Judging Criteria

Judges will read and pre-score all entry forms, considering any supporting materials submitted. Judges will be asked to give a score for each question within the entry form. These will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges pre-scores will then be combined and the highest scoring entries will determine the shortlists.

Judges will meet to discuss the highest scoring entries and then agree the winner for each category. The shortlists will be announced on the 20 February 2020. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 23 April 2020.


Please see the categories for details of what should be included in your entry. The judges will be looking for institutions, teams & initiatives that can demonstrate a clear impact on the economy in the North. They will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.

Entries should not exceed 1000 words in total and should relate to work undertaken between January 2019 – January 2020.

20 February

Shortlist Announcement

22 April 2021

Awards Ceremony