Judging Panel 

We have developed our judging over 15 years and our judges, all top business people within their chosen arena, have cited our awards as both the most transparent and professionally executed.
Each application is scored by at least 4 different judges from a panel of up to 15 judges, all applications are seen by different members of the judging panel.
The judges meet over several hours and score not only their own sponsored category but several others too, this ensures transparency.
The first page of questions is designed to give the judges a real feel for your business, followed by several questions that are scored from 1 to 5. It is worth noting that although all judging is computer based please ensure you upload images or screen shots of all important pages.
There are no site visits or presentations involved.
The finalists are chosen by adding all the scores and up to 8 entrants can make it through to the final, however if scoring is low, less entrants make it through.
Should you wish to read our Top Tips, please click HERE

 

William Smith

Stanair Services

Having recently been appointed as a Director at Stanair Industrial Doors Services Will has worked for the company for over 17 years as the manager of the Peterborough depot.

The depot opened in 1999 and through great team work and customer service Stanair invested in purpose built premises at Fairweather Court and moved there in in 2005. There are now 18 staff on site.

Having grown up in Berkshire Will moved to Peterborough 30 years ago. He is an avid football fan and season ticket holder at Brighton & Hove Albion. He also enjoys cycling and has completed several charity rides namely the London to Brighton ride for the British Heart Foundation and the Pedal to Paris for the Royal British Legion cycling from London to Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Alexandra Jepsen

Regus Cambridge

Having started her career with Regus in Germany over 15 years ago Alexandra has had extensive experience with our French, Chinese and US markets before coming to reside in the UK over 10 years ago. Now working as the Area Manager for Cambridge she is involved with several networking groups to support the local the start-up community which makes up a large proportion of the Regus client base. Alexandra also facilities a number of networking events within the 3 Regus Cambridge centres as a platform for local business to meet with like-minded individuals and look for new ways to help their business grow.
 

June Cory

My Mustard

June Cory has a career spanning almost thirty years in media management, sales and training. She fell into selling newspaper advertising space and not only did she love it, she was really rather good at it. After thousands of deadlines, hundreds of targets and a few awards she moved into management & training for industry names including Newsquest & Yell.com.

After managing a specialist digital project team in 2006, June understood that the ability to target an audience, measure results & truly control spend would redefine advertising for local businesses & swapped the ink in her veins for zeros and ones and launched My Mustard, an online advertising agency in 2007.

A highly enthusiastic on and offline networker June is a Google Partner, the ex-Vice President of the St Albans Chamber of Commerce, hosts A Little Bit Of Networking in Hemel Hempstead and talks about Google at various forums. She drinks a lot of coffee…..

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Aston Shaw Accountants

Daniel Overton

Daniel joined Aston Shaw in 2007, where he trained and became a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) in 2010. Daniel went on to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2013, whilst gaining extensive experience working alongside senior managers on a range of client accounts. Daniel now works with clients in a variety of sectors and deals with all areas of accounting, taxation and general business advice. He particularly enjoys assisting owner-managed businesses by recommending and refining strategies for growth.
 

Professor Gary Packham

Anglia Ruskin University 

Professor Gary Packham is Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. He leads a team of over 100 academic and 30 administrative staff who are responsible for delivering world class business, management, leadership and finance research and education to over 10,00 students both in the UK and abroad through our International Associate Colleges.Gary’s main research interests concern small business development and growth examining role of entrepreneurs in developing organisations as well as the impact of entrepreneurship education on graduate start-ups and small business survival and growth.

He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals in subjects such as economic development policy, small business management and strategy, technology transfer and commercialisation. Prof. Packham is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Higher Education Academy and a member of the SFEDI advisory Council (IoEE). He also holds visiting professorship positions at the Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS), University of South Wales and University of Plymouth

 

Maria Koureas Jones

Woodfines Solicitors

Maria is a Partner at Woodfines Solictiors heading up our dispute resolution team in Cambridge. She specialises in commercial disputes which may encompass contractual disputes, director and shareholder disputes, insolvency issues or disputes regarding commercial property. Maria has a direct and considered approach which sees clients instructing her time and again to assist with resolution of their disputes.

Maria works closely with the High Court Enforcement Sector having assisted a number of high court enforcement agencies over the past few years earning considerable knowledge of this sector.

