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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 latest award deadline update for November, December and beyond. With awards ceremony season in full flow an increasing number of events have switched to virtual awards or moved their physical event to spring next year, so it’s very much business as usual, despite the challenges faced. We are currently getting a lot of companies contacting us and placing even more importance on awards, many with the same message that ‘this award would be a way of giving something back to our people.’ With the likelihood of Christmas parties not happening, how about winning a team award instead?  

As ever, contact our team here at Boost if you need help with your entries or guidance on which awards to enter. Now is the perfect time to get a date in your diary to begin planning which awards to enter in 2021 – our amazing new digital planning sessions are a great way to get teams together from across your organisation to identify which are your strongest stories. We can then match them to awards that would provide most benefit to you. Okay, let’s get started with the awards to look out for…

Customer contact awards

An understandably important theme this year, there are still some key schemes coming up. For a more comprehensive overview, please read our guide, Which are the best customer service awards to enter?

The 12th November deadline is approaching for the credible-yet-winnable Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service – a great way to get global recognition and tons of categories to choose from. If you don’t think you can fit this in don’t worry, for a late fee you have until 13th January to enter.

For a credible awards scheme that deals with a fairly unique but vital aspect of customer support, look no further than The UK Complaint Handling Awards. While the final 15th January deadline seems some way off, there is considerable reduction in cost-per-entry to be gained by entering before the 18th December early-bird deadline.     

Financial services awards

As we’ve seen throughout this turbulent year, many schemes are having to adapt and move their timelines – The Pensions Age Awards are an example, and their usual end of Oct deadline has now moved to 7th January. Highly credible with their association to the Pensions Age magazine, these are suitable for both pension and benefits providers as they have awards for both schemes and providers, which is fairly unique. 

The Treasury & Cash Management Awards (1st December deadline) are run by Global Finance. These are an international banking scheme but very important to certain departments within banks, and some niche providers. This has global and regional awards for the “Best Bank for Payments and Collections” in numerous countries and parts of the US.

Straddling the two sectors of technology and financial services, The FStech Awards are a favourite for our clients here at Boost. In the words of the organisers, they are ‘Celebrating excellence and innovation within the UK and EMEA financial services sector.’ This is now definitely going ahead, with a 7th January deadline and a dinner scheduled for 5th May at the London Marriott Hotel.

International Financing Review IFR Awards are a highly credible international scheme run by Refinitiv and associated with the International Financing Review news published for banking. They’ve moved to a calendar year cycle with the deadline 31st December, with announcements typically happening in late-January. There are about 80 categories to choose from, including the big ones like ‘Bank of the Year’ as well as numerous niche ones like ‘Euro Bond House’ and ‘Interest Rate Derivatives House’. 

Best companies awards and rankings

The highly prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For is now open for applications. There are some significant changes to the entry process this year, with several shorter questions embedded in the survey set up process. Also associated with the same media organisation, The Times Top 50 Employers for Women are open until 27th November. Do contact us if you need help with these schemes – we have a great track record helping large UK organisations improve their standing in both. 

Also worth mentioning as they are whole company recognition, The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are an international scheme welcoming organisations of all sizes, from across all industries. There is a substantial entry form and a 6th December deadline.  

HR awards and training awards

For a more comprehensive overview, please read our guides ‘Which are the best HR Awards to enter?’ or ‘Which training awards should I enter?

The UK Employee Experience Awards are now very well established in the HR space, and will be opening shortly with a proposed 15th January deadline. 

There are two very important schemes to be aware of in the world of recruitment. First up, The RAD Awards, championing the very best of employer branding, talent attraction and recruitment advertising. You will need to enter by 8th January. Then a few days later on 13th January, it is the deadline for The Recruiter Awards. Arguably the highest profile awards in recruitment, they feature lots of awards for agencies as well some for in-house functions. 

Marketing awards

The Transform Awards Europe are a great scheme covering rebranding and brand strategy. Be quick though – the deadline is 6th November.

