BWS 6th Annual Business Awards - 06/11/20

Business Women Scotland - Women in business virtual awards 2020

Do you know a woman in business who has seen exceptional growth, shown true resilience or made a positive social impact? Or maybe she’s a rising star, a sole trader or a new start-up?

With the effect coronavirus has had on the world and the economy, it has never been a more important time to celebrate success as entries open for this year’s Business Women Scotland Business Awards.

Back for a sixth year, the awards that mark the achievements of the growing number of women-led businesses and recognise the entrepreneurial talents of women across Scotland. Importantly, the awards also help to create more business role models to inspire the next generation of leaders. This year awards will go to women running their own business and those in larger organisations.

“It is more important than at any other time for women to enter the awards this year. These awards provide the perfect platform for women across all sectors in Scotland to showcase the vital contribution they are making to our business ecosystem. We need more women to step forward and help us close the gender gap in enterprise, with just 20 per cent of SMEs in Scotland currently being majority owned and led by women.” - Lynne Kennedy MBE, founder of Business Women Scotland.

For the first time this year the Business Women Scotland Business Awards will be a virtual event on 6 November, hosted by television presenter Rachel McTavish. Ticket-holders can join us from their office or living room. We start at 11:15am with our presenter for the day Rachel McTavish. The first 30 minutes you will have the opportunity for virtual networking with our other guests. We have lots of fun, exciting things planned for the awards. See below for tickets. 

Award Categories

New categories in the 2020 awards to mark the unparalleled economic climate include Business Growth of the Year, Resilient Woman of the Year and Social Impact of the Year. Click on one of the categories below to find our more and apply. You can apply for more than one category (if the entry criteria is met for each) or you can nominate a fantastic woman in business.

The closing date for entries is Monday 14th September at 5pm. 

STV will be providing £20k gifted airtime from the STV Growth Fund to one overall winner of the BWS Awards 2020.

STV is committed to driving the Scottish economy by championing Scottish SMEs, providing a platform to grow their business and build their brand on TV. STV has an unrivalled connection with consumers, reaching at least 87% of all Scots every month. STV’s successful Growth Fund has recently been doubled to £20m investment to boost SMEs as we emerge from lockdown.

STV is committed to ensuring that every colleague is valued and equal to one another. As part of a wide-reaching diversity and inclusion action plan, STV is making progress towards a target for gender equality across the top 25% of roles by earnings by 2023.

Why Apply or Nominate for a Business Award?

BWS supports awards for women in business for many reasons:

The BWS awards ceremony makes people feel that their work is valued.

Recognition motivates people.

The BWS awards ceremony is a chance for celebration and reflection.

Jo-Anne Chidley, of multi award winning business Beauty Kitchen, explains why it's important for women in business to apply for awards.

Tickets for this event are available now

Ticket price includes access to the entire online event including networking. Prior to the event you will receive a complimentary BWS Award box containing a miniature bottle of prosecco, some snacks courtesy of Nudie Snacks, a Beauty Kitchen product, cuticle oil from last years award winner Naf Salon and an award programme.

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Nominated charity

HIT Scotland was established by the industry leaders of the time in 1994. The charity has gone from strength to strength to support literally tens of thousands of people working and studying in the hospitality industry in Scotland to broaden their skills and experience by taking advantage of a tailored learning experience offered through the HIT scholarship programme.

The hospitality industry is going through one of the toughest times in living history. HIT Scotland have responded on multiple fronts including producing an App called HIT@Home for the many employees on furlough, and those not in work, to continue their engagement with the industry. 

In addition, HIT will be delivering some inspirational Covid Resilience scholarships in a variety of ways and your crucial support will enable them to help as many individuals as possible whilst their businesses work through the recovery.

To make a donation click here to visit HIT Virgin Money Giving page or to donate £10 by mobile text HITSCOT to 70085