Up Level Your Business: Take your business to the next level with a shiny Award!

I love awards, especially if I get them. 

Ben Gazzara

The Up Level Your Business Blogs are about topics that whilst aren’t ‘essential’ must do items such as accounting, selling etc – they are things to add on when you have achieved a balance with your business structure and have the time to commit to adding more to your business.

Awards can help promote and boost your business.

Awards can help your Marketing. Being shortlisted, considered, invited to  attend awards ceremonies – big or small – better yet WINNING an award – it can all help your business profile if used correctly. 

You enter award, you win award, you appear on social media and other platforms and papers and radio – and people keep seeing your name.. they remember you.. they check you out.. they like what they see.. they follow you around (not like a stalker but on a newsletter/blog/social media)..they buy from you.

All because you won an award/got shortlisted and utilised the free publicity it gave you.

How you do that is a WHOLEEEEE other blog post (ask and I shall deliver) that delves into the world of Marketing and PR…

Marketing / Advertising / PR etc it all blurs together for me and I struggle to differentiate between them properly so maybe you do as well – so here’s a quick “Rebecca’s version”. *feel free to correct me with a more succinct explanation*

Marketing is The Daddy…

It encompasses advertising and PR. Marketing is about addressing the needs and wants of your customers. I like to think of it as the strategy and plan behind the action that Advertising and PR bring to the table. 

Advertising is a method of persuasion targeted at your ideal clients whereby you pay for advertisements to entice them to buy your goods – so ‘paid’ media.

PR is at its bare bones – promotion via editorial content. You get earned and free media content – on blogs, websites, magazines, the news etc. PR is about enhancing the reputation of your company.

I think. It all gives me a headache if I spend too long contemplating it.

Anyway… 

If applying for Awards to get your business some recognition and reward is up there on the list of things to be doing – then look no further than the fabulous ‘Encyclopaedia of Awards*not its actual name but how I refer to the awesome Gods of Awards in my head* that Boost Marketing provide.

You can search by industry and area (mainly within UK but option to search ‘UK and International’) and results show deadlines, awarding dates and a link to the actual award page.

Save more time – get a round up delivered straight to your inbox like I do. And best of all – if you want help applying for the shiny Awards – Boost can help you with all aspects of developing award submissions, from planning which to target to writing and evaluating your entry.

Not sure it’s worth signing up for this fabulous free resource?  

Check out this excerpt from the list that I received from them recently for February/March;

*I had to remove 12 industry fields – totalling 156 awards to get this down to under 2000 words!*

(Please note: “~” denotes previous year’s date.)

Business Awards

  • – Frost & Sullivan European Excellence Awards – submission deadline: N/A Invitation only
  • – Red Ribbon Family Business Awards – submission deadline: 1st February
  • – Asian Business Awards – submission deadline: 1st February
  • – The UK Excellence Awards (British Quality Foundation) – submission deadline: 5th February
  • – TMA Annual Awards (Turnaround Management Association): 5th February or 30th March
  • – CIR Business Continuity Awards – submission deadline: 10th February
  • – Profit Track 100 – submission deadline: 12th February
  • – International Business Excellence Awards – submission deadline: 22nd February
  • – Outsourced Client Solutions OCS Awards – submission deadline: ~8th March
  • – PwC UK Private Business Awards – submission deadline: 18th March
  • – Cathay Pacific China Business Awards – submission deadline: ~25th March

Business Leaders Awards

  • – Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – deadline: Last day of each month
  • – Institute of Directors Director of the Year National Awards: 29th February – 17th June (Regional)
  • – Asian Women of Achievement Awards – submission deadline: 4th March
  • – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – submission deadline: 11th March
  • – The Ghana UK Based Achievement GUBA Awards – submission deadline: ~12th March

Customer Contact Awards

  1. – NOA National Outsourcing Professional Awards – submission deadline: 19th February
  2. – UK National Contact Centre Awards – submission deadline: 28th February
  3. – Confirmit Achievement in Customer Excellence (ACE) Awards – submission deadline: 10th March
  4. – CRN Sales & Marketing Awards – submission deadline: 21st March

Design & Innovation Awards

  1. – The Dieline Awards – submission deadline: 10th February
  2. – The Drum Design Awards – submission deadline: 12th February
  3. – The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation – submission deadline: 19th February
  4. – A Design Award and Competition – submission deadline: 28th February
  5. – International Design Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  6. – The A International Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design Awards deadline: 29th February
  7. – The A International Luxury Design Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  8. – The A International Interface and Interaction Design Awards – submission deadline: 29th February