For some global recognition in the digital and creative industries, consider the Marcom Awards, which this year are focusing on the great work of the creative industry during these turbulent times.    

Lastly, another international scheme in the creative space that you should consider and are well worth entering – The Vega Digital Awards – they will remain open until 12th November.  

IT and tech awards

In our final sector for the month, there are some key schemes coming up in the world of tech. The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards (31st December deadline) are US-based but open to international entry and feature a massive 150+ categories. Another international scheme – The CIO 100 Awards – are highly credible and while they are organised by CIO Magazine, they are in fact for the whole IT function not just CIOs. Be sure to apply before 25th January. Our final mention goes out to a Boost favourite – SIIA CODiE Awards – which focus on code and tech development. They feature lots of categories covering everything from business technology products, data & analytics, networks and systems and security. The CODiEs are open until 29th January.    

Hopefully these highlights will have provided some insights to help you plan which awards to enter. 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 1,400 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!  

Stay safe and well, and let’s all keep recognising the outstanding people, teams, projects and businesses out there.



06 Nov Business Brilliance Awards
06 Nov The Sunday Times International Track 200 programme
06 Nov International Brilliance Awards
16 Nov Future Fifty
30 Nov Think Global Awards
30 Nov Family Business of the Year Awards
30 Nov FT 1000
~02 Dec Asian Business Awards
MD SME National Business Awards
10 Dec Harvard Business Council International Awards
~15 Dec The Amazon Scale Up Awards
15 Dec Ostar International Award
17 Dec National Association Awards
Ranking Fortune World's Most Admired Companies

Business Leaders

~01 Nov Women's Business Club Maximise Awards
Ongoing European CEO Awards
19 Nov National Business Women's Awards
20 Nov Ragan's Top Women in Communications Awards
20 Nov Edison Achievement Award
27 Nov The Non-Executive Director NED Awards
27 Nov The Times Top 50 Employers for Women (BITC)
MD Leadership Excellence Awards
Ongoing Business Worldwide CEO Awards
15 Dec Enterprising Women of the Year Awards
Ongoing Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
31 Dec CEO Today Business Women of the Year Awards

Construction & Architecture

01 Nov The Pritzker Architecture Prize
05 Nov International Interior Design IID Awards
09 Nov The Royal Academy of Engineering Major Projects Award
09 Nov Royal Academy of Engineering Awards
10 Nov ArchFrame Design Awards
12 Nov National Building and Construction Awards
15 Nov The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) International Awards
16 Nov RIBAJ MacEwen Award
20 Nov BREEAM Awards
24 Nov National Fenestration Awards
27 Nov Architects Journal W Award
MD WA Awards (World Architecture)
01 Dec The International Architecture Awards
04 Dec The AJ Retrofit Awards
05 Dec Architectural Review AR Future Project Awards
10 Dec Architect of the Year Awards
11 Dec The Architizer A+ Firm Awards
15 Dec The APLD International Landscape Design Awards
Ongoing Transparent Construction Awards
15 Dec SIT Furniture Design Award
18 Dec Pro Landscaper Business Awards
Biennial RIBA International Prize

Corporate Social Responsibility

~03 Nov Good Lobby Awards
06 Nov The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards
Ongoing Global Healthy Workplace Certification
13 Nov PR News CSR Awards
13 Nov World's Most Ethical Companies
30 Nov Rushlight Awards
03 Dec Communitas Awards
09 Dec Energy Globe Awards
18 Dec The Global Innovation Award

Customer Contact

Ongoing Gold Standard for Customer Services
Ongoing Customer Service Excellence
31 Dec NorthFace ScoreBoard Award

Design & Innovation

10 Nov The Spark Design and Architecture Awards
20 Nov Edison Awards
28 Nov BIG Innovation Awards
30 Nov Green Product Award
30 Nov Green Concept Award
30 Nov Green Product Award
01 Dec World Brand Design Awards
~11 Dec Mixology Awards North
~16 Dec JEC World Innovation Awards
21 Dec London International Creative Competition


