Awards Open in November 2022

Awards Open in November 2022

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Awards Open in November 2022

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By Donna O’Toole

 
 

It’s November already and we’re fast approaching the festive season – however, you still have several weeks to enter business awards in 2022 before the new year gets underway.

Here’s your selection of awards that are currently open for entries:

AWARDS OPEN NOW

 

Gartner Marketing and Communications Awards


The Gartner Marketing and Communications Awards

Now in its 13th year, the Gartner Marketing and Communications Awards recognise leading Marketing and Communications professionals and initiatives that have achieved real, measurable business outcomes. These awards are free to enter and the organisers are looking for entries that highlight how innovation, influence and impact has truly pushed the boundaries.

The 13 categories available are split between ‘Campaign Excellence’ and ‘Functional Excellence’, and include ‘Excellence in Social Impact‘, ‘Innovation in Marketing & Communications Technology‘ and ‘Excellence in Employee Experience‘.

Deadline: Friday 16 December 2022

 

 

UK Business & Innovation Awards


The UK Business & Innovation Awards

The UK Business & Innovation Awards by Awards International recognise your successes on the path to global best-in-class business performance. These awards celebrate businesses’ resilience in the UK and their ability to push the limits of best practices and innovation.

There are 18 categories up for grabs, including ‘Best Customer Experience‘, ‘Best Innovative Product‘ and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year‘. Additionally, all entrants can nominate their business for the Community Hero Awards – a FREE award that shows the world how much you care about others through your CSR, sustainability and diversity work.

Deadline: Friday 30 December 2022

 

 

European Customer Experience Awards


The European Customer Experience Awards

The European Customer Experience Awards are widely regarded as the premier celebration of CX talent across Europe. Their mission is to give winners the recognition, learning and networking opportunities they deserve, and to help shape and advance global CX standards.

Amongst the 20 categories offered in 2023 are ‘Customers at the Heart of Everything‘, ‘Best Customer Service‘ and ‘Best Innovation in CX‘.

Deadline: Friday 20 January 2023

 

 

Think Global Awards


The Think Global Awards

Think Global Awards is excited to be celebrating its 6th year of recognising global success in individuals and organisations across all major industries. These free-to-enter awards have grown from strength to strength since their inception in 2018.

Among the 10 categories available are ‘Education & E-Learning‘, ‘Professional Services‘ and ‘Technology & Entertainment‘.

Deadline: Tuesday 31 January 2023

 

 

Women in Tech Awards


The Women in Tech Employer Awards

These awards celebrate the employers and individuals going above and beyond to help close the gender gap within the tech sector. They are seeking companies that are making innovations in their recruitment processes, who offer flexible working packages, equal pay and who recognise that attracting the female workforce is essential to encouraging growth in tech.

A total of 18 categories can be entered, including ‘Best Public Sector Employer‘, ‘Best Mentorship Programme‘ and ‘Outstanding Woman in Tech‘.

Deadline: Friday 2 February 2023

 

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Awards Open in October 2022

Awards Open in October 2022

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Awards Open in October 2022

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

 
 

It’s October and there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved with awards in your industry this year.

Here’s your selection of awards that are currently open for entries:

AWARDS OPEN NOW:

 

National Insurance Awards

The National Insurance Awards

Celebrating excellence in this dynamic industry, the National Insurance Awards highlight the very best in general insurance provision and management. This is the chance for companies and teams to demonstrate preeminence in their field – from a commitment to the highest standards in claims, to the delivery of specialist brokerage services up and down the country.

Amongst the 29 categories available are ‘Schemes Broker of the Year‘, ‘Claims Initiative of the Year‘ and ‘Insurance Recruiter of the Year‘.

Deadline: Friday 11 November 2022

 

 

Go:Tech Awards

The Go:Tech Awards

Close collaboration with the UK’s leading business incubators, universities and technology associations makes the Go:Tech Awards a must-attend event for professionals, investors and entrepreneurs operating in the innovation space. From the CleanTech pioneers and tech start-ups, to the advanced engineering giants – the awards have been carefully structured to showcase businesses of all sizes across the whole of the UK.

There are 14 categories up for grabs, including ‘Best Mobile Technology Award‘, ‘Tech Entrepreneur of the Year‘ and ‘Best Use of VR/AR Award‘.

Deadline: Friday 25 November 2022

 

 

Business Leadership Awards


The Business Leadership Awards

The Management Today’s Business Leadership Awards are the only awards that recognise the role of leadership in driving business performance – and that see leadership as a team pursuit. Winning one of these awards says not only that you are a high-performing company but that your performance is driven by the superior quality of your senior leaders and managers.

Amongst the 11 categories offered in 2022 – across 12 different sectors – are ‘Best Global Expansion‘, ‘Best Sustainability Initiative‘ and ‘Best Use of Innovation in Business‘.

Deadline: Tuesday 29 November 2022

 

 

UK DXA awards


The UK Digital Experience Awards

The UK Digital Experience Awards™ by Awards International is the world’s premier celebration of DX talent in the UK. Their mission is to give winners the recognition, learning and networking opportunities they deserve. DX leaders and teams of all sizes know they can sit at the international DX table and be role models for their peers.

Among the 20 categories available are ‘Best Online Business‘, ‘Best Digital Innovation‘ and ‘Best Digital Marketing Agency‘.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday 11 November 2022
Deadline: Friday 16 December 2022

 

 

FSB Awards


The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards

These awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of small businesses and the self-employed across the UK. As the largest event of its kind in the small business calendar, the high-profile FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are free to enter and open to all. With winners from each category securing a spot at the prestigious UK final and a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year, it’s an opportunity for widespread recognition.

A total of 12 categories can be entered, including ‘Family Business of the Year‘, ‘Service Excellence Award‘ and ‘Start-Up Business of the Year‘.

