B&C Awards 2019: How does it all work?

Welcome to the info page for the specialist property sector's favourite annual event. Here you'll find everything you need to know about this year's B&C Awards.

The vital info

  • Thursday, 6th June 2019 at the Hurlingham Club
  • Starts at midday, awards ceremony finishes at 5pm, bar is open until 8.30pm and the after party goes on in Chelsea until late
  • Dress code is black tie
  • Online voting opens 4th February and closes on 18th April 
  • The judging panel is announced mid-February
  • The shortlist is published at the end of April and the judging takes place on 17th May
  • Winners are announced at the event 
  • Tables and sponsorship packages can be booked by contacting Caron on 0203 818 1062 / [email protected]

For the past five years, we’ve held the event at the Hurlingham Club, the I-can’t-believe-we’re-still-in-London venue, with its rolling green lawns and classic country club atmosphere.

The Palm Court and Broomhouse Suite offer unrivalled space, light and elegance in which to hold what has become the industry’s favourite annual occasion. 

You can expect the usual non-stop eating and drinking fest, plus several special surprises along the way. We're back to holding the event from early afternoon, so prepare yourself for a long, fun-filled day and night. 

So, what happens and when? 

We have refined the awards process to what can undoubtedly be described as fully transparent, fair and, above all, representative of the industry.

Online voting has now closed.

Voters are encouraged to fill in the names of their preferred winners in each category – the list of categories will be announced soon. Companies may enlist employees to vote, as well as their brokers/associates/partners, and we do sense-check all voting to eliminate any spam or inappropriateness.

The full list of categories for 2019 are:

1. Best Commercial Broker
2. Specialist Product of the Year
3. Best Bridging Newcomer – Broker
4. Best Bridging Newcomer – Lender
5. Development Lender of the Year – £10m+
6. Development Lender of the Year – Up to £10m
7. Mezzanine Lender of the Year
8. Funding Partner of the Year
9. P2P Lender of the Year
10. Best Bridging Broker
11. Bridging Lender of The Year
12. Commercial Lender of the year
13. Regulated Lender of the Year
14. Service Excellence – Lender
15. Service Excellence – Broker
16. Underwriter of the Year
17. Best Specialist Distributor
18. Best Valuer
19. Best Solicitor
20. Specialist Bank of the Year
21. Lender Relationship Manager of the Year
22. Best Development Broker
23. Outstanding Contribution – Individual
24. Marketing Award
25. Editor’s Choice Award

Towards the end of April, we will create a longlist by taking the top 10-12 in each category and getting two panels of brokers and lenders to select their top four to six. The compilation of their selections will form the official 2019 shortlist, which will be announced via B&C. Those in the running will have been chosen by the industry, for the industry.

Shortlisted nominees will have until 17th May to produce the supporting information required to progress their nomination(s). This comprises two references, detailing why that company or individual deserves to win. Nominees are all contacted individually to make sure the next steps are understood. There are never any costs or obligations associated with taking your nomination forward, or for the award itself, should you win. 

On 17th May, our judging panels – announced in February – will meet to decide on the winners. Brokers judge lender categories and vice versa. There is much discussion (and some tears), lunch and more debate – this is no easy job and our judges need to reach a majority for each award to determine who walks away with those prestigious statuettes on the day. 

B&C/Medianett has two votes in each 12-person panel – one on behalf of our editorial department, who work with most of the nominees on a weekly basis, and one on behalf of our commercial team.  

The panels are chaired by two well-known and impartial figures who understand the markets being assessed and only have a vote where there is a tie to break.

We then get on with engraving winners’ names into our famous golden Bs and finalising plans for the event, in anticipation of the 650-strong descent come 6th June.

What’s the programme for the day?

Here is a preliminary guide to the agenda for the evening, which is very much subject to change and refinement as we approach 6th June:

12pm Arrival and reception, sponsored by Octane Capital
1pm Welcome, charity presentation
1.30pm Awards, part 1
2.15pm Lunch
4pm Awards, part 2 
5pm Octane Capital bar opens, and celebrations commence 
8.30pm Coaches take guests to the official after party in nearby Kings Road

What should I wear?

We know it's summer, but this is an occasion. As such, we expect everyone adhere to the black tie dress code. Feel free to give a nod to the Atlantis theme, too!

What sort of food and drinks package is included?

We’ve saved the best info for last… Aside from a sumptuous three-course dinner and Champagne reception, B&C has a generous drinks allocation on each table, followed by an open bar from 5pm. 

What about accommodation?

We have secured a reduced rate for all B&C Awards guests at the Hotel Millennium + Copthorne Hotel Chelsea FC for the evening of 6th June.

Standard Rooms:

Single Occupancy - £134 (incl. breakfast & VAT)

Double Occupancy - £146 (incl. breakfast & VAT)

Superior Rooms:

Single Occupancy - £164 (incl. breakfast & VAT)

Double Occupancy - £176 (incl. breakfast & VAT)

Follow this link to book and insert booking code: BCAWARDS19

*Check in 2pm and Check out 11am

*Non picked rooms will be released automatically on 17th May  

How do I book a table?

Of course you want to be there. For all table enquiries, please contact our managing director Caron Schreuder on 0203 818 0162 or email her at [email protected].

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