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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 during October, November and beyond.

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. 

General business awards and business leaders

Not the busiest time of year for general business awards, but there are a couple I would like to highlight. For more specific details about bigger schemes throughout the year, and which might be most suitable for you, please read our guide to ‘general business awards’.

The final deadline to enter The Business Brilliance Awards has been extended until 15th October. These are very well run and have some great-sounding categories, including ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘UK Business of the Year Award’ that would look great in your marketing. 

If you are looking for something global in scope, The International Business & Leadership Awards have a great branding and a very convenient 26th November deadline. Dubai-based but open to global entry, they include categories for Customer Centricity, People, Real Estate, Government, Sustainability & CSR, as well as general Business Excellence.   

Customer Contact awards 

The UXUK Awards, established in 2013, celebrate all things related to user experience – in particular the best possible online or multi-channel experiences. Be quick – the final deadline has just been extended to 4th October.

One of the most credible of the customer contact awards, The ICS UK Customer Satisfaction Awards is now open. They are UK-only awards by the Institute of Customer Service ‘the professional body for customer service’. They are free to enter, but a charge of £250 + VAT is made for compiling the feedback. They have a deadline of 18th October and will take place on 3rd March 2020 at Hilton on Park Lane, London. So be prepared for a massive five months between entry deadline and dinner, despite there being only one stage to the judging.

With a similar message, and a similar deadline, The Customer Contact Innovation Awards by the Planning Forum has a deadline of 20th October. Their entry process is far more thorough and in-depth than any other customer contact award scheme. Please note, though, that they are very much contact centre-focused.

While the 14th November deadline is approaching, definitely consider The UK Complaint Handling Awards. These are fairly unique awards, dealing with this aspect of great customer service.

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?

There are two separate award schemes by the same organiser, which share an extended final 15th October deadline – The HR Brilliance Awards and The Internal Communications Brilliance Awards. Lots of great-sounding categories to benefit your organisation like ‘HR Team of the Year’ and ‘Brilliance in Employee Engagement’, among others. The awards dinner will be on Thursday 5th December at Le Meridien Piccadilly.  

The Employee Engagement Awards UK & Europe is another very credible scheme with an impressive list of previous winners. The deadline has just been extended until 16th October.

The Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence is a US-based scheme open to international entry and has been running for an incredible 36 years. They have just four categories and three grand winners, but 30 finalists along the way. The deadline is 15th October.

With ‘wellbeing’ very much in the spotlight and in the news, The REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards (deadline 7th November) are an excellent option to highlight your workplace strategies and culture. This is a UK-based scheme with 16 categories covering mental, physical, financial and social wellbeing, as well as categories for best use of technology and best total wellbeing strategy, among others.

The Great Place to Work are similar to the Best Companies to Work For, but are an international scheme with a deadline for completing the Trust Index Employee Survey of 15th November. More details of these ‘Best Companies’ and ‘Great Place to Work’ schemes can be found in our comprehensive guide. Boost can also help you significantly here – we have our Workplace Rankings and Indices Service to help you climb league tables and top employer rankings.     

Financial services awards

It’s a very busy part of the year for awards in the financial services sector. One of the most prominent organisers is Global Finance, which runs a few schemes of note in this period. The Best Trade Finance & Supply Chain Finance Provider Awards has four best trade finance categories, four best supply chain providers categories, nine regional awards, 16 country awards and eight US regional awards. They haven’t launched yet, but often do so at the last minute with the deadline likely to be in November. Also consider entering Global Finance’s Best Treasury & Cash Management Providers Awards. These awards have 57 categories. Like the other scheme, we don’t have a deadline as yet, but it should be end of November or the very start of December at the latest.

The FStech Awards (22nd November deadline) are based in the UK but are open to entries from across the EMEA region. They include 28 categories, of which eight are new for this year, covering all aspects of fintech and technology innovation in the sector. They culminate in a prestigious dinner held at The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on the 19th March 2020. Categories include: Best Use of IT in Retail Banking & Insurance; Best Use of Technology in Customer Service; IT Team of the Year; Social Responsibility Award and Best Customer Experience.

Marketing awards and PR awards

The Marketing and PR Brilliance Awards are open until the extended 15th October deadline and feature a whole host of suitable categories. Communicate Magazine runs two very credible schemes in this period – The Corporate Content Awards (4th October) and The Transform Awards Europe (11th Oct), the latter celebrating excellence in rebranding and brand strategy. Also consider entering The Vega Digital Awards, a prominent international scheme for digital media excellence, before the 31st October deadline.
A very prestigious scheme has now opened for entries – The CIM Marketing Excellence Awards. This year there are 22 categories, including six new ones, and the deadline is 8th November. 

