Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I enter the Harborough District Business Awards?

By entering the HDB Awards it will help to raise your business profile within the local area along with being able to use the event to promote your business to potential new clients and other businesses who may be attending the event.

My business is based outside of the district, can I still enter?

Only businesses within the district of Harborough can participate in the Awards.

How does the Judging process work?
  • Entries for the awards will open 1st November – 31st January
  • There are 3 independent judges on our panel, all established within their own sectors with great understanding of good customer service, website design, and social media expertise. This gives our judges a good understanding of what we are looking for from the best finalists within the category.
  • On submitting your entry you may be asked to provide photos and links to your website and social media platforms along with testimonials
  • The Judges will score each section between a score of 1-10, the business with the highest score will be announced as the winner.
  • The Judges decisions are final
What if I have an office/shop in the Harborough District as well as in another location outside of District

You can still enter the HDB Awards as a chain so long as you are conducting business in the district and have been granted permission from the relevant ownership.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, you can enter your business into no more than three categories , if your business is eligible for more than one category such as Community award and Small business of the year, then yes, you can enter them both

I am not sure which category to enter?

You can see a full description on what each category consists of here. Alternatively you can contact with any queries on entering the awards.

Can I use the Business Awards logo to promote our company?

Finalists and winners will receive logos to promote their achievement before and after the event. If you would like any promo material to let your customers or followers know you have taken part in the awards, please email

If I make the final for two categories, does this mean I have to buy 4 tickets?

No, only a minimum of two representatives are required to attend per company.

What if no-one can attend the awards ceremony but we have already entered the awards?

Unfortunately, we will have to disqualify you as it would be unfair to other finalists and would have a negative effect on the awards evening itself should anyone win an award and not be there to receive it. This can be reviewed in exceptional circumstances by contacting

How much is a ticket?

The cost of an individual ticket is £50.00

Where do the proceeds from the evening go?

Any profits made from the event will be donated to a local charity.

Is there a limit to the amount of tickets I can purchase?

Yes, we have capped the limit on 4 per company to make it fair on all finalists and attendees. Under exceptional circumstances we can assess individual cases requiring more than 4 tickets.

I have special dietary requirements, who should I inform of this?

Please email with any special dietary requirements, please be very clear with your requirements and let us know at the earliest opportunity

What is the dress code for the awards ceremony?

Smart dress only, no jeans or trainers.

Do you have any terms and conditions I can read?

Yes you can read them here!