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.

"It has been a great honour to win this prestigious award, which is a huge credit to the dedication and hard work of all our staff, associates and volunteers.

Our vision is that people are healthier and happier wherever they live, work or learn and we achieve this through ensuring that people are at the heart of what we do.  Whether that be our clients or our staff and wider colleagues – we empower people to manage their mental health and wellbeing, do more of what they care about, get stuff done, have fun and accomplish great things. So it has been fantastic to receive national recognition for our achievements."

Jacqui Taylor, CEO, Lifelink : Winner of ASB Business of the Year 2018




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 MUST be accompanied by two endorsements/references (i.e. testimonial statement or letter).

Applications MUST include a photo of the applicant, suitable for use in the event the applicant is shortlisted as a finalist. 

Upload files must not exceed 1MB

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

  • Please read the Awards Application Guide in full before starting your application.
  • Open date for entries is 9am on Tuesday 30th April, 2019
  • Closing date for entries is Midnight on Sunday 30th June
  • 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, in Haymarket, Edinburgh, during the w/c Monday 22nd July, 2019.
  • Finalists are required to attend the Awards Dinner on Saturday 14th September, The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
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Online Awards Applications are closed.