The judging process is conducted in three stages.
In stage one, all entries submitted are assessed against the eligibility criteria and responses evaluated. Those entries whose submission meets GBA’s criteria and gain a higher than average aggregate numerical score against the questions are further evaluated at stage two. All entries are judged independently by two (2) judges who are business professionals. All judges are carefully selected and co-ordinated to ensure that the judging process is fair, objective and free of bias or influence.
Note: All entries are judged within their nominated entry category.
The recommended finalists are judged independently by two (2) judges that have not previously judged these entries. Judges at this stage once again assess the entry against all the criteria.
During this phase, finalists will undertake a detailed telephone interview with a personal visit or silent shopper call/visit completed as deemed appropriate by the judging panel. Additional reference checks may also be conducted where required by the judging panel.
At this stage entries are assessed across eight main areas:
The judging panel comes together to adjudicate and determine from the finalists whether a winner can be identified within the respective categories.
The entire judging panel then discusses and adjudicates on the possible candidates for and selection of Business of the Year.
Entries will be judged on the basis of the information available, eligibility and responses to the questions in the submission.
All entries are evaluated and assessed in accordance with the Gippsland Business Awards judging assessment criteria and methodology. A numerical grading system is utilised and weighted against the various sections of the submission during the assessment phase.
Entrants give Gippsland Business Awards (GBA) permission to use details about their business in printed, electronic and internet based media as considered appropriate in promoting GBA. Entrants agree that: