Best Business Women Awards 2021


We know the past year has been tough for everyone.  Female entrepreneurs are well known for being tenacious, inventive and have an amazing ability to adapt. Our judges would love to hear the stories of success and determination from talented female business owners.

Share in your entry if you have adapted or diversified your business during the past year. Have you had to move your business in another direction? The judges would love to know the challenges you have overcome and what makes you and your business special.

Our awards recognise, endorse and celebrate women in business who have successfully launched and grown their businesses. There is no limit to the number of categories you can enter provided they are relevant to you and your business. These national business women awards have grown over the past 7 years to be one of the most prestigious business award accolades. Let 2021 be the year you are recognised as an outstanding woman in business.

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 Business Services field. Your business will be 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.

If your business serves other businesses then this is the category for you.

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

This category is sponsored by Crane and Staples.

2. 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. Explain how your business makes a difference to the children and families 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.

Sponsored by The Aubrey Park Hotel 

3. Best Business Woman in Animal Services

This award will be won by a business woman who works with animals.

Share in your entry the story of your business. How your expertise makes difference to the animals you work with and you have developed your business and reputations.

Please share your achievements, your approach and your passion to our judging panel to show what makes you so special in your industry.

This category is open to any business that works with animals- examples include pet care, dog walking, animal care, animal products, farms, dog training, veterinary practice, pet care products.

This category is available for sponsorship please email us for details

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 examples include – IFA’s, Commercial or Domestic Insurance brokers, Wealth Management Consultants, Mortgage Brokers and investment specialists.

Sponsored by RabbIT Training Ltd 

5. Best Product

If you make a product then this is the category for you. In your entry share all about your product and  how you brought it to market. What problems does your product solve or if a luxury item share how you have carved your niche. How do you ensure an excellent customer experience?  Detail the success of your business, the special touches you add, and how you stand out from your competitors. The judges will want 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 have created a product and brought it to market.

This category is sponsored by Wagada 

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.

Sponsored by Sapphire Business Club

7. 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 three years (business start date 1st January 2019 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 Purpol Marketing Ltd 

8. 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.

9. 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 available for sponsorship please email us for details

10. 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 available for sponsorship please email us for details

11. 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.

Sponsored by Jomas Associates Ltd

12. Charity Champion

This award is to recognise women who have set up charity, CIC or Social Enterprise to support the lives of others. The judges will be looking for entries which can demonstrate innovation, sustainability and a great positive impact. This is a great opportunity to showcase what you have achieved and get some valuable publicity for your cause. The judges will be looking for entrants who can evidence a well-run charity. CIC or Social Enterprise.

We also supply one ticket per finalist selected to the final free of charge for the Charity Champion category only. The winner of this category will be our charity for 2021 and will be invited back to our final and will be able to fundraise for their cause and also share a short presentation at the event.

This category is sponsored  byGet More Leads Locally 

13. Best Boss – Nomination Only

We want to recognise and reward the brilliant female business leaders in the UK. Your boss does not have to be the business owner for you to nominate.  For this category we want you to nominate your boss if you think she is an amazing person work for.

Our judges want to know about examples of staff training, staff support, company incentives, staff satisfaction and anything else you feel is relevant.

Sponsored by Jaguar White Recruitment

14. Best Consumer Business

Does your business serves consumers?  In your entry share your passion for your industry and explain what made you start your business. How have you grown your business and share the challenges you faced. This category is open to any industry as long as your business serves consumers ( if you serve businesses make sure you enter category 1) Examples include – health, beauty, tradeswomen, estate agent, hospitality and entertainment.

This category is available for sponsorship please email us for details

15. 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 category is sponsored by Sister Snog 

16. 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. You must have started the business at least 4 years ago and have a proven track record.

This category is open to businesses in any category.

This category is available for sponsorship please email us for details

17. International Business Woman of the Year

If you are based outside the UK and would like to enter we have a new category in 2021 for you! We would love to see entries from women across the globe and reward outstanding female entrepreneurs. Share your passion for your business with our judges, include your story and details of how you have grown your business. 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 any industry.

This category is available for sponsorship please email us for details


Notes about Entry 


Entries close on 30th June 2021 at 5pm, entries submitted after this date will not be considered.

Entries are judged by a panel of business experts who have a backgrounds in a wide range of industries. All the information you supply remains strictly confidential. Entries which are incomplete will not be considered.

Gala Final 2021 

Our fabulous winners will be announced at the Gala Final on 15th October 2021. We will invite our judges and sponsors to present the well-deserved awards. All our finalists will be Silver Award winners which recognise their business achievements. This is a night to truly celebrate your success with guests and sponsors. Our event is a one which you will remember forever, sharing a room with other remarkable female entrepreneurial talent and commemorate all the hard work and achievements.

If the final cannot proceed due to Covid19 restrictions we will hold a gala final online on the same date. The final is scheduled to take place at the Radission Blu Edwardian at London Heathrow.

Entry fee- £25.00 plus VAT per category

Full entry rules will be shown on the entry page when the awards open for entry


If your company would like to sponsor our awards please contact us to find out more.

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