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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) 

Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2020 will be an award-winning year for you and your company. Although January starts slowly in terms of deadlines, there are still some key schemes to look out for – 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. 

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.  

IT awards

For a more comprehensive overview, please read our guide, Which are the best IT awards to enter?  However, I must highlight two of the most prestigious schemes in the IT industry with January deadlines.

The European IT and Software Excellence Awards are, as the name suggests, pan-European, but very much London-based and run by IT Europa Media and Intelligence Limited. The entry forms focus on case studies and the deadline is 17th January. If you are a channel partner, reseller, system integrator, services provider, distributor, or a solution and marketing channel, then this is one for you.

Another very credible scheme in this space are The Real IT Awards. Hosted by CITF since 2004, the Real IT Awards (RITA) are known for their independence and have a particular focus on celebrating team effort. Incredibly, they are free to enter and open to anyone from any sector. Great-sounding categories include Best Place to Work, Project of the Year, Best Use of New Technologies, as well as categories for specific technology use, like Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Project of the Year and Innovation in Cyber Security & Risk Management. The deadline is 31st January, and we’ve even written a comprehensive guide to entering RITA 2020.

Customer Contact awards 

The Customer Service Excellence is a standard rather than an award scheme per se, featuring an ongoing entry process. It can be awarded if the following five criteria are adhered to: Customer Insight, The Culture of the Organisation, Information and Access, Delivery and Timeliness and Quality of Service. 

If you want a credible way to get an international award for great customer service, then you should also consider The Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. As with all of the Stevie Award schemes, they feature a large number of categories (158 in this case), so there is something for everyone – from individual awards to team and departmental awards. The deadline is 9th January 2020, so you need to be quick! 

Another global scheme based in the US, The ContactCenterWorld Global Top Ranking Performers Awards, are now in their 15th year. They have numerous categories for both in-house and out-sourced contact centres of varying sizes, awards for individuals, technology, campaigns and customer service. You will need to apply before 31st January. 

HR awards and recruitment awards

I wanted to share a quick summary of HR-related awards on the horizon, but for more information please check out our more detailed guide here – ‘Which are the best HR awards to enter?

The PPMA in The PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards stands for Public Sector People Management Association – which explains the emphasis on HR in the public sector, mostly focused on local and central government. Their deadline is 13th January and there are four awards for recruitment from a dozen categories on offer.

The Employee Benefits Awards are a firm favourite here at Boost, and we get booked up very fast, so contact us to see which categories we can still help you enter. Our ethics policy means we never write competing entries for the same category. These awards feature a whole raft of categories, including Benefits Team of the Year, Best Healthcare and Wellbeing Benefits, Best Mental Health Strategy and Employee Benefits Professional of the Year. You can expect a final deadline of 17th January.

The Recruiter Awards, it could be argued, are THE awards for the UK recruitment agency sector, run by Recruiter Magazine and held at the massive Great Room at Marriott Grosvenor House. These awards have a deadline of 29th January. This year, there are a total of 30 categories, the majority of which are for recruitment agencies.

Finally, in the HR space, I would like to highlight The UK Employee Experience Awards. Another well-run scheme from Awards International, these awards feature 11 categories covering such aspects as Employee Training & Development, Employee Engagement, Use of Digital Technologies and the very popular category, Best Company to Work For. The deadline is 31st January, so I recommend getting started on your entry straight away.   

Pensions awards

It’s Pension Award season with a number of the key schemes coming up. For more information read our extensive guide ‘Which are the best Pension Awards to enter?

The Money Marketing Awards are a UK-based scheme run by Centaur, and while not explicitly for pensions, they do have a strong bias for them. The scheme is actually for far more than just marketing, as it also covers advisers and providers. Beware though, they charge for finalists and winners to use the logo! This year’s deadline is 17th January.

The UK Pensions Awards are run by Professional Pensions, and have a 20th January submission deadline.They feature 39 categories covering every dimension of pensions, including fund managers, providers, third-party administrators and even thought leadership.

As mentioned under HR, The Employee Benefits Awards have various pensions categories as well as broader benefits categories. The Pension and Investment Provider Awards (PIPA) are now open for 2020. In my opinion, they are very much ‘In the industry’ and not HR-focused. The categories are divided between Scheme Services and Investment Services. Deadline is 31st January.

It can be massively time-saving to re-purpose award entries for other schemes, so perhaps also consider entering The European Pensions Awards by the 21st February deadline. Or a broader financial services scheme like The Corporate Adviser Awards (deadline is 28th February), which includes lots of suitable categories for the Pensions industry.   

