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. We’ve now added a special section on How to fill in the online application too. Please scroll down to access that. 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.

Q&A – How to Enter The Awards Online

As our online entry process is new for 2022, we’ve put together a list of handy Q&A below If after reading through you still have a query, please reply to your nomination email from the volunteer team, or contact us via the Contact Page.

Why has RVBA changed to online entry?

We wanted to make it easier to enter the awards. The new online form is a smart-form and will help you decide which of the many award categories to enter (you are welcome to enter as many as you are eligible for). You can also save the form at any time, and return to it later.

What happens when a business is nominated?

Nominated businesses will receive an email from the RVBA volunteer team and a shoutout on Facebook. If you have seen a shoutout on Facebook but have not received an email, please check your junk or spam folder. Sometimes we will need to contact you to ask for an email address, we may do this via Facebook message.

How can I enter online?

You will need to have been nominated first. You can then register as a user on this website. The link to register will be included in your Congratulations email from the RVBA volunteer team.

Where will I find the online Entry Form?

When nominated businesses have registered, they can locate the entry form at this link 

How do I navigate through the online form?

The MOVE ON TO NEXT PAGE button will save progress and take you to the next page (it is located bottom right of each page). You need to fill in the fields on that page before progressing

The PREVIOUS PAGE button will take you to the previous page (located bottom left of each page). This is handy if you’d like to check or amend any answers

The SAVE PROGRESS & EXIT button allows you to save the form, close the window and return to it later (it is located underneath the last question on each page, above the PREVIOUS PAGE button). Return to the form at any time

The SUBMIT button on the last page must be clicked to fully submit the form and enter the 2022 awards (once you’re happy with your answers). The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday 6 February

How many pages does the online form have?

There are five main Page Headings which are displayed at the top of the form. They are General Info, Judging Info (1) & (2), Categories, and Last Page.

Some award categories, eg. Customer Friendly Business have extra questions to answer. These will be added as Page Headings. So, depending on the categories you choose to enter, you may have extra Page Headings, or may not.


Can you navigate through form using the Page Headings?

You can only navigate through the form using the Page Headings if you have already filled in the given page. When returning to the form after saving, you can click a Page Heading to get to the page you need, or just scroll down and click the NEXT button until you reach the desired page

How do you submit your online form?

The SUBMIT button on the last page must be clicked to fully submit the form and enter the 2022 awards, once you’re happy with your answers. The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday 6 February.  

Thank you to our 2022 Award & Ceremony Sponsors