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How does judging work

We have complied a list of frequently answered questions which outlines how the system works below. 

  • How does the system work?
    The Thames Valley Business & Community Awards attract nominations from across the region. We get nominees from Oxford right down to London and from a variety of industries, sectors and company sizes.

    We promote the awards via our regional database of 40,000 businesses, our Thames Vallley business show’s and through our regional partners and sponsors.

    The process of entering the awards is as follows:

    1. Look at what categories’ best suits either yourself or the nominee you want to nominate
    2. Complete the nomination form to the best of your ability and make sure you provide correct contact details for the nominee. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details that are required as we will request and give an opportunity for the nominee to supply additional supporting information at a later stage.
    3. Once the nomination form is completed, we will send the nominee a confirmation email advising that they have been nominated.
    4. The nominee will then receive a digital badge/logo stating that they have been nominated in the relevant category for them to promote and advertise. 
    5. The nominated is then put forward for the shortlisting process.
    6. If the nominee is shortlisted, we will contact them and advise accordingly. We also send them a shortlisted nominee badge/icon and details of the awards ceremony.
    7. We announce all shortlisted nominees publicly on the website and via our press releases.
    8. We will give all shortlisted nominees an opportunity to submit additional supporting information for final judging.
    9. Judges meet for the final decision on winners. We would encourage all shortlisted nominees to attend the awards ceremony as the winners will be announced on the night.
    10. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and presented with certificates and award. All shortlisted nominees that attend the awards ceremony will also be presented with a certificate and have an opportunity for a photo. 
  • How do I nominate someone?
    The nomination process is simple, go onto the award category page of the website and look through to see what category or categories are most relevant and applicable to yourself or nominee.
    Once you have chosen your category/categories, please click on nominate now button which will take you to our nomination form.

    Once you are at the stage of completing the form, you can select multiple categories that you feel are appropriate for your nomination. Please be advised that if you do choose multiple categories, you must include relevant details for each category within the subject boxes provided.

    Once you have completed all the nomination form, press submit nomination then your nominated is entered. We will send a confirmation email to the nominee advising that they have been entered into this year's awards.
  • How do I become a sponsor?

    Becoming a sponsor is simple and very rewarding.
    We have different sponsorship packages such as:

    • Main Award Sponsorship which includes a judging position
    • Category Sponsorship which includes 5 tickets and an opportunity to present the category award.
    • Prize sponsorship, we have various auction and raffle prizes that we use on the night of the awards to raise money for the selected charities / non – profit groups.

    If you are looking at category sponsorship, firstly, you need to look through the categories and see which one you would like to sponsor and then contact us to see if it is still available.
    You can call us on 0843 289 4634 or email
    All the money raised from the awards is donated to charity / non-profit groups. Your sponsorship makes a huge difference and enables us to get back to the neediest in our society.

  • Can I nominate someone outside the Thames Valley area

    You can nominate anyone that does business, charity or community work within the area. For example, that nominee may have a business that operates within the area, but they live outside of the region. Or it is maybe a national charity; however, they have a presence/operation within the region.

    For every nominee, you need to be able to demonstrate the impact they have or are making to the region. Any nominees that are not based in the Thames Valley or are not associated with the region will be disqualified.

Our Judges and Hostess

  • Mary
    Mary Flavelle
    Mary Flavelle is based within the Thames Valley and is renowned for helping SME’s of all shapes and sizes. She is incredibly passionate about helping women in Business and which why she launched the UK’s biggest female national network with over 11,000 members.

    Mary Flavelle is commonly known throughout the UK as the ‘Queen of Networks’. It is often said that who Mary doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing! The following are just some of the roles she has held: Ambassador for Women,
    Chairman of the East Berkshire branch of Federation of Small Businesses, Head Judge for the Young Enterprise scheme and Judge at Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards for London and South East.

    Throughout her lengthy career, Mary has had various radio and TV appearances. Mary is regularly featured in on BBC Breakfast, Channel 4, BBC Radio Berkshire and Marlow FM.
  • Paul Waite1
    Paul Waite
    Paul Waite is one of the main sponsors and is the essence of a true entrepreneur. It took Paul 20 years to become the entrepreneurial success he is today. He is known for his commitment to doing business correctly, which is unrivalled. Through his positive attitude, unwavering dedication to excellence and attention to the most exceptional detail, Paul only has happy, successful clients.

    Paul is the MD of regionally based accountancy firm Aspen Waite. Through his leadership and entrepreneurial vision, Aspen Waite has tripled its growth in recent years, making them one of the UK’s leading accountancy firms.

