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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 for all awards organised by industry) 

With the festive season upon us and the year drawing to a close, the world of awards is slightly quieter – but there are still plenty of trends emerging amongst upcoming business award deadlines. A lot of great CSR Awards like The Global Good Awards and The BITC Responsible Business Awards are open (or will be imminently), while some important HR Awards are just creeping onto the horizon like The Princess Royal Training Awards and The HR Excellence Awards. Special mention too for the prestigious BQF UK Excellence Awards with its 21st December deadline fast approaching, but for now my focus will be on two big themes:

IT awards

There are some very big awards in the IT industry coming up, mentioned below, but for greater detail can I suggest checking out our colleague Emma’s recent article on the best International IT Awards to enter.

First up we have The Cybersecurity Excellence AwardsThese international awards have a deadline of 31st Dec and have six categories for cybersecurity companies, a whopping 47 cybersecurity product/service categories and seven cybersecurity professional categories for individuals. 

Now in their 11th year, The European IT & Software Excellence Awards are all about software development, IT and Telecoms solutions provision. As the name suggests, they welcome entries from across Europe, but are mostly UK-focused. They tend to attract the smaller providers, but last year Microsoft and BNP Paribas picked up awards, proving the big brands are welcome too. Deadline here is 25th January 2019. 

Hosted by The Corporate IT Forum since 2004, The Real IT Awards (RITAs) are aimed at UK IT teams within bigger companies. These well-established awards focus on teamwork and projects. The deadline for entering is 28th January, and they comprise six ‘Team of the Year’ categories, nine Project categories, five Innovation categories and one ‘Special Achievement’ award.

UK-based ‘The Techies’ by Techworld have grown in popularity from their early days, and seemed popular last year, but this year they are yet to open for entries. The deadline will probably be early Feb. Categories include Best Use of AI for Enterprise, Best Place to Work in Tech and Best Use of DevOps. 

Pensions awards 

In order to enter The UK Pensions Awards you will need to register by 14th December, while the actual submission deadline is 21st January 2019. They include categories for individuals, consultancies, advisers, pension providers, fund managers and innovations. Big winners here include the ‘Third-Party Administrator of the Year’ award. 

The Money Marketing Awards are organised in the UK by Money Marketing magazine and are officially just about intermediaries, including mortgages, protection and wealth management, but they have a very strong emphasis on pensions. Despite the name, they are not about marketing. Deadline 7th December. 

The European Pensions Awards have a deadline of 22nd February. The categories here focus on funds, fund managers and fund management companies – basically awards for the people that make your money grow.

Next up is another UK-only scheme The FT Pension and Investment Provider (PIPA) Awards, this time with a deadline of 23rd February. Here the categories are very different, focusing on schemes and service providers. The most interesting categories include: Employee benefits consultant – Multi-employer DC provider – Third party administrator – Communication specialist. 

The Employee Benefits Awards are Boost’s most popular awards of the year – we have a long history of winning these for our clients. The current official deadline is 17th December, but you can expect a possible deadline extension. Categories include ‘Best Financial Wellbeing Strategy’, ‘Best Employee Share Schemes’ and ‘Benefits Team of the Year’. 

The Corporate Adviser Awards were previously a pre-Christmas scheme, but have moved their two deadlines significantly to early in the year. You have until 1st February for the Adviser and Health and Wellbeing categories, and 29th March for Provider categories.

Hopefully those award highlights have suitably whetted your appetite – I wish you the best of luck during the winter 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.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Boost! 


