The shortlisted applicants (see below) in each of the categories will be invited to attend the regional final at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester, on Friday 21 October. The winners from this and the other regional finals, will then be invited to appear before a live judging interview panel in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on 1 December.
Other national sponsors include Co-operative Insurance, with audio visual partner Saville’s and drinks partner Perfect Cellar. United Utilities and the Manchester Evening News are regional sponsors.
Shortlisted finalists for the North West, Wales and Isle of Man are: