The Entry Process

The Midlands Family Business Awards 2017 will showcase the achievements of family businesses and their leaders, giving our region’s best run and most innovative family businesses the chance to shine.

We welcome entries from all sizes of family business and from all industry sectors, and the Awards are completely free to enter. Give your family business the recognition it deserves!

How to enter the Family Business Awards

Entries for the 2017 Midlands Family Business Awards open on Thursday 8 June and the entry deadline has now been extended to midnight on Friday 11 August 2017. There are 10 award categories and you can enter up to three categories. As in 2016, the Awards entries will be completed online this year.

Simply register your details, choose your category and start completing the online form. 

You’ll also be able to upload documents, pictures and films to support your entry. You can save the entry form and revisit it as many times as you wish, just remember to submit your entries by the closing date of 31July!

How are the awards judged?

Six finalists will be chosen for each award category and will be announced at the end of August; each category has its own judging day during September, where the finalists will go forward to an informal interview with our panel of independent judges drawn from leading family businesses, supported by the sponsors, the Awards team and industry experts. The family business representative leads the panel and has the casting vote.

The judges will want to find out more about your family business and how you’ve made it a success. The interviews will help our judges to select the Winner and two Highly Commended in each category. 

The People’s Choice Award

Each of the finalists shortlisted in our 10 judged categories will be automatically entered in the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Streets Accountants, where the Winner and Highly Commended are decided purely by online public vote. We will provide all our finalists with the templates you need to encourage your customers, clients, suppliers and business contacts to vote for you.

The awards ceremony

The Midlands Family Business Awards will reach their conclusion on Thursday 9 November at a glittering awards ceremony at the Velodrome at Derby Arena, where the Winners will be announced.

We’re here to help…

Should you require more information or help with your entry, please email Ped Briggs or call Ped on 0115 942 7506.


The waiting is over!

The Winner and Highly Commended in each of our Award categories were announced at our glittering black-tie ceremony at The Velodrome, Derby Arena on Thursday 9 November.