Category: BusinessGrowth

p2p Business Awards

Raise your profile and gain a competitive edge. p2p business awards recognize business excellence from any sector, anywhere in the world. A democratic judging process encourages engagement, offering an opportunity for you to network and get to know other businesses in the categories you enter. With p2p awards, you judge your peers' entries!

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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SJL National Start-up Business Awards Relaunched for 2020

The SJL Foundation has relaunched this nationwide competition to substantially help a new batch of entrepreneurs wishing to establish their own business.

Participants will pitch to a panel and audience at the House of Commons later this year, outlining why they should win funding.

Winners will be awarded a start-up business grant of £2,000. They will also receive mentoring and associated PR to boost their profiles.

Businesspeople in the UK with a business start-up idea or with a start-up business up to one year old may enter.

Deadline:  2 March 2020

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Launch of the 2020 IPSE Freelancer Awards Offering Funding for Self-employment

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-employed (IPSE) believes that self-employment is worth celebrating. As such, its Freelancer Awards aim to reward the country’s most ambitious and enterprising self-employed people.

Entrants will have an opportunity to win funding and additional support to help their business reach its potential.

The Awards are open to freelance or independent professional self-employed people from across the UK. Examples of industries include designers, writers, developers, architects and inventors; however most industries will be within the scope of the programme.

Deadline:  13 March 2020

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Launch of the 2020 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) help young, creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Aspiring individuals who want to go into business in the creative industries and require practical and financial support are being targeted. Applicants will be able to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures – through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up.

This year, the programme aims to find the best young talent with the ability to drive positive social impact through their creative enterprise. The programme aims to enable and celebrate creative entrepreneurship for social good, led by 18-30-year olds in the UK today.

Entrants will have the chance to win funding for their creative enterprise and a year of business support. The prize package is designed to give applicants everything they need to accelerate their idea or existing business, so that they can take it to the next level.

There is a cash prize fund of £50,000, to be shared amongst five winners. How much awarded per winner is not fixed but assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who proceed to the second stage of the competition will be asked for the amount of prize monies they would like to apply for from three incremental categories of £2,000-£5,000; £5,000-£10,000; and £10,000-£20,000.

To apply, applicants must be 18-30 years old and have a strong idea or an existing business in the creative industries. They must have a desire to create positive social impact through their enterprise. Applicants do not have an established business. They just need to be ready to grow with their idea. The eventual business can be not-for-profit or a commercial idea/enterprise.

Deadline:  31 March 2020

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Management Today - Inspiring Women in Business Awards

From our regular Inspiring Women conferences in Edinburgh and London and annual 35 Women Under 35 campaign, to profiles, advice, opinion and analysis online and in print, Management Today is dedicated to championing the country’s brightest businesswomen – and helping the next generation of female talent to reach the top. We believe that equality for women is progress for all.

The Inspiring Women in Business Awards recognise the country’s remarkable, talented, visionary and ground-breaking businesswomen of all ages, at every level and across all sectors, and those companies and colleagues that are helping them to succeed.  Entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated.

Deadline: 19th March 2020

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Social Entrepreneur Index

We are pleased to announce nominations are open for the 2020 Social Entrepreneur Index, which returns for a second year. Once again we will be celebrating the success of the UK's most inspiring social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs make a vitally important difference in our society. UMi’s campaign recognises and celebrates the passionate, driven and innovative people behind some of the best socially-aimed businesses in the UK. The SEI is supported by a range of high profile social entrepreneurs who will act as ambassadors for this project. The SEI is a celebration of entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes, with the aim of providing recognition whilst also acting as a benchmark for good practice to inspire the next generation. The index delivers inspiring content through a digital campaign and a series of events and debates across the UK by shining the spotlight on the UK's most purpose-driven entrepreneurs and their businesses.​Do you know an entrepreneur who deserves recognition for the positive impact they have on society?  Eligible social entrepreneurs will work in any field and be tackling a social or environmental issue at any scale from local to international. Entrants will act as beacons of inspiration for others to encompass positive social impact, and the Index will be a celebration of social entrepreneurship across the UK.

