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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. As you are all experiencing, the world has completed changed. Most importantly, I hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy. The work that our front line key workers and the NHS staff are putting in to support us all is beyond words. It is also interesting to see how many businesses are adapting to the new challenges faced.
In terms of the awards industry, we have a carried out some research into how awards organisers are planning to respond (a summary of our survey findings can be found here) and the overall message here is the vast majority of schemes are postponing their events but not cancelling, so it is business as usual. A small handful of ceremonies have switched to online events (less than 10%) and the number of schemes that have cancelled entirely is thankfully less than 3%. We are finding that, in the face of adversity, we are 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 paying something back to our people.’ So, with this in mind, it is on to my recommendations for awards to consider in May, June 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 customer contact, marketing and technology, and some of the big general business awards like The National Business Awards are now open so definitely worth including in your planning.

One of the most prestigious awards of them all, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, opened its doors for entry on 1st May. While the 9th September deadline may seem some way off, the entry process for these is formidable and requires months of planning and collecting evidence, and a huge written entry. We are already taking bookings now as we are highly experienced when it comes to these awards, having written dozens of winning entries, so please get in touch and we will be happy to provide you with a free eligibility check. You may find our guide ‘How to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise‘ helpful.   

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…

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 did have a March deadline, but as with many organisers timelines have been shifted, with a new deadline 30th June and the prestigious event moved to 29th October. 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. 

Another of the highest profile awards in the UK HR awards calendar, The HR Distinction Awards, currently display a 14th May deadline – so plenty of opportunity to re-purpose your entry for both schemes.

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program: These are US-based but open for international entry. A decent sized application form, but with loads of awards up for grabs. They have an extended deadline of 8th May. These awards are great in terms of having ninety categories covering every aspect of learning and development, leadership development and talent acquisition. We are a seeing a big increase in large companies entering this year.  

The deadline for this year’s CIPD People Management Awards has now been extended to 28th May so still some time to enter these highly credible awards.

Business awards

For a well-run, credible and well-established general business award to enter, you need look no further than The UK Business Awards. Run by Awards International, they feature some fantastic categories, for example: Best
Place to Work, Wellbeing at Work, Innovation of the Year and Best New Business. In response to the pandemic, the submission deadline has been moved to 15th May and the ceremony will be an online event via video conferencing. Read our guide to entering in 2020

As already mentioned, the prestigious National Business Awards are now open. You can save £100 on your entry before 11th May or wait until the final deadline 5th June.  

Customer contact awards

For a more comprehensive overview, please read our guide, Which are the best customer service awards to enter?

The UK Digital Experience Awards are pretty unique, in that they are the only awards that are focused squarely on customer experience in the digital space. They attract lots of big name companies keen to promote their online consumer offerings. Lots of great categories such as Best App, Best Website, Best Marketing Campaign and Best Online User Experience. In response to the current crisis, the deadline has moved to 5th June and the ceremony will now be an totally online event.

The UK Customer Experience Awards are another excellent way of recognising the incredible work being done by CX professionals, something extremely pertinent during these times. Incredibly well-run awards and a great day to be had at Wembley Stadium on 15th October. You will need to enter before 19th June. We have written a guide to everything you need to know about entering in 2020.    

Digital, Tech and IT awards

The IT World Awards are a great option. They feature a common format for US-based awards in that there are hundreds of categories to choose from, but remain both credible and winnable if you are looking for global recognition. The regular deadline is 10th April but there is a last chance deadline (with a fee) enabling entries until 8th May. 

We really like a new awards scheme in the digital space – The Global Digital Excellence Awards – formed in response to the pandemic we find ourselves in, and recognising all the incredible digital innovation and transformation that many companies and individuals have been implementing. Lots of great categories for campaigns, tools and tech and agencies amongst others, with a deadline of 22nd May.     

Legal awards

Since their launch in 2013, The Family Law Awards have been recognising the excellent work of family lawyers at both a regional and national level. These awards are exemplary in the way they are run, so I highly recommended entering them before the 5th June deadline. 

Marketing awards

The Hermes Creative Awards, so-named after the ancient Greek messenger, are a US-based scheme open to international entry. They honour the messengers of traditional and emerging media, and are also both credible and winnable. Featuring over 200 categories, there is sure to be something suitable for you or your team to enter (they remain open indefinitely).  

Finally, another pair of sister schemes to consider are the NYX Marcom Awards and NYX Video Awards – global creative awards recognising the world’s best marketing, communications and video concepts. The entry deadline for both is 7th May. 

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 1,400 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.



