Everyone loves a bit of recognition. When you’ve worked hard to create the best products, provide the best service and please the most customers, you deserve to get noticed for your efforts – and it’s a great way to raise your public profile, too.
But it may not happen by itself. You need to put your submissions out there. To help you get started, we’ve made a list of just a few of the UK’s local business awards – complete with key facts about each. Good luck! *
South East England
Entering its 27th year, the Sussex Business Awards claims to be ‘the longest established scheme of its kind in the country’. There are 16 trophies up for grabs this year, including Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Sustainable Business.
The deadline for entries is 9th September, and the winners will be announced at The Grand Brighton on 3 December.
The Federation of Small Business’s competition is open to any Surrey-based business that started before January 2013 and has fewer than 250 employees.
Entry is free, you don’t have to be a member of the FSB, and the closing date for entries is 1st October.
The Inspire Awards have been celebrating the success of businesses in the North Hampshire region since 2005.
Entry for any of the 13 awards is free, and the deadline is 21st August.
South West England
With 11 different award categories and a range of impressive sponsors, the Dorset Business Awards will be recognising the Stars of Dorset Business for the tenth year running.
They’re open for entry until 11th September, and the winners will be announced in the Windsor Hall at the Bournemouth International Centre on 26th November.
Boasting 19 different categories, the Bath Life Awards covers just about every type of business.
Local companies can nominate themselves from 2nd November, and the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 25th February 2016.
This Thames Valley programme offers awards in eight distinct categories, including a Green Progress Award for companies displaying a responsible approach to their business energy consumption.
Submission deadlines are around the end of September, and the awards will be presented at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre in Reading on 19th November.
Entries for the 10 categories are open to local businesses of all sizes, with a submission deadline of 11th September. Awards will be presented at the Great Yarmouth Town Hall on 20th November.
North East England
The fifth annual awards programme will be offering a chance for recognition to any business in the Barnsley and Rotherham area. Ten categories, including two personal awards, are up for grabs, and the deadline for submissions is 4th September.
There are 11 distinct categories of award on offer to local Lincolnshire businesses, including Young Business Person of the Year and the Local Exporter Award.
Enter by 14th September and the winners will be presented with their awards on 20th October.
North West England
Sponsored by Natwest and Wigan Council, the Wigan Business Awards are presenting nine different accolades this year, including the Employer Supporting Apprentices Award.
Submissions end on 4th September, and an awards ceremony and dinner will be held on 20th November at the DW Stadium.
Offering 10 awards, including Innovation and Design and Best Use of Social Media, this Cheshire award ceremony attracts over 350 business people from the local area, and entries are open for its fifth year.
Nominations must be made by 30th September, and the ceremony is due to take place on 19th November.
For more than a decade, the ROCCOs have been presenting businesses in Renfrewshire with awards from 16 different categories.
The deadline for entries is 4th September, and the winners will be announced on 20th November at the Normandy.
Previously known as the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence, the Elevator Awards select ‘entrepreneurial companies and individuals that are capable of leading the future prosperity of Grampian’.
Applications begin in February 2016.
Hosted by Wales Business Insider, the annual Made in Wales Awards offers 10 different categories with a focus on manufacturing companies, including Manufacturing Innovation and Green Manufacturer.
Nominations close on 28th August, with a ceremony at Cardiff City Hall on 21st October.
Granted by the Welsh government, these awards are the national quality mark for health and wellbeing in work. There are two separate awards on offer, depending on the size of your business, and entries are ongoing throughout the year.
This year marks the ninth launch of the UTV Business Eye Awards, with a revised range of 16 different categories.
Entries must be in by 23rd October, with an awards ceremony at the Culloden Estate and Spa on 26th November.
Rewarding ‘the most creative and pioneering partnerships between the worlds of arts and business’, the Arts and Business NI Awards offer six distinct categories to businesses that successfully integrate culture and commerce in their business strategies.
Nominations close on 28th August, and the ceremony will be held on 20th January 2016.
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*The information and content in this blog is provided for informational purposes only. British Gas assumes no guarantee and no liability for the data and information provided or for the correctness, completeness or up-todateness of the information provided. British Gas is not affiliated with any of the listed awards. The awards are listed in no particular order”