FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AWARDS

1. WHAT ARE THE BLACK BEAUTY AND FASHION AWARDS?

Soon to be known as the “Oscars of the Black Beauty Industry”, the BBFAwards, a people’s choice Award was first conceived in 2011. The year 2016 saw that idea manifest into reality with the announcement of our first Award ceremony due November 2017 and official launch at the House of Commons in July 2017. BBFA is committed to promoting the beauty industry, recognising outstanding product innovation and creativity, and providing more visibility to smaller beauty businesses. Most importantly BBFA has been established to give a voice to, and empower BME community members.

2. WHY SHOULD I ENTER THE AWARDS?

The Black Beauty and Fashion Awards aim to be the go-to marketing and quality assessment vehicle to help both lesser-known and readily recognisable businesses gain greater brand awareness within BME client groups.
The quality of your product rather than the size of your business is what the judging panel and the public will assess you on.

Entering the BBFAwards gives you the chance to raise the profile of your brand, and have your product recognised as the Peoples’ choice award as well as Beauty Insiders’ top pick for the year. Due to our independent status, the Awards receive media coverage across multiple channels, from television and radio to consumer and trade titles.

3. WHO CAN VOTE IN THE BBFAWARDS?

Black/ Multiracial people and anyone who uses hair, beauty, skin, body care products, be it on friends and family or clients. This includes but is not limited to industry professionals such beauticians, beauty sales consultants, makeup artists, hairdressers, barbers, stylists, models and many more. Individuals in the UK are entitled to vote for the winners in each category.

 

ENTERING THE AWARDS

1. HOW DO I ENTER THE AWARDS?

All product entries are processed online. To enter a product or brand into the Black Beauty and Fashion Awards, please click here.

 

2. WHAT IS THE PRODUCT ENTRY FEE?

The entry fee per product/brand is dependent on when you submit your entry and whether you require an invoice. Fees for entries requiring an invoice include a small administration charge.

Entries before Friday 25th November 2016
£99 +VAT online, £110 +VAT invoice

Special Awards Nominations are FREE.

 

3. IS MY PRODUCT ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY INTO THE BEAUTY AWARDS?

A list of product categories and their criteria can be found on the BBFA website. If you are still unsure as to whether your product will be accepted please do contact the office on 07428663601/ 020 36057174 or email us at contender@bbfawards.com.

 

4. WHICH CATEGORY SHOULD I ENTER MY PRODUCT INTO & HOW MANY PRODUCTS CAN I ENTER?

Spaces are limited. Each brand may enter one product per category, in up to three categories.

For a full list of category descriptions, please click here.

 

5. CAN I ENTER THE SAME PRODUCT INTO DIFFERENT CATEGORIES?

Yes. If your product fulfils the criteria for more than one category you are able to enter it more than once.

Bare in mind that you are restricted to entering into 3 categories only. Choose wisely.

6. WHAT ARE THE PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARDS?

If you have entered a product into the BBFAwards, you are required to supply the following product, no exceptions:

8 retail sized samples to BBFA for photography, promotional purposes per product entered, and to be sent to judges for special awards category.

7. WHAT ARE THE PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS IF I AM ENTERING A BRAND CATEGORY?

If you have entered a brand into the Black Beauty and Fashion Awards, you are required to supply the following product, no exceptions:

8 retail sized samples of 3 different hero products to BBFA for photography and promotional purposes per brand entered.

8. WHAT FORMAT DOES THE PRODUCT IMAGE NEED TO BE UPLOADED IN?

All images must be high resolution and in JPEG or PDF. This image will be used throughout the awards process so the quality is paramount.

9. WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A PRODUCT IMAGE TO UPLOAD?

You must upload your product image during the entry process. If you do not have a product image, you can save incomplete entry forms until you are able to obtain one. Entry forms will not be considered complete without a product image.

 

 

10. WHAT IMAGE SHOULD I USE FOR A BRAND ENTRY?

We would recommend using a group product shot for brand entries.