07 Dec Future Fifty
10 Dec Think Global Awards
MD FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
Ranking Fortune World's Most Admired Companies
20 Dec The EISA Awards
21 Dec The UK Excellence Awards (BQF British Quality Foundation)
Ongoing Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards
MD Startup Europe Awards
11 Jan PLC Awards
~15 Jan EFQM Global Excellence Awards
~15 Jan European Business Awards
~15 Jan The European Silver Economy Awards
~28 Jan Deaf Business Awards
MD Le Fonti Global Awards
30 Jan International Business Excellence Awards
~30 Jan SSON's Shared Services Excellence Awards Europe
31 Jan The Productivity Awards

Business Leaders

Ongoing Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
~08 Jan The National Mumandworking Awards
~09 Jan Cynopsis Media Top Women in Digital
~17 Jan Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award
18 Jan Women in Technology and Data Awards
18 Jan Women in Credit Awards

Construction & Architecture

01 Dec The International Architecture Awards
03 Dec Architects Journal Women in Architecture Award
03 Dec The Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture & Woman Architect of the Year
16 Dec The APLD International Landscape Design Awards
21 Dec The Building Controls Industry Association BCIA Awards
~06 Jan SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design
11 Jan Ground Engineering GE Awards
~16 Jan UK Green Building Council Rising Star Award
~18 Jan National Federation of Builders NFB Awards
24 Jan The Planning Awards
25 Jan Construction News Awards
25 Jan The European Women in Construction & Engineering WICE Awards
25 Jan BD Architect of the Year Awards
26 Jan UK Roofing Awards
MD Royal Academy of Engineering Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

20 Dec Golden Peacock Awards
10 Jan Cynopsis Social Good Awards
21 Jan CIEEM Awards
25 Jan Better Society Awards
~26 Jan ENDS Environmental Impact Awards

Customer Contact

Ongoing Customer Service Excellence
Ongoing Gold Standard for Customer Services
10 Jan Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service
15 Jan ContactCentreWorld Top Ranking Performers Awards
~15 Jan The ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Awards
18 Jan The VA Awards (Virtual Assistants)
~26 Jan ICMI Global Contact Center Awards

Design & Innovation

14 Dec JEC World Innovation Awards
18 Jan Lighting Design Awards
18 Jan National Technology Awards
18 Jan Green Product Award


14 Dec GESS Education Awards
20 Dec Shine a Light Awards
08 Jan ESRC Celebrating Impact Awards
11 Jan The Learning on Screen Awards
15 Jan The WISE Awards
~31 Jan Language Industry Awards

Energy & Utilities

13 Dec Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight on New Technology Awards
15 Jan European Energy Service Awards
18 Jan Water Industry Achievement Awards
31 Jan IOM3 Awards (Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining)
31 Jan E&P Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation
31 Jan Global Water Awards

Financial Services

03 Dec Best Treasury & Cash Management Providers Awards (Global Finance)
07 Dec Money Marketing Awards
N/A EuroHedge Awards
12 Dec WealthBriefing European Awards
MD The UK Pensions Awards
N/A International Financing Review IFR Awards
20 Dec PRCA City and Financial Awards
~05 Jan M&A Atlas Awards
~06 Jan CPA Practice Advisor Readers' Choice Awards
~08 Jan World's Best Investment Banks and Derivatives Providers Awards (Global Finance)
~11 Jan Who’s Who In Treasury & Cash Management (Global Finance)
11 Jan The Mortgage Awards from MoneyAge
~12 Jan UK Stock Market Awards
16 Jan Global Trade Review (GTR) Best Deals and Leaders in Trade Awards
~17 Jan The IJGlobal Europe & Africa Awards
18 Jan Women in Credit Awards
18 Jan The Financial Services Forum Product & Service Innovation Awards
~19 Jan The Investors Choice Hedge Fund Awards
~23 Jan TXF Perfect 10 Deals of the Year Awards
25 Jan Card Not Present CNP Awards
~30 Jan Savvy Investor Awards
N/A The Trade Finance Awards

