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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. With the arrival of February comes a whole host of award schemes opening their doors for entry – and it’s the perfect time to plan which awards to enter in 2020.

As ever, contact our team here at Boost if you need help with your entries or 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. Okay let’s get started…

Business awards

For a well-run, credible and well-established general business award to enter, you need look no further than The BQF UK Excellence Awards. Run by the British Quality Foundation, they feature some fantastic categories, for example: Excellence in Customer Experience Award, Excellence in Innovation Award, Excellence in Environmental Responsibility Award, and the most prestigious accolade, The UK Excellence Award – awarded to Large Private/Public Sector, SME/Small Public Sector and Third Sector/Not for Profit organisations. The submission deadline is 7th February.  

Insurance awards

For a more comprehensive overview, please read our guide, Which are the best Insurance awards to enter?
The insurance industry loves its awards. In such a highly competitive marketplace, the need to differentiate on something other than price is essential. Some research by Fly Research a fair few years back identified that a good award could swing the buying decision between two similarly priced offerings for over 70% of insurance buyers. So which insurance awards are coming up?

Firstly… the big one…The British Insurance Awards: Run by Insurance Post Magazine, with the gig at the Royal Albert Hall, these are arguably the main awards. (The Insurance Times Awards might argue with this, but these are first up, so let’s focus on them.) This year the deadline is 2nd March, with 27 categories to choose from for brokers, customer-facing initiatives, operational innovations, partnerships, individuals and teams. Loads to choose from if you work in the insurance industry. There are three new categories for 2020 – Industry Impact Award; Broker Partner of the Year; and Best Insurance Employer Award. 

While sorting your entry for the BIAs, you could consider one or two of the THREE claims awards. No other industry has multiple awards for just one part of their service!

The Claims Awards: These UK awards by Insurance Post Magazine (the same people who run the BIAs) have a much earlier deadline of 14th February, with 19 categories for customer care, initiatives, teams and individuals. The Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards are a similar scheme with a later deadline of 10th March. Categories here are for claims solutions, teams and individuals. The British Claims Awards are competing UK awards organised by the niche Claims Magazine, with a deadline of 3rd April. They have a much more diverse collection of categories including Outsourced Partner of the Year, Training Award and important ones like “Personal Lines Broker of the Year”, among others.

Comms and IT awards

Two directly competing awards are coming up – The Comms Dealer Sales and Marketing Awards are UK awards aimed squarely at the business telecommunications marketplace. The deadline is 2nd March, and they feature categories for distributors, vendors, service providers, resellers and special awards for things like events, fundraising, campaigns and support teams. The CRN Sales & Marketing Awards are also UK entry, but with a slightly later deadline of 27th March. They are broader in that they are aimed at the wider tech marketplace – all the way up and down the supply chain with similar sounding categories for distributors, vendor, resellers and best channel marketing/PR Agency. 

HR awards and training awards

I wanted to share a quick summary here, but for more information please check out our more detailed guides – ‘Which are the best HR awards to enter?‘ or ‘Which training awards should I enter?

The HR Excellence Awards (HR Magazine): These UK awards have a deadline of 13th March. One of the most popular schemes with our clients, they feature all the usual HR categories that you might expect, but also some more quirky ones like: Best CSR strategy and the Best Transformation Strategy Award. 

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 a robust process with a huge entry form, three supporting documents and a lengthy site visit; BUT the 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. While they have a deadline of 29th March, you will find two months will fly by! 

Marketing awards and PR awards

The Marketing Society Brave Awards is the new branding for the Marketing Society Excellence Awards. The deadline for 2020 is 14th February. In their own words, the 15 categories recognise: “The teams behind campaigns that demonstrated not only marketing excellence but also bravery in their approach to a considerable challenge, pushed boundaries or made an impact either in business or society in general.”

The CIPR Excellence Awards are arguably the most prestigious of the PR awards. They’re technically open to international entry – but in reality, they’re very UK-focused. There’s a deadline of 27th February with lots of categories to choose from, mostly for campaigns – but many for agencies and teams too.

If you are seeking more global recognition, do consider The Muse Creative Awards, which aim to recognise all those pushing the creative boundaries. They feature a huge number of categories, covering everything from advertising to events, social media to content marketing. The deadline is set for 26th March, so definitely a credible and winnable way of getting international recognition. Also worth noting that they run a sister programme in the form of The Muse Design Awards (deadline also 26th March) which follow a similar format.  

CSR awards

A special mention for the awards that we consider the most ethically-run in the industry – The Global Good Awards.They are a sustainability awards programme, open to all organisations small and large, but they are so much more than this – also aiming to practice what they preach by running their awards as sustainably and ethically as possible.There are two new categories for 2020 – Young Campaigner of the Year and Carbon Footprint Reduction of the Year. The deadline for entering is 6th March.    

Grocery awards

Last but not least, it’s a busy time for some of the most prominent awards in the world of food, drink and groceries. The Food and Drink Federation FDF Awards are open until 28th February and recognise all those involved in the food and drink supply chain, while the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards have a slightly later deadline 2nd March but also feature categories for products, retailers, people and supply chain.   

Hopefully these highlights 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 1,300 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 the best of luck with your awards strategy/entering awards – and hope 2020 will be an award-winning year for you. 



02 Feb Profit Track 100
07 Feb The UK Excellence Awards (BQF British Quality Foundation)
07 Feb CIR Business Continuity Awards
07 Feb SSON’s Excellence Awards
MD FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
21 Feb bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards
27 Feb Management Today NextGen Awards
28 Feb ActionCoach Business Excellence Awards
28 Feb The National Family Business Awards
05 Mar The BCI European Awards
13 Mar The Small Awards
20 Mar Fast Company's Best Workplaces for Innovators
20 Mar UK Business Awards (The Dons)
31 Mar Lotus Awards
31 Mar p2p Business Awards

Business Leaders

07 Feb CEO Today Management Consulting Awards
12 Feb Asian Women of Achievement Awards
23 Feb Woman Who Achieves Awards
N/A FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards
28 Feb EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
28 Feb EY Entrepreneur of the Year
28 Feb CEO Today Europe Awards
01 Mar BEYOUROWN Women In Business Awards
08 Mar We are the City's Rising Star Awards
19 Mar Inspiring Women in Business Awards
MD The CEO World Awards
31 Mar The IPSE Freelancer Awards

Construction & Architecture

03 Feb UK Roofing Awards
07 Feb AJ100 Awards
07 Feb BD Architect of the Year Awards
10 Feb ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards
14 Feb The Housebuilder Product Awards
14 Feb The Architizer A+ Awards
14 Feb Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Global Design Awards
18 Feb The European Women in Construction & Engineering WICE Awards
20 Feb RIBA Awards
21 Feb ACE Consultancy & Engineering Awards
25 Feb The Planning Awards
26 Feb National Building and Construction Awards
28 Feb Housing Design Awards
MD Constructing Excellence Awards
28 Feb The A' Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Award
06 Mar Facade Awards UK
MD Architecture in Perspective Annual Competition
13 Mar The ECA Annual Awards
20 Mar Construction Manager of the Year Awards
20 Mar The Architecture Community World Design Awards
23 Mar World Habitat Awards
26 Mar Living Waterways Awards
27 Mar Architectural Review AR House Awards
27 Mar Galvanizers Association Galvanizing Awards (GAGAs)
31 Mar Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage
31 Mar The AJ Retrofit Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

09 Feb UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award
14 Feb National Recycling Awards
17 Feb Business Charity Awards
21 Feb The Responsible Business Awards (BITC)
04 Mar The Corporate Engagement Awards
04 Mar The Corporate Engagement Awards
06 Mar The Global Good Awards
09 Mar Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative RIDI Awards
13 Mar Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management
27 Mar The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards
27 Mar PR Daily's Corporate Social Responsibility Award
31 Mar Social Entrepreneur Index

Customer Contact

21 Feb UK National Contact Centre Awards
28 Feb Modern Insurance UK Customer Service Excellence Awards
28 Feb Excellence in Customer Service Award
06 Mar South East Europe Customer Experience Awards
16 Mar The Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Awards
16 Mar Genesys Customer Innovation Awards
27 Mar CRN Sales & Marketing Awards

