The selection process for the awards involves an impartial panel of industry experts who generously volunteer their time to evaluate submissions. These individuals are chosen for their expertise and experience.

Judges review entries, ensuring a fair and unbiased evaluation. In cases where judges have conflicts of interest within specific categories, they abstain from participating in the assessment of those particular entries.

Upon the submission deadline, judges receive all entries in a uniform format, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. Each entry is then scored by the judges based on the defined criteria for each category.

Judges meet to discuss their assessments and collectively reach a final decision on a single day, solely based on the content provided in the written entries.

It is crucial to note that the entire judging process is conducted confidentially, and all decisions reached during this process are considered final.

Mike Pennington

Business Relationship Manager - Made Smarter

Mike is the business relationship manager for York and North Yorkshire Growth hub working on a digital manufacturing programme – Made Smarter. It focus’s on industrial digital transformation within the manufacturing sectors with support available until March 2025.

Previously Mike was Regional Revenue Director for Reach PLC as well as MD within the newspaper/Digital world for the last 20 years at titles including Hull Daily Mail/Grimsby & Scunthorpe Telegraph/Lincolnshire Echo/Halifax Courier/Real Radio and was also the Commercial director and Assistant MD at Yorkshire Post newspapers.

Mike is born and bred in Yorkshire and has lived and worked all his life in the region.

George Roberts

Director - G. Roberts Independent Family Funerals

George Roberts is the Director of G. Roberts Independent Family Funerals and President of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers. He started working in the family operated funeral directors in 2013. George took over as President of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers in July 2022 after serving a year as Vice President. George has previously been nominated in the Scarborough Business Awards in 2021, and was also a judge at last year's awards, so fully understands the judging process!

Tracy Calcraft

Head of Fundraising - The Disabilities Trust

Tracy is a proud Scarborian having lived and worked locally for the majority of her life. She worked as a director at Saint Catherine’s Hospice for many years and also at Marie Curie.
She volunteers as a trustee vice chair at the YMCA and also works closely with Scarborough Business Ambassadors.

Scarborough Pride

GUEST JUDGES - Diversity & Inclusion Award

Scarbrough Pride is made up entirely of local volunteers, overseen my a voluntary board of trustees. The trustee board, made up of a range of different individuals oversees the committees work and ensures their work is inline with budgets and governance. The trustee board is thrilled to be guest judges for this year's Scarborough Business Awards and look forward to celebrating the achievements of companies that have championed in Diversity.


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