CHAMPIONING THE BEST IN BRITISH BUSINESS

Management Today has a mission to champion outstanding businesses. We want to recognise the groundbreaking work, the hardworking teams and the outstanding leaders who are creating opportunities, driving change and making a difference. 

Whether a dynamic start-up, a thriving family or private equity backed business, or one of Britain's biggest firms, the awards allow businesses to share best practice, showcase work both to key stakeholders and clients, and compare themselves company against the very best of the entire UK business community.

The deadline for entries is 16 December 2021, don't miss your chance to enter!

Key information

Deadlines and Dates

Standard deadline: 16 December 2021

Awards ceremony: 31 March 2022 


Earlybird rates

Small business (500 employees or less) - £380

Large business (over 500 employees) - £455 

Standard rates

Small business (500 employees or less) - £480

Large business (over 500 employees) - £555 


Why enter? 


Launched in 1966, Management Today is Britain’s premier business title, curating practical advice and brilliant thinking to help leaders build or sustain world-class companies. 

Entering these awards is a chance to boost your national coverage, stand out amongst the competition, get noticed by the country’s top business leaders, investors and commentators, and be recognised for your work, all backed by Management Today. 

We will be announcing the winners of Management Today’s Business Awards at a virtual ceremony in March 2022. Winners will also be profiled on the Management Today and the Management Today Business Awards websites. 



Who can enter? 


We want to recognise whole organisations and individuals across all sectors of UK business. Entries are accepted from all organisations of any size. The awards will allow businesses to share best practice and inspire their people, and are a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth.

The categories are open to all organisations and all entrants will be asked to specify how many employees are in the organisation.

2022 Categories


Most Successful Reinvention

If a business is to survive, it must evolve, adapt and transform. This award is for companies that have successfully reinvented themselves, adjusting their business model to grasp opportunities, supercharge growth and deliver outstanding results. We will accept entries from businesses that have pivoted during Covid-19, as long the change is for the long- term, and not a short-term tactic.

Entrants should explain the need for the transformation, the journey (including any challenges that were overcome) and the strategic and financial results.

Most Impactful Social Initiative

Business isn’t just about profit; it’s also about purpose. This award champions businesses working as a force for good, highlighting their environmental and/or social impact on the wider community. 

Entrants will need to provide details of the work they’re doing, why they’re doing it and the impact it is having (including statistics where appropriate).

Best Sustainability Initiative

Climate change is one of the world’s biggest challenges and businesses can have a huge impact on the necessary shift to a more sustainable future. We’re looking to recognise companies that are leading the way in this area, making real progress with tangible outcomes. Entrants will need to provide details of the work they’re doing, what changes they have implemented and what impact this is having on the environment. 

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

It has been proven that having a diverse workforce helps generate better ideas and improves the bottom line. This award recognises what companies are doing in one of these key areas, or a unique D&I initiative specific to your business or sector: 

Origin (includes race)

Balance (gender balance, work/life balance)

LGBT+

Mind (mental health and awareness)

Parents & Carers

Neurodiversity (supporting neurodivergent colleagues in the workplace)

Best Use of Innovation in Business

Businesses must constantly do new, different, smarter or better things if they are to thrive in a competitive market. This award will recognise organisations that have put effective and inspirational innovation at their heart, creating ground-breaking and revolutionary new products or services with the potential to disrupt and reshape entire industries.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate business growth and market impact with tangible results.


Best Digital Transformation

The need for businesses to adopt innovative, agile and transformative technologies was well underway before Covid-19 came along and accelerated the pace of change. This award recognises businesses that have pulled off impressive digital transformations. Judges will be looking for entrants to explain the initial business challenge, what they did to overcome it and show impact (from cost benefits, improved processes to generating new opportunities). 

Best Talent Management Initiative

Even the best strategy won’t get the job done without the right people. Organisations need to recognise and retain their high-performance and high-potential workforce, through initiatives to develop, support and upskill employees.

This award recognises employers that have designed and implemented a future-fit, evidence- based and ethical talent management strategy to address their current and future needs.

Brand of the Year

Communicating the value of a product or service to its audience through the right messaging is vital to its success. This award acknowledges a company’s original, ground-breaking and effective marketing or PR initiatives that have given it a competitive edge. Judges will be looking for the objectives of the work, the innovation and delivery and how this impacted the business.

Long Term Business Success

In a world where everyone is obsessed with the next big thing, we want to recognise those companies who have consistently performed brilliantly, showing that long-term growth is a winning strategy.

CEO of the Year

This award recognises any men/women CEOs

who have excelled in providing demonstrated leadership that has been critical to the success of their organisations. Open to all leaders, owners, entrepreneurs, founders, employed professionals, and self-employed women who promote excellence among CEOs and C-Level executives and high professional standards amongst peers.

Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognises founders who have achieved significant levels of long-term growth and financial performance. We are looking for individuals who have shown clear, strong leadership over the past 12 months and built a strategic vision for the development of their company making it fit for the future.

Future Leader (with under 10 years experience)

Open to individuals with under 10 years’ experience who are making a positive change in their organisation. They don’t have to be a certain age, we are happy to accept people who have changed careers later in life, or people who have returned to work after a career break. Judges want to see how the entrant has shown exceptional skill, ambition and impact.

Team of the Year

This award recognises strong, cohesive and effective teams that have worked together to make a positive impact on their business.

Start Up of the Year

This award recognises strong new businesses that have been created in the last 5 years. We are looking for companies that have rapidly scaled up, have spotted a gap in the market and seized the opportunity and who are having an impact.

Your written entry is the basis on which you will be judged and shortlisted. Shortlisted start ups will then be given the opportunity to pitch their company to an esteemed ’Dragon’s Den’ style panel of judges to determine the winner.

Large Business of the Year - Judges' Nomination Category

This award will be awarded to the category winner that, in the judges’ opinion, stands out above all the rest. This category cannot be entered directly and is chosen by the chair of judges.

Small Business of the Year - Judges' Nomination Category

This award will be awarded to the category winner that, in the judges’ opinion, stands out above all the rest. This category cannot be entered directly and is chosen by the chair of judges.

Leader of the Year - Judges' Nomination Category

This award will be awarded to the category winner that, in the judges’ opinion, stands out above all the rest. This category cannot be entered directly and is chosen by the chair of judges.

2021 Judges


If you would like to be considered as a Judge for the Management Today Business Awards 2022,
or have a colleague who you would like to nominate, please contact us at [email protected]

Management Today

Management Today believes passionately in the future of British business. On our website, in our magazine and at our events, we aim to curate the practical advice and brilliant thinking that will help UK leaders build or sustain world-class businesses and inspire a new generation to follow in their wake.

Founded in 1966, Management Today is committed to a new mission in the post-Brexit era (whatever its final outcome) to champion business in the UK, enabling them to become more fleet footed, to value growth and scale, and to compete globally. Above all, we want all British businesses to aspire to be world-class in leadership, manufacturing and productivity, innovation and technology, people and talent, ethical sourcing, supply chain and sustainability, brand marketing and trust, competition and collaboration.

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