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The Best UK Business Awards For Women

Whether you are a freelancer or director of your own company, it can be hard to know where to look to seek recognition for your work. Business awards are a good opportunity for this, but it can feel intimidating to put yourself forward, especially if you don’t know what choices are out there and who your competition is.

Another barrier to self-promotion is cost. When budgets for marketing and events are often kept to a minimum, how can you raise your business profile and stand out like the shining star in your industry? With competition all around you, how do you ensure that your small business stands out from the crowd?

Why should you enter business awards?

Answering this question can often be difficult. It can be hard to find time in our busy schedules to think about marketing and promotion. However, the time spent entering an award is worth it for several reasons.

  • If you win you will gain recognition for yourself, your business, see more traffic to your website and a surge of enquiries that may lead to sales.
  • Even if you don’t win, putting yourself forward also enhances your credibility and enables you to benefit from an increase in exposure.

It can be tough to seek out PR opportunities for yourself, especially if you’re not that confident at putting yourself into the spotlight.

Entering a business award will not only give you the chance to shine the spotlight on your own work, but it will build your confidence around speaking about your business in front of others – maybe even on the national stage.

View award applications as an opportunity to tell your story and explain the brilliant work that you are doing and how this benefits others. The more times you do this, the more comfortable you will be at vocalising what you do.

The best business awards for female entrepreneurs

We’ve compiled a list of some of the UK best business awards for small businesses and female entrepreneurs. These are the kinds of awards that business women up and down the country can apply for, whether they are self-employed, freelancing or working for a micro or small business.

This list is by no means exhaustive, as new awards pop up each year and others cease to exist. However, as of February 2019, these are a few of the business awards for women that we believe are worth investigating.

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National awards just for women

The following awards are open to applicants from across the country. We’ve highlighted a couple of interesting award categories and tried to include details of application deadlines and important dates where these were available.

1. Forward Ladies

The Forward Ladies National Awards & Summit recognise the achievements of business women in the UK. Forward Ladies are dedicated to encouraging the growth of women with the National Awards & Summit being a national showcase and celebration of the achievements of successful women across the UK.

Website: www.forwardladies.com 

Example categories:

  • Start up
  • Female Entrepreneur
  • International Entrepreneur

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Regional nominations are now open with the National Grand Final on 29th November.

2. Best Business Women Awards

The Best Business Women Awards recognise, endorse and celebrate women who have successfully launched and grown their businesses. You may enter up to two different categories, provided they are relevant to you and your business.

Website: www.bestbusinesswomenawards.com  

Example categories:

  • Best New Business
  • Best Coach
  • Most Inspiring Business Woman

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Entries will open on 15th March 2019 and close on 1st July 2019. Entry fee is £25.00. Grand Gala Final on 11th October 2019 at The Tower Hotel, London.

3. Women of the Year Awards

We are all inspired by someone. Who inspires you? The 37th annual Women of the Year awards honour the achievements of exceptional women – both in the world of business and personal achievement.

Website: www.womenoftheyear.org.uk 

Example categories:

  • Woman of achievement
  • Business woman of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Nominate yourself or someone you know.  You can register for more information on the 2019 awards.

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4. NatWest Everywoman Awards

The NatWest everywoman Awards celebrate the UK’s brightest female entrepreneurs, from innovative start-ups to established multi-million-pound organisations while showcasing the achievements of nominees, often in the face of adversity.

NatWest say that “becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles, as well as encourage more women and young girls to consider becoming a female business owner”.

Website: www.everywoman.com

Example awards:

  • ARTEMIS  – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years
  • DEMETER – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years
  • APHRODITE – sponsored by Daily Mail – Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Register online to be kept up to date on 2019 awards.

5. National Business Women of the Year Awards

The National Business Women’s Awards are an opportunity to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising business women nationally.

Website: www.nationalbusinesswomensawards.co.uk

Example categories:

  • best new business
  • Social impact award
  • Young business woman of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Entries are £65 + VAT per application. You may enter up to 3 categories. 2019 entries not yet open.

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National business awards

These awards are not solely for women, although several have women-only categories.

1.  British Small Business Awards

The British Small Business Awards recognises the nation’s best sole traders, micro businesses and small companies.

Website: www.britishsmallbusinessawards.co.uk

Example categories:

Small business of the year

  • Sole trader of the year
  • Micro business of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

There is no charge to enter and you can apply to as many categories as you wish. Nominations are not yet open for 2019 but the awards ceremony is 30th October 2019.

2. Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Now in its seventh year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain.

Website: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com

Example categories:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Small business entrepreneur of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

The 2019 programme sees the Awards held in five regions – Midlands, Wales & the South West, the North, Scotland & Northern Ireland, and London & the South East. Nominations open on 4th March 2019.

3. National Best New Business Awards

The National Best New Business Awards are an opportunity to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SME’s nationally.

Website: www.bestnewbusinessawards.co.uk

Example categories:

  • Business woman of the year
  • Entrepreneur of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Applications are now closed for 2019. Enter up to three categories. Each entry costs £10. The competition is open to all businesses nationally who commenced business between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2017.

4. SME National Business Awards

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are businesses whose personnel numbers are 250 employees or less.

Website: www.smenationalbusinessawards.co.uk

Example categories:

  • Business woman of the year
  • Best enterprising business
  • High growth business of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Entry is £95 + VAT per application. The closing date for all entries is the Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 5pm. The Grand Final takes place on Friday 6th December 2019.

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5. The Federation of Small Businesses

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from right across the UK, from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and all sizes.