01 May Regulatory Excellence Awards
15 May UK Business Awards (The Dons)
28 May The Association Excellence Awards
29 May Top Track 100
MD Globee Awards
29 May The Contracting Awards
04 Jun SME National Business Awards
05 Jun The Rural Business Awards
12 Jun The ESOMAR Research Effectiveness Award
26 Jun The National Business Awards
26 Jun Chamber Business Awards
26 Jun Growing Business Awards
30 Jun Global BRM Community Excellence Awards

Business Leaders

01 May Glassdoor's Top CEOs
01 May BEYOUROWN Women In Business Awards
05 May British Citizen Awards
07 May Lockdown Awards
14 May National Business Women's Awards
18 May Everywoman in Sports Industry Awards
22 May The Great British Entrepreneur Awards
22 May Women in Tech Excellence Awards
29 May Forward Ladies FL National Awards
31 May Arab Women of the Year Awards
05 Jun Women of The Year
12 Jun The Blossom Awards
MD The CEO World Awards
19 Jun Women in Tech Employer Awards
26 Jun GG2 Leadership Awards

Construction & Architecture

01 May The ABB Leaf Awards
01 May The Year in Infrastructure Awards
01 May The Housebuilder Awards
04 May Brick Awards
05 May Global Future Design Awards - Architecture & Design Awards
07 May World Architecture Festival Awards
07 May The INSIDE Awards
07 May World Festival of Interiors Awards
15 May The Institution of Engineering and Technology IET Achievement Awards
22 May The Wood Awards
28 May British Homes Awards
29 May Structural Timber Awards
MD Constructing Excellence Awards
31 May The ITA Tunnelling Awards
01 Jun Landscape Institute Awards
02 Jun Dezeen Awards
03 Jun The BALI National Landscape Awards
03 Jun RIBA President's Awards for Research
05 Jun British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA)
10 Jun AEC Excellence Awards
12 Jun RIBA Royal Gold Medal
12 Jun Living Waterways Awards
12 Jun AJ Architecture Awards
~14 Jun The Manser Medal
17 Jun The ECA Annual Awards
19 Jun Construction News CN Talent Awards
20 Jun BIG SEE Interior Design Awards (South East Europe)
20 Jun BIG SEE Wood Design Awards (South East Europe)
20 Jun BIG SEE Architecture Awards (South East Europe)
26 Jun The AJ Retrofit Awards
30 Jun World Demolition Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

~21 May NERC Impact Awards
29 May Social Entrepreneur Index
31 May The International CSR Excellence Awards
04 Jun Communitas Awards
12 Jun Ethical Corporation Global Responsible Business Awards
19 Jun World Petroleum Council WPC Excellence Awards
~21 Jun St Andrews Prize for the Environment
26 Jun IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards
MD Britain's Healthiest Workplace
26 Jun UK Social Mobility Awards
30 Jun Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Customer Contact

04 May NICE CX Excellence Awards
29 May GSA Professional Development Awards
05 Jun UK Digital Experience Awards
~15 Jun The Collections and Customer Service Awards (CCS Awards)
19 Jun UK Customer Experience Awards
19 Jun DACH Customer Experience Awards
26 Jun CCA Excellence Awards (Customer Contact Association)

Design & Innovation

15 May Red Dot Award Design Concept
29 May The SBID Product Design Awards
03 Jun The TCT Awards
12 Jun SBID International Design Awards
~15 Jun IEEE Awards
15 Jun Global Aquaculture Innovation Award
20 Jun BIG SEE Product Design Awards (South East Europe)
25 Jun DMI Design Value Awards
25 Jun K-Design Award


01 May Education Business Awards
01 May The Better Energy School Awards
01 May TES Schools Award
01 May Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Awards
03 May The Education Awards
11 May The Nursery World Awards
14 May TES International Schools Awards
24 May Education Estates Awards
29 May College & University Business Officers CUBO Awards
02 Jun The Global Undergraduate Awards
03 Jun Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland
10 Jun THE Awards (Times Higher Education Awards)
15 Jun National Enterprise Educator Awards NEEA
~17 Jun NMT Nursery Top 20
26 Jun Children and Young People Now Awards

Energy & Utilities

05 May AD & Biogas Industry Awards
15 May Solar & Storage Live Awards
20 May ONS Innovation Awards
21 May Zayed Future Energy Prize
31 May Micro-Generation Awards
19 Jun Energy Institute EI Awards
26 Jun IChemE Global Awards
26 Jun Offshore Safety Awards
~28 Jun Utilities & Telecoms U&T Awards