Maria has vast experience of resolving disputes via Alternative Dispute Resolution. She aims to help clients resolve their disputes as promptly as possible, so that businesses can get back to doing what they do best.

 

Sophie Able

Newmarket Racecourses

Sophie Able is the General Manager of Newmarket Racecourses, a position which she took up in November 2017. She covers the two racecourses in Newmarket – The Rowley Mile and The July Course – as well as Huntingdon, Market Rasen and Nottingham Racecourses.

For the last five years Sophie has been based at Newmarket as Head of Sales for JCR’s East Region.

In 2008, at the age of 26, Sophie became Managing Director of Huntingdon Racecourse and became the youngest racecourse manager in Britain.

Sophie is a graduate of both JCR’s Management Academy and the British Horseracing Authority graduate scheme. She joined The Jockey Club in 2005 as Commercial Executive at Huntingdon Racecourse after previously working at both York and Doncaster Racecourses.

Sophie was educated at St Mary’s School in Ascot and is a biology graduate of the University of Leeds.

 

Chris Simpson

Lexus Cambridge

Chris joined Lexus Cambridge in 2015, and with an automotive career spanning 16 years, he’s perfectly positioned as Business Centre Manager. His role is to drive and manage all corporate, fleet and company car driver business which includes local business development. Chris holds an IMI qualification in business centre management.

Chris is also skilled in advising businesses on the benefits of Lexus hybrid technology which include fuel-economy and tax benefits. Lexus are proud to offer every single model in the range as a self-charging hybrid.

Lexus Cambridge are the official Lexus retailer for the Cambridgeshire area and offer a luxury level of service throughout all areas of the business, including new and approved pre-owned car sales and all aftersales services.

 

Sarah Flack

Ann Pettengell

Joining Ann Pettengell in October 2000 as a Recruitment Consultant, Sarah began her recruitment career servicing client’s needs for temporary staff. She then progressed through the company and today, is proud to be Co-Director of a brand that has a strong heritage with the city of Cambridge.

Sarah is a passionate people person and advocate of how good recruitment practise can play a pivotal part in a client’s business; providing them with expertise and value.

Sarah’s consultative approach to recruitment, enables her to manage the relationship through the recruitment process and attain an understanding of the client and candidate expectations.

 

Tracey Robson

Stanair Services

I have worked for Stanair for 17 years, starting off as a part time admin assistant to fit around my family commitments.

I have progressed through the company and very recently I was promoted to Peterborough Branch Manager, heading a team of 18 people.

Stanair Industrial Door Services Ltd was founded in 1974 in Kettering and over the last 44 years has developed into one of the oldest and most trusted Door Companies in the country, it now has 4 depots and has over 70 staff, a lot of them, like me, are very long standing, proving that the ethos that Stanair holds, that their employees are their strength, certainly seems to be true!

Outside of work I enjoy reading, walking my dog, cooking and socializing with friends and family.  I enjoy travel, and have recently returned from my second trip to New Zealand, and I am  currently enjoying the dilemma of where shall we go next??

 

Karis Parker

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa

Karis Parker has recently joined the team at Quy Mill Hotel and Spa as Sales & Marketing Manager but has 20+ years in the hotels and has extensive knowledge of the industry. Karis has focussed on corporate sales for the last 4 years, and has also worked within the wedding sector for over 7 years! Karis is involved in several networking groups and enjoys the support that these bring to the business as a whole. She has made many good connections who have assisted her role over the years, but particularly enjoys connecting people to people.The proud owner of two horses and two dogs, she competes regularly during the summer months with the horses and dogs and also enjoys shooting, reading and cooking and is an avid gym bunny, in fact she does not stop until the job is done and says she will never stop learning!
 

Nick Sayer

Woodfines Solicitors

Nick joined Woodfines in 2012, having obtained considerable experience in employment teams at Hewitsons, where he was Head of the Firm’s Employment team, Charles Russell LLP, where he helped to co-found the Firm’s Cambridge office and Prettys. Nick specialises in all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, including Settlement Agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements).Nick is also regularly involved in Employment Tribunal claims of all kinds, senior executive terminations, redundancy and restructuring programmes and the employment aspects of business transfers. He also has a special interest in business protection matters i.e. misuse of trade secrets and confidential information and the enforcement of post termination restrictions.  Over the years, Nick has conducted many successful High Court cases dealing with such matters
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Ian Cording

