How to win a BikeBiz Award

The BikeBiz Awards return on Wednesday October 6th. This year the categories have been tweaked slightly and the number of awards has been increased, honouring the companies that have had an outstanding 12 months.
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With lobbying due to close on Wednesday July 14th we explain the criteria for each category and how to go about winning one of the coveted awards...

On Wednesday July 14th lobbying ends for the 2010 BikeBiz Awards. So, depending on when you are reading this, there are only a few days to make your voice heard and ensure that the right companies are finalists for the UK cycle industry awards. If you’re now wondering how
exactly this lobbying process works, then wonder no more...

This is an in-depth guide on how to win a BikeBiz Award, detailing what type of companies are eligible for what kind of awards, the judging criteria and how you can make your opinion heard.

When the lobbying process ends, the finalists will be decided and revealed at the end of July. And after that it’ll all be in the hands of at least 50 industry executives who will deliberate, cogitate and hopefully not come to blows as they decide who is deserving of the accolades and pick out their winners.

Those winners will of course be revealed at the BikeBiz
Awards event at Sway Bar, Great Queen Street, London on Wednesday October 6th.

Speaking of which, this year’s event has got the weighty
support of cycle manufacturer Cube Bikes, Platinum Sponsor, and integrated EPOS and Ecommerce solution provider Citrus-Lime – Event Partner for the 2010 awards.

So don’t delay and let us know who you think deserves
a BikeBiz Award before July 14th.

The Categories

INDEPENDENT RETAILER
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any specialist cycle retailer. Entrants for this category must have ten or fewer stores and must not carry out their retail business exclusively over the internet.

How is this award won?
BikeBizwill take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will
consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all
sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only
revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for
themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Customer service
Product knowledge
Range and in-store merchandising

How do I make my opinion heard?
All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular
independent retailer simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the retailer has had an outstanding 12 months.

Last year’s winner:
Condor Cycles

ONLINE RETAILER

Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any retailer, offering product to
consumers through the online channel exclusively, that has a significant online offering of bicycles and accessories.

How is this award won?
BikeBizwill take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will
consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all
sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only
revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for
themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Reliability
Range
User interface 

Commitment to an orderly marketplace

How do I make my opinion heard?

All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular online retailer simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the retailer has had an outstanding 12 months. 


Last year’s winner: Wiggle

HIGH STREET CHAIN

Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any High Street chain stocking bicycles and/or accessories.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of
Finalists on Friday July 30th. 


The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business. 


Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies. 


Judges will consider the following criteria:

Customer service 
Product knowledge
Range
Commitment to an orderly marketplace

How do I make my opinion heard?

All BikeBiz readers can put forward a High Street chain simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the chain has had an outstanding 12 months.

Last year’s winner: Evans Cycles

DISTRIBUTOR - BIKES

Who is eligible for this award?
Any distributor of bicycles active in the trade.

How is this award won?

BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Speed of service
Order fulfilment
Customer service
Product condition
After sales support
Commitment to an orderly retail marketplace

How do I make my opinion heard?
All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular bike distributor of bikes simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the bike distributor has had an outstanding 12 months.

Last year’s winner: Madison

DISTRIBUTOR – P&A

Who is eligible for this award?
Any distributor of bicycle parts and accessories active in the trade.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Speed of service
Order fulfilment
Customer service
Product condition
After sales support
Commitment to an orderly retail marketplace

How do I make my opinion heard?
All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular P&A distributor simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the P&A distributor has had an outstanding 12 months.

Last year’s winner: Zyro

CONSUMER MAGAZINE

Who is eligible for this award?
Any consumer-facing bicycle-based magazine.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Compelling editorial
Circulation development
Design
Independence and integrity of reviews

How do I make my opinion heard?
All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular consumer magazine simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the magazine has had an outstanding 12 months.

Last year’s winner: Singletrack

CONSUMER SITE

Who is eligible for this award?
Any consumer-facing bicycle-based media website.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:

Compelling editorial
Design
Independence and integrity of reviews
Reliability
User interface

How do I make my opinion heard?

All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular consumer site simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the site has had an outstanding 12 months. 


Last year’s winner: BikeRadar

BIKE BRAND

Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any bicycle brand.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Commercial success
Innovation
Marketing
Performance

How do I make my opinion heard?

All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular bike brand simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the bike brand has had an outstanding 12 months.

P&A BRAND

Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any bicycle parts and accessories brand.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Commercial success
Innovation
Marketing
Performance

How do I make my opinion heard?
All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular P&A brand simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the P&A brand has had an outstanding 12 months

PRODUCT INNOVATION

Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any cycle-relevant product launched in the last 12 months.

How is this award won?

BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Creativity
Uniqueness
Impact on the sector
Popularity

How do I make my opinion heard?
All BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular product simply by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the product has had an outstanding 12 months.

RETAILER ACCOUNT MANAGER
(voted for only by retailers)

Who is eligible for this award?
Any manufacturer or distributor account manager who regularly deals with cycle retailers is eligible for this awards.

How is this award won?
BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They cannot vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:
Product knowledge
Depth of advance information
Customer care
Communication

How do I make my opinion heard?
Cycle retailers can put forward a particular retailer account manager by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the account manager has had an outstanding 12 months.

RISING STAR
(a business that has grown/developed significantly in the last 12 months)

Who is eligible for this award?
Any business from the bicycle industry is eligible.

How is this award won?

BikeBiz will take soundings from the industry and consider any direct lobbying from retailers, suppliers or general readers before announcing a set of Finalists on Friday July 30th.

The winner is voted for by the Judging Panel, which will consist of at least 50 industry executives taken from all sectors of the business. Members of the jury vote in confidence and are only revealed after voting is complete. They can’t vote for themselves or associated companies.

Judges will consider the following criteria:

Growth over the last 12 months
Performance over the last year
Reputation

How do I make my opinion heard?

BikeBiz readers can put forward a particular business by emailing their nomination to Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk by Wednesday July 14th with a brief summary of why you think the business manager has had an outstanding 12 months.

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