Hospitality Sport & Leisure Awards

  1. – IDEA World Fitness Awards – submission deadline: 1st February
  2. – Onboard Hospitality Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  3. – CHS Character Awards – submission deadline: 12th February
  4. – The Cateys (The Caterer) – submission deadline: 26th February
  5. – Acorn Awards – submission deadline: 26th February
  6. – The Stadium Business Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  7. – The Shooting Industry Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  8. – The National Restaurant Awards – submission deadline: ~n/a voting process (March)
  9. – The Green Hotelier Awards – submission deadline: 4th March
  10. – The Women in Gaming Awards (WIG) – submission deadline: ~15th March
  11. – AA Hospitality Awards – submission deadline: ~20th March

HR & Training Awards

  1. – International Safety Awards (British Safety Council) – submission deadline: 8th February
  2. – Excellence in Diversity Awards – submission deadline: 19th February
  3. – Internal Communications Brilliance Awards – submission deadline: 20th February
  4. – Very Important Benefits VIB Awards – submission deadline: 24th February
  5. – IELA International E-Learning Awards – Business Division – submission deadline: 1st March
  6. – PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards – submission deadline: ~2nd March
  7. – Pitman Training Super Achievers Awards – submission deadline: 4th March
  8. – HR Excellence Awards (HR Magazine) – submission deadline: 7th March
  9. – ABP Workforce Experience Awards – submission deadline: ~9th March
  10. – HPMA Excellence in HRM Awards (healthcare) – submission deadline: 10th March
  11. – HRO Today CHRO of the Year Awards – submission deadline: 11th March
  12. – CIPD Recruitment Marketing Awards – submission deadline: ~20th March
  13. – HRO Today Services and Technology Association Awards – submission deadline: ~20th March
  14. – Global Recruiter Industry Awards – submission deadline: ~31st March

Journalism Publishing & Media Awards

  1. – IPG Independent Publishing Awards – submission deadline: 3rd February
  2. – One World Media Awards – submission deadline: 4th February
  3. – FESPA Print Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  4. – European Digital Media Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  5. – The Newsawards – submission deadline: 5th February
  6. – Arqiva Commerical Radio Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  7. – Society for Environmental Graphic Design SEGD Global Design Awards – deadline: 14th February
  8. – PPA Awards – submission deadline: 19th February
  9. – The Regional Press Awards – submission deadline: ~6th March
  10. – IABM Game Changer Awards – submission deadline: 18th March

Marketing PR Events & Advertising Awards

  1. – Engagement & Loyalty Awards – submission deadline: 3rd February
  2. – Roses Creative Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  3. – Clear Channel Outdoor Planning Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  4. – The Drum Marketing Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  5. – Festival of Media Global Awards – submission deadline: 5th February
  6. – The Marketing Society Excellence Awards – submission deadline: 12th February
  7. – Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Awards – submission deadline: 12th February
  8. – The Drum Digital Trading Awards – submission deadline: 12th February
  9. – New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising Awards – submission deadline: 15th February
  10. – Employer Brand Management Awards – submission deadline: 16th February
  11. – The BCSC Purple Apple Marketing Awards – submission deadline: 17th February
  12. – Design Advertising and Digital (D&AD) Professional Awards – submission deadline: 17th February
  13. – International Digital Emmy Award – submission deadline: 18th February
  14. – European Design Awards (EDAwards) – submission deadline: 19th February
  15. – Franchise Marketing Awards – submission deadline: 19th February
  16. – EVCOM Screen Awards – submission deadline: 25th February
  17. – European Search Awards – submission deadline: 26th February
  18. – PRO Awards (Promotion Marketing) – submission deadline: 26th February
  19. – AMEC International Communication Effectiveness Awards – submission deadline: 26th February
  20. – Marketing on Mobile Awards (MOMAs) – submission deadline: 26th February
  21. – The Conference Awards – submission deadline: 26th February
  22. – The IPM Awards (Institute of Promotional Marketing) – submission deadline: 29th February
  23. – The Loyalty Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  24. – The A International Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design Award: 29th February
  25. – Summit Creative Award – submission deadline: 29th February
  26. – Media Momentum Awards – submission deadline: ~1st March (Invitation)
  27. – CIPR Excellence Awards – submission deadline: 1st March
  28. – Design Week Awards – submission deadline: 9th March
  29. – The Insurance Marketing & PR Awards – submission deadline: 9th March
  30. – HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards – submission deadline: 11th March
  31. – The Communicator Awards – submission deadline: 11th March
  32. – Cresta International Advertising Awards – submission deadline: 11th March
  33. – D&AD New Blood Awards – submission deadline: 16th March
  34. – CRN Sales & Marketing Awards – submission deadline: 21st March
  35. – Cannes Lions Awards – submission deadline: 24th March
  36. – The PRCA DARE Awards – submission deadline: ~26th March