Marketing awards and PR awards

I strongly recommend entering this year’s Performance Marketing Awards, hosted by PerformanceIN. Lots of great categories divided between Channel, Campaign, Vertical and Industry Awards. They are credible and winnable – get your entry in before the upcoming 23rd January deadline.  

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.

Healthcare awards

A special mention to one of the most prominent schemes in UK healthcare, The BMJ Awards, which are now open for entry until 17th January. Now in their 12th year, they feature 16 categories for 2020, including two Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Health and UK Research Paper of the Year.

Construction awards

Last but not least, it’s a busy time for some of the most prominent awards in the world of UK construction. The Construction News Awards (deadline 24th January), attracts many big names in the industry, with a prestigious event in July at Grosvenor House Hotel. Or you could consider entering the similarly highly-credible Constructing Excellence Awards, with a 31st January deadline just a week later.

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. 



17 Jan PLC Awards
MD FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
02 Feb Profit Track 100
07 Feb The UK Excellence Awards (BQF British Quality Foundation)
07 Feb CIR Business Continuity Awards
21 Feb bfa HSBC Franchise of the Year Awards
~24 Feb National Best New Business Awards
~25 Feb The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA
~27 Feb Startup Europe Awards
28 Feb ActionCoach Business Excellence Awards
~28 Feb International Business Excellence Awards
~28 Feb Deaf Business Awards

Business Leaders

17 Jan Women in Technology and Data Awards
17 Jan Women in Credit Awards
MD Venus Awards
27 Jan For Women in Science UK & Ireland Awards
31 Jan Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award
31 Jan Inspirational Business Women in STEM Awards
07 Feb CEO Today Management Consulting Awards
~08 Feb CEO Today Europe 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

Construction & Architecture

10 Jan Ground Engineering GE Awards
15 Jan The APLD International Landscape Design Awards
17 Jan Architects Journal Small Projects Awards
24 Jan Construction News Awards
28 Jan The European Women in Construction & Engineering WICE Awards
MD Constructing Excellence Awards
31 Jan The International Green Apple Awards for Beautiful Buildings
31 Jan New Civil Engineer NCE100 Companies of the Year
31 Jan National Federation of Demolition Contractors NFDC Awards
31 Jan BIG SEE Architecture Awards (South East Europe)
03 Feb UK Roofing Awards
07 Feb BD Architect of the Year Awards
~08 Feb AJ100 Awards
14 Feb The Housebuilder Product 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 Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Global Design Awards
~28 Feb The A' Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Award
~28 Feb National Federation of Builders NFB Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

13 Jan CIEEM Awards
17 Jan Better Society Awards
20 Jan Golden Peacock Awards
31 Jan NatWest SE100 Index and Social Business Awards
09 Feb UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award
14 Feb National Recycling Awards
17 Feb Business Charity Awards
21 Feb The Responsible Business Awards (BITC)

Customer Contact

09 Jan Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service
17 Jan The VA Awards (Virtual Assistants)
31 Jan ContactCenterWorld Top Ranking Performers Awards
31 Jan ICMI Global Contact Center Awards
07 Feb South East Europe Customer Experience Awards
21 Feb UK National Contact Centre Awards
28 Feb Modern Insurance UK Customer Service Excellence Awards
28 Feb Excellence in Customer Service Award

Design & Innovation

10 Jan Green Product Award
17 Jan Lighting Design Awards
24 Jan National Technology Awards
31 Jan Britain's Top Designer Award
~02 Feb Disruptor Awards
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


10 Jan The Learning on Screen Awards
20 Jan The WISE Awards
07 Feb The Guardian University Awards
11 Feb Festival of Learning Awards
Ranking Whatuni Student Choice Awards

Energy & Utilities

17 Jan Water Industry Awards
27 Jan The EU Sustainable Energy Awards
31 Jan IOM3 Awards (Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining)
31 Jan ASCP Safety & Compliance Awards
31 Jan The Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation
31 Jan Global Water Awards
31 Jan The Institute of Water Innovation Awards
09 Feb Heating Installer Awards
15 Feb Society of Petroleum Engineers Awards
~19 Feb The Global Energy Prize

Financial Services

~01 Jan Gramercy Institute Financial Marketing Strategy Awards
12 Jan British Bank Awards
15 Jan World's Best Investment Banks and Derivatives Providers Awards (Global Finance)
16 Jan Global Trade Review (GTR) Best Deals and Leaders in Trade Awards
17 Jan Money Marketing Awards
17 Jan Women in Credit Awards
MD Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards
24 Jan The Mortgage Awards from MoneyAge
24 Jan UK FinTech Awards
31 Jan Pension and Investment Provider Awards (PIPA)
31 Jan TXF Perfect 10 Deals of the Year Awards
31 Jan GlobalCapital Equity Capital Markets ECM Awards
31 Jan The MoneyMagpie Awards (The Magpies)
01 Feb City of London Wealth Management Awards
05 Feb Luxembourg Finance Awards
07 Feb The Private Equity Awards
~07 Feb Financial News Trading and Technology 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 Sell-Side Technology Awards
14 Feb The Financial Services Forum Product & Service Innovation Awards
17 Feb World's Best Islamic Financial Institutions (Global Finance)
21 Feb European Pensions Awards
21 Feb The Taxation Awards
~22 Feb The Banker (FT) Deals of the Year Awards
~23 Feb InvestHK UK Fintech Awards
~24 Feb BPP Apprentice of the Year Awards
~26 Feb Professional Pensions Women in Pensions Awards
28 Feb Corporate Adviser Awards
28 Feb Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement
N/A The Trade Finance Awards
~28 Feb CPA Practice Advisor Readers' Choice Awards

Health & Social Care

08 Jan Patient Experience Network PEN National Awards
08 Jan Advancing Healthcare Awards
13 Jan Optician Awards
15 Jan The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators
15 Jan The Design & Health International Academy Awards
17 Jan Citeline Awards
17 Jan The RCNi Nurse Awards
19 Jan Chief Scientific Officer Awards
20 Jan Pharmaceutical Field PF Awards
23 Jan PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year
24 Jan The BMJ Awards
24 Jan The HealthInvestor Awards
30 Jan Petplan Veterinary Awards
31 Jan National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Care Chef of the Year
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
Ranking Top 20 Care Home Awards

Hospitality Sport & Leisure

N/A Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards
24 Jan Exhibition News Awards
29 Jan Cost Sector Catering CSC Awards
31 Jan The Serviced Apartment Awards
14 Feb Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards
~15 Feb The World's 50 Best Restaurants
21 Feb Acorn Awards
21 Feb The Caterer Best Places to Work in Hospitality
24 Feb The Cateys (The Caterer)

HR & Training

10 Jan The GEO Awards
13 Jan PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards
24 Jan TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards
29 Jan The Recruiter Awards
31 Jan Employee Benefits Awards
31 Jan UK Employee Experience Awards
31 Jan BSIF Safety Awards
31 Jan The Safety & Health Excellence Awards
07 Feb International Safety Awards (British Safety Council)
18 Feb HPMA Excellence Awards
~25 Feb The Digiday WorkLife Awards Europe
~27 Feb National Mentoring Awards
28 Feb Corporate Adviser Awards
~28 Feb The IFTDO Global HRD Awards
~28 Feb Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) Circle of Excellence Awards
~28 Feb The LEAD Awards
28 Feb The Rally Awards

IT & Telecommunications

03 Jan SAP Innovation Awards
06 Jan The IHS Markit Innovation Awards
10 Jan Computing DevOps Excellence Awards
13 Jan CIO 100 Awards
N/A The AI 100 (Artificial Intelligence)
17 Jan European IT and Software Excellence Awards
17 Jan SIIA CODiE Awards
24 Jan The Network Computing Awards
24 Jan RegTech Insight Awards
27 Jan Women in Open Source Awards
28 Jan IBM Beacon Awards and IBM Cloud, Data and AI Excellence Awards
31 Jan Mobile News Awards
31 Jan Real IT Awards (RITA)
31 Jan The ISPA Awards (Internet Service Provider Association)
MD Cybersecurity Excellence Awards
31 Jan Bingoport Players Choice Awards
31 Jan I-COM Data Creativity Awards
31 Jan Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards
MD Cybersecurity - Tech Ascension Awards
01 Feb Tech5 Awards
N/A European CIO of the Year
07 Feb The Webby Awards
07 Feb Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards
13 Feb SC Magazine Awards Europe
13 Feb SC Awards Europe
14 Feb The National Cyber Awards
28 Feb The A' Website and Web Design Awards
28 Feb MSP Innovation Awards Europe
28 Feb Digital Leaders DL100 Awards
~28 Feb Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition IEIC

Journalism Publishing & Media

10 Jan National Press Awards
15 Jan SJA British Sports Journalism Awards
17 Jan EFIA Annual Print Awards
MD Headlinemoney Awards
28 Jan Cynopsis Sports Media Awards
30 Jan Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
31 Jan Society for Environmental Graphic Design SEGD Global Design Awards
31 Jan The Newsawards
~01 Feb Willis Towers Watson Media Awards
13 Feb One World Media Awards
14 Feb The Drum Online Media Awards
20 Feb Campaign Publishing Awards
~25 Feb The PPA New Talent Awards 30 Under 30
~26 Feb European Digital Media Awards
~28 Feb The Games Media Brit List

