Entering your business for an awards can be very beneficial to you and your business. The process of applying usually involves writing down what is good about your business, which allows a focus on core strengths and achievements. A nomination or even a win is a great way of promoting your services, it shows credibility to your customers and even potential new recruits.
Your staff can feel proud and motivated, seeing their work being recognised in some way, and there is usually a ceremony where the team can get together in a social setting and celebrate what has been achieved.
We have compiled a list of award programmes and competitions below, starting with regional based, then highlighting more national based competitions. If you are an organiser and would like to be listed here, please contact SO Business.
Regional business awards and competitions
SVBA – South and Vale Business Awards
The SVBAs are open to all businesses based in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district areas and free to enter. Alongside opportunities to gain recognition for business achievements, the awards will oﬀer the opportunity to network, build lasting skills and engage with the wider community.
Visit the website to find out more.
Along with a group of local sponsors, Jennings run this competition every two years aiming to find the best New Business in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. Visit website.
The BACAs recognise and reward excellence within Didcot, the surrounding villages and business parks such as Milton Park, Culham Science Park, Harwell Campus and Southmead Industrial Estate. Entries can be made from anyone who would like to recommend a charity, community group or organisation that deserves to have their good work acknowledged. Visit website.
For 21 years, the “OBAs” has been recognising, rewarding and promoting the excellence of Oxfordshire-based companies. Organised and supported by 14 of the county’s leading organisations, the awards are firmly established as a benchmark for excellence in today’s competitive business environment. Visit website.
Referred to as the Working Women’s Oscars, the Venus Awards were formed in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business. Venus began in Dorset and has since exploded into other regions across the country. Visit website.
The objectives of these are to recognise and celebrate excellence, to enhance the quality of the dining experience across the county and to improve the image of Oxfordshire as a dining destination. Visit website.
The ‘Beautiful South Awards for Excellence’ recognise and celebrate the very best of the South East’s tourism industry. Visit website.
The EMIs are a celebration of the thriving manufacturing industry across the Cotswolds region including Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. The awards are open to all businesses large or small, and entries are welcomed from manufacturing, engineering, design, prototype and assembly companies across all sectors. Visit website.
National business awards and competitions
Growing Business Awards They are looking for the UK’s most exciting businesses and for the entrepreneurs powering its fastest-growing companies. Visit website.
Young Guns Seeks to Reward Outstanding Young Business people. The Young Guns programme celebrates some of the most successful and promising young players currently operating in the business world. Visit website.
The flagship programme that recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors. Visit website.
The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent through apprenticeships and the apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. Visit website.