Products & Manufacturing Awards

  1. – ECN Impact Awards – submission deadline: ~13th March

Retail & Consumer Goods Awards

  1. – The British Kebab Awards – submission deadline: 1st February
  2. – WGSN Futures Awards (Fashion) – submission deadline: 5th February
  3. – IFE World Food Innovation Awards – submission deadline: 10th February
  4. – Retail Week Customer Experience Awards – submission deadline: 12th February
  5. – SIBA Brewing Business Awards – submission deadline: 16th February
  6. – The Bookseller British Book Industry Awards – submission deadline: 19th February
  7. – Scratch Stars Awards (UK Nail Industry) – submission deadline: 21st February
  8. – Great Taste Awards – submission deadline: 22nd February
  9. – The Natural & Organic Awards – submission deadline: 26th February
  10. – The Grocer New Product Awards – submission deadline: 26th February
  11. – FAB Creative Excellence Awards (Food & Beverage) – submission deadline: 28th February
  12. – The A International Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Award – submission deadline: 29th February
  13. – The British Sandwich Association Sammies Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  14. – James and James eCommerce Awards – submission deadline: 29th February
  15. – The Grocer Gold Awards – submission deadline: 4th March
  16. – The Harpers Awards (Drinks Industry) – submission deadline: ~6th March
  17. – Food and Drink Federation FDF Awards – submission deadline: 11th March
  18. – Good Housekeeping Food Awards – submission deadline: ~11th March
  19. – UK Fashion and Textile Awards – submission deadline: ~13th March
  20. – FreeFrom Skin Care Awards – submission deadline: 20th March
  21. – SuperMeat & Fish Awards – submission deadline: ~27th March
  22. – Retas Awards – submission deadline: ~27th March
  23. – Saveur Culinary Travel Awards – submission deadline: ~28th March
  24. – Online Retail Awards – submission deadline: 31st March
  25. – The Drinks Business Awards – submission deadline: 31st March
  26. – The National Vintage Awards – submission deadline: ~31st March

Third Sector Awards

  1. – International & European Association Awards – submission deadline: 23rd February
  2. – The Charity Awards – submission deadline: 4th March
  3. – The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) National Awards – submission deadline: ~20th March

Travel & Tourism Awards

  1. – The People Awards (Excellence in Business Travel) – submission deadline: 28th February
  2. – Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards – submission deadline: ~2nd March
  3. – The Telegraph Luxury ULTRA Awards – submission deadline: ~27th March
  4. – The Silver Travel Awards – submission deadline: ~31st March

You made it through the list and are still reading – wow! I should point out I’m NOT on commision, I don’t get kickbacks or affiliate goodies from these guys – I just think the value they offer with the free resource is fabulous. It’s fabulous to see such information shared readily and not just think ‘meh’ seen it all before – as I seriously don’t know of any other such information asset.

Seriously what have you got to lose other than some time and effort? Better yet – have a word with the Guys and Gals at Boost and see how they can help you!

Whatever you do – Take the time to read all the application details. Look at previous winners for ideas as to what to say or just see what the level of competition is, maybe contact a previous winner with a nicely worded message asking if they have any pointers on applying for the award. Make sure you read all the small print and get business friends to check through your application.

Seriously – check Boost Marketing out as the Awards List itself is a fabulous resource. It’s the main one in my Toolkit for the PR section.

Until next time my beauties- stay productive.


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Rebecca – a tall grumpy middle aged superhuman with dark humour hailing from the frozen North of the the UK. Produced Humans and hordes cats. Covets pretty pens and stationery. Banned from competitive games including Monopoly (especially that) and Connect 4.

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