Q&A – How the Awards Work

We’ve put together a list of handy Q&A regarding the awards nominations, judging process and ceremony. You should find the answers to any questions below. If after reading through you still have a query, please contact us via the Contact Page.

When do 2022 nominations open and close?

Nominations for 2022 open on 9am Thursday 6 January and close at midnight on Thursday 3 February. The deadline for receiving entry forms is midnight on Sunday 6 February.

When does the 2022 ceremony take place?

The 2022 Ribble Valley Business Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24 March at Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho.

How do you nominate a business for the 2022 awards?

When nomination opens you can nominate a business either by clicking on the Nominate tab on the navigation bar, or on the Nominate Now button on the homepage. Before nominations open, and after they close, the tab and button will not be available.

Who can I nominate?

Any businesses located within the Ribble Valley can be nominated.

How many businesses can I nominate?

Please nominate as many businesses as you like, the more the merrier! To nominate again, just refresh / reload the Nomination page after nominating.

I've been nominated! What happens next?

We will be in contact with you to get a few more details then we’ll send you a link to enter via our online portal (new for 2022!).

If we’ve already got your email address from past year’s nominations you’ll hear from us soon. If we haven’t got your email address, and you’re on Facebook it’s likely we’ll contact you via Facebook Message so do please look out for any contact from us.

Once the form has been submitted online you will be officially entered into the awards. All entry forms must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday 6 February.

How are the entries judged and shortlisted?

Our core panel of judges from across the Ribble Valley will read through all entry forms and decide, collectively, on who should be shortlisted. For each award, the judging panel will also include the sponsor.

When will the shortlisted businesses / finalists be announced?

The shortlisted businesses / finalists for each category will be announced via social media on the 24 February 2022.

How are the winners decided?

A designated Judgement Day will see the judges meet with each sponsor throughout the day to discuss and debate the winner of each category. This information will remain Top Secret until winners are revealed at the awards ceremony.

How do we buy tickets for the 2022 Awards Ceremony?

Ticket booking will open once the finalists are announced. Businesses shortlisted for an award automatically get allocated one free ticket to the ceremony and will be given the option to purchase additional guest tickets.

Ticket priority is given to finalists and sponsors, it is unlikely that general admission tickets will be available. Tickets can be purchased online, via a unique link, which will be sent to finalists once announced.

What time will the awards ceremony start?

For our live ceremony, the doors and bar will normally open at 5.45pm. The meal will be served from 6.30pm and the awards will be presented between 8pm and 10pm. The final award to be presented will be the Beacon Award.

I live outside of the Ribble Valley, can I nominate a business?

Yes, of course. Nominations can be made by anyone.

What happens if we have to lock down again, will the ceremony be virtual?

We are very much hoping to run a live ceremony in 2022. If we have to run RVBA2022 virtually, the awards will be pre-filmed and premiered on Facebook Live at 6pm on Thursday 24 March. Access our Facebook page by clicking here.

Thank you to our 2022 Award & Ceremony Sponsors