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Innovation Awards 2024 – Terms and Conditions

All data shared when entering the Innovation Awards will be used for administration ONLY. Information provided in the entry form will be viewed by the judging panel. Shortlisted finalists will have a short biography about them added to the awards website which will be based on the content of their submitted entry form. Therefore, if your entry contains confidential information that you do want to be shared please email our team with the details immediately on growthhub@bizgateway.org.uk

The LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub will not use your data for any marketing purposes outside of these awards unless you give us consent. Any personal data that you provide will be processed in accordance with current data protection laws. It will be used by LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub and our partners to deliver and improve services and fulfil our contractual duties. We will not disclose any personal information to anyone else unless required or allowed to do so by law. Read more about how we use personal data in our Privacy Notice on our website here.

Terms & conditions

The awards are free to enter. By submitting this form you confirm that all of the details in the application are correct to the best of your knowledge and believe that no pertinent information has been withheld.

Entries can only be accepted from businesses whose base, or a substantial proportion of business, is based within the Leicestershire area.

Companies and organisations can enter in more than one category, providing that the specific application criteria is fulfilled. Separate and bespoke applications should be made for each award.

Entries must be received no later than the deadline 18 February 2024.  No liability for entries lost or delayed in transmission will be accepted.

Third parties can make applications on behalf of businesses, providing the business nominated is aware of the entry and has approved the content in the application form.

Other criteria may apply for a number of the award categories; see each award for details. Where stated in the criteria, entrants must supply financial information as requested on the entry form. If the entry does not include this information it will become invalid. Entrants will need to make available whatever additional relevant information is required by the judges to assist them in reaching a decision.

All entrants must declare whether they, or the business they represent, are/could be involved in any dispute or judgement that could in any way significantly interfere with the proper conduct or reputation of the organisers of the awards.

Partners are not permitted to enter the category which they are in partnership with.

After the closing date, the judging panel will complete a shortlist of finalists for each category. The judging panel will decide the overall winner of each category.

The judges reserve the right to merge or split categories if the level of entrants warrants this.

You agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the competition and abide by the judges’ decision on all matters relating to the awards.

We may consider your nomination in a different category if the research team or judges decide it is appropriate.

The event organisers reserve the right to change judging deadlines should circumstances necessitate.

The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after judging.

After the closing date our judging panel will complete a shortlist of finalists for each category. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the relevant event.

The organisers reserve the right to publicise the results of the competition and use winning entries in press releases and published case histories.

LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub reserves the right to publicise the results (including the names of any winners or nominees) of the Awards Event and use winning entries in press releases and published case histories. Accordingly, it is a condition of entry that Awards Events participants will cooperate with the media in relation to any such publication or Awards Events marketing material.

Awards winners may refer to the Awards Event in their own publicity material, following prior approval by LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub and the organisers of such material. LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub may provide instructions as to how Awards winners may display any Awards Events marks or marketing material, which the winners and entrants agree to comply with. LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub will not approve any publicity material which is offensive, obscene, derogatory in nature or defamatory to any third party.

Awards are non-transferable.

LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub reserves the right to amend or update these Terms at any time to comply with law or meet its changing business requirements without notice to you. Any updates or amendments will be published on the event webpage.

Under no circumstances shall LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub be liable to you or the organisation you represent for any of the following, whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise: any indirect or consequential losses, loss of revenue or anticipated revenue, loss of savings or anticipated savings, loss of business opportunity, or loss of profits or anticipated profits. Nothing in these Terms shall exclude or restrict LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub’s liability for death or personal injury resulting from the negligence of LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub.

How to enter

You can nominate in more than one category however you must complete an entry form for each category you wish to nominate in. Please read through the category descriptions and select the category you wish to nominate in from the list.

Please provide as much information as you can, the more details you can provide the judges with the better understanding they can have of their achievements.

Completing your entry

Please note that each entry that is made must be completed in one session, failure to do so will result in the webpage timing out and a loss of all information. It is advisable to complete your nomination in Microsoft Word, and copying your application across into the webform once you are happy with it.

Please note that by submitting your nomination, you agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined here.


– Maximum word count of 800 for the reason for nomination apply
– A business can be submitted into a maximum of three categories however please tailor your entry according to the category in order to meet judges requirements.
– Sponsoring companies are not permitted to enter the category they are sponsoring.
– Entries can be submitted by the business directly or by a third party (agent, client etc).
– Successful nominations will be notified following the judging session