remain the greatest asset of the business as it looks confidently to the future.
  • Jacynth
    Jacynth Ivey
    Jacynth is the Founder & CEO of Jacynth Ivey Global and Inspiring Hope. She is a Multi-Award-Winning Transformational Leader, Coach, Author, Mentor and sought-after Inspirational Speaker. As Founder of Inspiring Hope, Jacynth works with Businesses, Public Services and Corporate Companies to create Peak Performance Environments & Sustainable Work Life Balance Initiatives. As Chair and Non-Executive Director of a few charitable organisations, Jacynth strives to ensure a thriving community for all.

    A former Public Service Executive Director, Jacynth has been invited to speak to large international audiences and has delivered highly engaging and insightful keynotes to various organisations. She is the author of the long-awaited book - “Its ok to be different: reignite your passion, fulfil your dreams” which provides the reader with seven life changing habits to confidently step forward into successful living.

    Jacynth has over 30+ years of experience as a senior leader within government, commercial, third sector organisations and SME’s. She previously worked in the National Health System of the UK in senior nursing, midwifery, as a health visitor, lecturer, speaker and advocate. Over the many years she has supported, national bodies, large corporate organisations, charities, entrepreneurs and senior leaders. Her accredited programmes address leadership, successful living and inclusion
    Andrew Nuttall
    Andrew is a property investor with over 20+ years of experience in sales where he grew a global sales team of thousands and did in excess of over $20 million dollars in 30+ countries.
    Andrew loves to teach entrepreneurs how to understand their bottom line, how to make profitable transactions and how to understand their sales value. He is very knowledgeable in bookkeeping and property investing, having run a successful property investing business over the last 20 years.
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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.
  • 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.