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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Micro-Generation Awards

The Micro-Generation Awards recognise exceptional innovation and achievement in the microgeneration of sustainable energy. The Micro-Generation Awards celebrate #microgeneration at its best: wind, water, solar, air, ground, biomass, hydrogen.

Deadline: 31st March 2020.

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FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2020

The 2020 edition of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards marks 15 years of collaboration between the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation on awards that have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment. The Awards highlight ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to major development issues, with the core categories directly related to global efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The winners will be announced at a special dinner in London on 16 June, preceded by the FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference, a major gathering of thought leaders who will explore and debate the issues generated by the Awards.

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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National Pub & Bar Awards

Entries open for National Pub & Bar Awards. Pub and bar operators can now enter the 2020 National Pub & Bar Awards, the event that crowns the best venues in every county of the UK. Now in its fifth year, the event celebrates pubs and bars from every corner of the UK, with 94 County Winners attending a Grand Final ceremony at 30 Euston Square on Wednesday 20 May 2020. Each County Winner will be in with a chance of being named a Regional Winner on the night, with one lucky venue being crowned National Pub & Bar of the Year. Last year, The Church Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire, was named National Pub & Bar of the Year, having already scooped the titles for its county and region. What’s more, alongside 94 County Winners, the 2020 awards will also crown the Taproom of the Year; Pub Chef of the Year; Pub Brand of the Year; and Bar Brand of the Year.

Deadline: 27th March 2020

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Princess Royal Training Awards

About the awards: honouring employers who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits.

The result is an award that highlights the range and quality of training that exists in industry.

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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British Security Awards

Best Newcomer | Best Team | Security Manager of the Year | Service to the Customer |

Outstanding Act | Best Use of Technology | Innovative Security Project | Partnership | Apprentice of the Year | Bravery | Business of the Year | Contribution to the Industry

The British Security Awards is the  national event that recognises the talent and commitment of our industry’s finest. Organised by the British Security Industry Association, the British Security Awards will

celebrate the achievements, acts of bravery and innovations made by members of the UK’s security industry.

Deadline: 29th March 2020

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Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards

The Shell LiveWIRE programme supports innovative young entrepreneurs in the UK with ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

Over the last 30 years, Shell LiveWIRE has helped over 880,000 young people in the UK to explore starting their own business and provided £5 million of funding. They champion creativity and innovation, fostering a culture of peer support that has led the Shell LiveWIRE online community to grow to over 230,000 members.

Shell LiveWIRE also provides The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme, which awards £5,000 in start-up funding and exclusive mentoring sessions with Shell business experts to one winner per month to help programme winners to fulfil their potential. These monthly winners are then considered for the annual £25,000 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Deadline: Ongoing

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Customer Service Excellence Awards

The UK Customer Service Excellence Awards will return for its third year to Café de Paris, London, to celebrate customer service success in the insurance and broker markets. Launched in 2018, in association with Modern Insurance Magazine, this unique event focuses on purely customer service in the insurance industry, benchmarking success, innovation and positive business change for the customer.

Categories: Best Customer Engagement, Customer Retention and Loyalty, Best Use of Customer Feedback, Investment in Company Culture, Best Use of Customer Service Technology, Best Customer Service Product, Fight Against Fraud, Best New Business Initiative and more.

Deadline: 28th February 2020

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The Business Excellence Awards

Best Community Impact

Two of the biggest Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that we measure in ActionCOACH are how many jobs do you create and how much extra revenue do you put into the marketplace? You will demonstrate your ongoing commitment to the community locally and globally, you will describe specific activities the business engages in that have a positive impact on the community.

Best Company Culture

You will demonstrate how your company creates a positive culture within the business and outside with customers, sponsors and the local community. How do you celebrate team member achievements and what does it take for someone to be successful in the company? You will provide evidence to show your ongoing efforts to build and improve your company culture and this will be backed up with testimonials from your team members.

Best Customer Service

Customer service is something that every business has to do to survive, but some businesses go the extra mile which make them stand out from the rest. You will demonstrate how the company promotes ongoing customer service improvement across the organisation and how your team participates to improve their development. Customer testimonials will be provided as supporting evidence.

