Who is eligible?

To be eligible to enter, businesses must:

  • Have started to trade on or before 19th June 2019
  • Be based within the local authority area of Cardiff County Council
  • Pay business rates to Cardiff County Council

The judging process

Entry into the Cardiff Business Awards has been designed to be as simple as possible.

Applications are to be received by midnight on Friday 25th September 2020.

Following receipt of entries, a small panel of judges consisting of Frank Holmes (Chair of judges), along with representatives from Cardiff Council and Grapevine Event Management will draw up a shortlist of a minimum of three finalists for each award.

The shortlist will be announced in October 2020. Shortlisted companies will then be invited to be interviewed in October 2020 by the panel of judges (which will also include the category judge and an independent judge). The interviews will be the process by which the winner of each category is chosen.

The interview should take no longer than 15 minutes. A 5-minute presentation and 10 minutes of Q&A. No computer aids are allowed.

The Cardiff Business of the Year 2020 will be chosen from the winners of all the categories.

In addition, there will be an Outstanding Contribution award that will be chosen by the judges and will recognise an individual or organisation that has had a major influence and impact on the Cardiff business community.

The decision of the judges is final regarding all categories for the Cardiff Business Awards.

Meet the Judges

Our Chair of judges for the Cardiff Business Awards 2020 is Frank Holmes from Gambit Corporate Finance. Find out more about our judging panel.