Deadline: Varies depending on region – the first deadline is Thursday 12 January 2023

 

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The Win Business Awards scorecard has been developed to measure your potential to win prestigious business awards by analysing performance across the six pillars of awards success. Click here to discover your score.

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Small Business and Start-up Awards

Small Business and Start-up Awards

Small Business and Start-up Awards

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

Small Business and Start-up Awards

It was a pleasure to talk to ambitious entrepreneurs at Entrepreneurial Spark today about how to raise their profile through winning awards. To round up our talk, below is a list of 5 great awards for small businesses and start-ups, but first some tips…

In my experience, entrepreneurs and innovators running small businesses tend to fall into two main camps when it comes to entering industry awards competitions.

The first is the ‘hungry for awards’ camp who are keen and eager to start filling the trophy cabinet from day 1.

The second is ‘I’m too small to win awards’ camp who stand back from awards opportunities and watch others walk away with the recognition.

Both have their reasons for their approach to awards. Both have their pros and cons.

The entrepreneurs in the ‘hungry for awards’ camp realise the importance of gaining external credibility for their business, are determined to show the world how brilliant their business, service or innovation is, and have the drive and determination to reach the podium. But…passion and enthusiasm won’t necessarily get you everywhere with awards, and they are in danger of falling at the first hurdle unless they have enough results to make them award winners.

The entrepreneurs in the ‘I’m too small to win awards’ camp are just as passionate, driven and determined, but perhaps less confident – they see all the big brand names out there winning awards and think they have to wait until they’ve got a few more years under their belt before they start competing.

So what’s the secret to winning awards for start-ups and small businesses?

The answer is the same no matter what the size of your business. If you don’t enter the right awards competitions you won’t have a chance of winning – no matter how big, small, old, or new your company!

To win awards when you are running a small business you need to be strategic. Take a bit of the confidence of the ‘hungry for awards’ camp, add it to the caution of the ‘I’m too small to win awards’ camp and what do you get? A balanced and measured approach to winning awards.

Work your way through the questions below and take a look at my award suggestions for start-up and small businesses and you never know, it could be you walking away with the next cash prize, mentorship or trophy.

Are you ready to win awards?

Q. Do you have a minimum of 12 months financial results?

  • Without at least a year’s financial results that demonstrate that your innovation, business model or service is commercially viable and sustainable, you are simply pitching a ‘good idea’…and their are pitching competitions you can enter, but industry awards will need a bit more – so don’t launch in too early, you need growing revenues to gain serious credibility and buy-in from the judges.

Q. Is there an interesting story behind your business?

  • If you have conquered adversity to get your business off the ground, or founded your business based on a new, fun, or unusual approach you could have something special for your award entry. The judges don’t want to hear your whole life story, but if it is connected to the creation of your business it could give you that magic USP that helps you to stand out. Some awards judges are even journalists looking for a great story to promote in their winner’s write-ups, so don’t ignore your history, use it within a slick storytelling method to breath real life into your award entry.

Q. Do you have big plans for the future?

  • If you have a clear idea of the next steps for your business and your success is just the start of an exciting journey that you have mapped out – tell the judges what you have planned for the future. When entering awards for small business or start-up achievements the awards organisers are often offering significant benefits to help grow the winning businesses – and they want to find a winner with a solid plan and exciting ideas. Cash prizes, mentoring, export support, and free PR are just some of the benefits of winning many dedicated small business and startup awards.

Q. Have you selected the awards you are most likely to win?

  • It’s so important to make sure you are running in the right race before you spend precious time working on your awards entries or fund outsourcing your awards project to an expert. Check out past winners, look at the awards organisers’ own marketing material, find out who the awards’ target audience is, who the judges are, and what the benefits are of the awards before assessing if the categories and financial requirements fit your business achievements.

6 Great awards for small businesses and start-ups

The Federation of Small Business Awards – with a cash prize for winners and a badge that shows credibility the FSB awards are very popular across the UK.

The National Business AwardsThe Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year – A big awards name award with a big brand audience, but with a lot of love and support for small businesses, the National Business Awards dedicates a category especially to small businesses and new entrepreneurs – supported by The Duke of York no less!

The Nectar Small Business Awards – A brilliant award that champions small businesses and the people behind them. Historically supported by Karren Brady and Sarah Whillingham, leading entrepreneurs provide expertise and insights for winners.

The Chamber Awards – Run by The British Chamber of Commerce this is a great award for gaining local business support, allowing you to enter regionally before winners compete for a national title. Free to enter for members and contrary to popular belief you don’t need to be a Chamber member to win, and there’s even a cash prize up for grabs!

The Startup Awards – Based in London these awards offer lots of categories and will give you a ‘startup’ badge that could help you attract new investment or business support.

The Growing Business Awards – The awards do exactly what they say on the tin – champion the hottest small businesses in the UK. Sponsored by Lloyds bank and with inspirational talent on the judging panel, your business could get a fantastic audience just by entering the awards.

And then there are brilliant awards run by your local newspapers, magazines and business networks. Often appealing to small businesses looking to gain more local customers, local and regional awards can be a great place to start when you run a local business.

You should also check out my list of Awards for Women in Business and Awards for Entrepreneurs, Directors and Business Leaders to raise your personal profile and support you growing brand too.

And did you know that The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is open to companies starting in size at just two people, and with a minimum of two years trading under their belt? So you could even find yourself having tea at Buckingham Palace if your innovation is rocking the world! Check out my Queen’s Awards eligibility tips here.

It can be just as painful and embarrassing for a big brand to lose out to a smaller company if they have entered the wrong competition as it is for a small business giving it a go and missing out so don’t worry if you feel a little nervous or unsure about the awards you enter, you are not alone – if in doubt give me a shout!

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