MBW Annual Awards 2018

Our 2018 Awards will be launched at our “Believe and Achieve” Conference on 14th August 2018 so stay tuned!  Meanwhile, do enjoy seeing our winners and reading about the format from 2017.

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

Moray Business Woman of the Year

This 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. Business Woman of the Year 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

This 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

This 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

This award give 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. The “Member of Achievement” award is 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 17th September 2017).

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

General Terms of Entry

Entry fee (Businesswoman 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 Sunday 17th 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 18th October 2017. The winners will be announced at our Awards Ball.

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

Please note that by entering these awards, all finalists agree to attend the MBW Awards Ball on Saturday 18th November 2016 at The Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin.

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 2018 (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:

Jude Simms of Hellygog, MBW Most Enterprising Business 2016

” I am proud to be representing Hellygog and Moray at the Association of Scottish Businesswomen awards – by being who I am and what I have achieved as part of the Hellygog journey. I am so grateful for all the support of my family,  the many crafters in the Moray area and MBW for this empowering opportunity. “

Susan Longmuir, CAG Architects, Member of Achievement 2016

I was very surprised and delighted to be nominated and win Member of Achievement 2016. It meant so much to me knowing that the award is nominated by and voted by fellow MBW members. There were many other great finalists illustrating the amazing women we have as members. I would encourage you all to both apply for awards and to nominate and encourage others. If you were to read your applications as a third party I am sure you would say Wow! Don’t be shy, be proud and let Moray see your worth!

Margaret Reynolds of Dogrobes, MBW Most Enterprising Business 2014 winner and subsequent winner at the Association of Scottish Business Women (ASB) Awards 2015

Winning Moray Business Women’s Most Enterprising Business award in 2014 set in motion a sequence of events which ended with Dogrobes appearing on BBC Reporting Scotland and seeing record sales and increased brand awareness as a result. If you’re wondering whether to apply, DON’T! Just make the time. It was the best thing I ever did!  This is the actual sequence of events: winning the MBW award meant that when I turned up to the FSB AGM, the Chairwoman congratulated me on my new award at the meeting. This lead to the marketing representative asking if I would like to appear in their Small Business Focus in the P & J, which I did and it appeared just before Christmas last year. This then lead to FSB Head Office in Glasgow picking up the article and calling to ask if I’d be prepared to be filmed/interviewed on behalf of FSB, which then lead to the filming for the news report a few weeks later. Being on BBC Reporting Scotland dramatically increased our profile in Scotland. Customers are still ordering now based on that appearance and we hear all the time at shows that people know us from our appearance on TV. Overall that day over 3000 people visited our website. We had an increase in sales of almost 700% on February of the previous year and we’re still feeling the benefit as word of mouth spreads the Dogrobes’ word! And here was me complaining that I really didn’t have time to apply but did it anyway and boy, I’m glad I did! It actually is the best thing I’ve done for the business thus far. You just never know what’s going to happen as a result of your application.

Select the relevant award below to complete your application