Leasing awards

The two biggest schemes in this sector close for entry at this time of year. The Fleet News Awards (deadline 21st November) feature 28 categories covering various awards for Fleet of the Year, Manufacturers, Suppliers and Headline Awards. The prestigious awards dinner will be held on 11th March 2020 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. The other prominent award scheme in the fleet industry, The Great British Fleet Awards, has yet to launch at the time of writing, and the website is under construction. But based on previous years, expect around 30 categories and a mid-December deadline. 

CSR awards

We strongly recommend entering a brilliantly-run scheme in the US, The SEAL Awards – honouring Sustainability, Environmental Achievement and Leadership. Open to all industry sectors, you must enter before the final extended 9th October deadline.

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.

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05 Oct PMI UK National Project Awards
15 Oct Business Brilliance Awards
25 Oct National Enterprise Network Awards
31 Oct Glassdoor's Best Places to Work
01 Nov The Peer Awards for Excellence
08 Nov The Sunday Times International Track 200 programme
08 Nov One Planet Awards
15 Nov The Amazon Scale Up Awards
26 Nov The International Business & Leadership Awards
28 Nov CEE Shared Services And Outsourcing Awards
30 Nov Online Business Awards
30 Nov Think Global Awards
~30 Nov Asian Business Awards
30 Nov Family Business of the Year Awards
30 Nov FT 1000

Business Leaders

Ranking Forbes The World's 100 Most Powerful Women
Ongoing Business Worldwide CEO Awards
Ongoing European CEO Awards
07 Oct FDM everywoman in Technology Awards
14 Oct Women in Compliance Awards
Ranking Forbes 30 under 30
01 Nov Women's Business Club Maximise Awards
Ranking Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business
~14 Nov The British Muslim Awards
15 Nov Ragan's Top Women in Communications Awards
18 Nov Enterprising Women of the Year Awards
22 Nov The Times Top 50 Employers for Women (BITC)
22 Nov Edison Achievement Award
24 Nov The Non-Executive Director NED Awards
~26 Nov The Corporate Entrepreneur Awards (CEA Awards)

Construction & Architecture

11 Oct Construction News Specialists Awards
31 Oct RIBA International Prize
01 Nov The Pritzker Architecture Prize
~03 Nov National Urban Design Awards
15 Nov Architectural Review AR Future Project Awards
~16 Nov New Civil Engineer NCE100 Companies of the Year
18 Nov The Royal Academy of Engineering Major Projects Award
MD Royal Academy of Engineering Awards
19 Nov RIBAJ MacEwen Award
28 Nov Semta Skills Awards (Engineering)
29 Nov NHBC Health and Safety Awards (house builders)
~30 Nov BREEAM Awards
30 Nov Homebuilding & Renovating Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

04 Oct The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards
09 Oct SEAL Business Sustainability Awards
14 Oct European Green Capital Award
01 Nov The Peer Award for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility
03 Nov Good Lobby Awards
08 Nov World's Most Ethical Companies
15 Nov PR News CSR Awards
21 Nov Energy Globe Awards
22 Nov Plastics Recycling Awards Europe
30 Nov Rushlight Awards

Customer Contact

04 Oct The UXUK Awards (User Experience)
18 Oct The ICS UK Customer Satisfaction Awards
01 Nov The Peer Award for Excellence in Customer Engagement
14 Nov UK Complaint Handling Awards

Design & Innovation

04 Oct The UXUK Awards (User Experience)
11 Oct Mixology Awards North
14 Oct Lexus Design Awards
18 Oct iF Design Award
N/A Penrose Awards
25 Oct DBA Design Effectiveness Awards
08 Nov BIG Innovation Awards
12 Nov The Spark Design and Architecture Awards
N/A Beazley Designs of the Year Awards
22 Nov Edison Awards


03 Oct The College Marketing Network FE First Awards
08 Oct Bett Awards
15 Oct British Education Awards
18 Oct Music & Drama Education Awards
21 Oct The National Acquisitions Group NAG Award for Excellence
08 Nov ELTons Awards

Energy & Utilities

04 Oct Street Works Awards
25 Oct UK Nuclear Skills Awards
01 Nov World Finance Oil and Gas Awards
01 Nov Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers Awards
08 Nov Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Offshore Achievement Awards
08 Nov Subsea UK Awards
~09 Nov ENI Award
30 Nov Rushlight Awards

