How to Enter

The Express & Star Business 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 your 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 locally in and around the Black Country and Staffordshire region, reflecting the Express & Star circulation area, can sign up.

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 award you are entering
  • Future plans

There are 11 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. There are two stages: firstly register your interest for your chosen categories, and you will receive an information pack along with a link to submit your entries. Then submit your entries before the closing date - Wednesday February, 28 2018. 

You can enter up to three categories but each category will need to be completed separately. Please note, there are separate entry forms for the categories Business Person of the Year and Tradesperson of the Year. You have a maximum of 1100 words to explain why your business should be selected as a finalist. 

What happens next?

Preliminary judging of entries will take place shortly after the closing date. Three finalists will be chosen in each category for onsite 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 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 four 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 7 2018.

When you take part, please note...

  • Contact details of all businesses that submit entries will be made available to all category sponsors of the campaign who may get in touch.
  • Company information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be shared only with the judges who include category sponsors.
  • 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. The video footage may be purchased after the event. 
  • Companies must be prepared to take part in any relevant publicity.


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