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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 March, April and beyond.

It is often the case that some industries see their awards bunch together. For example, financial services in autumn, IT and technology over the new year, while the construction industry prefers the first few months of the year.

Well, with this in mind, it is fair to say that this time of the year is very much HR awards season, as well as there being some significant training awards deadlines. But it’s not all about HR – there are plenty of other great awards schemes approaching in CSR, marketing and retail, and some of the big general business awards like The National Business Awards are now open, so definitely worth including in your planning. As ever, contact our team here at Boost if you need help with your entries or further guidance on which awards to enter. 

HR awards

We have a very popular and comprehensive article – Which are the best HR Awards to enter? – so I won’t go into too much detail here, but there are a few very important deadlines approaching:

The Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB) Awards: These UK awards have a submission deadline of 9th May, but you do need to register your interest by 22nd March. 

The HR Excellence Awards (HR Magazine): Just extended their final deadline to 25th March. It is unlikely to be extended further.  

The CIPD People Management Awards: Deadline this year is 11th April, although apply for an early bird entry before 4th April for a decent discount. 


Training awards 

The IELA International E-Learning Awards – Business Division are International awards run from New York by International E-Learning Association (IELA), with a 2019 deadline of 1st March. They are fairly unusual in the sense they have just three categories – E-Learning, Mobile Learning and Blended Learning – and are very much focused on products, rather than projects. There is nothing in the entry form for impact or results, just product description, audience and goals. 700 words total.

The Princess Royal Training Awards: These prestigious UK awards recognise good, solid, well-evaluated training – both in terms of the company-wide strategy, and one particular headline case study. It is an onerous process with a huge entry form, three supporting documents and a lengthy site visit – but the potential reward at the end is royal recognition.

The scheme attracts big brands, is extremely credible, and – being a multi-winner scheme – winnable, too. Very worthwhile if you put in the investment of time.

They have a deadline of 29th March so if you need our help, contact us asap.

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program: These are US-based but open for international entry. A decent-sized application form, but there are loads of awards up for grabs. They have a deadline of 12th April. These awards are great in terms of having loads of categories for products as well as projects, and multiple gold, silver and bronze. Categories include – Learning and Development; Talent Management; Leadership Development; Talent Acquisition; Workforce Management; Sales Performance.

The TJ Awards (Training Journal): These two-stage UK awards are highly credible and have a deadline of 12th June – some way off yet, but they do require some preparation. There are 16 categories available, including catch-all categories like “Best Public Sector Programme” and more focused ones like “Best Sales Programme”.
The second stage is a face-to-face presentation where PowerPoint is banned, so it is all about the script. (N.B Boost can also help with presentations, so even if you do write the main entry yourself, it might be worth contacting us if you do get shortlisted.) Boost will be taking part in the TJ Awards seminars, with advice on entering over the coming months, so please come and join us. 

Marketing awards

There’s never any shortage of marketing awards on the horizon. While it certainly isn’t peak marketing season quite yet, there are a few worth mentioning:
The Hermes Creative Awards: The trophy is a majestic symbol of the ancient Greek messenger, depicted as a pair of wings on a plinth. In Greek mythology, Hermes is not just a messenger, he is the Olympian god of orators and wit, of literature and poets, and invention and commerce. So naturally you would be proud to display this in your trophy cabinet! These popular US-based international awards have a deadline of 14th March and an enormous 200+ categories.

The Marketing Week Masters Awards: Though these UK awards have undergone a number of name changes over the years, they remain very credible amongst agencies in particular. Deadline here is 29th March, with categories falling into three camps: Sector Masters, Channel Masters and Special Masters (agency, brand innovation, etc.). Three overall winners are announced.

The UK Digital Experience Awardsby Awards International, have a deadline of 5th April, and are particularly interesting because they are the only scheme focused squarely on customer experience in the digital space. We have found that companies wanting to promote their online consumer offerings are very keen indeed to get this award, so it’s well worth considering.

