About the Awards

A Celebration of Excellence and Innovation in British Business

The UKBA is dedicated to rewarding individuals and organisations who have demonstrated exceptional business performance. Now in its fourth year, ‘The Dons’ are back with 18 categories across B2B and B2C contexts, recognising both SMEs and large organisations for their inspiring business innovations.

The UK Business Awards 2019 honours the organisations, teams and individuals who are shaping the future of business. Beyond being a vehicle for sharing best practice, the UKBA enables organisations who enter to promote professional improvement, learning, and personal development.

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 two decades who has founded many of the UK’s most respected business awards.



Much deserved recognition for your hard work and business achievements


Your insights into best practice and learn from fellow professionals


Further innovation and raise your staff morale


Your profile and your business


Your network by connecting with other influential business leaders


Positive changes to your business model with a benchmarked judges’ report

Who can enter the UKBA?

We welcome entries from all businesses, organisations and individuals who are committed to providing exceptional business performance and innovation - for customers, partners, suppliers of employees. B2B and B2C organisations can both enter, as can organisations from the public and private sectors.

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 striving to surpass customer expectations. From innovation to social enterprise to work environment, we welcome examples of all initiatives in business and industry.



17th May 2019


5th July 2019


18th July 2019


8th November 2019


Guiding you through the awards journey, your dedicated awards consultant can advise you on all manner of queries: how to write your entry, how to present effectively, which award to enter, or any other questions you might have. We also provide many free resources online, such as winner’s case studies, informative webinars, and our popular Customer Experience Magazine.


Step 1

Choose the most appropriate category to showcase your business achievements

Step 2

Nominate your initiative and receive access to the Online Portal - where you submit your entry form

Step 3

Write your entry with the support of our free case studies, articles and webinars

Step 4

Get shortlisted by the panel of our most prominent judges

Step 5

Secure your place at the highly-anticipated awards finals and prepare for the event

Step 6

Enjoy a fantastic day of networking at the memorable awards finals

Step 7

Receive a benchmark feedback report with competitors’ scores and judges’ comments

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 - give scores to the finalists on the day of the awards. We use transparent 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.

This year we have added several new categories
Which one is best for you?


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