02 Nov Music & Drama Education Awards
10 Nov International Education Awards
27 Nov Bett Awards
MD ECU Athena SWAN awards
30 Nov Les Trophées des campus responsables (French Speaking Green Gown Awards)
12 Dec GESS Education Awards
20 Dec The WISE Awards

Energy & Utilities

02 Nov World Finance Oil and Gas Awards
06 Nov Street Works UK Awards
30 Nov Rushlight Awards
30 Nov Mining Magazine Awards
~06 Dec Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement Awards
~08 Dec The Network Awards
11 Dec Water Industry Awards

Financial Services

N/A Private Equity Exchange & Awards
01 Nov Best Trade Finance & Supply Chain Finance Awards (Global Finance)
12 Nov TradingTech Insight Awards Europe
N/A Moneyfacts Consumer Awards
13 Nov BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards
20 Nov Business Moneyfacts Awards
27 Nov PFI Awards
30 Nov Islamic Finance News World Islamic Fintech Awards
30 Nov The Islamic Retail Banking Awards
01 Dec Treasury & Cash Management Awards (Global Finance)
Ranking Savings Champion Awards
N/A InvestmentEurope Fund Manager of the Year
Ranking RiskTech100
MD Consumer Credit Awards
~08 Dec InvestHK UK Fintech Awards
Ongoing Crypto Awards
11 Dec HFM European Services Awards
Ranking Credit 500
18 Dec A-Team Innovation Awards
~19 Dec Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year
31 Dec International Financing Review IFR Awards
~31 Dec Islamic Finance News Best Banks
31 Dec International Banker Awards
31 Dec International Banker Wealth Management Awards

Health & Social Care

~01 Nov The British Pest Management Awards
03 Nov RCM Awards
06 Nov Health Business Awards
Ongoing Global Healthy Workplace Certification
16 Nov The Protein Society Awards
19 Nov PM Society Awards (Pharmaceutical Marketing Society)
30 Nov Home Care Awards
02 Dec RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards
11 Dec OTC Marketing Awards
11 Dec The HSJ Value Awards
31 Dec Pinders Healthcare Design Awards
31 Dec CRO Leadership Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

02 Nov The BII National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs)
~05 Nov Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Awards
N/A Class Bar Awards
15 Nov Best Bar None Awards
Ongoing A Greener Festival Award
~22 Nov The British Wedding Awards
Ongoing World Boutique Hotel Awards
27 Nov Top 50 Gastropub Awards
Ongoing International Dining Awards
Ongoing International Spa Awards
30 Nov The Sports Technology Awards
~01 Dec The Pub Awards
~18 Dec The International Gaming Awards
Ongoing Institute of Hospitality Accreditation
~30 Dec International Hospitality Awards

HR & Training

06 Nov HR Brilliance Awards
06 Nov Internal Communications Brilliance Awards
Ongoing Global Healthy Workplace Certification
06 Nov Learning Elite Award
13 Nov ATD BEST Awards
Ongoing Inclusive Top 50 Employers
Ongoing Workplace Wellbeing Index
15 Nov Great Place to Work
20 Nov Learning Excellence Awards
27 Nov Top Employer Awards
Ongoing Top Employer Institute Certification Programme
Ongoing Diversity Champion Award and International Inclusion Award
04 Dec Sword of Honour
04 Dec Globe of Honour
MD The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards
N/A Incentive Magazine Motivation Masters Awards
11 Dec Ragan's Workplace Wellness Awards
~12 Dec British Ex-Forces in Business Awards
~14 Dec REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards
18 Dec Best Places to Work (Business Intelligence Group)
18 Dec AAC Apprenticeship Awards
Ongoing BITC Diversity Intelligence

