Entering awards is a great way to boost your small business. Regardless if you’re a finalist or a winner, it will generate publicity, give you an edge over competitors whilst also getting you recognition for your achievements. So let’s have a look at a few of the best awards for small businesses in Scotland!
FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards
Whether you’re a current member of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) or not, these awards are open to all small businesses and the self-employed. They celebrate achievements from local small businesses, their success, innovation and brilliance. There are area finals, e.g. finals for all small businesses from Scotland as well as UK finals.
Entries for Scotland are open now and close in January 2019 with the Scottish area final taking place on February 21st, 2019. To find out more about the categories and application process, check out the FSB awards website.
Made in Scotland Awards
The Made in Scotland Awards celebrate innovative Scottish businesses and entrepreneurs across all fields. From Best New Product to Food & Drink Company of the Year, there are lots of different categories to enter. You can enter your small business for as many categories as you like, as long as it’s relevant.
Entries close in March, and the annual awards ceremony takes place in April. For more information, visit the Made in Scotland Awards website.
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The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards
When mentioning awards for small businesses in Scotland, this one can’t go unmentioned. If your small business works within the digital sector, The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards are perfect for you. The awards have been running for 10 years, highlighting the most inventive and successful businesses who have seized the opportunities offered by digital technology and the internet.
Entries for the 2018 awards close on 24 August and the awards ceremony will be held on 10 October 2018. Each entry costs £60 + VAT and must include an entry statement of up to 750 words. For more information, visit The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards website.
Summit Entrepreneurship Awards
Summit is an award which is focused on entrepreneurship in Scotland, so it’s ideal for small business owners with progressive ideas. Nominees from all types of organisations are welcomed, from small start-ups and family businesses to expanding corporations and social enterprises.
Nominations for the 2018 awards are now closed, but keep an eye out for the awards ceremony in November and get ready to submit your entry for 2019. For more information, visit the Summit website.
Business Women Scotland & WES Awards
Another one of the awards for small businesses worth considering: Business Women Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) have teamed up to recognise the achievements of the growing number of female-led businesses in Scotland. These awards are perfect for women who run their own small business, with lots of categories – including Rising Star of the Year, Mentor and Mentee of the Year and Start-Up of the Year – to choose from.
Entries for the 2018 awards are open until 7 September, and the awards ceremony will take place on 2 November. All the awards are free to enter, and entry forms can be downloaded from the website. For more information, visit the Business Women Scotland & WES Awards website.
Social Enterprise Awards Scotland
As a social enterprise, there aren’t that many awards for small businesses in Scotland. So make sure to check out the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland. These awards recognise innovation, impact and success in social enterprise businesses which are changing the world for the better.
Applications for the 2018 awards closed on 20 July, but get planning and make sure your entry is perfect in time for the 2019 awards! The awards are free to enter and entries can be submitted online. For more information, visit the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland website.
As well as national awards for small businesses, it’s worth entering your small business in local awards too. Depending on where you’re based in Scotland, there are a variety of regional awards to choose from. These awards highlight the best businesses in the local area across a range of categories.
Just like the local awards for small businesses, it’s well worth applying for more niche awards. This will give you the best chance of winning an award that’s really relevant to your small business. Look for awards for small businesses which are specific to your sector or the type of products or services you provide.
For example: The Scottish Thistle Awards for tourism, VIBES for environmentally-conscious businesses, the Scottish Home Awards, the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, and the Scottish Charity Awards
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