Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria


Applicants must be able to show how they have affected a significant and positive change in their approach towards supporting and promoting enterprise in the last two years. There must be a clear focus on enterprise, with a specific desire to promote enterprise over and above other objectives. 

The application must include a description of the project that tells the story of what has been achieved within the two year period and brings to life the transformation that has occurred. It will need to provide an insight into the enterprise success and the strategy behind it.

Entries for both the Enterprising Britain Awards and the European Enterprise Promotion Awards will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Impact on the local or wider economy
  • Improvement of local stakeholder relations
  • Transferability
  • Impact on business growth and Scale up

The more detailed criteria used by the EBA Judges is below. The Judges will not expect applications to score strongly on every criterion.


  • Is the project original and innovative?
  • What are its innovative aspects? 
  • How are they an improvement on previous approaches?

Impact of the project upon the local or wider economy

  • What is the impact on the local or wider economy?
  • Does it create jobs?
  • Does it prepare people to be entrepreneurs or enterprising employees?
  • Has it improved links between school(s) and local employers?
  • Is it sustainable in the future?
  • What positive long-term effect will it have?

The judges will look for figures to substantiate claims.

Improvement of stakeholder relations

  • Has more than one interested party benefitted from the implementation of this initiative?
  • Why were they involved and what has been their level of participation?
  • Is the local population involved in the project?
  • If appropriate is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) involved in the project?
  • Do disadvantages communities benefit?
  • Are local cultural, environmental and social characteristics respected?


  • Could the approach be repeated in the locality or elsewhere in the regions of UK?
  • Could the approach be repeated elsewhere in Europe?
  • Is the project inspiring?
  • Are there any relationships/partnerships being developed to share lessons learnt?

Business growth (Scale up)

Does it help businesses to overcome barriers to growth and help them to scale up, for example by improving access to finance or improving leadership and management skills?

Does it trigger more businesses with the potential to scale up to turn their growth ambition into action? Does it directly support businesses with the potential to scale up by building up networks that proactively encourage the uptake of new technology and digital processes which support growth?


The judges of the Enterprising Britain Awards will award the following marks across the four criteria:

  • Originality (20 points)
  • Impact on the local or wider economy (30 points)
  • Improvement of local stakeholder relations (25 points)
  • Transferability (25 points)
  • Scale Up  -  This aspect will not attract a score in 2018 but the judges will use evidence of planned and delivered Scale Up activity when making their overall final judgement on a project.


Most Enterprising Place in Britain

The winner of this title will be chosen by the Enterprising Britain Awards judges from within the four Enterprising Britain Awards 2018 category winners and will represent the area/project who in the judge's opinion has demonstrated the greatest impact on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship, using information supplied to the above criteria.

Projects that have been able to show the impact of planned and delivered Scale Up activity will have this recognised during the judges deliberation for the awarding of this title.


The judges' decision, at each stage of the competition, is final.