Retail awards

There are a few big awards coming up in retail too:
The Grocer Gold Awards is a huge scheme, particularly amongst the main supermarkets. They all want to be the Grocer Gold Retailer of the Year. They are UK-only and have an extended deadline of 11th March. Categories fall into five themes: 1) Product Awards; 2) Initiatives; 3) Retailer / Wholesaler Awards (including “Grocer of the Year”); 4) People Awards; 5) Manufacturer / Supplier Awards.

The Grocer Own Label Accreditation and Awards: These UK awards are a year-round accreditation, with the current phase deadline being 29th April.

The Drinks Business Awards: As you might expect, these are very credible in the world of wines and spirits in particular. They have a deadline of 4th May, with categories themed as Personality Awards, Business Awards and Marketing Awards. Cheers!

The Drapers Awards are everything in the UK fashion industry…as demonstrated by the eye-watering £4k price tag per table at the dinner! They have a deadline of 18th May.

Hopefully these award highlights have provided some insights to help you plan which awards to enter – I wish you the best of luck during the spring awards season. Below you will find all the awards in 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 1,100 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!  



01 Mar European Families in Business Awards
08 Mar Best in Biz Awards International
08 Mar SSON’s Excellence Awards
MD FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
22 Mar Globee Awards
29 Mar The National Family Business Awards
31 Mar ACQ Global Awards
31 Mar The Small Awards
~04 Apr Global BRM Community Excellence Awards
05 Apr European Business Awards
~09 Apr The South African Chamber of Commerce UK Business and Community Awards
15 Apr Lotus Awards

Business Leaders

N/A The Arab Awards
15 Mar The CEO World Awards
N/A The Asian Awards
21 Mar CEO Today Business Women of the Year Awards
22 Mar We are the City's Rising Star Awards
29 Mar The IPSE Freelancer Awards
MD Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year National Awards
~01 Apr The ITRG CIO Leadership Awards
19 Apr British Citizen Awards
23 Apr Black British Business Awards
29 Apr Making Business Happen Awards (USW)
30 Apr National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards

Construction & Architecture

04 Mar Housing Design Awards
04 Mar The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) International Awards
15 Mar Construction Manager of the Year Awards
15 Mar The ECA Annual Awards
15 Mar Architecture in Perspective Annual Competition
22 Mar Living Waterways Awards
29 Mar Architectural Review AR House Awards
29 Mar The Architizer A+ Awards
29 Mar The Inspire Awards
29 Mar Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards (GAGAs)
31 Mar The IOC/IAKS Award for Sports & Leisure Facilities
31 Mar British Demolition Awards
31 Mar World Habitat Awards
MD Constructing Excellence Awards
05 Apr British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA)
09 Apr Wienerberger Brick Award
15 Apr The Schueco Excellence Awards
17 Apr The Structural Awards
18 Apr Concrete Society Awards
30 Apr The Year in Infrastructure Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

01 Mar Renewable Energy Awards
01 Mar Communitas Awards
08 Mar The Global Good Awards
12 Mar Cleantech Innovate Awards
14 Mar Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management
15 Mar The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards
15 Mar The Corporate Engagement Awards
31 Mar The International CSR Excellence Awards
01 Apr EACA Care Awards
16 Apr The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards
19 Apr PR Daily's Corporate Social Responsibility Award
N/A Building Public Trust Awards
30 Apr National Lottery Awards
30 Apr Global Duty of Care Awards

Customer Contact

14 Mar The Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Awards
15 Mar Excellence in Customer Service Award
29 Mar CRN Sales & Marketing Awards
05 Apr UK Digital Experience Awards
05 Apr Genesys Customer Innovation Awards
N/A The International Virtual Assistants Association IVAA Awards
19 Apr GSA Professional Awards
19 Apr Customer Sales and Service World Awards

Design & Innovation

01 Mar The 3D Printing Industry Awards
07 Mar The Drum Design Awards
15 Mar International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)
18 Mar The CEDIA Awards
22 Mar Mixology Awards South
28 Mar Muse Design Awards
29 Mar Starpack Industry Awards


