The benefits of winning and/or being shortlisted in prestigious Scottish business awards are enormous. From simply supplying you with some useful and engaging social media content to securing coverage in key publications, the benefits are numerous.
The following Scottish business awards may be of particular interest to rural businesses and those working in the food production and agricultural sectors. The awards are shown in order of closing date with the first closing in January so don’t leave it too late!
The fsb Celebrating Small Business Awards are open to all small businesses across Scotland.
Categories include Business and Product Innovation, Community, Digital/E-commerce Business of the Year, Environmental, Family Business of the Year, High Growth Business of the Year, International Business of the Year, Micro Business of the Year, Self Employed/Sole trader of the Year, Start-Up Business of the Year, Wellbeing Award and Young Entrepreneur.
The deadline for Scottish entrants is 29 January 2020 with the final ceremony being held in Edinburgh on 18th March 2020.
For further information see https://www.fsbawards.co.uk/
The Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards are open for nominations until 14th February.
There are several ‘Product of the Year’ categories of award including Artisanal, Bakery, Brewing, Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking, Dairy, Distilling, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Choice, Meat, Savouries & Accompaniments & Scotch Brand as well as Business of the Year, Export Business of the Year, Primary Producer of the Year, Young Talent & Scottish Sourcing categories.
Finalists are announced in April and the award ceremony takes place in Edinburgh on 21st May 2020.
For more information see https://excellenceawards.foodanddrink.scot/
Nominations for The Institute of Directors awards close on 17th February. The Director of the Year categories include Non-Exec, Start-Up, Public Sector, Third Sector, International, SME, Family Business, Small-Medium Business, Large Business, Young, Innovation, Social Value and Sustainability Impact and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on 21st May 2020.
For further information see Institute of Directors
The Business Insider Made in Scotland Awards champions all aspects of transformational discoveries and developments made in Scotland. Nominations for categories such as Best New Product, Engineering Company of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Food and Drink Company of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Inventor of the Year,
Life Sciences Company of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year and Young Innovator of the Year close on 13th March 2020.
The winners will be announced at a champagne reception at Glasgow’s Science Centre on 14th May 2020.
For more information see https://www.insidermadeinscotland.co.uk/
Need some advice on putting your rural business forward for an award? Our Entering Business Awards blog post has lots of tips on completing your nomination. Good luck!