IT & Telecommunications

01 Nov The Media Excellence Awards
02 Nov Eurostar Testing Excellence Awards
06 Nov The Cloud Awards
13 Nov Big Data - Tech Ascension Awards
19 Nov BAFTA British Academy Games Awards
01 Dec The Steam Awards
04 Dec PC Retail Awards (PCR)
Ongoing Awwwards
04 Dec FICO Decisions Awards
07 Dec CIO Hall of Fame
11 Dec DevOps - Tech Ascension Awards
~11 Dec The Microsoft Advertising Regional Partner Awards
~16 Dec DigitalAgenda Impact Awards
18 Dec Info Securitys PG's Global Excellence Awards
~20 Dec The GSMA Global Mobile Glomo Awards
Ongoing CSS Design Awards
22 Dec VEGA Digital Awards
MD Cybersecurity Excellence Awards
Ongoing Best Mobile App Awards

Journalism Publishing & Media

30 Nov CMI Management Book of the Year
03 Dec Cynopsis Best of the Best Awards & Rising Star Awards
04 Dec The Broadcast Awards
04 Dec MediaPost Creative Media Awards

Legal Services

13 Nov LexisNexis Legal Awards
N/A The ACQ Law Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

06 Nov Transform Awards Europe
06 Nov Marketing and PR Brilliance Awards
06 Nov Internal Communications Brilliance Awards
06 Nov Transform Awards Europe
N/A MediaPost Agency of the Year
20 Nov Digiday Future Leader Awards
30 Nov MarCom Awards
01 Dec HSMAI Adrian Awards
03 Dec Campaign Agency of the Year UK
03 Dec Campaign Agency of the Year EMEA
04 Dec Summit Emerging Media Awards
04 Dec Horizon Interactive Awards
~08 Dec PR Daily's Video & Visual Awards
~08 Dec The Videonet Connected TV Awards
11 Dec Ragan & PR Daily's Communicators of the Year Awards
11 Dec Social Shake-Up Social Media Awards
22 Dec VEGA Digital Awards
31 Dec OBIE Awards
31 Dec Prestigious Star Awards

Planning & Property

11 Nov National Housing Maintenance Forum NHMF Awards
27 Nov BCO Awards (British Council for Offices)
MD Society of Garden Designers SGD Awards
14 Dec The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence
Ongoing The ESTAS Estate and Letting Agent Awards

Products & Manufacturing

MD Materials Research Society MRS Annual Awards
~12 Dec International Awards for Powered Access IAPAs
20 Dec European Office Products Awards (EOPA)

Public Sector

20 Dec iNetwork Innovation Awards

Retail & Consumer Goods

01 Nov GQ Food and Drink Awards
02 Nov The Drinks Business Green Awards
04 Nov British Fashion Awards
04 Nov Deliveroo Restaurant Awards
06 Nov Made For Mums Awards
06 Nov The Beauty Shortlist
20 Nov The Glossy Awards Europe
27 Nov Toy Industry Awards
27 Nov The Giftware Association Gift of the Year
27 Nov People's Choice Drinks Awards
~29 Nov The Great British Market Awards
04 Dec The Publican Awards
04 Dec ISPO Awards
04 Dec Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards
Ongoing CiWF Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards
~06 Dec The Housewares Innovation Awards
09 Dec Fragrance Foundation Jasmine Awards
~11 Dec Chef's Choice Awards
~16 Dec The British Craft Awards
N/A The Takeaway Innovation Awards
31 Dec Farm Shop & Deli Awards
31 Dec Land and Soil Management Awards

Third Sector

18 Dec Amazing Women Awards

Transport & Logistics

Ongoing Global Fleet Champions Awards
MD RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards
~20 Dec British Coach Tourism Awards

Travel & Tourism

14 Nov Gay Travel Awards
Ongoing World Luxury Hotel Awards
02 Dec Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards (M&IT Awards)
~08 Dec Tomorrow's Travel Marketing Leader Award
10 Dec Travel and Hospitality Awards
N/A UNWTO Awards
N/A Global Traveler Awards
31 Dec Safe & Sustainable Tourism Awards

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