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 23rd 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 Sunday, 23rd 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.”

Susan Longmuir, CAG Architects ~ MBW 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!”

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.”

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