How To Enter

The Express & Star Awards acknowledge the very best people and organisations across the region.


For the selected finalists there are significant publicity benefits and real kudos for the eventual winners – this is your chance to grab a place in the spotlight.


We want you to tell us about your business and what makes it a success.


The competition is free to enter. Any company or organisation that is based in and around the Black Country and Staffordshire region, reflecting the Express & Star circulation area, can sign up.


There are 9 categories you can choose from, some are open to just about everyone, others have certain restrictions, but all are worth a look.


It’s easy to take part. Simply choose the category/s you wish to enter and begin writing your entry to be in with the chance of becoming a finalist for the 2020 Express & Star Business Awards. 


Entries must be received by close of business on Friday, February 28 2020.


To take part simple complete the online award entry form here, or read below for more details on how to enter. 

How To Complete Your Award Entry

There are 9 categories you can choose from, some are open to just about everyone, others have certain restrictions, but all are worth a look.


It’s easy to take part. Simply choose the category/s you wish to enter and begin writing your entry to be in with the chance of becoming a finalist for the 2020 Express & Star Business Awards. 


Entries must be received by close of business on Friday, February 28 2020.


On the entry form there is a section for common information about your business and an opportunity for you to explain why you should be selected as one of the finalists. 


You can enter up to three categories but each category will need to be completed separately. In addition you can nominate in the category of Business Person of the Year.


The maximum number of words is 1,100. Try to ensure you cover all the criteria for the category you are entering and include some of the company’s/individual’s personality too.


We need to know:

  • What you do
  • Your products or services
  • How you stand out from your competitors
  • Your specific achievements relating to the criteria of the category you are entering
  • Future plans

What happens next?

Preliminary judging of entries will take place shortly after the closing date. Three finalists will be chosen in each category for on-site visits by the judges, made up of representatives from the Express & Star and sponsors - and they will want to talk to your team face-to-face or for an individual award, to that particular person.


These visits will be made early to mid-May and video filming at your premises will also take place around the same time. The footage will be shown at the awards ceremony.


Just before the event the Express & Star will carry a special supplement in-paper featuring all of the finalists.


If you are finalist you will receive two complimentary tickets to the black-tie awards evening with the option to buy extra places.


The winners will be revealed at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Thursday, June 11 2020.


When you take part, please note:


  • Company information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be shared with the judges who include category sponsors for the specific category you have entered. All entries will be destroyed 90 days after the campaign finishes (ends June 11 2020)
  • Sponsors and their business members, cannot enter their own category
  • You can register for as many categories as you like. However, you can only enter a maximum of three
  • The dates of the onsite visits to the finalist companies are fixed in advance and cannot be changed
  • Video footage of the finalist companies will be shown at the awards night as part of the production for the event. Video filming at finalists’ premises is a requirement of participation. This video footage may be purchased after the event
  • Companies must be prepared to take part in any relevant publicity