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Upcoming award deadlines (in the next two months)

Upcoming award deadlines (in the next two months)

Chris Robinson

MD & Founder, Boost Awards

Award deadlines coming up (scroll down below text for a list of awards organised by industry) 

Welcome to my overview of upcoming awards to look out for over the festive season and into the new year. Christmas is understandably quieter on both the deadline-front and in terms of events, as Christmas party season replaces award ceremonies, but there are definitely still some key schemes to look out for and its a great time of year to plan ahead which awards to enter in 2020.

As ever, contact our team here at Boost if you need help with your entries or further guidance on which awards to enter, but please bear in mind that we work on a first-come-first-served basis – and our capacity is filling up fast, so don’t leave it until the last minute. 

Customer Contact awards 

The Top 50 Companies for Customer Service are a UK scheme with a 2nd December deadline. In addition to the league table based on mystery shopping, there are a number of special awards that can be entered as well. 

The Customer Service Excellence is a standard rather than an award scheme per se, featuring an ongoing entry process. It can be awarded if the following five criteria can be adhered to: Customer Insight, The Culture of the Organisation, Information and Access, Delivery and Timeliness and Quality of Service. 

If you want a credible way to get an international award for great customer service, then you should also consider The Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. As with all of the Stevie Award schemes, they feature a large number of categories (158 in this case), so there is something for everyone – from individual awards to team and departmental awards. The deadline here is 9th January 2020. 

Another global scheme based in the US, The ContactCenterWorld Global Top Ranking Performers Awards, are now in their 15th year. They feature a large number of categories for both in-house and out-sourced contact centres of varying sizes, awards for individuals, technology, campaigns and customer service. You will need to apply before 31st January. 

HR awards and training awards

I wanted to share a quick summary of the HR-related awards on the horizon, but for more information please check out our more detailed guide here – ‘Which are the best HR awards to enter?

The Employee Benefits Awards are a firm favourite here at Boost, and we get booked up very fast, so contact us to see which categories we can still help you enter. Our ethics policy means we never write competing entries for the same category. These UK awards recently changed hands and are now owned by DVV Media HR Group. They feature a whole raft of categories, including Benefits Team of the Year, Best Healthcare and Wellbeing Benefits, Best Mental Health Strategy and Employee Benefits Professional of the Year. You can expect a final deadline of 17th January.

Finally in the HR space, I would like to highlight The UK Employee Experience Awards. Another well-run scheme from Awards International, these awards feature 11 categories covering such aspects as Employee Training & Development, Employee Engagement, Use of Digital Technologies and the very popular category, Best Company to Work For. The deadline is some way off at 31st January, but with Christmas fast approaching, I recommend getting started on your entry now.   

Pensions awards

It is Pension Award season with a number of the key schemes coming up. For more information read our more comprehensive guide ‘Which are the best Pension Awards to enter?

The UK Pensions Awards are run by Professional Pensions, and while they have a 20th Jan deadline, you do need to register by 13th December so you will need to be quick! They feature 39 categories covering every dimension of pensions, including the fund managers, the providers, third party administrators and even thought leadership.

The Money Marketing Awards are a UK-based scheme run by Centaur, and whilst not explicitly for pensions, they do have a strong bias for them. Beware though, they still charge for finalists and winners to use the logo! The scheme is actually for far more than just marketing, as it also cover advisers and providers. At the time of writing they are yet to open, but last year’s deadline was 18th January.

As mentioned above under HR, The Employee Benefits Awards have loads of pensions categories as well as broader benefits categories, so are also relevant here. The Pension and Investment Provider (PIPA Awards) are now open for 2020. In my opinion they are very much ‘In the industry’ and not HR-focused. The categories are divided between Scheme Services and Investment Services. Deadline here is 31st January.   

Marketing awards and PR awards

As previously mentioned, The Vega Digital Awards, are a prominent international scheme for digital media excellence. They just extended their final deadline to 12th December, so you still have a bit of time to submit your entry. The AVA Digital Awards are US-based but open to international entry. Categories include digital marketing awards, websites, mobile and social media. The deadline is also 12th December.

Recruitment awards

A slightly niche scheme, The ONREC Online Recruitment Awards are UK-based and affiliated to ONREC online magazine.They have a deadline of 14th December and feature categories for platforms, campaigns, individuals and providers.

The PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards. I am mentioning these because they used to have a separate recruitment award scheme, which has been absorbed into the main awards scheme. PPMA stands for Public Sector People Management Association – which explains the emphasis on HR in the public sector. Mostly focused on local and central government. Their deadline is 13th January and due to its heritage there are Ffour awards for recruitment from a dozen categories on offer.

The Recruiter Awards, it could be argued, are THE awards for the UK recruitment agency sector, run by the very credible Recruiter Magazine and held at the massive Great Room at Marriott Grosvenor House. These awards have a deadline of 29th January. This years sees a total of 30 categories, the majority of which are for recruitment agencies. 

Healthcare awards

A special mention to one of the most prominent schemes in UK healthcare, The BMJ Awards, which are now open for entry until 17th January. Now in their 12th year, they feature sixteen categories for 2020, including two Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Health and UK Research Paper of the Year.

IT awards

For a more comprehensive overview, please read our guide, Which are the Best IT Awards to Enter? I do want to quickly mention a great scheme in the healthcare and medical technology world. The MedTech Visionaries Awards are US-based, but open to entries from around the world. Their focus is very much on the people and technological achievements that are of benefit to society. They are free to enter before the final 17th December deadline. Another similarly niche IT scheme, but in the world of emerging tech, is open until 31st December – The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.    

To finish up, we have two prestigious schemes in the IT industry with January deadlines.

The European IT and Software Excellence Awards are, as the name suggests, pan-European, but very much London-based and run by IT Europa Media and Intelligence Limited. The dinner is at The Royal Garden Hotel London in March. The entry forms focus very much on case studies and the deadline is 17th January, so clearly they will need to be prepared in December. If you are a channel partner, reseller, system integrator, services provider, distributor, or a solution and marketing channel from across Europe, then this is one for you.

Another very credible scheme in this space are The Real IT Awards. Hosted by CITF since 2004, the Real IT Awards (RITA) are known for their independence and have a particular focus on celebrating team effort. Incredibly, they are free to enter and open to anyone from any sector. Great-sounding categories include Best Place to Work, Project of the Year, Best Use of New Technologies, as well as categories for specific technology use, like Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Project of the Year and Innovation in Cyber Security & Risk Management. The deadline here is 31st January, and we have even written a comprehensive guide to entering RITA 2020.

Hopefully these highlighted awards have provided some insights to help you plan which awards to enter – I wish you the best of luck with your awards strategy. Below you will find all the awards with deadlines occurring within the next two months, organised by industry sector. Remember, do please contact Boost if you need a helping hand entering any of these – our in-house team of experienced award writers have won over 1,300 awards and can increase your chances of a win significantly.

You can also sign up for our email deadline reminder service, so that the next two months of deadlines arrive in your inbox – completely free of charge. Handy, I think you will agree!  

Finally, I would like to wish you all best wishes for a wonderful festive period and hope 2020 will be an award-winning year for you. 



02 Dec Asian Business Awards
Ranking Fortune World's Most Admired Companies
10 Jan PLC Awards
MD FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
~20 Jan The EISA Awards
~24 Jan National Best New Business Awards
~25 Jan The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA
~28 Jan Deaf Business Awards
~30 Jan International Business Excellence Awards

Business Leaders

Ongoing Business Worldwide CEO Awards
Ongoing European CEO Awards
Ongoing Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
~08 Jan CEO Today Europe Awards
~09 Jan Cynopsis Media Top Women in Digital
17 Jan Women in Credit Awards
~21 Jan Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award
MD Venus Awards
~25 Jan Women in Technology and Data Awards

Construction & Architecture

01 Dec The International Architecture Awards
01 Dec BREEAM Awards
02 Dec Architects Journal W Award
06 Dec The British Expertise International Awards
20 Dec The Building Controls Industry Association BCIA Awards
~06 Jan SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design
10 Jan Ground Engineering GE Awards
15 Jan The APLD International Landscape Design Awards
17 Jan Architects Journal Small Projects Awards
28 Jan The European Women in Construction & Engineering WICE Awards
MD Constructing Excellence Awards
31 Jan New Civil Engineer NCE100 Companies of the Year
~31 Jan Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Global Design Awards
~31 Jan National Federation of Builders NFB Awards
31 Jan National Federation of Demolition Contractors NFDC Awards
31 Jan BIG SEE Architecture Awards (South East Europe)

