The Hive Blackburn & Darwen Business Awards @hiveawards17

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What are the Hive Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards?

Supported by the Hive business leaders network and organised by Fettle Events, the Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards 2017 are open to businesses, organisations and individuals based in Blackburn and Darwen and will celebrate the best of business in the borough.

When will the awards take place and where?

Hive Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards will take place on 10 May 2017 at King George’s Hall.


Entry process

When do the Awards open for entry?

Entries are now open and will close at midnight on Friday 31 March 2017. This deadline cannot be extended.

What are the award categories?

Click here for the full list of categories available to enter.

How many categories can I enter?

You can enter a maximum of four categories.

What makes a company eligible to enter the awards?

To be eligible, you must be paying business rates to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Can I enter the awards if I run a small company from home?

Yes, as long as you are based in Blackburn and Darwen and are doing business, you are eligible to enter the awards.

What are the rules for entry?

The following rules apply –

  • The organisers reserve the right to amend or remove award categories
  • The organisers reserve the right to re-assign an entry to another category
  • Entrants acknowledge and agree that material from entry forms may be used in the event brochure and other marketing materials
  • Entrants should mark as confidential any elements of their entry they do not wish to be used for the event brochure or other marketing materials

How do I enter the Awards?

Entry is through the dedicated online entry forms available on the website until midnight, Friday 31 March 2017.

What is the best way to enter the awards?

We suggest that you save your entry in to a document and then paste your answers in to the online entry form.

Do I have to stick to the word count limits?

Yes. Any text that exceeds the word count will not be counted as part of your entry.

What help is available when entering the awards?

Throughout the entry form you will see an ‘info’ icon next to certain questions. Here we’ve include further information to support you in completing your entry so make sure you hover over the icon to view this.

Should you have further questions please email contact Fettle Events on

What happens when I submit my entry?

You will receive an email confirmation so you can be sure we have received your entry form. Provisionally mark out 27 April on your calendar as this is when the judging will take place should you be shortlisted.


Awards Judging

When does the award judging take place?

All written entries will be scrutinised by our judges and finalists will be announced on 7 April 2017.

All finalists will be invited to meet a judging panel for interview on 27 April 2017. These dates cannot be changed.

Who will be on the judging panel?

The Awards are judged by panels made up of independent business experts and sponsors.

What format does the interview take?

Your interview will last for 25 minutes in total, however you will be allocated 30 minutes in the judges room to allow time for introductions. Upon entry the judging panel will introduce themselves to you, and you will be asked to introduce yourself to the panel. You will be asked to make a presentation for the judging panel lasting up to 10 minutes. There then will be a Q & A session lasting up to 15 minutes.

When will the shortlist be announced?

All finalists will be notified on Friday 7 April 2017.

Please note: The decisions of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Awards Dinner

When and where is the Awards ceremony?

The Hive Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards will take place on 10 May 2017 at the iconic King George’s Hall.

What can I expect on the night?

It’ll be a night of drama and excitement. There will be fantastic opportunities to network with the best businesses in the borough. And there’ll be great food and entertainment. In short – it’ll be a right good do!

How do I book a table at the Awards?

Tickets and tables will be available to book through our online system

Should I book a table even if I do not know all guest names yet?

Absolutely! All details of guests, including dietary requirements can be provided closer to the event date.

What is the dress code for the evening?

Black tie.

When is the latest I can supply guest names?

We will be looking to have all attendees listed by 1 May.

What if I have a specific dietary requirement?

Once a booking has been made, details of how to notify of us any dietary requirements will be sent directly to you.

Do you provide invitations for businesses to send out to their guests?

As the awards is a non-ticketed event, this will not be possible.



Who’s behind the awards and who should I contact with any questions?

The Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards is managed by Fettle Events. Email with any further queries, and don’t forget to join the Hive business leaders network.