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. Should you wish to read our Top Tips, please click HERE

Simon Bland

Head of Economic Prosperity | Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Simon Bland is the Head of Economic Prosperity at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. In this role he is responsible for the creation and delivery of a number of initiatives and services aimed at helping local businesses start, develop and grow.

He has extensive experience of delivering engagement programmes in both local government and further education devised to resolve issues, and to provide strategic intelligence.

He is and member of the Coast to Capital Skills 360 Board, an Orbital South Colleges governor, and one of the founders of RBInspire.net