Corporate Social Responsibility

01 Dec Communitas Awards
11 Dec The International Ashden Awards
11 Dec Ashden Awards
~04 Jan Cynopsis Social Good Awards
13 Jan CIEEM Awards
17 Jan Better Society Awards
20 Jan Golden Peacock Awards

Customer Contact

02 Dec Top 50 Companies for Customer Service
Ongoing Customer Service Excellence
Ongoing Gold Standard for Customer Services
31 Dec NorthFace ScoreBoard Award
09 Jan Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service
17 Jan The VA Awards (Virtual Assistants)
31 Jan ContactCenterWorld Top Ranking Performers Awards
31 Jan ICMI Global Contact Center Awards

Design & Innovation

07 Dec London International Creative Competition
10 Dec World Brand Design Awards
16 Dec JEC World Innovation Awards
30 Dec International Design for All Foundation Good Practices Awards
10 Jan Green Product Award
17 Jan Lighting Design Awards
31 Jan Britain's Top Designer Award


04 Dec The APPG Excellence in School Food Award
13 Dec GESS Education Awards
15 Dec International Educational Awards
~08 Jan ESRC Celebrating Impact Awards
10 Jan The Learning on Screen Awards
~15 Jan The Teen Tech Awards
20 Jan The WISE Awards

Energy & Utilities

13 Dec Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight on New Technology Awards
~15 Jan European Energy Service Awards
17 Jan Water Industry Awards
~18 Jan The Institute of Water Innovation Awards
~30 Jan The Network Awards
~31 Jan IOM3 Awards (Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining)
31 Jan ASCP Safety & Compliance Awards
31 Jan The Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation
31 Jan Global Water Awards

Financial Services

04 Dec Women in Financial Advice Awards
06 Dec WealthBriefing European Awards
06 Dec FStech Awards
N/A EuroHedge Awards
06 Dec Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards
09 Dec Best Treasury & Cash Management Providers (Global Finance)
09 Dec Card Not Present CNP Awards
Ongoing Crypto Awards
MD Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards
19 Dec PRCA City and Financial Awards
19 Dec Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year
20 Dec ITR European Tax Awards
31 Dec Islamic Finance News Best Banks
~05 Jan M&A Atlas Awards
~05 Jan GlobalCapital Equity Capital Markets ECM Awards
N/A InvestmentEurope Fund Manager of the Year
12 Jan British Bank Awards
~15 Jan World's Best Investment Banks and Derivatives Providers Awards (Global Finance)
16 Jan Global Trade Review (GTR) Best Deals and Leaders in Trade Awards
~17 Jan EWPN Awards (Women in Fintech)
17 Jan Women in Credit Awards
~18 Jan Money Marketing Awards
~23 Jan TXF Perfect 10 Deals of the Year Awards
24 Jan The Mortgage Awards from MoneyAge
24 Jan UK FinTech Awards
~25 Jan The FTF News Technology Innovation Awards
31 Jan Pension and Investment Provider Awards (PIPA)
31 Jan The MoneyMagpie Awards (The Magpies)

Health & Social Care

02 Dec Aesthetic Dentistry Awards
02 Dec RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards
06 Dec OTC Marketing Awards
11 Dec The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards
15 Dec Care Home Awards
17 Dec MedTech Visionaries Awards
31 Dec CRO Leadership Awards
08 Jan Patient Experience Network PEN National Awards
08 Jan Advancing Healthcare Awards
~10 Jan The British Pest Management Awards
~12 Jan Chief Scientific Officer Awards
13 Jan Optician Awards
15 Jan The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators
15 Jan The Design & Health International Academy Awards
17 Jan Citeline Awards
17 Jan The BMJ Awards
20 Jan Pharmaceutical Field PF Awards
23 Jan PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year
~25 Jan Petplan Veterinary Awards
~25 Jan The HealthInvestor Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

01 Dec Onboard Hospitality Awards
02 Dec Imbibe Personality of the Year
04 Dec The Sports Technology Awards
Ongoing A Greener Festival Award
N/A Top 50 Gastropub Awards
Ongoing Institute of Hospitality Accreditation
~09 Jan The Shooting Industry Awards
~15 Jan The World's 50 Best Restaurants
N/A Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards
24 Jan Exhibition News Awards
31 Jan The Serviced Apartment Awards

