Please read carefully:- 

All applications/nominations /submission forms, must be received at the New Ross and District Chamber Offices no later than
5.30pm on Friday the 14th September 2018 or such other date decided by New Ross and District Chamber if an extension is
introduced. All applications can be completed online

Businesses/organisations/clubs must be based in the New Ross and District and be in operation for at least 6 months.
N/B: Judges can only take account of the information and supporting documentation submitted with any application/nomination form. Please give time and consideration to all questions to be completed in respect of your chosen category/categories.

How do i enter?

A business/organisation can apply to enter into 3 categories (maximum). In addition they can also submit a nomination for
the Employee of the Year / New Ross and District Person of the Year Categories

Complete an official application/nomination form for each of your chosen categories and return with supporting
documentation to the New Ross and District Chamber Office. Please note: Any application if hand written must be in clear
legible non-cursive writing. An application that cannot be read may risk disqualification.

Businesses/organisations may also choose to self-nominate and are encouraged to put forward internal teams/departments
for consideration.

Mystery Shop Category: – Applicants for the “Best in Retail Experience Award” must make a submission online at to ensure they are registered for the Mystery Shoppers.

Sponsors: – Sponsors and event partners are excluded from entering their businesses in the award categories they are

Employee of the Year Category- individuals within a sponsor’s organisation(s) may participate under the employee of the
year category. Employers and work colleagues can nominate their fellow employee/team member who has made a positive
or unique difference to the business over the past twelve months.

All application/nomination forms must be signed and dated by the business, nominator, secretary, owner, manager /
managing director of the business/organisation.

Applications must be supported by relevant documentation that evidences the business commitment, competence,
performance and customer feedback in all aspects of their business relevant to the application/award criteria and
assessment process.

All such documentation must be attached to the official application or dropped directly to the New Ross and District Chamber
Office. (Please note this data cannot be returned so please submit copies where originals are required to be maintained by
the business).

Please keep all marketing, promotional and testimonial materials to a minimum unless required as evidence to business
strategies and plans as part of the application.

All applications/nominations/submissions received will get a “confirmation of entry” email from New Ross and District
Chamber Office.

The Judging Process

The Awards Adjudication Panel in conjunction with the Independent Judging Panel will review all applications and the shortlist
will be announced on the 2nd October 2018.

The Awards adjudicating panel will ultimately decide on the merit of category entry selection. If in the opinion of the awards
adjudication panel and Independent Judging Panel, nominations and applications received for a particular category do not
meet the laid down criteria or reach an appropriate standard of application and are thereby deemed not to meet standards
required for short listing for that particular category award, it may be the case that no such award will be made in that
particular category.

The awards adjudication panel, on review of applications received, also reserve the right to advise applicants that they are
being considered for alternative or additional award categories short listing than those originally entered.

The Scoring Process

Each award entry will have a separate weighted score allocated to the sections of its application. In the event that a
business/organisation has entered more than one category, each category will be scored independently. This will ensure any
business/organisation that chooses to enter only one category will not be disadvantaged in their combined overall score for
the category entered.

In scoring each section, judges will assess how well the business/organisation/individual entrant has performed based on
data provided (in so far as is applicable).

The judging panel scores will be entered on to an Individual Score Card and the results will determine both the Category
Runners-up and the Category Winner.

The judging panel’s decision is final and binding and each applicant will have access to the judging panel’s scoring of their
application and interview by way of feedback on their application if they so wish to officially request this in writing.

Canvassing of Adjudication Panel, Independent Judging Panel or Awards Organisers will lead to automatic disqualification.

In the case of “Small Business of the Year” category, a pre-requisite for entry is that the business employs no more than 10

In the case of the “Best New Start-Up” category, a pre-requisite for entry is that the business is in existence for between 6 to
24 months.

The Organisers
New Ross & District Chamber