Women’s Business Award Categories

The following business award categories are open to any female business owner or partner and you are eligible to enter up to 3 categories.

The Categories

These women’s business award categories are not a definitive list; they simply illustrate what types of business the category applies to. If you are unsure about your eligibility for a category please contact us for advice.

1. Best Business Woman in Business Services

This award will be presented to the best female in the professional services field whose business serves other companies and can demonstrate the outstanding contribution they have made to their clients.

This category is open to any business in the professional services field e.g. Marketing, HR, Social Media, Finance, VA & Admin Support, Graphic Design, Printing, Insurance, book keeping, accountant.

This category is sponsored by Crane and Staples.

2. Best Business Woman in Health & Wellness

This award will be presented to the best female owned business in the health, beauty or wellness therapy industry. For those who can exhibit the outstanding impact they have made with their clients and why their business is the best in class.

This category is open to any health, beauty and wellness business e.g. Personal Trainers, Acupuncturists, Massage therapist, Reflexologists, Beauticians, Nutritionists,  Osteopaths, Counselors, Physiotherapists, Yoga practitioners.

This category is sponsored by WomenOnly Connected.

3. Best Business Woman working with Children or Families

This award will be presented to the best business that supports children or families. They must prove the impact they make in their field and how their business provides support that makes a clear difference.

This category is open to any business that works directly with children, families or parents e.g. Theatre and Music Schools, Sporting Clubs, Publications, Tuition, Training, Development, Pregnancy Services, Children’s Welfare, Nurseries.

This category is sponsored by The Aubrey Park Hotel 

4. Best Online Business

The number of online only businesses over recent years has increased dramatically and many women find this works perfectly for them. We are looking for the best online business in any industry. To be eligible to enter you must only trade online. This means you sell products or services online.

This category is sponsored by Easy Pro Video.

5. Best Business Woman in Retail or a Consumer Business

Do you run a shop or market stall? Do you give your customers outstanding customer service with an added touch? What makes your retail business successful and stand out? Or are you a business that serves consumers? Tell us all about your business and prove you are profitable and have a great reputation among your competitors.

This category is aimed at companies who sell products or services to consumers (Not Business to Business) or have a retail outlet.

This category is sponsored by WIBN.

6. Best Business Woman in Technology

This award will be presented to the best female working within the technology industry.

This category is aimed at companies who provide services in the technology sector e.g. SEO, Website Design, PC support, IT training, IT Support, Programming or any business operating in the technology sector.

This category is sponsored by SCA Group.

7. Best Networker

This award will be given to the person who can show an outstanding contribution and support to other business owners through networking events. It is open to females who run a networking group or those who attend networking events and can clearly demonstrate significant support for their fellow networkers.

This category is sponsored by My Mustard 

8. Best New Business

This award will be presented to the best new business.

This category is open to any business which has been trading for less than 2 years (business start date 1st January 2015 or later) and can demonstrate the impact they have made in their market sector, how the business differentiates from the competition and their growth potential.

This category is sponsored by Wagada.

9. Best Customer Service

This award will be presented to the business who can best demonstrate consistently outstanding levels of service to their customers.

The winner will need to prove to the judges an ability to deliver true added value and give clear examples of going the extra mile for their customers.

This category is sponsored by Scott & York.

10. Best Franchisor

This award will be presented to a woman who has successfully franchised their business. The judges will want to know about how you developed the franchise, how many franchisees you have, how you support them and your plans for your brand.

This category is sponsored by Vanarama 

11. Best Franchisee

This award will be presented to a franchisee who can demonstrate their success. The judges will want to know how you made your franchise successful and what makes you the best, not only in your franchise, but in your industry.

This category is sponsored by Vanarama 

12. Best Coach

This award will be presented to a coach who can demonstrate consistently excellent results with their clients. Open to any type of coaching including life or business coaching.

This category is sponsored by The 1230 Womens Company

13. Best Business Woman in Recruitment

This award will go to a woman running a successful recruitment business. The judges will be looking for details of how you have grown your business, customer service procedures and testimonials about your business from clients and candidates.

This category is sponsored by Veale Wasbrough Vizards,

14. Best Business Woman in Legal Services

This award will go to a women who excels in the legal services field and gives exceptional service to her clients. The judges will be looking for evidence of the highest level of knowledge and skills.

This category is sponsored by The Holiday Inn Elstree

15. Best Community Champion

This award will be presented to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to projects/charities within her community within the past 2 years or who manages a charity, CIC or Social Enterprise.

The winner will provide clear evidence of the work they have carried out and the difference it has made to a given project, charity or community. Open to any business type, project or charity.

This category is sponsored by The Sapphire Business Club

16. Most Inspiring Business Woman

This award is open for entry to any woman who feels their story will inspire others. The winner will clearly reveal how they have overcome obstacles on their journey to success. To win this award we are looking for an amazing inspiring story of a business woman.

This category is sponsored by Austins Funeral Services.

17. Best Business Award

This award will be presented to the business which can showcase outstanding achievement and success, from profitability to customer service, strong growth to innovation. Open to businesses which fall into any category. This category is sponsored by our 2017 Headline Sponsor Clydesdale Bank.

More information

We open for entry in March 2017.

You are required to complete an online application form and give us much information as possible.

You cannot amend the submission so we suggest you take your time to complete the answers in a Word document and then copy and paste these into the online entry form.

All information you supply remains strictly confidential.

Entries which are incomplete will not be considered.

For more information on any of the women’s business award categories above, please call or email Debbie Gilbert on 07795 683598/01442 382682 or debbie@bestbusinesswomenawards.com.