Best Business Women Awards
Categories

We warmly welcome you as a female Business Owner or Partner to put yourselves forward for the BBWA 2018 awards, categories detailed below. You may enter up to three different categories, provided they are relevant to you and your business.

Our awards recognise, endorse and celebrate women who have successfully launched and grown their own businesses. Entry opens on 23rd March 2018 at 5pm, with application forms online. These will need to be completed in full before being submitted and will be carefully judged by our panel of business experts. Final date for entries is 31st July 2018 at 5pm.

If you have reached the finals, we will congratulate and notify you by 10th September 2018 and invite you to join us at our Gala Final on 11th October 2018 at Tewin Bury Farm. Please do not enter if you cannot make that date.

Our fabulous winners will be announced at the Gala, when it will be our greatest pleasure to present the well-deserved awards and allow finalists, guests and sponsors to celebrate the remarkable entrepreneurial talent, hard work and success of all who have taken part.

 

The Categories

If you are at all unsure about your eligibility for a particular category, please don’t hesitate to  contact us for advice.

1. Best Business Woman in Business Services

This award will be presented to the best female owned business in the Professional Services field. Your business is one which serves other companies and you’ll be able to demonstrate the outstanding contribution you’ve made to those businesses.

Our judges will be looking for evidence and examples of how you support clients, information on how you built your business and how you retain your clients whilst still gaining new ones. This is an opportunity to showcase your skills, expertise and awareness of customer service.

This category is open to any business in the professional services field. Examples of industry types include: Training Services, HR, VA & Admin Support, Graphic Design, Printing, Insurance, Bookkeeping, Accountancy.

This category is sponsored by Crane and Staples.

2. Best Business Woman in Health & Wellness

This is an award which will be presented to the best female owned business in the Health or Wellness Therapy industry. Please tell us in your entry submission the positive impact you believe your services have had on the lives of your clients. To ensure our judges have a complete picture of what you do, please add treatment testimonials, relevant business information and your areas of specialism. Please also detail for us how you promote your practice to gain new clients, at the same time as maintaining excellent levels of service for current ones.

This category is open to any Health and Wellness business including: Personal Trainer, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Nutritionist, Osteopath, Mental Health Support, Physiotherapist, Yoga Practitioner.

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 woman who runs a business that supports children or families. We’re looking for you to prove the impact you make in your field and information on how your business provides support and input that makes a clear and beneficial difference to those you work with.

This category is open to any business that works directly with children, families or parents including: Theatre and Music Schools, Sporting Clubs, Publications, Tuition, Training, Development, Ante-Natal or Post-Natal Services, Children’s Welfare, Nurseries.

This category is sponsored by The Aubrey Park Hotel 

4. Best Business Woman in Financial Services

This award will be won by a business woman who deals with personal or commercial finance. We’d like you to demonstrate in your entry how you maintain the confidence and security of your customers, how your expertise makes a discernible difference to them and the methods you rely on to grow and develop both your business and your reputation.

Please showcase your achievements, your approach and your ethos to show our judges what makes you a stand-out in your industry.

This category is open to any financial services business including:IFA’s, Commercial or Domestic Insurance brokers, Wealth Management Consultants, Mortgage Brokers

This category is sponsored by Chipperfield Accounting

5. Best Business Woman in Retail or a Consumer Business

If you are selling products or services to consumers, this is the category for you. You may work face-to-face, online or both. Tell us how you provide outstanding service so as to ensure an excellent customer experience. Detail the success of your business, the special touches you add, and how you stand out from your competitors. We’re interested to know whether you are working profitably and how you have built an excellent customer base and grown your reputation.

This category is for those companies who sell products or provide services to consumers (Not Business to Business) or who operate a retail outlet.

This category is sponsored by WIBN.

6. Best Business Woman in Marketing & PR Services

This award is for you if you feel you have successfully driven your clients’ businesses in the best direction and have seen quantifiable results.

In your entry we’d like you to show evidence of successful campaigns, the innovative ideas you have used to attract attention for your clients and the ongoing support you offer them and their business. We’d like to hear what makes you different from your competitors in the same field. Please also share with the judges why marketing is your passion and tell us how you continue to build your business.

This category is open to female owned marketing and PR businesses.

This category is sponsored by MacPro

7. Best Networker

This award will be given to the business woman who can show an outstanding contribution and support to other business owners through networking events and by consistently passing along relevant and helpful referrals.