Financial Services

01 May British Mortgage Awards
01 May Moneywise Customer Service Awards
01 May Car Finance Awards
04 May The UK Angel Investment Awards
07 May FTAdviser Diversity in Finance Awards
08 May The Private Banking & Wealth Management Awards
08 May Worlds Best Digital Bank Awards (Global Finance)
08 May Waters Rankings
N/A Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards
15 May The Banker Innovation in Digital Banking Awards
18 May The PRI Awards
22 May Investment Week's Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards
26 May The UK Broker Awards
29 May The Banker Transaction Banking Awards
N/A FX Week e-FX Awards
29 May European Small and Mid-Cap Awards
02 Jun Global Investor/ISF Investment Excellence Awards
Ranking The Banker Top 1000 World Banks
05 Jun CPA Practice Advisor's Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards
05 Jun The Broker Innovation Awards
10 Jun Growth Finance Awards
12 Jun MoneyAge Awards
12 Jun Corporate & Financial Awards
12 Jun Schroders UK Platform Awards
12 Jun Corporate & Financial Awards
12 Jun Women in Insurance Awards
15 Jun The Insurance Fraud Awards
~15 Jun The Collections and Customer Service Awards (CCS Awards)
16 Jun Environmental Finance IMPACT Awards
22 Jun Insurance Choice Awards
MD British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Management Team Awards
~29 Jun PWM The Banker Private Banking Awards
30 Jun International Investment Awards
30 Jun The Investor Relations Society IRS Best Practice Awards
30 Jun TMT M&A Awards
30 Jun Business Finance Awards

Health & Social Care

07 May PM Society Digital Awards (Pharmaceutical Marketing Society)
15 May Nursing Times Awards
15 May HSJ Awards (Health Service Journal)
29 May Macular Society Award for Excellence
05 Jun Fostering Excellence Awards
08 Jun SCRIP Awards
12 Jun UK Heart Safe Awards
15 Jun Care Service & Supplier Awards
21 Jun European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards
26 Jun LaingBuisson Awards
26 Jun Audiologist of the Year
30 Jun IMTJ Medical Travel Awards
30 Jun Health Tech Digital Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

01 May The Leaders Under 40 Awards
01 May The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Hospitality Awards
Ranking The National Restaurant Awards
15 May National Wedding Awards
27 May The Beyond Sport Global Awards
29 May The Licensing Awards
29 May AHEAD Awards Europe
25 Jun The Football Business Awards
~26 Jun UK Outdoor Industry Awards

HR & Training

MD Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB) Awards
08 May Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program
14 May The HR Distinction Awards
14 May Global Recruiter Industry Awards
14 May Institute of Internal Communication Awards (IoIC)
18 May National Diversity Awards
28 May The CIPD People Management Awards
29 May Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) Circle of Excellence Awards
01 Jun ICF International Prism Award
05 Jun Personnel Today Awards
MD Top Training Companies
05 Jun Investing in Ethnicity Awards
07 Jun IELA International E-Learning Awards - Academic Division
12 Jun The TJ Awards (Training Journal)
19 Jun ABP Workforce Experience Awards
19 Jun Recruitment Marketing Awards
MD Britain's Healthiest Workplace
26 Jun The Global Healthy Workplace Awards (GHWAwards)
26 Jun Asian Apprenticeship Awards
26 Jun Social Mobility Index
30 Jun HR Excellence Awards (HR Magazine)
30 Jun HRO Today CHRO of the Year Awards
~30 Jun Great Place to Work - Best Workplaces for Women

IT & Telecommunications

01 May IBC Innovation Awards
01 May The Global Annual Achievement Awards for Artificial Intelligence
MD IT World Awards
08 May Future Digital Awards Technology and Innovation
~09 May The Develop Awards
10 May The AIconics
12 May Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards
15 May CSI Awards
21 May World Communication Awards (Total Telecom)
21 May VR Awards
22 May Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards
22 May The Software as a Service SaaS Awards
29 May Uptime Awards
Ongoing UK Cloud Awards
05 Jun UK Digital Experience Awards
05 Jun Computing Rising Stars Awards
05 Jun Small Cell Awards
15 Jun OpenUK Awards
16 Jun Insurance Times Tech and Innovation Awards
MD PwC UK Tech Awards
19 Jun Cybersecurity - Tech Ascension Awards
28 Jun Infoworld Enterprise Architecture Awards
28 Jun Inclusive Tech Alliance ITA Awards
30 Jun Tech4Good Awards
30 Jun The SMARTIES Global (Mobile Marketing Association MMA)

Journalism Publishing & Media

01 May The Print, Design & Marketing Awards
31 May The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
01 Jun The Rookies
19 Jun The Henries Awards (Greeting Cards Industry)
26 Jun The AIBs