Best E-Commerce Business

The company will work with multiple e-commerce platforms or specialise in one. You will show an understanding of the customer journey and demonstrate how the e-commerce experience plays a role in this journey.

Best Import / Export Company

In these times of uncertainty planning for the future is paramount, so has your plan and innovative ideas put your company to the forefront of it’s sector? A detailed plan of your business goals for the future, and how you plan to achieve these will be provided.

Best Manufacturer / Wholesaler

You will demonstrate what has driven your company’s success and why. A detailed plan of your business goals for the future and how you plan to achieve these will be provided along with the milestones you have achieved in the last 3 years.

Best Marketing Campaign

Marketing rewards are measured by the return on investment. You will provide the details of your marketing campaign including the target market, the marketing message and how you delivered this campaign. You will demonstrate how the campaign was innovative and stood out from other competitors. Evidence to show the results of the campaign and ROI will also be provided.

Best Retailer

This company will have growth in sales since launching / the past 3 financial years. This could be in a face to face setting or online. You will provide evidence of how you show longevity, innovation and excellent customer service.

Best Service Based

This company will be based on providing a service for customers rather than on manufacturing. Growth in sales will have increased year on year, your USP will clearly be defined along with the actions you’ve taken to drive your companie's success and a detailed plan for the future.

CEO of the Year

You will demonstrate effective and innovative leadership to strengthen your business, as well as how you serve as a role model and mentor to your team. A detailed growth plan to reach your business objectives will also be demonstrated.

Engage & Grow Business of the Year

You will demonstrate what issues you were aiming to solve before starting the Engage & Grow programme. Quantifiable results will be listed and backed up by testimonials from team members who took part. You will also show what plan you have in place to keep the momentum moving forward.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrants must be 31 years old or over. You will demonstrate effective and innovative leadership to strengthen your business and how you add creativity and vision to the business. A detailed plan of your business goals for the future and how you plan to achieve these will be provided along with the milestones you have achieved in the last 3 years.

Fastest Growing Company

The turnover growth of the company will be assessed over a four-year period for this award. You will also demonstrate what has driven your company’s success and why. A detailed plan of your business goals for the future and how you plan to achieve these will be provided.

Most Innovative Company

You will provide details of the processes you use to research and develop new products or services and also demonstrate how you introduce them to the market. Details of your current strategy for development of the business will also be provided.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrants must be 30 years old or under. You will demonstrate effective and innovative leadership to strengthen your business and how you add creativity and vision to the business. A detailed plan of your business goals for the future and how you plan to achieve these will be provided along with the milestones you have achieved in the last 3 years.

Deadline: 28th February 2020

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National Building & Construction Awards 2020


Apprentice of the Year, Architect of the Year, Architectural Designer of the Year, Practice of the Year, Community Engagement, Consultancy of the Year, Contractor of the Year, Sustainability Award, Health & Safety Award, Innovation Award, Project of the Year.

Deadline: 26th February 2020

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The Loyalty Magazine Awards 2020

New this year: Loyalty Re-defined and Eco-loyalty Initiative of the Year

It has been a transformative year for customer loyalty, with many programmes revamping their offerings, and most companies looking afresh at how they reward their customers and how they connect with them.

The Loyalty Magazine Awards reflect this feeling of transition and new ways of thinking. We have renamed the Loyalty Without a Name category to Loyalty Re-defined because to some extent, this is what we are all doing with our businesses.

Other changes this year are that Best Loyalty Programme of the Year Retail and Best Loyalty Programme of the Year  Non-Retail have been merged because there is so much cross over – and Best Use of Mobile Within a Loyalty Strategy (including mobile wallet) has been renamed Best Use of Mobile & Social – to reflect the evolution in the way we live our lives.

Lastly and significantly, we have a new category, called Eco-loyalty Initiative of the Year. Recent studies are showing that sustainability, a call for a reduced use of plastic, and the urgent need to address climate change are major concerns for customers. It seems only right that customer facing organisations should use positive eco behaviour both to reward customers for their actions, and to demonstrate their own commitment to helping the environment.

Deadline: 28th February 2020

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