2016 Business Excellence Awards FAQ

Who has voted for me?

Acquisition International put forward a selection of candidates who we believed to be excelling within their industry. Beyond this we have accepted third party and self-nominations which flooded in from the 108,000 plus subscribers of AI Magazine and more than 700,000 businesses worldwide. Please note the voting process is strictly confidential, we will not be able to give you any specific details on who voted for you.

How are the winners determined?

Winners will be determined by three factors: 1) based on the votes received, 2) supporting evidence supplied and 3) in-house research. We consider our in-house research to be vital considering that we accept self-nominations.

How are the awards judged?

Our awards panel is fully in-house, we do not invite external judges. We have been working in this manner for 6 years now and favour the approach because our standards and expectations are set. We have worked hard to ensure the whole process is just and fair.

The in-house awards team is comprised of six individuals. Three of which are in a senior position on the board and are directors of the company, and three comprise a team of researchers who undertake a lot investigative tasks in order to build case files and present to the board.

When can we publicly announce our award?

We will publicly announce the winners in the March. We have a strict embargo in place until we publicly announce the results and ask winners to respect this, all winners will be notified when the embargo is lifted.

How have you ensured the voting process is legitimate?

We track sources of the voters to make sure that a firm cannot guarantee success by submitting multiple votes, but we do this with some latitude as we appreciate that multiple people in the same business may wish to cast votes.

Are these awards for the firm or the individual?

The 2016 Business Excellence Awards can be on behalf of the firm, team or individual.

Have you published the Business Excellence Awards before?  Can I see an example?

Yes, we have hosted this award program for 4 consecutive years now - please visit our website to see last years’ award supplement or alternatively you can click HERE.

Is there a charge?

There is absolutely no commercial requirement associated with winning an award.  All winners will be entitled to a free package and any elevated packages and trophies are available to all winners as purely optional extras at additional cost.

Is there an awards dinner?

We do not host an awards dinner or presentation. In all honesty it’s our overriding philosophy that if we’re going to ask our winners to part with their monies, it shouldn’t be for a slap up dinner or a pat on the back! We prefer that advertising budgets go towards meaningful campaigns where there is a real opportunity to promote the brand and grow the client base.

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