FM World

Ian is a seasoned veteran in Business Awards judging with more than two decades of viewing applications UK wide and credits his ‘colourful life’ and no nonsense, pragmatic approach, to business and life in general as adequate credentials to be on this panel. Despite a very busy and full life he is a Bedfordshire Business Ambassador, a volunteer Enterprise Adviser working with SEMLEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company where he is part of a dedicated team building a talent pipeline through employer engagement with the student population, primarily year 12’s in Bedfordshire county and the wider region.Out of school rather earlier than some he bizarrely started his adult life as a butcher’s apprentice. Thereafter a period of ten years in the public service in various departments allowed him to catch up on his education and then make the leap into the world of business by starting a Planning & Architectural Practice business 33 years ago.

Additionally, this past 10 years, Ian and his wife Birute embraced Network Marketing as a business model so much so they now spend much of their time travelling both in the UK and abroad training, coaching and mentoring their FM World team. A keen ‘crowd fund’ investor Ian still acts in a Planning consultancy capacity for a select group of long standing personal clients and manages a modest property portfolio ‘in trust’ for the family. Family is very big on Ian’s agenda, he loves to travel widely and seamlessly mixes business and pleasure because … ‘he can’

 

Laurie Clark

Scrutton Bland

Laurie is a qualified Chartered financial adviser with over 26 years’ experience providing independent financial advice to businesses, business owners and their employees. Laurie advises employers on their benefit packages to ensure that they offer best value and this includes the full range of benefits, flex, pensions, auto enrolment, retirement options, as well as the traditional benefits such as life assurance, income protection, critical illness and private medical insurance. He also provides ongoing advice, presentations and workshops to members of staff in relation to their company pension scheme and benefits to ensure that they understand the value of what is being provided.
 

James Bolton

Scrutton Bland

James’ aim is simple; to deliver the very best Employee Benefits Consultancy and Financial Services to Scrutton Bland’s clients. James delivers independent, Chartered, and professional advice alongside his experienced, qualified and friendly team. With tailored consultancy delivering modern benefit solutions, James builds long term relationships with our clients to help them achieve their HR and Financial Employee Benefit goals.Based in Cambridge, Ipswich and Colchester James serves corporate clients in the south east and London, working with businesses of all sizes across many sectors including; SME’s, family run businesses, charities and International FTSE companies.
 

Paolo Payne

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Paolo Payne is a Regional Director of St. James’s Place Wealth Management and the Head of Business for the Cambridge Location.

Since joining the company in 2005, Paolo has been at the forefront of our expanding presence across the East of England with now more than 170 Partner Businesses in the region.

Paolo was a key advocate of our recent relocation to Cambridge from Witham in Essex and is very excited at the prospect of reaching out to a vibrant business community in Cambridgeshire.

 

Mike Scialom

Cambridge Independent

Mike’s career began as an entrepreneur in the early days of the computer games industry, when he co-founded Micro Dealer, which became the dominant games distribution firm and achieved an AIM listing. With pots of money floating around, Micro Dealer developed the games industry’s first trade publication, Computer Trade Weekly, with Mike as launch editor. He then went on to a role at Future Publishing in Bath. On moving to Cambridge he began a 20-year shift as motoring editor for Cambridge News and business writer for Cambridge Business magazine. He is currently associate editor at IQ magazine and facilitates Cambridge Open Media, which he founded in 2017. Cambridge Open Media is currently in discussions with Iliffe Media and Bango to bring a new online payment model, PaperClick, to the newspaper industry. He writes regularly for the Cambridge Independent.
 

Warren Tilbury

PEM

Having trained with PEM, Warren is now Managing Partner of the Cambridge based accountancy firm. His responsibilities include guiding the strategic direction of the firm and managing day-to-day operations. In addition Warren is an audit and accounts partner and works with a diverse range of owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs.

PEM has been in business for over 140 years and is proud to work with a range of clients from individuals, sole traders, Cambridge colleges, charities and not for profit organisations, family run businesses to large corporate entities.

Since PEM was founded in 1875 it has grown significantly whilst maintaining its independence. Today there are 16 Partners and 150 staff providing accounting, tax and advisory services from its offices in Cambridge. Its membership of the Kreston International network allows the firm to provide bespoke financial advice wherever clients do business.