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.

The awards cover a wide variety of industries through their 21 categories and recognise and reward female business talent.

Over 1200 people have attended our award events since the first event and the positive reputation for the awards has grown dramatically.

Over 3000 people have entered the awards since they launched.

We have a highly engaged social media presence with 5800 followers on Twitter and 1,650 likes on Facebook. Our reach in October 2018 was over 100K on Twitter alone!

In addition, we have an email list of 4000 people who have either attended an event, opted in or applied, and these figures are growing daily. We reached 700 entries in 2018.

Our awards for women in business are not area specific and cover the whole of the UK. Finalists have travelled 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 2019 will open on 15th March 2019. Entries are online.

 There is no voting, this is a credible business competition, not a popularity contest! The finalists and winners are chosen by a panel of business experts based on the information supplied in the entry.

The cost to enter is £25.00

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. All information is in the strictest of confidence.

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.

Who judges the awards?

A panel of business experts from banking, finance, law, business consultants and business experts.

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?

If you are a shortlisted as a 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 businesswomen themselves, so please do not enter if you cannot attend!

Our gala final is on 11th October 2019 at The Tower Hotel, London.

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?

We 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 businesswomen, do feel free to contact us on debbie@bestbusinesswomenawards.com.