It is open to you if you organise and run a networking group or if you regularly attend networking events. We’d like you to clearly demonstrate significant support for fellow networkers, along with (where possible) quantifiable outcomes of that support.

THIS CATEGORY IS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

8. Best New Business

This award will be presented to the best new business and is open to you if you have been trading for less than two years (business start date 1st July 2016 or later).

We’d like you to demonstrate for our judges, the impact you feel you have already made in your specific market sector, how your business differs from that of competitors and how you see your future growth and development.

This category is sponsored by Wagada.

9. Best Customer Service

This award will be presented to the business who can best demonstrate evidence and results of consistently outstanding levels of customer or client service.

Our winner in this category will be able to prove to the judges an appreciation of and an ability to deliver, genuine added value whichever field of business you operate in. We’d like to see some clear examples of how you have gone that extra mile for your customers.

This category is sponsored by Cleveland Scott & York.

10. Best Franchisor

This award will be won by a business woman who has successfully franchised her business.

The judges will want to know how you developed the franchise, how many franchisees you currently have, how you support them and your plans for your brand as you move forward into the future. We’d like you to share with us the story of why you chose to franchise your business and we’d also welcome information on your plans and goals for the future.This category is open to any business type.

This category is sponsored by Franchise Futures

11. Best Young Entrepreneur

We are looking for a young entrepreneur who is a true trail blazer, leading the way as an example for her own generation. You must be under 30 on 31st July 2018 to enter.

You stand to be a winner of this award if you have a clear business vision, have achieved goals in line with your business plans and have already seen a measure of success. This award will be presented to a truly inspirational young business woman

This category is sponsored by The SCA Group 

12. Best Coach

This award is for you if you’re a coach who can demonstrate consistently excellent results with your clients. The category encompasses both life and business coaching.

We’d like you to clearly show your impact on the life and career of your clients and would welcome case studies to illustrate to our judges why your business and the work you do is special. How are you different from other coaches? What is your story? Why is coaching your passion? Remember to include details of relevant qualifications and supporting evidence for your entry.

This category is sponsored by The 1230 Womens Company

13. Best Business Woman in Recruitment

This award will go to a woman currently running her own successful recruitment business.

The judges will be looking for details of how you have grown your business, the customer service you provide and your procedures for checking companies and candidates. We would like to see testimonials from satisfied clients as well as some case histories and would like to know how you feel you differ from competitors in the same field? Please share and make us appreciate your passion for your industry.

This category is sponsored by Herts Wellness Centre

14. Best Business Woman in Legal Services

This award will go to an individual who excels in her area of legal services and provides exceptional service to her clients. The judges will be looking for evidence of the highest levels of knowledge, skills and communication. Please share with us some customer testimonials as well as details of your business journey and why your company stands out from others.

This category is open to any female-owned legal services company.

This category is sponsored by Jaguar White Recruitment

15. Best Business Woman in Hair & Beauty

The winner of this category will be a business woman who has evidenced clear growth, who can clearly demonstrate excellent customer care, increase of client base and achievement of goals in line with business plans.

Share your business story along with client testimonials and tell us how you ensure your service is head and shoulders above the competition.

THIS CATEGORY IS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

16. Best Community Champion

For this category we are looking for someone who manages a Charity, CIC or Social Enterprise or an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to projects or charities within the community within the past two years.

You will be able to provide clear evidence of the work you 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

17. Most Inspiring Business Woman

This award is open to any woman who feels her story will inspire and encourage others who may be following in her footsteps.

You will be able to clearly reveal how you have overcome various obstacles on your journey to success, demonstrating your determination and commitment. For this award we are looking for an amazing and inspirational story behind a successful business woman.

This catergory is sponsored by Summerhouse PR

18. Best Business Award

This award will go to the business which can confidently showcase outstanding achievement and success. We are looking for great results in all aspects of the business –  from profitability to customer relations and from strong and consistent growth to innovation and implementation.

This category is open to businesses in any category.

This category is sponsored by our 2017 Headline Sponsor Clydesdale Bank.

19. Best Business Woman in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths)

This award will be presented to a business woman who has a business in STEM and is an inspiring example to other women building a business in the science, technology, engineering or maths fields. We are looking for entries from business women who have taken the initiative and developed their idea with great results. You must provide evidence of your performance and detail the obstacles and challenges you have overcome.  Share why your product or service is a winner in this field.

THIS CATEGORY IS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

More information

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.