01 Mar College & University Business Officers CUBO Awards
01 Mar The AAT Training Provider Awards
03 Mar The National BTEC Awards
08 Mar The Heist Awards for Education Marketing
08 Mar VQ Awards (Vocational Qualifications)
08 Mar Universities Human Resources UHR Awards for Excellence in HR
10 Mar The Pearson Teaching Awards
10 Mar TES Schools Award
29 Mar Aspiration Awards
31 Mar NDNA Nursery Awards
05 Apr What's On 4 Junior Awards
19 Apr Education Business Awards
~20 Apr Santander Universities Enterprise Awards
26 Apr The LACA Awards for Excellence
MD ECU Athena SWAN awards

Energy & Utilities

01 Mar UK Gas Industry Awards (EUA/IGEM)
08 Mar Energy Risk Awards
08 Mar The Global Good Awards
02 Apr Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Distinguished Achievement Awards
19 Apr Energy UK Young Energy Professionals Awards
26 Apr AD & Biogas Industry Awards

Financial Services

01 Mar Women in Financial Advice Awards
05 Mar GlobalCapital Bond Awards
07 Mar Euromoney Foreign Exchange Survey
08 Mar The British Insurance Awards
N/A Retail Banker International RBI Global Awards
11 Mar Operational Risk Awards
12 Mar Risk Technology Awards
13 Mar Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards
15 Mar FT IFC Transformational Business Awards
15 Mar IR Magazine Awards Europe
15 Mar The Innovators (Global Finance)
15 Mar The British Accounting Marketing Awards
15 Mar Motor Finance Awards
22 Mar Trading Risk Awards
26 Mar Women in Finance Awards UK
28 Mar The Banker Islamic Bank of the Year Awards
29 Mar British Claims Awards
29 Mar Protection Review Awards
MD British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Management Team Awards
31 Mar The Accounting Excellence Awards
31 Mar Moneywise Customer Service Awards
01 Apr Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) Showcase Awards
05 Apr The FDs' Excellence Awards
08 Apr Consumer Credit Awards
09 Apr European Microfinance Award
~10 Apr World’s Best Pension Managers Awards
12 Apr Retirement Planner Awards
12 Apr Car Finance Awards
15 Apr Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards
N/A FX Week e-FX Awards
19 Apr The Bridging and Commercial Awards
~20 Apr Your Money Direct Awards
22 Apr Emerging Payments Awards
24 Apr The Efma Accenture Insurance Innovation Awards
25 Apr Euromoney Awards for Excellence
26 Apr BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards

Health & Social Care

14 Mar Communique Awards
01 Apr The CN Awards (Nutrition)
09 Apr PM Society Digital Awards (Pharmaceutical Marketing Society)
11 Apr European Mediscience Awards
25 Apr RSPH Health and Wellbeing Awards
26 Apr Nursing Times Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

01 Mar IDEA Industry Awards
01 Mar The Stadium Business Awards
01 Mar CHS Awards
01 Mar National Pub & Bar Awards
08 Mar The Women in Gaming Diversity Awards
14 Mar Horticulture Week Custodian Awards
15 Mar UKActive Awards
MD AA Hospitality Awards
MD BEDSA British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards
05 Apr EGR (eGaming Review) B2B Awards
14 Apr Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

HR & Training

01 Mar IELA International E-Learning Awards - Business Division
15 Mar ATD BEST Awards
15 Mar Tomorrow's Health and Safety Awards
15 Mar Relocate Awards
15 Mar The EFMD Excellence in Practice (EiP) Awards
22 Mar The enei Awards (Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion)
25 Mar HR Excellence Awards (HR Magazine)
25 Mar The ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards
25 Mar Working Families Best Practice Awards
29 Mar Princess Royal Training Awards
29 Mar Global Recruiter Industry Awards
29 Mar The Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY)
31 Mar The Global Healthy Workplace Awards (GHWAwards)
11 Apr The CIPD People Management Awards
12 Apr Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program
~16 Apr Institute of Student Employers ISE Recruitment Awards
18 Apr DIVA Awards
~22 Apr Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence
23 Apr ICF International Prism Award
26 Apr Institute of Internal Communication Awards (IoIC)
~27 Apr Pink News Awards
MD The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards
30 Apr Great Place to Work - Best Workplaces for Women
30 Apr British Institute of Cleaning Science BICSc Awards