Financial Services

01 Oct The Card and Payments Awards
01 Oct Citywealth Magic Circle Awards
04 Oct Equity Release Awards
10 Oct CIPFA Public Finance Innovation Awards
10 Oct Family Wealth Report Awards
10 Oct Crypto Awards (FINEXPO)
11 Oct Dive In Impact Awards
11 Oct Euromoney Private Banking Survey Awards
11 Oct Futures & Options World FOW International Awards
N/A The FT & Investors Chronicle Investment and Wealth Management Awards
14 Oct International Financing Review IFR Awards
18 Oct FDATA Global Open Finance Awards
N/A Investment Week Investment Company of the Year
25 Oct Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) British Credit Awards
25 Oct The Private Asset Management Awards
N/A Private Equity Exchange Awards
31 Oct The TMI Awards for Innovation & Excellence
01 Nov The Pensions Age Awards
01 Nov The Trade Leaders in Trading
Ranking Savings Champion Awards
~05 Nov Mortgage Strategy Awards
08 Nov Business Moneyfacts Awards
08 Nov The Compliance Register Platinum Awards
14 Nov Celent Model Asset Manager Awards
14 Nov Celent Model Wealth Manager Awards
14 Nov Celent Model Insurer Awards
14 Nov Celent Model Bank Awards
N/A Moneyfacts Consumer Awards
15 Nov CIR Commercial Insurance Awards
~16 Nov Private Asset Managers PAM Awards
18 Nov The Treasurer ACT Deals of the Year Awards
22 Nov FStech Awards
~26 Nov Euromoney Trade Finance Survey
29 Nov The IRIS Customer Awards
30 Nov Managing Partners' Forum MPF Awards
~30 Nov Savvy Investor Awards

Health & Social Care

09 Oct HSJ Partnership Awards
N/A AIHHP Golden Lobe Awards
18 Oct PM Society Awards (Pharmaceutical Marketing Society)
25 Oct Health Business Awards
25 Oct The Autism Professionals Awards
25 Oct RCM Awards
31 Oct PharmaTimes Medical and Scientific Excellence Awards
31 Oct The Protein Society Awards
29 Nov Pharmapack Europe Awards
~30 Nov Pinders Healthcare Design Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

09 Oct The Wedding Industry Awards
MD ATCM Purple Flag Status
18 Oct The International Gaming Awards
18 Oct The UK Wedding Awards
21 Oct UK Restaurant Manager of the Year
25 Oct British Pool and Hot Tub Awards
25 Oct Exhibition News EN Suppliers Awards
30 Oct International Hospitality Awards
31 Oct The Festival Supplier Awards
01 Nov The Pub Awards
02 Nov The British Wedding Awards
10 Nov Community Sport and Recreation Awards
~14 Nov The Adventure Awards
18 Nov iGB Affiliate Awards
~27 Nov Imbibe Personality of the Year
28 Nov Sport Industry Awards

HR & Training

Ongoing BITC Best Employers for Race / Race Equality Awards
13 Oct National Centre for Diversity NCFD Grand Awards
15 Oct HR Brilliance Awards
15 Oct Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence
15 Oct Internal Communications Brilliance Awards
16 Oct Employee Engagement Awards UK & Europe
01 Nov The Peer Award for Excellence in People & Performance
06 Nov ATD BEST Awards
~07 Nov ONREC Online Recruitment Awards
07 Nov REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards
08 Nov Employer Brand Management Awards
08 Nov Employer Brand Management Awards
15 Nov Great Place to Work
MD British LGBT Awards
22 Nov BITC Gender Equality Awards
MD SGUK National Health and Safety Awards

IT & Telecommunications

MD The Lovie Awards
04 Oct The UXUK Awards (User Experience)
11 Oct The VMworld Computer Weekly Europe User Awards
11 Oct The Microsoft Advertising Regional Partner Awards
15 Oct FICO Decisions Awards
18 Oct IT Service & Support Awards
25 Oct Tech Trailblazers Awards
01 Nov The Cloud Awards
02 Nov The Media Excellence Awards
~08 Nov BMW i UK Tech Founder Awards
MD EMEA Inavation Awards
14 Nov VEGA Digital Awards
15 Nov DevOps - Tech Ascension Awards
20 Nov The GSMA Global Mobile Glomo Awards
22 Nov FStech Awards
~25 Nov KPMG’s Best British Tech Startups BBTS Competition
~26 Nov Eurostar Testing Excellence Awards
~28 Nov National UK Blog Awards UKBAs
30 Nov Geospatial World Awards
~30 Nov The Lovely Mobile Awards

Journalism Publishing & Media

04 Oct FIPP Rising Stars in Media
22 Nov MediaPost Creative Media Awards

Legal Services

07 Oct LawWorks Pro Bono Awards
01 Nov Legal Business Awards
~02 Nov The Lawyer European Awards
15 Nov LexisNexis Legal Awards
15 Nov Modern Law Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

