A separate panel of judges, organised by the sponsoring company, will adjudicate each of the Awards categories. You DO NOT have to be a supplier or a customer of any category sponsors to enter.
This year we have changed our judging process. Each category will be judged under one of the following subheadings:
Business - finalists in this category will be judged further online. If a site visit is needed this will be arranged. The independent judge must be available to attend all site visits. From there 3 finalists and a winner will be picked. (If Covid restrictions still in place no site visits will happen and online judging only with video from the site)
People - shortlisted candidates in this category will be asked to interview with the sponsor, independent judge and adjudicator. This can be in person or virtually. They will also be asked to send or show a sample of their products if relevant. The sponsor will pick 3 finalists and a winner from these finalists with their independent judge. Where do they judge? All interviews must happen on the same day. (If Covid restrictions are still in place, interviews will be virtual) If the relevant part of the judging process might include site visits.
Product - entries shortlisted in this category will be asked to send/ deliver products to the finalists judging on a date in the summer. A sponsor representative, a British Baker representative and the independent judge will determine a shortlist and winner from these entries. (If Covid restrictions are still in place judging will be remote)
A company may enter more than one category, BUT different company representatives must enter each of the chosen categories. No one person can enter more than one category.
Companies that won any category in 2020 may not enter that category this year. The exception to this is product categories – the winning company may enter the following year but must enter with a different product.
"It was great to meet so many friendly and supportive people who were ready to offer advise and encouragement."
"It was a very enjoyable evening with great opportunity to meet friends, in a welcoming environment. Fantastic to see the industry supporting each other across all channels and levels."
"The BIA Awards is a wonderful celebration of success in our great British baking industry and it's fantastic to be able to come together at such a wonderful evening to applaud all finalists and winners."