Design & Innovation

14 Feb Red Dot Award Product Design
25 Feb The Dieline Awards
28 Feb The A' International Interface and Interaction Design Awards
28 Feb The A' Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design Awards
28 Feb The Drum Design Awards
28 Feb The A' Luxury Design Awards
28 Feb The A' Design Award
06 Mar Mixology Awards South
11 Mar The 3D Printing Industry Awards
13 Mar Starpack Industry Awards
13 Mar The SBID Product Design Awards
16 Mar International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)
26 Mar Muse Design Awards
~27 Mar Red Dot Award Design Concept
29 Mar European Product Design Awards


07 Feb The Guardian University Awards
11 Feb Festival of Learning Awards
28 Feb The Pearson Teaching Awards
29 Feb NDNA Nursery Awards
Ranking Whatuni Student Choice Awards
06 Mar The Heist Awards for Education Marketing
06 Mar Universities Human Resources UHR Awards for Excellence in HR
~10 Mar TES Schools Award
13 Mar College & University Business Officers CUBO Awards
19 Mar ESRC Celebrating Impact Awards
27 Mar ContentED Awards
27 Mar International Green Gown Awards
31 Mar The Teen Tech Awards

Energy & Utilities

09 Feb Heating Installer Awards
15 Feb Society of Petroleum Engineers Awards
28 Feb Energy Risk Awards
02 Mar UK Gas Industry Awards (EUA/IGEM)
06 Mar The Global Good Awards
~19 Mar The Global Energy Prize
20 Mar Energy UK Young Energy Professionals Awards
31 Mar Micro-Generation Awards

Financial Services

01 Feb City of London Wealth Management Awards
04 Feb Trading Risk Awards
05 Feb Luxembourg Finance Awards
07 Feb The Private Equity Awards
07 Feb M & A Mid-Market Awards
MD British Bank Awards
10 Feb World's Best Bank Awards (Global Finance)
14 Feb Moneyfacts Awards
14 Feb Credit Awards
14 Feb The Claims Awards (Insurance Post)
14 Feb The Banker (FT) Deals of the Year Awards
14 Feb Sell-Side Technology Awards
14 Feb The Financial Services Forum Product & Service Innovation Awards
MD What Mortgage Awards
17 Feb World's Best Islamic Financial Institutions (Global Finance)
21 Feb European Pensions Awards
21 Feb Financial News FN Private Equity Rising Stars
21 Feb The Taxation Awards
~25 Feb BPP Apprentice of the Year Awards
28 Feb Corporate Adviser Awards
28 Feb Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement
28 Feb The British Specialist Lending Awards
28 Feb Euromoney Foreign Exchange Survey
28 Feb Risk Technology Awards
28 Feb COVER Customer Care Awards
02 Mar The British Insurance Awards
02 Mar Professional Pensions Women in Pensions Awards
06 Mar Operational Risk Awards
08 Mar Women in Finance Awards UK
10 Mar Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards
12 Mar The British Accounting Marketing Awards
13 Mar IR Magazine Awards Europe
16 Mar The Innovators (Global Finance)
20 Mar Blockchain Life Awards
26 Mar Global Payroll Awards
N/A Retail Banker International RBI Global Awards
30 Mar Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) Showcase Awards
31 Mar FT IFC Transformational Business Awards
31 Mar The Accounting Excellence Awards

Health & Social Care

03 Feb The Lasker Awards
07 Feb Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards
13 Feb European Healthcare Design Awards
18 Feb HPMA Excellence Awards
20 Feb The MedTech Breakthrough Awards
28 Feb Patient Safety Awards
05 Mar Communique Awards
27 Mar Mental Health Blog Awards
31 Mar European Mediscience Awards
31 Mar Pharmacy Excellence Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

14 Feb UKActive Awards
14 Feb Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards
21 Feb Acorn Awards
21 Feb The Caterer Best Places to Work in Hospitality
24 Feb The Cateys (The Caterer)
01 Mar IDEA Industry Awards
MD BEDSA British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards
06 Mar Hospitality Design Awards
18 Mar The Women in Gaming Diversity Awards
~23 Mar The Green Hotelier Awards
27 Mar National Pub & Bar Awards