Legal Services

01 May Law Society Excellence Awards
22 May Modern Law Conveyancing Awards
29 May The Lawyer European Awards
05 Jun The British Wills and Probate Awards
05 Jun Family Law Awards
15 Jun The American Lawyer Industry Awards
30 Jun The British Legal Awards
30 Jun The Butler Trust Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

01 May The Marketing Week Masters Awards
01 May The Caples Awards
01 May Clio Music Awards
04 May D&AD New Blood Awards
05 May IPA Effectiveness Awards
07 May M&M Global Awards
07 May The Global Search Awards
08 May AV Awards
08 May Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program
Ranking Marketing Week 100 Disruptive Brands
10 May The Wires Global
11 May IPRA Golden World Awards for Excellence in PR
14 May Institute of Internal Communication Awards (IoIC)
15 May PR Daily's Media Relations Award
15 May UK Digital Growth Awards
22 May ITSMA Marketing Excellence Awards
22 May Global Digital Excellence Awards
28 May Market Research Society MRS Operations Awards (The Oppies)
29 May Web Marketing Association (WMA) WebAwards
31 May Hermes Creative Awards
04 Jun PRWeek Awards
04 Jun Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards
05 Jun UK Digital Experience Awards
05 Jun UK Agency Awards
05 Jun Davey Awards
05 Jun NYX Marcom Awards
05 Jun NYX Video Awards
11 Jun PRO Awards (Promotion Marketing)
12 Jun The B2B Marketing Awards
12 Jun PR News Platinum PR Awards
12 Jun The Sales and Marketing Technology Awards (The Sammy)
15 Jun APM Project Management Awards
17 Jun Media Week Awards
17 Jun The Drum PR Awards
19 Jun Digital Impact Awards
19 Jun W3 Awards
19 Jun Digital Impact Awards
30 Jun Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards
30 Jun Martech Breakthrough Awards

Planning & Property

01 May British Security Awards
08 May Estates Gazette EG Awards
~10 May EuroFM’s Innovation (P4I) Awards
27 May IWFM Impact Awards (Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management)
~31 May The National Planning Awards
19 Jun Women in Housing Awards
30 Jun Loo of the Year Awards
30 Jun Property Marketing Awards
30 Jun The ESTAS Conveyancer Awards

Products & Manufacturing

15 May Institution of Engineering and Technology IET Mensworth Manufacturing Gold Medal
21 May The European Carton Excellence Awards
29 May The Manufacturer Top 100
12 Jun Technical Excellence & Creativity TEC Awards
19 Jun UK Packaging Awards
26 Jun National Pig Awards
~30 Jun The Plastics Industry Awards

Public Sector

08 May The Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Awards
23 Jun European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award

Retail & Consumer Goods

01 May The SCEPTRE Retail Awards
07 May National Health and Beauty Awards
13 May Creative Head - The IT List
13 May Creative HEAD Most Wanted
MD International Chocolate Awards
MD International Taste Institute Superior Taste Awards
15 May The Professional Jeweller Awards
18 May InnoBev Awards
19 May IWC Merchant of the Year Awards (International Wine Challenge)
22 May The Retail Industry Awards
MD British Poultry Awards
~25 May SuperMeat & Fish Awards
29 May IGD Awards
29 May International Beer Challenge IBC Awards
31 May Creative Retail Awards
01 Jun The Revo Opal Awards
12 Jun HJ British Hairdressing Business Awards
12 Jun National Hair & Beauty Awards
15 Jun The eCommerce Awards for Excellence
19 Jun The Luxury Packaging Awards
26 Jun UK Fruit and Vegetable Awards
26 Jun British Farming Awards
30 Jun Online Retailer Awards

Supply Chain

22 May CILT Annual Awards for Excellence
31 May ASCM Awards of Excellence

Third Sector

14 May Third Sector Awards
28 May Third Sector Digital Awards
08 Jun The Charity Times Awards

Transport & Logistics

08 May UK Warehousing Association UKWA Awards
15 May National Transport Awards
15 May The Logistics Awards
24 May National Railway Heritage Awards
~30 May SimpliFlying Awards
05 Jun Highways Magazine Excellence Awards
05 Jun The FTA Logistics Awards
15 Jun Community Rail Awards
25 Jun Talent in Logistics Awards
26 Jun TRANStech Awards

Travel & Tourism

MD The TTG Travel Awards
31 May World Travel Awards Europe
31 May The Silver Travel Awards
12 Jun Frontier Awards
~15 Jun Best of Wine Tourism Awards
20 Jun BIG SEE Tourism Awards (South East Europe)
22 Jun The everywoman in Travel Awards
25 Jun The Conference & Incentive Travel C&IT Awards
30 Jun Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

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