The IB Awards are open to all independent businesses across a broad spectrum of sectors (see CATEGORIES for further information).

The only stipulations are that they must be…

  • A privately owned company, free from outside control.

  • Have 3 or fewer branches of the same business.

  • Be based in the Greater Birmingham area (Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield).

We wanted to ensure that these awards were judged as fairly and transparently as possible, so as to maintain not only the integrity of the night, and the awards themselves, but also the Independent Birmingham brand.

To ensure this is the case, the awards will have two rounds of judging:

  • An initial screening process by a panel of independent judges from a wide variety of business backgrounds to select the shortlists for each category.

  • Followed by a thorough judging process by a panel of 8 industry experts to choose the winners.

There will also be a small number of public voted awards, designed to engage the Independent Birmingham audience in the process.