Key Dates

Thomas International
Invest Essex
Lord Taverners
James Hallam
Stansted Airport
Dates Dates

Entries Open: Monday 1st April 2019: Companies are permitted to enter up to 3 categories.

Entries Close: Friday 28th June 2019: Once all applications are submitted, they will be sent to sponsors for judging. Applicants may be contacted by sponsors during the judging period for more information or to arrange a meeting.

Judging Period: Friday 5th July 2019 to Friday 2nd August 2019: The category sponsor will have full responsibility for judging their own award. In order to remain impartial, we would recommend including at least one external member in the judging panel. We encourage all sponsors to contact each applicant directly to ask for further information, or to arrange to meet, to judge their category fairly and decide on the three finalists. Judges will be asked to supply just reason for their decisions and be able to provide evidentiary support should this be required. The business editor and publisher of the Metro will review the finalists to ensure they are satisfied with all sponsors’ decisions, they reserve the right to overrule any decision made. All financial information submitted to the award will remain confidential.

Finalists Contacted: Week Commencing Monday 5th August 2019: Companies will be contacted confirming whether they have been shortlisted as finalists for this event. If your business is selected as a finalist, you will receive two tickets to our Sponsors’ and Finalists’ Champagne & Canapés evening which is to be held in in Tuesday 3rd September 2019. Finalists will be required to purchase tickets or a table to the awards ceremony dinner, held on Thursday 26th September 2019 at Five Lakes Resort near Colchester.

Champagne and Canape evening: Tuesday 3rd September 2019, Little Easton Manor: Finalists and Sponsors to arrive from 6pm, to finish at approximately 8pm.

Awards Ceremony: Thursday 26th September, Five Lakes Resort, near Colchester: As we celebrate the outstanding achievements of the most successful businesses in Essex over the past year, the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Essex is set to be the most impressive and memorable event of the Essex business calendar. The awards night will be hosted by comedian Mark Dolan and TV Presenter, Lucy Nicholls. Entertainment will be provided by the Voice 2018 Runner Up, Operatic Duo Belle Voci.  Hosts and entertainment provided by Champions Speakers and Champions Music & Entertainment.
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Tickets are £100 + VAT each

Tables of 10 are £1000 + VAT each

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact: Ashleigh Kerr at Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31 or at