HR & Training

07 Feb Employee Benefits Awards
07 Feb International Safety Awards (British Safety Council)
18 Feb HPMA Excellence Awards
28 Feb Corporate Adviser Awards
28 Feb Working Families Best Practice Awards
28 Feb The Rally Awards
02 Mar The Stonewall Global Workplace Equality Index
02 Mar Institute of Student Employers ISE Awards
MD TrainingIndustry.com Top Training Companies
09 Mar Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative RIDI Awards
10 Mar IELA International E-Learning Awards - Business Division
13 Mar HR Excellence Awards (HR Magazine)
13 Mar Tomorrow's Health and Safety Awards
13 Mar Relocate Awards
15 Mar The EFMD Excellence in Practice (EiP) Awards
20 Mar Gartner Communications Awards
20 Mar DIVA Awards
25 Mar The ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards
27 Mar The Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY)
31 Mar Princess Royal Training Awards
31 Mar Global Recruiter Industry Awards
31 Mar The enei Awards (Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion)
31 Mar Pink News Awards

IT & Telecommunications

01 Feb Tech5 Awards
N/A European CIO of the Year
05 Feb Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards
07 Feb The Webby Awards
07 Feb Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards
07 Feb SSON’s Excellence Awards
~09 Feb The ITSM Industry Awards (IT Service Management)
13 Feb SC Magazine Awards Europe
13 Feb SC Awards Europe
14 Feb The National Cyber Awards
~15 Feb VMware Global Partner Innovation Awards
18 Feb Midemlab Global Music Startup and App Competition
21 Feb Datacentre Solutions Awards (DCS)
28 Feb The A' Website and Web Design Awards
28 Feb MSP Innovation Awards Europe
28 Feb Digital Leaders DL100 Awards
29 Feb Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition IEIC
01 Mar The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards
02 Mar Comms Dealer Sales and Marketing Awards
06 Mar AOTMP Telecom Management Awards
06 Mar NFC Innovation Awards
12 Mar Mobile Industry Awards
13 Mar Inside Market Data Awards & Inside Reference Data Awards
13 Mar Connected Britain Awards
20 Mar UK Cloud Awards
20 Mar The Storage Awards (The Storries)
22 Mar Future Stars of Tech
25 Mar The Europas - The European Tech Startup Awards
27 Mar CRN Sales & Marketing Awards
27 Mar Digital Technology Leaders Awards
29 Mar Broadcast Digital Awards
31 Mar DataCloud Awards

Journalism Publishing & Media

13 Feb One World Media Awards
14 Feb The Drum Online Media Awards
18 Feb European Digital Media Awards
20 Feb Campaign Publishing Awards
28 Feb British Podcast Awards
02 Mar The Regional Press Awards
02 Mar IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards
04 Mar The Tabbie Awards
05 Mar IPG Independent Publishing Awards
06 Mar The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) Journalist and Media Awards
11 Mar International Music and Sound Awards
19 Mar AOP Digital Publishing Awards
27 Mar The UK Music + Sound Awards

Legal Services

07 Feb Lawyer Monthly Expert Witness Awards
~09 Feb BIALL Awards
14 Feb The Lawyer Awards
28 Feb HR in Law Awards
28 Feb The Legal Week Innovation Awards
02 Mar Northern Law Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

03 Feb The Revo Purple Apple Marketing Awards
05 Feb The Awards Awards
06 Feb World Media Awards
14 Feb The Drum Recommends Awards
14 Feb The Marketing Society Brave Awards
14 Feb The Drum Digital Advertising Awards Europe
14 Feb AICP Show
14 Feb The One Show
14 Feb MEMCOM Awards
14 Feb Internal Communications and Engagement Awards
14 Feb Internal Communications and Engagement Awards
14 Feb AICP Next Awards
14 Feb AICP Post Awards
19 Feb Creativepool Annual Awards
20 Feb The Drum Roses Awards
20 Feb International Emmy Awards
20 Feb The Conference Awards
21 Feb European Design Awards (EDAwards)
21 Feb Digiday Content Marketing Awards
25 Feb The Global Effie Awards
27 Feb CIPR Excellence Awards
28 Feb Digiday Media Awards Europe
28 Feb Fresh Awards
28 Feb AMEC International Communication Effectiveness Awards
28 Feb The Loyalty Awards
28 Feb The A' Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design Award
28 Feb The Loyalty Magazine Awards
01 Mar The TicketingBusiness Awards
02 Mar Market Research Society MRS Excellence Awards
05 Mar Campaign Tech Awards
05 Mar PRWeek Best Place to Work
05 Mar Event Marketer EX Awards
06 Mar European Search Awards
MD Communication Arts Awards
11 Mar Design Advertising and Digital D&AD Awards
11 Mar Bulldog PR Awards
11 Mar AV Technology Europe Awards
12 Mar AEO Excellence Awards (Association of Event Organisers)
12 Mar The Drum Chip Shop Awards
13 Mar Clear Channel Outdoor Media Awards
13 Mar Clio Sports Awards
13 Mar Gerety Awards
N/A Marketing Automotive Awards
20 Mar POPAI Awards (Point of Purchase/Sale)
20 Mar Design Week Awards
20 Mar Gartner Communications Awards
24 Mar D&AD New Blood Awards
26 Mar Muse Creative Awards
27 Mar The IPM Awards (Institute of Promotional Marketing)
27 Mar Investment Marketing and Innovation Awards
27 Mar Summit Creative Award
27 Mar The PRCA DARE Awards
27 Mar CRN Sales & Marketing Awards
27 Mar Effective Digital Marketing Awards
~29 Mar Masterclassing Awards
30 Mar Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards
31 Mar IPA Effectiveness Awards

