Business of the Year Award


Introduced in 2013, this award is open to businesses three or more years old at 31st May in the year of the award.




Only business entities trading for 3 or more years are eligible.

Whilst the Award is made to a business entity, a woman must be the driving force behind the business.

If you won the Business of the Year Award last year, then you are not eligible to enter the category this year.

Entry is free for affiliate members and ASB direct members, and costs £50 per entry for non-members.

Application process

The application should be submitted via the ASB website (see Awards Home Page for full application process)

Applicants will be asked to provide historical and forecast financial figures (in strict confidence) in support of their application. 

Applications should be accompanied by two endorsements/references.

Criteria assessed (500 words max per criterion.)

  • Sustainable, profitable business performance
  • Evidence of a clear risk/reward strategy
  • Innovation in products, services or processes and/or ability to generate jobs
  • Customer advocacy
  • Effective leadership and management
  • A diverse, inclusive and ethical approach to business

Make Your Application

  • Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 28th June, 2019
  • Only online applications will be accepted.
  • Applicants are requested to upload a photo (individual or team) appropriate to the award applied for. This will only be used if selected as a finalist.
  • The shortlisted finalists will be asked to attend an interview with the judging panel, Haymarket, Edinburgh, during the w/c Monday 22nd July, 2019.
  • Finalists are required to attend the Awards Dinner on Saturday 14th September, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
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