HR & Training

Ongoing Diversity Champion Award
Ongoing Top Employer Institute Certification Programme
06 Dec Best Places to Work (Business Intelligence Group)
N/A Incentive Magazine Motivation Masters Awards
12 Dec British Ex-Forces in Business Awards
14 Dec ONREC Online Recruitment Awards
14 Dec Workplace Wellbeing Index
14 Dec British Diversity Awards
15 Dec ATD Innovation in Talent Development Award
Ongoing BITC Diversity Intelligence
10 Jan The GEO Awards
13 Jan PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards
17 Jan Employee Benefits Awards
~20 Jan City and Guilds Medals for Excellence
24 Jan TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards
~25 Jan The Digiday WorkLife Awards Europe
~27 Jan National Mentoring Awards
29 Jan The Recruiter Awards
~30 Jan The IFTDO Global HRD Awards
~31 Jan Gartner Communications Awards
31 Jan UK Employee Experience Awards
31 Jan BSIF Safety Awards
31 Jan The Safety & Health Excellence Awards

IT & Telecommunications

01 Dec KPMG’s Best British Tech Pioneer BBTP Competition
04 Dec RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest
Ongoing Awwwards
06 Dec FStech Awards
06 Dec MCV Industry Excellence Awards (Market for Computer & Video Games)
12 Dec VEGA Digital Awards
13 Dec BAFTA British Academy Games Awards
16 Dec DigitalAgenda Impact Awards
20 Dec Info Securitys PG's Global Excellence Awards
Ongoing CSS Design Awards
Ongoing Best Mobile App Awards
31 Dec Interactive Media Awards (IMA)
31 Dec International Mobile Gaming Awards
MD Cybersecurity Excellence Awards
~04 Jan RegTech Insight Awards
06 Jan The IHS Markit Innovation Awards
~07 Jan The Techies by Techworld
10 Jan Computing DevOps Excellence Awards
N/A The AI 100 (Artificial Intelligence)
~11 Jan NFC Innovation Awards
~12 Jan Women in Open Source Awards
13 Jan CIO 100 Awards
17 Jan European IT and Software Excellence Awards
17 Jan SIIA CODiE Awards
~22 Jan The Data Leaders Awards
28 Jan IBM Beacon Awards and IBM Cloud, Data and AI Excellence Awards
31 Jan Mobile News Awards
31 Jan Real IT Awards (RITA)
31 Jan The ISPA Awards (Internet Service Provider Association)
31 Jan Bingoport Players Choice Awards
31 Jan I-COM Data Creativity Awards
31 Jan Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards

Journalism Publishing & Media

13 Dec CMI Management Book of the Year
~11 Jan National Press Awards
15 Jan SJA British Sports Journalism Awards
17 Jan EFIA Annual Print Awards
~25 Jan Cynopsis Sports Media Awards
~25 Jan The PPA New Talent Awards 30 Under 30
~30 Jan Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
~31 Jan Society for Environmental Graphic Design SEGD Global Design Awards

Legal Services

08 Dec The UK Probate Research Awards
13 Dec National Paralegal Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

06 Dec Digiday Video Awards
06 Dec UK Biddable Media Awards
06 Dec European Content Awards
12 Dec AVA Digital Awards
12 Dec VEGA Digital Awards
13 Dec Ragan & PR Daily's Communicators of the Year Awards
13 Dec OBIE Awards
13 Dec Horizon Interactive Awards
19 Dec Ad Age A-List and Creativity Awards
09 Jan IABC Gold Quill Awards (for Business Communication)
~09 Jan The Global Effie Awards
10 Jan PromaxBDA Europe Awards
10 Jan PRmoment Awards
10 Jan British Arrows Awards
MD Communication Arts Awards
10 Jan Digiday Future Leader Awards
~13 Jan ARF David Ogilvy Awards
~14 Jan The TicketingBusiness Awards
16 Jan Campaign Media Awards
17 Jan UK Sponsorship Awards
17 Jan Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media
17 Jan The Event Production Awards (EPAs)
~17 Jan AV Technology Europe Awards
23 Jan Performance Marketing Awards
24 Jan SABRE Awards EMEA
24 Jan The Markie Awards
24 Jan The Creative Circle Awards
29 Jan The International Andy Awards
30 Jan The Drum Marketing Awards
30 Jan PRWeek Global Awards
30 Jan The Drum Search Awards
31 Jan The Internet Advertising (IAC) Competition Awards
31 Jan I-COM Data Creativity Awards
~31 Jan Festival of Media Global Awards
31 Jan International AME Awards
31 Jan New York Festivals World's Best Advertising Awards
~31 Jan Gartner Communications Awards
31 Jan MEMCOM Awards
31 Jan ADC Annual Awards