Planning & Property

19 Feb The RESI Awards
28 Feb European Rental Awards
28 Feb EuropaProperty SEE Real Estate Awards
05 Mar Housing Heroes Awards
20 Mar The EG Tech Awards
27 Mar Property Marketing Awards
29 Mar British Security Awards
29 Mar CoreNet Global Awards

Products & Manufacturing

06 Feb Motion Control Industry Awards
24 Feb Electronics Weekly BrightSparks Awards
06 Mar Electronics Industry Awards
27 Mar Pentawards

Public Sector

14 Feb The Youth Sport Trust Awards
17 Feb The Education Resources Awards (ERAs)
21 Feb The BAPCO Awards
28 Feb The A' Governance and Public Services Design Award
28 Feb Smarter Working Live Awards
28 Feb Street Design Awards
13 Mar Association for Public Service Excellence APSE Service Awards

Retail & Consumer Goods

N/A Retailers' Retailer of the Year
07 Feb The Bookseller British Book Industry Awards
11 Feb The Fishing News Awards
12 Feb Seafood Excellence Global Awards
14 Feb British Pie Awards
N/A Great Taste Awards
18 Feb International Association for Food Protection IAFP Awards
24 Feb The Grocer New Product Awards
MD The British Kebab Awards
28 Feb Food and Drink Federation FDF Awards
28 Feb Retail Systems Awards
28 Feb The A' Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Award
28 Feb Scratch Stars Awards (UK Nail Industry)
28 Feb Decanter World Wine Awards DWWA
29 Feb Creative Retail Awards
29 Feb BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards
02 Mar The Grocer Gold Awards
MD The British Sandwich Association Sammies Awards
06 Mar The Glossy Awards
MD International Taste Institute Superior Taste Awards
07 Mar FAB Creative Excellence Awards (Food & Beverage)
16 Mar The Golden Chopsticks Awards
20 Mar Retas Awards
22 Mar FreeFrom Skin Care Awards
31 Mar Nourish Awards

Supply Chain

26 Feb The National GO Awards (Excellence in Public Procurement)

Third Sector

07 Feb The Charity Awards
06 Mar The Global Good Awards
12 Mar The Diana Award
13 Mar The Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Campaigner Awards
13 Mar National Fundraising Awards
16 Mar Stephen Lloyd Awards
31 Mar Charity Today Awards

Transport & Logistics

07 Feb Women in Rail Awards
10 Feb FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards
N/A Skytrax World Airport Awards
21 Feb Motor Transport Awards
28 Feb The A' Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Award
28 Feb CIHT Awards
06 Mar World Post and Parcel Awards
27 Mar National Rail Awards
27 Mar Network Rail Awards
27 Mar ACI Europe Best Airport Awards
27 Mar The FTA Multimodal Awards

Travel & Tourism

11 Feb The FlyerTalk Awards
15 Feb European Group Travel Awards (EGTA)
28 Feb VisitEngland Awards for Excellence
02 Mar The Business Travel People Awards
02 Mar The People Awards (Excellence in Business Travel)
02 Mar Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
08 Mar World Travel Awards Europe
31 Mar The Freddie Awards (Travel Loyalty)

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