Legal Services

~05 Feb The Legal Support Awards
~09 Feb BIALL Awards
MD The Legal 500 Awards UK
14 Feb The Lawyer Awards
~17 Feb Doctors Chambers Modern Claims Awards
28 Feb The Legal Week Innovation Awards

Marketing PR Events & Advertising

09 Jan IABC Gold Quill Awards (for Business Communication)
10 Jan PromaxBDA Europe Awards
10 Jan PRmoment Awards
10 Jan British Arrows Awards
10 Jan Digiday Future Leader Awards
16 Jan AVA Digital Awards
17 Jan Digiday Media Awards Europe
17 Jan UK Sponsorship Awards
17 Jan Internationalist Awards for Innovation in Media
17 Jan The Event Production Awards (EPAs)
21 Jan Campaign Media Awards
21 Jan The iList (IPA & Unilever)
23 Jan Performance Marketing Awards
24 Jan SABRE Awards EMEA
24 Jan The Markie Awards
24 Jan The Creative Circle Awards
29 Jan The International Andy Awards
30 Jan The Drum Marketing Awards
30 Jan PRWeek Global Awards
30 Jan Festival of Media Global Awards
30 Jan The Drum Search Awards
31 Jan The Internet Advertising (IAC) Competition Awards
31 Jan I-COM Data Creativity Awards
31 Jan The Communicator Awards
31 Jan International AME Awards
31 Jan New York Festivals World's Best Advertising Awards
31 Jan PR Daily's Digital Marketing & Social Media Awards
31 Jan MEMCOM Awards
31 Jan ADC Annual Awards
31 Jan CN Agency Awards
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 The TicketingBusiness 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
~24 Feb MediaPost's Digital Out-of-Home OOH Awards
25 Feb The Global Effie Awards
27 Feb CIPR Excellence Awards
28 Feb The Loyalty Awards
28 Feb The A' Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design Award
28 Feb The Loyalty Magazine Awards

Planning & Property

09 Jan First Time Buyer Readers' Awards
23 Jan The Property Awards
31 Jan RICS Social Impact Awards (separated into Regions)
19 Feb The RESI Awards
28 Feb European Rental Awards
~28 Feb The Housing Association National Accountancy (HANA) Awards
~28 Feb EuropaProperty SEE Real Estate Awards

Products & Manufacturing

06 Jan The Pump Industry Awards
06 Feb Motion Control Industry Awards
24 Feb Electronics Weekly BrightSparks Awards

Public Sector

31 Jan The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards
31 Jan iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards
~10 Feb Green Flag Award
14 Feb The Youth Sport Trust Awards
17 Feb The Education Resources Awards (ERAs)
28 Feb The A' Governance and Public Services Design Award
~28 Feb Public Sector Paperless Awards
28 Feb Street Design Awards

Retail & Consumer Goods

10 Jan Drapers Digital Awards
10 Jan The Delivery Excellence Awards
10 Jan UK eCommerce Awards
17 Jan World Food Innovation Awards
22 Jan The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA)
24 Jan The World Retail Awards
24 Jan Professional Beauty Awards
24 Jan EuropaProperty CEE Retail Awards
31 Jan SIBA Business Awards
31 Jan Drapers Footwear Awards
31 Jan The Greats Gift Retailer Awards
31 Jan Travel Retail Awards
31 Jan The Academy of Chocolate Awards
31 Jan Magneto Imagine Excellence Awards
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
~18 Feb The Fragrance Foundation Awards
~22 Feb The British Kebab Awards
24 Feb The Grocer New Product Awards
N/A Retailers' Retailer of the Year
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 CWB Independent Retail Awards
29 Feb Creative Retail Awards
29 Feb BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards

Supply Chain

~10 Jan Resilient Supply Chain Awards

Third Sector

10 Jan Weston Charity Awards
22 Jan The Charity Governance Awards
07 Feb The Charity Awards
~28 Feb FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards

Transport & Logistics

24 Jan UK Coach Awards
24 Jan The Heavies (Heavy Transport Association HTA)
31 Jan BVRLA Industry Hero Awards
31 Jan The Auto Industry Excellence Awards
07 Feb Women in Rail Awards
N/A Skytrax World Airport Awards
21 Feb Motor Transport Awards
~25 Feb FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards
28 Feb The A' Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Award
~28 Feb The FTA Multimodal Awards
~28 Feb Airfinance Journal Deals of the Year Awards

Travel & Tourism

31 Jan UK Group Travel Awards
31 Jan Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence
~05 Feb European Group Travel Awards (EGTA)
11 Feb The FlyerTalk Awards
28 Feb VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

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