    Paul brings a vast amount of experience, wisdom and corporate insight to the judging panel.
  • Cam
    Camilita is a ‘Rock Star’ International Speaker, Radio Show Host at The Camilita® Podcast, an ‘Award-Winning’ Corporate Sales Trainer, Wealth Coach, Business Growth Strategist, Author and Property Investor. Camilita is featured in Forbes on How to Use Events, Social Media and Key Note Speaking to Increase Your PR & Profits Globally, has graced the USA and European covers of Celebrate Business Magazine, appeared on BBC Business News, SKY TV, B2B News Network and is mentioned in the New York Times Bestseller Think & Grow Rich for Women. Her dedication to leading by example, constantly evolving and succeeding by raising others up has led to a growing network of world champions.

    In the face of extreme adversity, Camilita fought against all odds to become a dynamic powerhouse of success and inspiration. Founder of the Event of Champions®, her story alone is motivating. But it is her straight-forward advice and ability to repeatedly gather the top minds in the industry to impart real-world knowledge and immediately-actionable insider tips that sets her apart.

    Her larger-than-life personality is relatable and genuine, as is her desire to help others reach their full potential. By giving everything to fulfilling the dreams of others, Camilita is who entrepreneurs across the globe trust to take their business to the next level.
  • Jackie New
    Jackie Chappell
    Jackie Chappell was the first woman CEO of British Rail. Jackie has smashed the glass ceiling, worked with UK prime ministers, cabinet members and union bosses.

    Jackie can tell it like it is a woman in business today. She has been at the coalface of British industry, worked her way to the top in a corporate environment, and (most recently) set up her own business which is now also a massive success within the region. Jackie has fought passionately for gender equality, equal pay and equal representation at the board level. Having worked with previous prime ministers, cabinet members and trade union bosses Jackie Chappell provides a unique “voice” for women in business on some of the industry stories hitting the headlines, as well as offering expert advice and expertise on how to get ahead in business today.

    Jackie bring a unique voice to the panel both for Women in Business but also for the charity / community sector as she is an ambassador for Women in Business and National Charity Sue Ryder.
    Andrew Nutall
    Andrew is a property investor with over 20+ years of experience in sales where he grew a global sales team of thousands and did in excess of over $20 million dollars in 30+ countries.
    Andrew loves to teach entrepreneurs how to understand their bottom line, how to make profitable transactions and how to understand their sales value. He is very knowledgeable in bookkeeping and property investing, having run a successful property investing business over the last 20 years.
  • Jacynth
    Jacynth Ivey
    acynth is the Founder & CEO of Jacynth Ivey Global and Inspiring Hope. She is a Multi-Award-Winning Transformational Leader, Coach, Author, Mentor and sought-after Inspirational Speaker. As Founder of Inspiring Hope, Jacynth works with Businesses, Public Services and Corporate Companies to create Peak Performance Environments & Sustainable Work Life Balance Initiatives. As Chair and Non-Executive Director of a few charitable organisations, Jacynth strives to ensure a thriving community for all.

    A former Public Service Executive Director, Jacynth has been invited to speak to large international audiences and has delivered highly engaging and insightful keynotes to various organisations. She is the author of the long-awaited book - “Its ok to be different: reignite your passion, fulfil your dreams” which provides the reader with seven life changing habits to confidently step forward into successful living.

    Jacynth has over 30+ years of experience as a senior leader within government, commercial, third sector organisations and SME’s. She previously worked in the National Health System of the UK in senior nursing, midwifery, as a health visitor, lecturer, speaker and advocate. Over the many years she has supported, national bodies, large corporate organisations, charities, entrepreneurs and senior leaders. Her accredited programmes address leadership, successful living and inclusion
  • Christina
    Christina Briggs
    Christian is the CEO of New World insights. Christina is known across the region as a specialist that uses strategic interventions with her international client base. Previously with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce as Director of External Affairs, she campaigned for Crossrail, Heathrow expansion, and Investment in digital infrastructure. She also founded several respected initiatives for her brand name, international client base. The forums include Windsor Debates, Business Alliance, The International Energy Forum. Her spectrum of knowledge is both wide and deep and primarily focuses on the sharing of knowledge in areas of artificial intelligence, technology, inward investment, global expansion, leveraging talent, online digital marketing and knowledge transfer covering a cross section of industries and markets.

    After working in the region with some of the world biggest global brands and SME’s for over 20yrs Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging panel.
  • Roslyn
    Roslyn Bell
    Roslyn Bell is a highly respected female Entrepreneur with a £14 Million property empire.

    When Roslyn was only given years to live by her doctors instead of accepting defeat and quitting, Roslyn developed a business plan from her hospital bed. Her focus was to build a business empire so her children would be secure when she died.

    Roslyn survived and went to develop a colossal £14 Million Business Empire in a male-dominated industry. Roslyn has vast experience after owning and running several businesses and brings an insightful perspective to the judging panel.