IT & Telecommunications

01 Mar Comms Dealer Sales and Marketing Awards
01 Mar Datacentre Solutions Awards (DCS)
01 Mar Digital Leaders DL100 Awards
01 Mar The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards
01 Mar Connected Britain Awards
05 Mar AOTMP Telecom Management Awards
08 Mar SSON’s Excellence Awards
12 Mar DataCloud Awards
21 Mar Midemlab Global Music Startup and App Competition
22 Mar Broadcast Digital Awards
22 Mar Inside Market Data Awards & Inside Reference Data Awards
24 Mar The TiE50 Awards (Technology Startups)
29 Mar Mobile Industry Awards
29 Mar CRN Sales & Marketing Awards
29 Mar Digital Technology Leaders Awards
29 Mar The Computing Tech Marketing & Innovation Awards
29 Mar Future Stars of Tech
31 Mar Auggie Awards
05 Apr Comms Business Awards
05 Apr MediaPost Appy Awards
05 Apr EGR (eGaming Review) Marketing & Innovation Awards
08 Apr The Storage Awards (The Storries)
11 Apr Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards
12 Apr Fortress Cyber Security Awards
~15 Apr VMware Global Partner Innovation Awards
~19 Apr Retail Week Tech.Awards
19 Apr IT World Awards
~22 Apr Computing Vendor Excellence Awards
~24 Apr The Europas - The European Tech Startup Awards
26 Apr Computing AI & Machine Learning Awards

Journalism Publishing & Media

01 Mar British Podcast Awards
05 Mar The Regional Press Awards
05 Mar The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) Journalist and Media Awards
08 Mar PPA Awards
08 Mar IABM BaM Awards
12 Mar The Tabbie Awards
15 Mar The UK Music + Sound Awards
15 Mar International Music and Sound Awards
15 Mar IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards
19 Mar IPG Independent Publishing Awards
21 Mar AOP Digital Publishing Awards
07 Apr Data Journalism Awards
26 Apr The Print, Design & Marketing Awards

Legal Services

01 Mar HR in Law Awards
MD The Legal 500 Awards UK
31 Mar The Conveyancing Awards
31 Mar Northern Law Awards
05 Apr Institute of World Business Law Prize
30 Apr The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs)

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

01 Mar AMEC International Communication Effectiveness Awards
01 Mar PR Daily's Digital PR & Social Media Awards
01 Mar PR World Awards
05 Mar PRWeek Best Place to Work
05 Mar CIPR Excellence Awards
07 Mar Event Marketer EX Awards
08 Mar European Search Awards
13 Mar Design Advertising and Digital D&AD Awards
13 Mar Bulldog PR Awards
14 Mar Campaign Tech Awards
14 Mar The Drum Chip Shop Awards
14 Mar Hermes Creative Awards
15 Mar AEO Excellence Awards (Association of Event Organisers)
15 Mar Design Week Awards
15 Mar HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards
15 Mar Clear Channel Outdoor Media Awards
15 Mar IAB Europe Research Awards
N/A Marketing Automotive Awards
20 Mar D&AD New Blood Awards
22 Mar POPAI Awards (Point of Purchase/Sale)
22 Mar The PRCA DARE Awards
22 Mar UK Content Awards
22 Mar IAB MIXX Awards Europe
28 Mar Muse Creative Awards
29 Mar Fresh Awards
29 Mar The Marketing Week Masters Awards
29 Mar The Computing Tech Marketing & Innovation Awards
29 Mar CRN Sales & Marketing Awards
29 Mar Masterclassing Awards
01 Apr The Caples Awards
MD Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards
01 Apr Gerety Awards
03 Apr Ragan & PR Daily's Media Relations Award
04 Apr The APG Creative Strategy Awards
05 Apr Investment Marketing and Innovation Awards
08 Apr Summit Creative Award
12 Apr Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program
12 Apr Exhibitor Sizzle Awards
18 Apr Cannes Lions Awards
19 Apr Clio Fashion & Beauty Awards
~20 Apr IPA Effectiveness Awards
26 Apr Institute of Internal Communication Awards (IoIC)
26 Apr Search Engine Land Awards (The Landy Awards)
N/A TransgressiveX eXchange Awards
26 Apr UK Digital Growth Awards

