How to Apply

Business Boost 2013 WinnersEntering the Business Boost Competition is very easy and straight forward.

Thinking of entering Business Boost 2019? Then what’s stopping you?





Here are our Five Short Steps to Becoming a Winner!

1. Check that your business is eligible to apply

Entry to the Business Boost Competition is limited to businesses located in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme with less than 250 employees. Please consult Competition Rules before you apply.

Newcastle Borough Map
Check the map below to see if your business qualifies geographically:

2. Choose your category

Select the Award Category most applicable to your business. You may apply for more than one category.

3. Fill in your application form

You can access and complete your application form online.

Applicants must fully complete and submit the on-line application form by midnight on Sunday, 29th September 2019 to enter the first stage of the Competition.

You will be notified within a few weeks whether your application was successful to go on to the second stage.

4. Submit your Business Plan

Applicants who go on to the second stage are required to submit a sound business plan by midnight on Sunday, 20th October 2019. Free training, if requested, is provided by Business Initiative which will help applicants put an effective business plan together. A Business Plan template is available on request.

5. Judging Panel

The third stage is the Judging Panel. Successful finalists will be notified and invited to present to the judging panel on Tuesday, 5th November 2019. Applicants will be asked to give a brief 20 minute presentation about their business and demonstrate how it would benefit from the prizes. This will be followed by a question and answer session from the Judges.

All finalists will be invited attend the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 7th November 2019 when the winners are announced.


Contact the Awards Team

For further information or help with filling in your application, please contact Trudi on 01782 742461 or E: