MBW Annual Awards 2018

Our 2018 Awards are now open!  Could you too be taking home an award like our 2017 winners!

About Our Awards

Moray Business Women Annual Awards serve to showcase and celebrate the achievements of women in business across Moray in all sectors, whether running your own business or employed in business. Awards such as these highlight the ever increasing contribution of women to the economic success of Moray and inspire and motivate other women.

There are four award categories ~

Business Woman of the Year

The MBW “Business Woman of the Year” award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession or leading a business to make a significant individual contribution to deliver superior performance. This award is open to all professional and businesswomen in Moray. Open to members and non-members. The winner is selected by an independent panel of judges across the business sector.

Most Enterprising Business of the Year

The MBW “Most Enterprising Business of the Year” award allows us to recognise the efforts of those who have developed a new enterprising business, or those more established who have perhaps identified a niche market to operate in or moved their business in an entirely new direction. Open to members and non-members. The winner is selected by an independent panel of judges across the business sector.

Team of the Year

The MBW “Team of the Year” award celebrates the power of teamwork in creating impact and achieving results. Open to members and non-members.  The winner is selected by an independent panel of judges across the business sector.

Member of Achievement

The MBW “Member of Achievement” award gives the opportunity to nominate a Moray Business Woman member who has achieved significant success, broken down barriers or overcome challenges in order to achieve their success. A member who inspires and motivates her peers and goes above and beyond to support fellow business women/working women. Open to existing Moray Business Women members only. Once all nominations have been received, the full list of candidates, together with their supporting statements, will be voted by our Members (as at 26th September 2018).

You can access each award criteria, full terms and submit your entry using the links at the foot of this page.


Entry fee (Business Woman of the Year, Most Enterprising Business, Team of the Year): free for Moray Business Women members and £20 for non-members, payable per award entry. Once your application has been received you will be contacted with a choice of payment options. Or why not join MBW today to take advantage of free entry. Membership starts at just £50 for 12 months. Just go to our simple online booking at http://mbwc.org.uk/membership-fees/ and join before completing your application.

Nominations for Member of Achievement are free.

Award entries close at midnight on Wednesday, 26th September. All award applications (except Member of Achievement) will then be forwarded to our independent judging panel. Member of Achievement nominations meanwhile will be forwarded to our members to vote. Award applicants will be notified if they are a finalist on or before 26th October 2018. The winners will be announced at our Awards Ball.

Please note that by entering these awards, all finalists agree to attend the MBW Awards Ball on Saturday, 17th November 2018 at the Stotfield Hotel, Lossiemouth.

The judges decision is final. Judges feedback is available to any entrant requesting their own copy on completion of the process.

The winner of the Most Enterprising Business category also agrees to represent Moray Business Women in the same category of the Association of Scottish Business Women’s (ASB) Awards 2019 (including attendance at their Awards Dinner).


And if you are still wondering whether to apply then here is what some of our past winners said ~

Samantha Dowdall ~ MBW Business Woman of the Year 2017

” Wow! Moray Business Woman of the Year! I was completely shocked and genuinely surprised to have won this award. I decided to go through the awards process because I felt I needed to remind myself at this point in my career where I had been and just how far I had come and what I had achieved along the way. It did the job! Applying and indeed winning this award has given me the confidence to believe in my potential. I left my job as General Manager and became a Director and now achieving even greater things.”

Sarah Frame O’Hare, Strategy Cards ~ MBW Most Enterprising Business 2017

“We were proud to win Most Enterprising Business Award on Strategy Card’s first birthday. It was definitely a critical milestone for our young business. It has given us confidence to promote our business on a local and international level and has attracted a wide variety of customers which now include the NHS, Coca Cola, and Developing Young Workforce. As a result of winning in Moray, we were then shortlisted for the Association of Scottish Business Women Most Enterprising Business too, and we are looking forward to finding out how we get on in the final in September 2018. We are truly thankful to Moray Business Women for the opportunities that it has created for us, and recommend that you apply, both for the experience of filling out application forms and also the doors it will open if you are successful.”

Elle Johnston, Moray Women’s Aid ~ MBW Team of the Year 2017

“The MWA Tartan Trekkers were absolutely delighted to be awarded MBW Team of the Year. It was the perfect end to over a year’s hard work fundraising, training, and of course trekking. Our strength came from always holding on to the core values at the heart of teamwork. Everyone worked incredibly hard to make the trek a huge success, so this award is just the best celebration. And “bringing it home” is also a perfect way to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported us in our challenge.”

Sarah Frame O’Hare, Strategy Cards ~ MBW Member of Achievement 2017

“At the MBW awards in November 2017, we were privileged to have won two awards and this one by far has meant the most to me as an individual. Having others see something in me and believe in me, when I often have doubts and question myself, means a huge amount. Even though you know it’s good for the business etc in reality, it’s really not easy to put yourself out there into the public eye, and in this particular award you don’t really get the choice…someone else nominates you! For me personally though it is the group as a whole that are an inspiration to me and its contagious, I love seeing what others are doing and seeing businesses and confidence grow.”

Select the relevant award below to complete your application