 

11. WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY PRODUCT?

5 retail sized samples should be sent as soon as possible to:

Black Beauty and Fashion Awards
Black Beauty Communications Limited
86 – 90 Paul Street
London
EC2A 4NE

12. WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO WITHDRAW MY ENTRY?

If you wish to withdraw your entry from the awards send us an email and we will remove your entry and give you a refund. We will refund only 50% of the fee paid to BBFA. All withdrawals must be confirmed by Friday 14th January 2017.

13. I HAVE A TICKET AND AM NO LONGER ABLE TO ATTEND THE AWARDS, AM I STILL ENTITLED TO A GOODY BAG?

Unfortunately, only individuals attending the Awards evening in person will be entitled to collect a goody bag at the end of the night. However we are able to refund the cost of your ticket if you inform us that you are no longer able to attend 10 working days’ prior to the date of the event.

 

14. I AM AN EXHIBITOR CAN I ALSO ATTEND THE EVENT AS A GUEST?

As an exhibitor, you are entitled to purchase a ticket for the Awards evening and receive a goody bag. To reserve a ticket for the awards dinner click here.

DO I HAVE TO BRING PRODUCT SAMPLES ON THE DAY?

You should bring enough retail sized product to create a display and demonstrate to event attendees on the day. However samples may not be given out to attendees to take away. If you would like your products to be included in the BBFA goody bags kindly email us at sponsorship@bbfawards.com

 

 

15. CAN I BRING PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS WITH ME ON THE DAY?

Supporting collateral and props may be displayed to support your brand.

Generally we advise against handing out printed collateral, but should you wish to bring leaflets, these must be A5 or smaller and relate specifically to the products. Product catalogues and look books are permitted. Should you wish to follow up with our members after the event, we would recommend collecting business cards/contact information on the day.

We do permit freestanding display units and pop ups . Video presentations, multi-media or any other technological displays are not permitted. No exceptions. Please do not distribute any product samples or bags. BBFA will allocate guests with one official product bag per person as they depart.

 

VOTING

1. WHEN WILL THE VOTING OPEN AND CLOSE?

Voting opens on Monday 6th March 2017 and will close at 5pm on Friday 31st  July 2017.

2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

Anyone who uses black beauty/ grooming products, be it on themselves, their children or their clients. Should you wish to register please click here.

3. DO I HAVE TO VOTE ON EVERY CATEGORY?

No.

4. WHEN WILL THE CONTENDERS BE ANNOUNCED?

The contenders will be announced from the week commencing 1st March 2017.

5. HOW ARE THE WINNERS CHOSEN?

The BBFA is a peoples choice award. The winners are determined by votes collected from members of the public. A panel of appointed judges chooses our special awards. Our judges are impartial and do not have contenders in the awards.

 AWARDS CEREMONY

1. WHAT IS THE BBF AWARDS CEREMONY?

The Black beauty and fashion awards ceremony is a prestigious red carpet award night to celebrate the successes and also the brilliant black beauty products available in the UK. It will be a glamorous black tie event with elegant dining cuisine, a fashion show, champagne reception and great entertainment. The evening will end with networking and drinks, a opportunity to meet new industry professionals and make beauty-full business relationships.

2. WHO ATTENDS THE CEREMONY?

MDs, retailers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers,  industry professionals and the public shall attend our exclusive awards night as well as a number of high profile guests.

3. IF I AM A WINNER, WHERE CAN I USE THE BBFA WINNER’S SEAL?

If your product or brand has won a Black Beauty and Fashion Award, then you are entitled to use the BBFA winners seal. This is available as stickers for use on product packaging, or as a digital file for use online or in print.

Suggested areas for use include: product packaging, online, show cards, window displays, print advertising, press releases, consumer communications (online or print).

4. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE WINNERS’ SEALS?

Once you have been announced as a winner you will receive an electronic copy of the seal. You may also print seals for use at your discretion.

5. WHAT POST-PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY IS AVAILABLE AND HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

All available post-promotional activities will be included and set out in your winners pack, after the awards.

If you are a contender and wish to take part in our post-promotional activity, please contact the office on info@bbfawards.com.