Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the evening.

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When can I nominate / enter the Awards?

Entries are now open. Simply click on the link in the menu to complete the form and submit your entry to the awards. If you have additional information you want to submit following your initial entry this can be done via this page also.

Can I nominate / enter my own care business?

Yes, you can self-nominate. As part of the judging process 3rd party feedback will be collated independently.

When can I buy tickets for the Awards?

Tickets can be bought now and up until a week before the Awards, subject to availability. Places are limited so we would advise purchasing tickets well in advance.

What is the Athena’s address and is there parking nearby?

The Athena’s address is Queen St, Leicester LE1 1QD and there is an NCP car park on Rutland Street (LE1 1TQ), located directly opposite the venue. Tickets for this car park can be validated within the venue for £8 for 24 hours of parking.

What time does the event start and is there a dress code?

The event begins with a red carpet drinks reception at 6.30pm where sparking wine and canapes are served. The dress code is black tie/ lounge suits for men and cocktail dress/ smart wear for women.

What is the itinerary for the evening?

The evening begins with spectacular festive entertainment at 7.30pm. This is followed by a three-course meal and coffee and a second performance by the Cirque du Soleil style entertainers. The awards ceremony will begin at 9.30pm and finish at 11pm. The disco will then run until 1am and ‘survivors’ breakfast’ is served at midnight. 

What about dietary requirements for the dinner?

On confirmation that you have purchased tickets, you will be asked for any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to cater for these.

What are the benefits of being shortlisted / winning?

The Caring UK Awards are widely recognised as one of the pinnacles of care industry excellence in the UK. Many previous winners have had significant local and national media exposure. Accordingly an Award is a great marketing accolade.

Are there any hotels nearby?

There are numerous hotels nearby to suit all budgets. These include:

Travelodge Leicester Central

Vaughan Wy, Leicester LE1 4NN

Premier Inn Leicester City Centre

1a St. Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1AA

Hotel Brooklyn Leicester

101 Welfrod Rd, Leicester LE2 7QS

Ramada Encore

84-90 Charles St, Leicester LE1 1GE

The Gresham Aparthotel

36 Market Street, Leicester LE1 6DP

Novotel Leicester

2 Great Central St, Leicester LE1 4JS

Holiday Inn Leicester

129 St Nicholas Circle, Leicester LE1 5LX

Ibis Leicester City

St Georges Way, Constitution Hill, Leicester LE1 1PL