Health & Social Care

03 Dec Aesthetic Dentistry Awards
03 Dec RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards
07 Dec OTC Marketing Awards
12 Dec Optometry Today AOP Awards
14 Dec The Student Nursing Times Awards
21 Dec The Medical Design Excellence Awards
31 Dec CRO Leadership Awards
11 Jan The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards
~12 Jan Petplan Veterinary Awards
~12 Jan Chief Scientific Officer Awards
14 Jan Advancing Healthcare Awards
14 Jan Optician Awards
15 Jan The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators
18 Jan Clinical and Research Excellence Awards CARE Awards
18 Jan BMJ Improving Health Awards
~20 Jan AHCP National Awards (Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals)
21 Jan Pharmaceutical Field PF Awards
~29 Jan The HealthInvestor Awards
31 Jan PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year
Ranking Top 20 Care Home Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

Ongoing Best Bar None Awards
01 Dec Onboard Hospitality Awards
05 Dec The Sports Technology Awards
Ongoing A Greener Festival Award
Ongoing The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Hospitality Assured Awards
~15 Jan The World's 50 Best Restaurants
18 Jan Exhibition News Awards
~22 Jan BEDSA British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards
~26 Jan Acorn Awards
31 Jan The Serviced Apartment Awards

HR & Training

Ongoing Diversity Champion Award
Ongoing Top Employer Institute Certification Programme
07 Dec Best Places to Work (Business Intelligence Group)
MD The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards
14 Dec British Ex-Forces in Business Awards
17 Dec Employee Benefits Awards
18 Dec The HR Distinction Awards
Ongoing BITC Diversity Benchmark
07 Jan PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards
~14 Jan Workplace Wellbeing Index
MD TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards
18 Jan The Recruiter Awards
~20 Jan City and Guilds Medals for Excellence
~22 Jan Tech & Learning's Stellar Service Awards
25 Jan The Digiday WorkLife Awards Europe
~26 Jan The GEO Awards
~30 Jan Global HR Excellence Awards
~30 Jan The LEAD Awards
31 Jan BSIF Safety Awards
31 Jan The Safety & Health Excellence Awards

IT & Telecommunications

Ongoing Best Mobile App Awards
Ongoing Awwwards
07 Dec BAFTA British Academy Games Awards
08 Dec StudioDaily Prime Awards
10 Dec PC Retail Awards (PCR)
10 Dec MCV Industry Excellence Awards (Market for Computer & Video Games)
14 Dec The Webby Awards
20 Dec I-COM Data Creativity Awards
Ongoing CSS Design Awards
21 Dec DigitalAgenda Impact Awards
MD Interactive Media Awards (IMA)
31 Dec International Mobile Gaming Awards
MD Cybersecurity Excellence Awards
N/A Satellite Awards
N/A The Vision VR/AR Awards
~11 Jan NFC Innovation Awards
MD EMEA Inavation Awards
~18 Jan The Network Computing Awards
~19 Jan Future Stars of Tech
~20 Jan BSOCO Business Software Comparison awards
~22 Jan The Data Leaders Awards
24 Jan SC Magazine Awards Europe
~24 Jan The Emotional Games Awards
24 Jan SC Awards Europe
25 Jan The European IT and Software Excellence Awards
25 Jan The ISPA Awards (Internet Service Provider Association)
25 Jan Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards
N/A Eurostar Testing Excellence Awards
~27 Jan Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards
28 Jan Real IT Awards (RITA)
~28 Jan Bingoport Players Choice Awards
~30 Jan The AI 100 (Artificial Intelligence)
31 Jan Mobile News Awards

Journalism Publishing & Media

11 Jan EFIA Annual Print Awards
11 Jan National Press Awards
MD Headlinemoney Awards
~25 Jan IPG Independent Publishing Awards
~26 Jan Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
~30 Jan Cynopsis Sports Media Awards
~31 Jan The PPA New Talent Awards

Legal Services

06 Jan National Paralegal Awards
~07 Jan Finance Monthly Law Awards
~14 Jan The ACQ Law Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

