From today until 16th September, takeaway restaurants can begin encouraging customers to vote for them to be named the Best Takeaway in the region. Restaurant owners can also begin nominating staff for the Best Delivery Driver in Britain and Best Takeaway Chef in Britain as well as their business for the Game Changer award.
In total, 16 coveted awards will be presented. The Best Delivery Driver in Britain, Best Takeaway Chef in Britain, and the Best Takeaway in each of the 12 regions will receive £1,000 and free sign up to Just Eat, or their sign-up fee returned if they are already a partner. One of the regional winners will then go on to be awarded Best Takeaway in Britain and receive a further cheque for £5,000.
The Game Changer is also back for a second year to recognise a business that is excelling at pushing boundaries that is new and unique to them and the industry.
Impressing the Judges
In addition to a public vote, winners will be determined based on a submission from finalists explaining why they deserve to win and a mystery shop. Finalists for the Best Takeaway Chef award will be invited to London to cook their signature dish for an expert judging panel, which includes businesswoman and former BBC2 Dragon’s Den star, Sarah Willingham.
For the Best Delivery Driver in Britain and Best Takeaway Chef in Britain, where restaurant owners nominate their staff, the judges are looking for remarkable individuals who exemplify excellence in the industry. This could range from going the extra mile for customers, championing innovation and quality, or making a difference for the local community. The judges want to know why the individuals stand out and the positive impact they’re having on business. For the Game Changer award, judges are looking for a business that is shaking up the status quo in the industry.
Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, partners of the British Takeaway Awards, said: “We spend over £9.9bn on takeaway food in the UK, and the heart of the industry are these small, independent businesses that offer fantastic food and service to their local community. It’s right we champion the hard work, passion and drive demonstrated by restaurant owners and their staff right across the country, they are the bedrock of the UK’s thriving takeaway industry and make a significant contribution to the economy.”
Significant Boost to Business
Many previous British Takeaway Award winners have experienced a significant boost to business, following their award win.
Since being crowned the Best Takeaway in Britain last year, Lime Pickle, a family-run curry house in Birmingham, has been full from the moment they open the doors to when they close. Online orders are booming and they now have queues that go outside the door and round the corner on weekend nights.
Mr Chef, a family-run takeaway who won Best Takeaway in Scotland, offers a varied menu from curries to burgers and fish and chips; it has seen deliveries increase by 50% on peak days since the award win.
Similarly, Chicken and Blues, a gourmet chicken shop which won Best Takeaway in South East, has seen deliveries increase by 30% and Best Takeaway in North East winner, Moja has had to hire new delivery drivers to meet demand.
Voting closes on midnight on 16th September, for more information visit: www.thebtas.co.uk.
Finalists will be announced on 28 September and will be invited to London’s world famous Savoy Hotel for a glamorous awards ceremony. Excited? You should be. Check out the highlights from last year’s event in the video below.