The Motor Trader Independent Dealer Awards has a rigorous judging process with an independent panel of judges, made up of industry figures, who review entries to determine outright winners and highly commended candidates.

Judges include the Motor Ombudsman, trade body representatives, business journalists, some with decades of experience in the motor trade. Highly experienced suppliers are also represented.

For the supplier categories, entrants take part in a Dragons’ Den style presentation with the judging panel, to put their case. 

Supplier Categories - Guidance on your presentation

• We are looking for a short presentation. If using slides, please use up to 15 slides. The time slot does not allow for any more than this.
 • Please address the category criteria for your nominated category. Keep it straightforward, picking out the highlights.
 • The aim of the presentation is to show the judges what you have done, how it meets the criteria and gives you the opportunity to stand out from other entrants.
 • Please back your case with facts and tangible evidence, give some idea of the scale of your achievements.
 • In the penultimate slide, to make a lasting impression on Judges, put in three or four Bullet points giving the stand out reasons you should win the award. What makes your entry truly outstanding?
 • Check over your entry, and think, can I make come cuts to make it sharper, to shout out: “This is the reason we should win.”