B&C Awards 2016: How does it all work?

B&C Awards 2016: How does it all work?

Bridging & Commercial is hosting its 8th Awards ceremony on 9th June 2016 at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, in association with Shawbrook Bank..

Bridging & Commercial is hosting its 8th Awards ceremony on 9th June 2016 at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, in association with Shawbrook Bank.

For the past two years, we’ve held the event at this 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. 

As the event is centred on honouring the best and the brightest in the bridging, commercial and specialist finance sectors, the focus is undoubtedly on the awards themselves (although we like to think our whole-day drinking and eating fest is somewhat an attractive element, too).

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

So, what happens and when?

Online voting is now open and will close on 25th April at 5pm.

Users are encouraged to fill in the names of their preferred winners in each category – there are 16 this year.

On 25th April, we will create a shortlist by taking the top 10 in each category and getting two panels of brokers and lenders to select their top 4-6. The compilation of their selections will form the official 2016 shortlist which will be announced via B&C on May 2nd. Those in the running have been chosen by the industry, for the industry.

Shortlisted nominees will have until May 18th to produce the supporting information required to progress their nomination(s). This comprises of up to three references, detailing why that company or individual deserves to win. Nominees are all contacted individually to make sure the next steps are understood.

On May 20th, our judging panels will meet to decide on the winners. Brokers judge lender categories and vice versa. There is much discussion, tears, lunch and more debate – this is no easy job and our judges need to reach a majority for each award in order 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 the majority 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-break.

We then get on with engraving those winners’ names into our golden Bs and finalising plans for the event, in anticipation of the 650-strong descent come 9th June.

What’s the programme for the day?

·         12 noon guest arrival and drinks reception in the summer sunshine

·         1pm call to enter the Broomhouse Suite

·         1.15pm Welcome and charity presentation

·         1.45pm Lunch is served

·         3.30pm Awards ceremony

·         4.45pm Thanks

·        5pm Celebrations commence. The post-Awards bar in the Palm Court – sponsored this year by TitleSolv – and Dragonfly Property Finance photo booth open. The Brightstar shisha tent is set up outside with soft furnishings in which to relax, network and have a drink.

·        8.30pm The after party coaches arrive and whisk guests off to the Precise-sponsored extravaganza – we recommend keeping some energy in reserve for this

What should I wear?

For the first time ever, we are keeping the theme for the 2016 event under wraps until guests arrive on the day itself. However, as always, the dress code is black tie as we like to think of every B&C Awards as the ultimate occasion to get dressed up.

Any hotel recommendations?

We have secured a good rate at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Chelsea. To book, click here.

What sort of food and drinks package is included?

We’ve saved the best info for last… Aside from a sumptuous three-course lunch and sparkling drinks reception, B&C has a generous drinks allocation on each table, followed by an open bar from 5pm. Plus, the after party will have drinks aplenty to take you into the wee hours.

How do I book a table?

Of course you want to be there. Contact Dalbir Dhanoa – our Account Manager – on 0203 818 0160 or email him at [email protected].


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