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About the Annual Business Awards

Submitting Entries

Judging

Sponsorship

Awards Ceremony

About the Annual Business Awards

What are the Annual Business Awards?

The Annual Business Awards are Singapore’s premier business awards. The mission of the Annual Business Awards is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the Singapore Business Community.

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Who decides the shortlist? Who decides the winner?

The Business Awards are organised and run by the British Chamber of Commerce. A committee oversees the nomination process under the Chairmanship of a Chamber Board member. The committee is responsible for making the decision which submissions are put forward as a finalist in each category. The committee is made up of members of the British Chamber Board & Business Groups and the British High Commission. If a committee member has a connection with or represents a nominated company/individual then he/she is excluded from discussions on submissions for the relevant categories. Each category has 1 judge. This judge scores each submission & the highest scored submission is the winner.

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Who are the Organisers?

The organizers are The British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. Click here to learn about us.

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How long have the Annual Business Awards been in existence?

The British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards were founded in 1998.

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What is the British Chamber of Commerce, Business Awards Committee?

A Committee consisting of business leaders, under the Chairmanship of a Chamber Board member; contributes to the current and long-term future objectives of the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The committee is responsible for making the decision which submissions are put forward as a finalist in each category. Their involvement provides us with the opportunity to draw upon their collective business knowledge to further strengthen the position of the Awards programme, and ensure its viability and significance to all participating organisations. The committee is made up of members of the British Chamber Board & Business Groups and the British High Commission. If a committee member has a connection with or represents a nominated company/individual then he/she is excluded from discussions on submissions for the relevant categories.

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Submitting Entries

What do I have to do to nominate?

Complete the Entry Form. For more details on the process click here.

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How do I nominate myself or my company for the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards?

You can download the entry form and complete your entry along with all supporting documents. You can email us (businessawards@britcham.org.sg) the documents. Email is the quickest way to ensure the Awards team respond quickly to your request for an application giving you more time to ensure your entry is as good as it can be. Click here to download our Entry Form and Awards Guide or call us on +65 6222 3552 for any clarifications.

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What category should I enter?

Think carefully about your business. Is there a specific area of business you feel your company has excelled in over the last 12 months? Is there something that you are particularly proud of? Have you launched a new CSR policy? Is there a specific area of your business that shows excellence, innovation or strong ethics?

You can enter as many categories as you like. Bear in mind however that the judges need information tailored to the category. Still unsure about which category you should nominate yourself into? Just email us at businessawards@britcham.org.sg and we will help you through the process.

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Can I nominate myself/my company for more than one category?

Yes you are welcome to nominate in more than one category as long as you provide a separate submission for each nomination highlighting the achievements in the relevant ‘category’ areas.

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Who can submit entries for consideration?

Any person, group, or organizations complying with the eligibility criteria can submit entries.

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What is the eligibility criteria?

In order to be eligible to enter the Annual Business Awards, you must either be a Singapore registered enterprise or the employee of a Singapore registered enterprise (for individual categories).

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Can I enter if I am a not-for-profit organisation?

Judges do not look at the profit and loss sheets as a barometer of success, there is no reason why a not-for-profit organisation cannot take part in the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Remember, the key achievements our judges look to reward are innovation, excellence and strong ethics. These three pillars of good business are equally applicable in the not-for-profit sector.

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Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?

No, any eligible organization or individual can submit entries. Click here for the eligibility criteria.

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When is the deadline for entries?

Deadline for Submission: 12 August 2016

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Are there nomination fees?

There are no fees to be paid during the nomination process.

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How long will my nomination form take to complete?

The more thorough you are in preparing your entry, the longer it will take. We are happy to accept up to 4 pages of nomination documentation if there is insufficient space on the nomination form to complete a section. Some sections of the nomination form have a word limit; this ensures fairness and conciseness among entries. Read our Hints & Tips on how to prepare a good nomination.

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Judging

How do nominees become finalists?

All submissions are presented to the Business Awards Committee once the deadline has closed. Submissions are checked for eligibility and only submissions that meet the criteria relevant to the selected category and cover the areas required for judging will be put through to the second phase. The Committee will then select the three best submissions to present to the judges for final scoring.

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How will I know if I am a finalist?

You will receive a confirmation email on receipt of your submission on 19 August 2016. Once the finalists have been chosen you will receive a further email to inform you of the status of your submission. If you have become a finalist you will also receive a Briefing document detailing the next steps.

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What is a briefing document?

A briefing document includes a set of questions, logo request requirements, and information on the Gala Dinner.

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What will the British Chamber require if I become a finalist?

The next steps will be detailed in the briefing document you will receive. They will include details about the Gala Dinner, what details are needed about the Company/Individual, Logo, Picture etc.

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How many finalists will there be?

There will be a maximum of five finalists in each category unless exceptional circumstances arise.

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Will the Judges explain how/why they scored?

The Judges will be asked to write a short paragraph on the highest scoring company/individual in each of the Award Categories they score. This will be read out by the MC on the evening of the Awards Ceremony. Judges will not be asked to justify their scoring in any other way.

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Will the Judges contact me?

The contact details of each nominee will be included on the score sheet. Judges are free to call you at any time for any further information that they may require in order to help them make the right decision.

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Are there any judging criteria to be followed?

Yes, the criteria for all Award Categories are listed in here.

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To whom do the results get sent?

The results get faxed to the Chamber office and are tabulated confidentially. The result will remain confidential until the Award Ceremony Gala Dinner.

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Will the Judges tell anyone how they scored each finalist?

No. The results are private and confidential.

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Who are the Judges?

The list of judges can be found here

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Are entry forms kept confidential?

Yes. The organizers ensure that only authorized judges will review entries, and that information about nominees is not released to anyone else without prior approval.

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Sponsorship

How are the Awards financed?

The Annual Business Awards have grown from strength to strength over the past years. Our continued success and growth is largely facilitated thanks to our title sponsor Grant Thornton and our category sponsors. Click here to sponsor.

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How do I become a sponsor?

Please click here to find out how you can become a sponsor.

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Awards Ceremony Gala Dinner

When will the awards ceremony take place?

The 2016 awards ceremony will take place on 29 September 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Who were the previous winners?

To view a full list of winners from previous years click here.

Will I have to say anything at the Gala Dinner if I am announced the winner?

There is a possibility that you may be asked to say a few words if the programme allows. This will only be confirmed nearer to the date of the Gala Dinner. Please be prepared for this possibility by ensuring you have a willing individual, who will represent you on stage if the need arises.

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Should I attend the Gala Dinner, and whom should I bring?

Yes, you should attend the Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner is open to anyone and you need not be a finalist to reserve tickets. It is recommended that all finalists attend in order to ensure that you or your company is present to possibly collect the Award. Booking forms will be sent to all finalists once the details have been confirmed and will also be available for download on www.britcham.org.sg.

The Gala Dinner is also the perfect event for rewarding staff, entertaining clients and meeting people who you haven’t seen for a while or making completely new contacts. It is an enjoyable evening with a highly interesting Guest of Honour, which will be enjoyed by all those you choose to invite.

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What if I can’t attend?

Ideally, we would recommend you try to arrange your schedule to ensure you can make it. However, in the event that this is impossible, you should send a representative who is willing to accept the award should you win, or nominate an individual from your company to be prepared to accept the award in your absence.

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