About the Awards

A Celebration of Excellence and Innovation in British Business

The UK Business Awards (UKBA) recognise the finest accomplishments from the world of British business. Now in its sixth year, ‘The Dons’ are back with 16 categories, in which businesses of every size and sector have the chance to do well.

These Awards recognise the organisations, teams and individuals who are shaping the future of business. As well as being a forum for sharing best practice, UKBA is an inspirational experience that enables personal and professional growth.

The awards trophies are affectionately called ‘The Dons’ in tribute to our Chairman, Don Hales, a prominent figure in the awards industry for the last three decades who has founded many of the UK’s most respected business awards.

What’s new this year?

  • A new and improved set of categories, including new awards like Best Remote Business and The Best Sustainability Initiative/Programme.
  • Held on 9th July, we’re holding the Awards earlier in the year.
  • Michelle Ansell will be our new Awards Chairman, overseeing judging at the event.
  • A new forum for judges to share their expertise and improve the assessment process - the Judge Club.
  • Streamlined set of 7 scoring criteria (8 for individual and team categories).


Gain recognition for what you’ve achieved.

Hear stories of company success by attending the Open Presentations.

Raise your profile and generate PR for your company.

Increase your network, with the opportunity to connect with hundreds of professionals.

Raise staff morale by attending a fun and memorable event with the whole team.

Get feedback on your entry and improve with detailed feedback following the awards.

Who can enter the UKBA?

We welcome entries from all businesses, organisations and individuals who can demonstrate exceptional business performance and innovation - for customers, partners, suppliers or employees.

Who Wins the Awards?

Our judges recognise excellence and innovation no matter the size of the organisation. In our experience, SMEs and large corporations fare equally well in front of our panels of independent judges.

What kinds of initiatives can my company enter?

We want to hear from any company delivering outstanding business performance in their area, and who constantly strive to surpass customer expectations. From innovation to social enterprise to work environment, we welcome examples of all initiatives in business and industry.


Early bird entry deadline - 28th February 2020

Entry deadline - 9th April 2020

Finalists Announced - 24th April 2020

Early bird booking deadline - 28th May 2020

Booking deadline - 26th June 2020

Awards Finals - 9th July 2020

Choose Your Category


Select the most appropriate categories to showcase your business initiatives.

Nominate Your Initiative

9th April

Nominate the category/categories of your choice and receive access to the Online Portal, where you submit your entry form.

Submit Your Entry by

9th April

Write your entry, which counts for 50% of your final score. Make use of our free case studies, articles and webinars, then submit on the Online Portal.

Finalists Announcement

24th April

Get shortlisted by a panel of our most prominent judges.


Save 23% when you book a table of 10 in the early bird period. Individual seats also available.

26th June

Book Your Table

Get ready to present before our panel of independent judges. The presentation should bring your initiative to life, and counts for 50% of your final score.


Prepare Your Presentation

As well as presenting your initiative, you can enjoy a memorable day of celebration, learning and networking at the Awards Finals.

9th July

Present Your Initiative
and Enjoy the Awards

Containing competitors’ scores and judges’ comments, your feedback report will give you detailed, specific feedback that will help you refine your strategy going forward.


Receive Your Feedback Report

Why our Awards are Different

The UK Business Awards is run by Awards International. For over ten years, we’ve been encouraging and rewarding positive business practice, and doing it in a unique way.

A large panel of independent and impartial judges - more than any other equivalent awards - gives scores to finalists on the day of the awards finals, and we use scoring criteria endorsed by Cranfield School of Management.

The conference-style awards are also designed to give finalists highly useful opportunities to network and share best practice ideas. The business leaders in attendance come from a diverse range of economic sectors - and this cross-fertilisation of business knowledge is extremely beneficial.

After the event, every single finalist receives a judges’ feedback report with detailed scores and comments on their entry. The fairness of this process has led to us receiving the Gold Trust Mark from the Independent Awards Standards Council.

This year we have streamlined the categories and added some new ones.
Find out which ones are best for you!


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