Our Judges

We have developed our judging over 18 years and our judges, all top business people within their chosen arena, have cited our awards as both the most transparent and professionally executed. Each application is scored by up to 4 different judges from a panel of up to 30 judges, all applications are seen by different members of the judging panel. The judges spend several hours and score not only their own sponsored category but several others too, this ensures transparency. The first page of questions is designed to give the judges a real feel for your business, followed by several questions that are scored from 1 to 5. It is worth noting that although all judging is computer based please ensure you upload images or screen shots of all important pages. There are no site visits or presentations involved. The finalists are chosen by adding all the scores and up to 16 entrants can make it through to the final, however if scoring is low, less entrants make it through.

Ricky Allan

Managing Director | Iliffe Media LTD

Ricky Allan is the Managing Director for Iliffe Media Ltd and Iliffe Media Publishing, both subsidiary companies of Iliffe Media Group, a family owned Media company responsible for 58 local newspapers, supported news App, news on demand websites and local Radio stations. Ricky started his media career in 1988 and has served regional press in six counties of the uk. Ricky is responsible for the launch of 17 local newspapers including the 2019 weekly Newspaper of the year, the Cambridge Independent. He is also Managing Director for Velvet magazine, Newsawards 2018, Regional Magazine of the year.

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