Over the past few years, I have been a judge for numerous national business awards and competitions: start-ups, digital, social media and growing business, fast growth, bio-tech, working with the ‘good and the great’ to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individual businesses and their owners and their teams.

The process of judging is always a humbling affair; it involves a lot of highly-heated debate as well as a lot of laughter. The refining and narrowing down of a group choice to one winner is not as scientific as a one would like, but at the end of the day, the best business wins. There is a lot of similarity between the way that job applications get handled and award applications get dealt with.

Let me take you through the whole award process. Read the full article over at GYDA Initiative.