Planning & Property

21 Mar Housing Heroes Awards
29 Mar British Security Awards
29 Mar CoreNet Global Awards
05 Apr The EG Tech Awards
12 Apr Property Marketing Awards
~22 Apr Lettings Agency of the Year Awards
~22 Apr The Enfranchisement and Right to Manage ERMAS Awards
26 Apr Estates Gazette EG Awards
26 Apr ARMA Ace Awards
29 Apr IWFM Awards (Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management)

Products & Manufacturing

01 Mar Electronics Industry Awards
29 Mar The Packaging Innovation Awards brought to you by Dow
12 Apr Pentawards
26 Apr The RAC Cooling Industry Awards

Public Sector

15 Mar Association for Public Service Excellence APSE Service Awards
N/A Chartered Society of Physiotherapy CSP Awards
25 Apr The Impact Awards for KEC Professionals

Retail & Consumer Goods

01 Mar Retail Systems Awards
01 Mar Decanter World Wine Awards DWWA
05 Mar The British Sandwich Association Sammies Awards
07 Mar FAB Creative Excellence Awards (Food & Beverage)
11 Mar The Grocer Gold Awards
15 Mar The Glossy Awards
15 Mar iTQi Superior Taste Awards
17 Mar Scratch Stars Awards (UK Nail Industry)
22 Mar Retas Awards
MD International Chocolate Awards
05 Apr T3 Awards
06 Apr The Natural & Organic Awards
11 Apr British Knitting & Crochet Awards
12 Apr The SCEPTRE Retail Awards
15 Apr The Direct Commerce Awards
21 Apr The Drinks Business Awards
26 Apr FreeFrom Skin Care Awards
~28 Apr The Etsy Awards UK & Ireland
MD Grocer Own Label Accreditation and Awards
30 Apr Farmers Weekly Awards

Supply Chain

01 Mar The National GO Awards (Excellence in Public Procurement)
01 Mar Supply Chain Innovation Award (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals )
15 Mar Supply & Demand Chain Executive Top 100
25 Mar The Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Awards (TCS&D Awards)
05 Apr The CIPS Supply Management Awards

Third Sector

01 Mar Fundraisers: The New Generation
08 Mar The Global Good Awards
01 Apr Lighting the Fire - The Leap Annual Excellence Awards
01 Apr Charity Retail Awards
05 Apr Stephen Lloyd Awards
~17 Apr The Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards
~23 Apr National Fundraising Awards

Transport & Logistics

01 Mar CIHT Awards
04 Mar Talent in Logistics Awards
08 Mar Motor Transport Awards
15 Mar World Post and Parcel Awards
28 Mar FSDF Health and Safety Awards
29 Mar National Rail Awards
29 Mar Network Rail Awards
Ongoing Global Fleet Champions Awards
05 Apr Motor Trader Rising Stars Awards
05 Apr Routeone Awards for Operator Excellence
05 Apr ACI Europe Best Airport Awards
19 Apr The Airline Strategy Awards
MD RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards

Travel & Tourism

04 Mar The Business Travel People Awards
04 Mar The People Awards (Excellence in Business Travel)
31 Mar World Travel Awards Europe
31 Mar The Freddie Awards (Travel Loyalty)
03 Apr Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
25 Apr ST Star Awards

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