07 Dec Digiday Video Awards
13 Dec AVA Digital Awards
14 Dec CIM Marketing Excellence Awards
14 Dec OBIE Awards
14 Dec Horizon Interactive Awards
15 Dec International AME Awards
20 Dec I-COM Data Creativity Awards
~01 Jan ARF Great Mind Awards
~04 Jan PromaxBDA Europe Awards
08 Jan Ad Age A-List and Creativity Awards
09 Jan IABC Gold Quill Awards (for Business Communication)
11 Jan PRmoment Awards
11 Jan UK Biddable Media Awards
~13 Jan ARF David Ogilvy Awards
14 Jan Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media
14 Jan The TicketingBusiness Awards
15 Jan Campaign Media Awards
~17 Jan Women of Tomorrow Awards
18 Jan The Event Production Awards (EPAs)
~19 Jan Fresh Awards
~20 Jan PRWeek Best Place to Work
22 Jan UK Sponsorship Awards
24 Jan The Awards Awards
~24 Jan AV Technology Europe Awards
25 Jan Digiday Future Leader Awards
25 Jan The Creative Circle Awards
~26 Jan Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Awards
28 Jan SABRE Awards EMEA
31 Jan The Internet Advertising (IAC) Competition Awards
31 Jan The One Show
~31 Jan Creativepool Annual Awards
31 Jan ADC Annual Awards
31 Jan Internal Communications and Engagement Awards

Planning & Property

14 Dec The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence
31 Dec The ESTAS Estate and Letting Agent Awards
~02 Jan Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards
09 Jan The Property Awards
10 Jan First Time Buyer Readers' Awards
12 Jan Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence
~19 Jan British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards
25 Jan RICS Awards (separated into Regions)

Products & Manufacturing

18 Jan The Pump Industry Awards

Public Sector

14 Dec Partnerships Awards
16 Dec ICiPS Awards (Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services)
~06 Jan The Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For
11 Jan iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards
18 Jan Engaged Cities Awards
31 Jan Public Sector Paperless Awards
31 Jan Green Flag Award

Retail & Consumer Goods

03 Dec ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards
Ongoing CiWF Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards
07 Dec ISPO Awards
07 Dec Fragrance Foundation Jasmine Awards
07 Dec UK eCommerce Awards
09 Dec Countryside Alliance Awards
09 Dec FreeFrom Food Awards
14 Dec DIY Week Awards
Ranking Good Food Awards
16 Dec The British Craft Awards
31 Dec Land and Soil Management Awards
~01 Jan UK Lingerie Awards
03 Jan International Craft Awards
~10 Jan The Delivery Excellence Awards
11 Jan Drapers Digital Awards
14 Jan The Revo Opal Awards
~17 Jan The Fragrance Foundation Awards
18 Jan The World Retail Awards
22 Jan The British Kebab Awards
23 Jan The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA)
~29 Jan BBC Food and Farming Awards
~31 Jan SIBA Brewing Business Awards
31 Jan Creative Retail Awards
31 Jan The Greats Gift Retailer Awards
31 Jan The Academy of Chocolate Awards

Supply Chain

06 Dec World Procurement Awards
~10 Jan Resilient Supply Chain Awards

Third Sector

~15 Jan International & European Association Awards
~21 Jan The Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Awards

Transport & Logistics

03 Dec The Future Fleet Forum Awards
MD RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards
17 Dec The Great British Fleet Awards
20 Dec British Parking Awards
20 Dec The Air Cargo News Cargo Airline of Year Awards
21 Dec British Coach Tourism Awards
31 Dec BVRLA Industry Hero Awards
31 Dec Business Van Awards
~04 Jan The Aviation Week Network MRO of the Year Awards
~05 Jan SME Company Car of the Year
25 Jan UK Coach Awards
30 Jan The Auto Industry Excellence Awards
~31 Jan Women in Rail Awards

Travel & Tourism

05 Dec Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards (M&IT Awards)
07 Dec The Travel Plus Awards
~05 Jan VisitEngland Awards for Excellence
~15 Jan Traveller Made Luxury Travel Industry Awards
25 Jan UK Group Travel Awards

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