Example categories:

  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Digital Innovation Award

Website: www.fsbawards.co.uk

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Entries are free to regional awards. Winners of regionals are entered into the national final. 

6. Theo Paphitis – Small Business Sunday

Small Business Sunday was created by Theo Paphitis on Twitter. Each week, Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00pm and 7.30pm each Sunday count. Every Monday night at 8pm, Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted.

Website: www.theopaphitis.com/smallbusinessunday

Application details and deadlines (where known):

  • Tweet @TheoPaphitis on a Sunday between 5.00-7.30 PM.
  • Feel free to add a link, photo or web address in your tweet.
  • Having a website increases your chances of being noticed.
  • If you are not chosen, try again next week!

Once a year, Theo holds a #SBS Awards ceremony to allow #SBS winners to network. This event took place in Feb 2019.

7. UK Blog Awards

Now in its sixth year, The UK Blog Awards continues to celebrate the most resonant and engaging content creators in the UK, those inside and outside of the prevailing trends.

Website: www.blogawardsuk.co.uk

Example categories:

  • Business content creator of the year
  • Business – digital and tech
  • Business – green and eco

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Entries/Nominations opened for #UKBA19 3rd September 2018 and closed 28th October 2018. UK Blog Awards winners announced, April 12th 2019.

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Regional Awards

Below are a variety of business awards that are specific to a particular region of the UK. These awards are a sample of the kinds of local awards that you can enter.

North of the UK

1. Northern Blog Awards

Founded by We Blog North, this annual event showcases the best content creators in the North of the UK, from vlogging, blogging, social media to photography.

Website: www.northernblogawards.co.uk

Example categories:

  • Business & Entrepreneur
  • Fashion & Style
  • Foodies & Cooking

Application details and deadlines (where known):

2019 details to be announced soon.

2. Northern Power Women

Founded in 2015 by Simone Roche, Northern Power Women is a campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the North of England.

Website: www.northernpowerwomen.com

Example categories:

  • One to watch
  • Person with purpose
  • Outstanding entrepreneur

Application details and deadlines (where known):

The deadline for 2019 has passed. Nominations usually open in September.  

3. The Yorkshire Choice Awards

The Yorkshire Choice Awards recognise local people and independent businesses that are an inspiration in their field.

Website: www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk

Example categories:

  • Business woman of the year
  • Independent business of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Winners voted for by the public. The 2019 nomination dates have passed and public vote ends on 1st March.

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South of the UK

1. Business Women Excellence Awards

These awards seek to highlight the best business women or the best businesses owned or co-owned by women. The awards are aimed at women in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire.

Website: www.businesswomenexcellenceawards.co.uk

Example categories:

  • Business woman of the year
  • Woman in education of the year award
  • Digital woman of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Nominate yourself or someone else. Ideally entrants should have a track record of trading for a minimum of 12 months. Enter up to three categories.

2. Women in Business

Women in Business aims to celebrate, encourage and inspire women in the south. These awards are available to women in the Thames Valley, Solent and the south coast.

Website: https://womeninbusiness.biz/

Example categories:

  • Rising star
  • Women business owner of the year
  • Board level and senior executive of the year
  • Start-up of the year

Application details and deadlines (where known):

The closing date for nominations is Friday, June 7. The 2019 Women in Business Awards is on Thursday, October 3 in Reading, Berkshire.

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Best awards for freelancers

If the thought of competing on a national level with large businesses is a little off-putting, there are many awards out there that are perhaps more suited if you are a freelancer or self-employed.

Here are a few ideas:

1. IPSE Freelancer Awards

IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) awards are designed to celebrate not only the country’s best and brightest freelancers, but also all the organisations and individuals supporting the world of freelancing.

Website: www.nationalfreelancersday.com

Example categories:

  • Freelancer of the year
  • Freelancer of the year runner-up
  • Young freelancer of the year
  • New to freelancing award

Application details and deadlines (where known):

The deadline for the applications is Friday 29 March. Applicants that make it to the shortlist will be invited to our judging day event on Thursday 9 May in London. The winners will then be announced at our Award ceremony taking place on Thursday 13 June.

2. Pick Yourself

The PickYourself #SelfStarterStories exist to support small business entrepreneurs and freelancers tell their stories. Each published story will enter into an annual competition where their network will vote for their most inspiring story.

Website: www.pickyourself.co.uk

Example categories:

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Application details and deadlines (where known):

Each published story qualifies for the PickYourself UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the year award, voted for by the public.

Entries close on 15 October 2019, voting takes place from 1 November 2019, and voting closes on 30 November 2019 at midnight. The 2019 Winner will be announced on the Pick Yourself UK website on Saturday, 7 December 2019 at 7pm GMT.

3. The Small Awards

The Small Awards are targeted at the whole small business sector, focusing on businesses often overlooked by other awards.

Website: www.thesmallawards.uk

Example categories:

  • Digital star
  • At your service
  • Small business of the year award

Application details and deadlines (where known):

Awards cost £40 to enter. Entries will close on March 31st, 2019. The Small Awards will take place on May 9th, 2019 in central London.

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It’s your time to shine

Whilst this list is not exhaustive, hopefully it’s given you a flavour of the kinds of awards that are out there. Putting yourself forward for awards may seem daunting, or even a little bit icky, but they are a brilliant way of sharing your story with a wider audience and gaining some amazing exposure.

If you know of someone who works tirelessly at their business and deserves a boost, why not nominate them?

Have you spotted an award that looks good that is not included in our list? Have you applied to business awards before and can you share any words of wisdom about the process?

We’d love to hear from you, especially if you have a personal story of applying to a business award.

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