03 Oct The Experience Design & Technology Awards
04 Oct Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Awards
04 Oct Corporate Content Awards
04 Oct 50Below Awards
04 Oct Corporate Content Awards
04 Oct The Online Influence Awards
07 Oct The Epica Awards
11 Oct Transform Awards Europe
11 Oct Ragan's Employee Communications Awards
11 Oct European Sponsorship Association (ESA) Excellence Awards
11 Oct Communication Arts Awards
11 Oct Transform Awards Europe
15 Oct Marketing and PR Brilliance Awards
15 Oct The Digital Signage Awards
15 Oct MediaPost Online All Stars
15 Oct Internal Communications Brilliance Awards
17 Oct MarCom Awards
23 Oct Exhibitor Magazine Exhibit Design Awards
28 Oct Summit Emerging Media Awards
30 Oct The UnAwards
31 Oct Global Event Awards (Eventex Awards)
31 Oct Prestigious Star Awards
N/A MediaPost Agency of the Year
01 Nov The Killer Content Awards (The Finnys)
02 Nov Ragan & PR Daily's Ace Awards (Awarding Communication Excellence)
06 Nov Ragan's PR Daily Awards
~06 Nov The Content Council Pearl Awards
08 Nov LinkedIn Marketing Awards
08 Nov CIM Marketing Excellence Awards
08 Nov PR Daily's Video & Visual Awards
14 Nov Campaign Experience Awards
14 Nov VEGA Digital Awards
15 Nov B2B Marketing Martech Awards
~24 Nov AV Technology Europe Awards
29 Nov The Creative Shootout
~30 Nov Retail Loyalty Awards
30 Nov MAA Worldwide GLOBES Awards

Planning & Property

25 Oct i-FM Technology in FM Awards
13 Nov National Housing Maintenance Forum NHMF Awards
~15 Nov The UK Housing Awards (UKHA)
29 Nov BCO Awards (British Council for Offices)

Products & Manufacturing

25 Oct European Office Products Awards (EOPA)
MD Materials Research Society MRS Annual Awards
01 Nov Heating and Ventilation (H&V) News Awards
14 Nov kbbreview Retail & Design Awards

Public Sector

03 Oct Public Affairs Awards Europe
20 Oct The Royal Meteorological Society

Retail & Consumer Goods

02 Oct The Revo ACE Awards (Achieving Customer Experience)
MD British Fashion Awards
04 Oct UK Calendar Awards (The Calies)
04 Oct World Gin Awards
04 Oct World Vodka Awards
04 Oct The Direct Commerce Innovator Awards
07 Oct NFRN Awards (Federation of Independent Retailers)
08 Oct Europe and Middle East Coffee Awards
13 Oct VegfestUK Awards
19 Oct Made For Mums Awards
N/A The Takeaway Innovation Awards
25 Oct The Drinks Business Green Awards
31 Oct Sainsbury's Magazine Awards
MD National Fish and Chip Awards
01 Nov GQ Food and Drink Awards
07 Nov National Health and Beauty Awards
08 Nov The Publican Awards
08 Nov The Beauty Shortlist
11 Nov Chef's Choice Awards
14 Nov kbbreview Retail & Design Awards
~26 Nov Toy Retailer of the Year Awards
29 Nov The Great British Market Awards
29 Nov UK eCommerce Awards
29 Nov The Giftware Association Gift of the Year
~30 Nov Professional Beauty Awards

Third Sector

21 Oct Association Awards UK
25 Oct The Bond International Development Awards
31 Oct Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity
31 Oct Smiley Awards

Transport & Logistics

04 Oct The Rail Staff Awards
Ongoing Global Fleet Champions Awards
Ranking FN50 Fleet News
09 Oct What Van? Awards
11 Oct Rail Business Awards
Ranking AirlineRatings Airline Excellence Awards
18 Oct London Transport Awards
23 Oct Aviation Week Network's Laureate Awards
01 Nov The AM Awards
15 Nov The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards
21 Nov Fleet News Awards (Lease)
22 Nov Transport Ticketing Global Awards

Travel & Tourism

01 Oct EU Prize for Cultural Heritage - Europa Nostra Awards
04 Oct The Hajj Awards
06 Oct The Telegraph Travel Awards
25 Oct The Wave Awards
30 Oct International Travel Awards by KSA
~10 Nov Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards
~14 Nov World Halal Tourism Awards
15 Nov Travel Marketing Awards
30 Nov The Telegraph Luxury ULTRA Awards
~30 Nov UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism
30 Nov UK Heritage Awards

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