Planning & Property

09 Dec Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence
12 Dec The UK Housing Awards (UKHA)
15 Dec The Outstanding Property Award London
16 Dec The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence
31 Dec The ESTAS Estate and Letting Agent Awards
09 Jan First Time Buyer Readers' Awards
23 Jan The Property Awards
~28 Jan The Housing Association National Accountancy (HANA) Awards
31 Jan RICS Social Impact Awards (separated into Regions)

Products & Manufacturing

12 Dec International Awards for Powered Access IAPAs
06 Jan The Pump Industry Awards

Public Sector

06 Dec APSE Soft Facilities Management Innovation Awards
06 Dec Highways England Awards
13 Dec ICiPS Awards (Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services)
19 Dec Partnerships Awards
~18 Jan Engaged Cities Awards
31 Jan The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards
~31 Jan Public Sector Paperless Awards
~31 Jan Green Flag Award
31 Jan iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards

Retail & Consumer Goods

01 Dec FreeFrom Food Awards
02 Dec Convenience Retail Awards
02 Dec Sales Assistant of the Year Awards
Ongoing CiWF Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards
06 Dec ISPO Awards
06 Dec Fragrance Foundation Jasmine Awards
08 Dec Countryside Alliance Awards
15 Dec DIY Week Awards
20 Dec Global RLI Awards
30 Dec National Burger Awards
31 Dec Land and Soil Management Awards
~03 Jan ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards
10 Jan Drapers Digital Awards
10 Jan The Delivery Excellence Awards
~14 Jan The Revo Opal Awards
~15 Jan EuropaProperty CEE Retail Awards
~16 Jan The British Craft Awards
~18 Jan The Fragrance Foundation Awards
~20 Jan Laundry and Cleaning News LCN Awards
~22 Jan The British Kebab Awards
~23 Jan The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA)
24 Jan The World Retail Awards
24 Jan Professional Beauty Awards
31 Jan SIBA Business Awards
31 Jan Drapers Footwear Awards
31 Jan The Greats Gift Retailer Awards
31 Jan Travel Retail Awards
31 Jan The Academy of Chocolate Awards

Supply Chain

~10 Jan Resilient Supply Chain Awards

Third Sector

MD The Local Business Charity Awards
18 Dec Amazing Women Awards
10 Jan Weston Charity Awards
~16 Jan DoGooder Video Awards
~19 Jan International & European Association Awards
~21 Jan The Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Campaigner Awards
22 Jan The Charity Governance Awards

Transport & Logistics

02 Dec The Great British Fleet Awards
Ongoing Global Fleet Champions Awards
06 Dec British Parking Awards
06 Dec The Air Cargo News Cargo Airline of Year Awards
06 Dec The Future Fleet Forum Awards
06 Dec Business Motoring Awards
20 Dec British Coach Tourism Awards
~11 Jan The FTA Van Excellence Honours
N/A Experteye Awards
24 Jan UK Coach Awards
24 Jan The Heavies (Heavy Transport Association HTA)
31 Jan BVRLA Industry Hero Awards
~31 Jan The FTA Multimodal Awards
31 Jan The Auto Industry Excellence Awards
~31 Jan Airfinance Journal Deals of the Year Awards

Travel & Tourism

04 Dec Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards (M&IT Awards)
06 Dec The Travel Plus Awards
~01 Jan European Group Travel Awards (EGTA)
~14 Jan WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
~15 Jan Traveller Made Luxury Travel Industry Awards
~29 Jan VisitEngland Awards for Excellence
31 Jan UK Group Travel Awards

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