About The Awards

Founded in 2015 by multi-award winning entrepreneur Debbie Gilbert, the Best Business Women Awards are now considered to be one of the UK’s most prestigious awards for business women.

finalists accepting awards for business womenThe awards cover a wide variety of industries through their 17 categories and recognise and reward female business talent.

Over 1000 people have attended our award events and the positive reputation for the awards has grown dramatically.

We have a highly engaged social media presence with over 4,800 followers on Twitter and 1,450 likes on Facebook.

In addition, we have an email list of 2500 people who have either attended an event, opted in or applied, and these figures are growing daily. We reached 500 entries in 2017.

Our awards for women in business are not area specific and cover the whole of the UK. Finalists have traveled from all over the UK including Manchester, York and Bristol, but applications were predominately from the South East and London areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Julie Grimes accepting her awards for business womenHow do I enter?

Entries for 2018 will open in March – date to be finalised

Do I have to provide financial information?

Yes, this is a business competition and we need to know all the information about your business to enable the judges to make their decision. It’s important to answer all the questions as fully as possible.

I am not a big business – are these awards for me?

Yes, most certainly. Our awards for business women focus on ordinary individuals who have accomplished amazing achievements for themselves, their business and their clients. These awards are not about big bucks, but people who have made a difference.

Lady holds up awards for business womenWho judges the awards?

A panel of business experts from banking, finance and the University of Hertfordshire Business School.

Is there a face to face interview?

No, as this is a UK wide competition this would not be logistically possible.

Do I have to attend a final?

Finalists gathered around for the awards for business womenIf you are a shortlisted as finalist then yes. Our gala dinner is the celebration and we love all our finalists to attend. The ticket prices include a 3 course dinner and champagne reception. All our finalists are worthy of recognition for their achievements, this competition is very much about the business women themselves, so please do not enter if you cannot attend!

Please note that we have kept the final out of central London to keep our tickets reasonably priced. Our 2018 details will be released soon.

Our gala final is a celebration of female entrepreneurial achievements. The winners are announced on the night. All the finalists get a framed certificate with their name, business and category on and all winners get a glass trophy.

What happens after the awards ceremony?

Awards for business women galaWe help all our finalists and winners with press releases in order to gain publicity. Plus, all winners and finalists are sent our logo to use and we promote all winners and finalists via social media. Additionally, all winners are added to our ‘Winners Club’.

We also hold a free event in November – The Winners Drinks, where all our winners past and present meet and celebrate with sponsors.

We also hold a winners networking lunch around the Spring (chargeable) where winners can meet and network.

If you have any more questions about our awards for business women, do feel free to contact us on debbie@bestbusinesswomenawards.com.

Networking at awards for business women eventFinalists in awards for business womenSponsors and finalists networking at awards for business women