Judging Chesterfield Retail Awards
To select the finalists and the winners of the Chesterfield Retail Awards there are three stages.
- Members of the public nominate and explain why their favourite retailers should win one or more of the Chesterfield Retail Awards.
- A long list of finalists is chosen based on the public nominations and these businesses will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about their business and their future business plans to enter the next stage of the process.
- Submitted application forms will be assessed by a panel of experts from both the retail and business sector and there will be a mystery visit or enquiry to the three shortlisted finalists in the customer service category. The scores from this part of the process will be combined with the nominations from the public and a score for the online presence of the business. Shortlisted finalists and the winner will be selected from this process and announced at the awards ceremony – in June.
There are multiple stages to assess the many aspects of the businesses and to try to ensure an independent approach in selecting the winners. No judges or members of the Destination Chesterfield team are involved in more than one part of this process. The scores that are given by judges are added to scores from previous stages so there is no way they can know the overall outcome when they are scoring the awards. The aim is to recognise those stores that are both popular with the public and offer excellent customer service but also have a robust plan for their business now and into the future. In order to showcase the diversity of quality retailers across the town, Destination Chesterfield may decide to limit the number of categories in which a business can be selected as a finalist.
The Apprentice of the Year and The Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Awards are nominated by businesses and they will complete two short telephone interviews with two separate judges who will provide scores to select the finalists and winners of each category.
Please note that hair and beauty businesses are not eligible for the Best New Store category.
The finalists and winner of the Best Town Centre Event are selected by a public vote.