Terms and Conditions
ENTERING THE AWARDS
To be eligible to enter The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards, your business must be located in Dorset OR the majority of your business activities must be in Dorset.
To be eligible to enter The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards, your business must be located in Hampshire OR the majority of your business activities must be in Hampshire.
Businesses eligible to enter both counties are those, for example, whose business is located in Hampshire with the majority of their business in Dorset or vice versa.
If it is found that you have entered and this is not the case, your award will not be submitted and no refund will be provided.
We reserve the right to decline entry to any company.
Businesses eligible for The NEWCOMER category are those that have been trading for 24 months or less.
The entry fee is £20.00 (+ VAT) per category.
All entrants will be entered for the People’s Choice Award at no extra cost.
All finalists attending the award ceremony will be entered/considered for Peer’s Choice and Contribution to the Wedding Industry at no extra cost.
Entries close on Friday 23rd August at 11:59pm. No entries can be submitted after the closing date.
By entering the awards, you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions.
Any questions regarding entering the awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 959717.
COMPLETING YOUR ENTRY
When filling out your entry form, please take great care not to mention your company name (other than where the form/s requires it).
If your company name is mentioned, you will be contacted to edit your submission.
Any entries not correct at the time of entries closing may not be submitted and no refund will be provided.
Once your entry is submitted, no refund will be provided under any circumstances.
When completing your entry form, ensure you fill in the testimonial section correctly.
You should supply the written testimonial from the client/wedding supplier in the box provided, along with their name, company and phone number. If they mention your company name, edit it to ‘the company’ or ‘xxxx’.
You will be notified if it has been completed incorrectly.
The testimonials must be placed in the correct box and not supplied as a supporting document. Any testimonials provided as a supporting document will not be included.
If it is not completed correctly by the closing date, your entry may not be submitted and no refund will be provided.
Entries can include up to 10 supporting documents.
PLEASE NOTE: No supporting documents can mention your company name or have your logo on it, or include photographs of any staff members.
Any supporting documents with the company name or logo on it will be removed from your entry without notice.
Any photographs submitted must be singular images – no montage or collage images will be permitted. Any montage or collage images submitted will be deleted without notice.
Supporting documents can include;
-Videos. These may be too large for the system but if you upload a Word document with a link on – again, no business names mentioned on the link/video. One video counts as one supporting document.
– Business plans
– Financial statements
– Articles (these must have been written by the company submitting the application)
– Any other documents you deem relevant
The Judging Process:
The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards and The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards entries are completed with no company names mentioned. This ensures the integrity of the ‘blind judging’ process. Each application is judged solely on its content alone, along with any photos and videos submitted. The decision to have this process in place is to allow applicants to use their passion and evidence of their commitment to their job to persuade judges, rather than outside factors such as websites and blogs, which can be paid for.
The judges are given the entries to read and mark according to set criteria. They will award marks for each answer and tally these up for an overall score. The average score from judges is the final score for a business. This determines who is a finalist – with three finalists for each category.
Any attempt to bribe the judging panel will result in immediate disqualification from the awards with no refund provided.
The judges’ decision is final. Any decision cannot be contested.
Judges’ feedback will be provided after the awards ceremonies on request.
Finalists in each category will be announced no later than Monday 7th October 2019.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
The People’s Choice is the only category that has a public vote. This is a completely separate category to the one/s that you’ve written an entry for.
Anyone can vote once from any IP address.
No company can offer bribes/rewards in exchange for votes. Any company doing so will not be eligible to win.
THE DORSET WEDDING SUPPLIER AWARDS AND THE HAMPSHIRE WEDDING SUPPLIER AWARDS LOGO
The logo is not to be changed in any way.
Only those companies that are finalists are permitted to use the finalist logo provided.
Only those companies that are award winners are permitted to use the winner logo provided.
THE AWARD CEREMONY
By entering The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards, you are agreeing to attend The Dorset Wedding Supplier Award Ceremony on Saturday 2nd November 2019, if you are a finalist.
By entering The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards, you are agreeing to attend The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Award Ceremony on (TBC) if you are a finalist.
If you are unable to attend the ceremony, you will not be eligible to receive an award and no refund will be given for your entry.
You are able to send a representative in your place to accept your award, if you are unable to attend. This is not to be someone who is attending the awards already.
WINNING AN AWARD
By winning an award, you are agreeing to continue to provide an outstanding service to your clients.
If any evidence is received by the team that your company is operating your business unethically or financially irresponsibly, you will be contacted to discuss the issue and you may be required to cease use of the winner’s logo. Your company will also be removed as a winner from our website and marketing.
YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS
By entering the awards, you are agreeing to be contacted by South Coast Events Ltd, organisers of The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards and The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards and the event sponsors.