UK Family Business Awards 2022

The last couple of years have challenged us all, and for many UK family business owners, it’s been sink or swim. But thankfully, many of you have thrived, and we want to draw your attention to all the UK family business awards that are opening their doors again for 2022.

Are you part of a UK family business that’s done exceptional work in the last year? If so, now is a great time to celebrate your success and gain much-needed recognition.

Putting yourself forward for UK family business awards is a fantastic way to get your name and business story out there, network with other business owners, and potentially win a glowing accreditation for yourself, your business, and your team.

To help you get started, here are some UK family business awards that are taking place in 2022. Whether you’re part of a small close-knit team or a large family-owned company, there’s an award here for everyone, so take a close look at each one and you may just find that award that was made especially for you. The majority of these awards have a family business category, but there are also a few for SMEs/small businesses which may also take your fancy.

Please note that all dates are subject to change. As a result, it’s best to keep a close eye on the awards you’re interested in and be mindful that some dates might change closer to the time. Some of these awards will include an entry fee, but not all.

If you want any help deciding on which are the best awards to enter or want help writing an award-winning entry, do get in touch.


Small Business Awards

We’re celebrating the achievements and contributions of small businesses and the self-employed across the UK.  The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are free to enter and open to all small businesses and self-employed people throughout the UK. There’s a special ‘Family Business of the Year’ category, and winners from each category secure a spot at the prestigious UK final and a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year. 

Entry Deadline: Jan-Feb (varies)

Awards Ceremony: 19th May

MT Business Awards

The Management Today Business Awards recognise outstanding leadership, innovation, and hardworking teams from across both large and small businesses. While there’s not a specific category for family businesses, there are plenty to choose from, and these awards are a great opportunity for businesses looking to pit themselves against the bigger names.

Note: there is an entry fee of £380 for businesses with 500+ employees (this is higher for larger businesses). 

Entry Deadline: 26th Jan 

Awards Ceremony: April

Business Champion Awards

The Business Champion Awards showcase businesses that have shown significant evolution or development in the past year. If your small family business has done exceptional work in exceptional circumstances, or especially if you’re a new business, this one’s for you.

Entry Deadline: 15th Jan

Awards Ceremony: 1st Mar


The Small Awards 

The Small Awards will take place on May 19th, 2022 and will be a great event with small businesses, experts and luminaries coming together for a fantastic evening of awards and networking. The ‘legacy award’ is dedicated to family businesses, and there are plenty of other categories as well.

Entry Deadline: 28th Feb

Awards Ceremony: 19th May

North-West Family Business Awards

The Family Business Network are an excellent community to follow, and they run the North West Awards for Family Businesses. If you are a family business from Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester or Merseyside, then the North West Family Business Awards are for you. They celebrate family businesses of all shapes and sizes, from across all sectors and industries.

Entry Deadline: 7th Feb

Awards Ceremony: 13th May


Red Rose Family Business Awards

The Red Rose Awards seek to share business stories from a whole range of backgrounds. The Family Business Award is open to businesses where majority ownership remains within a family (or multi-family) structure, and where more than one generation contributes to the success of the business.

Entry Deadline: 18th Mar

Awards Ceremony: 13th April


Rural Business Awards

The Rural Business Awards are (predictably) for businesses set up in rural locations throughout the UK. The RBAs are an opportunity to network with other rural businesses and RBA sponsors, giving you the chance to share rural-specific challenges and best practices. Most importantly, if you’re lucky enough to win an award, you will receive regional and national recognition, strengthening the reputation of your business.

Entry Deadline: 21st May

Awards Ceremony: 25th Feb

Scale-up Awards

The Family Business of the Year award is open to businesses operating in any sector – and of any size – that is family owned and run by a member of the founding family. Typically, this award will be open to privately owned businesses and not for profit organisations.

Entry Deadline: 12th May

Awards Ceremony: 3rd Nov


The Great British Entrepreneur Awards

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are all about the spirit behind the business. The Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award might fit the bill for you, and be sure to check out their other events, too – there are some great webinars and online resources for small businesses!

Entry Deadline: 3rd June

Awards Ceremony: 21st Nov

Business Leader Awards

This year, the Business Leader Awards are planning their biggest event to date, so it’s a good year to throw your name into the pile. Check out the Family Business of the Year category, but by all means try your luck at the other ones, as well. There are plenty of small business categories to pick from. Note: Entries for this one open on the 11th Feb 2022

Entry Deadline: 3rd June

Awards Ceremony: 15th Sep

Growing Business Awards

Are you running a high-growth business? Then this one might be for you: fit for entrepreneurs and growing businesses, not to mention the category for best Family-Owned Business of the Year.

Entry Deadline: 24th June

Awards Ceremony: 2nd Nov


Business Excellence Awards

The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards is a place to celebrate the resilience, innovation and creativity of the UK’s business community. It attracts an enormous variety of organisations and business people, from start-ups and entrepreneurs to ready-to-scale businesses, established SMEs and FTSE 100 powerhouses, so you’ll be up against a vast range of competitors! 

Entry Deadline: 30th July

Awards Ceremony: 8th Nov


eBay for Business Awards

Do you use ebay for your business? The eBay for Business Awards are designed to celebrate the best of British small and medium-sized businesses.

Entry Deadline: 2nd Aug

Awards Ceremony: 29th Oct


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of: innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility. While there’s are no categories beyond that, if you’re business excels in any of these areas then why not have a go?

Entry Deadline: 6th Sep

Awards Ceremony:  Summer 2023 (approx April)

SME National Business Awards

In the SME National Business Awards, the winners of the Family Business of the Year award will be combining their passion for business with their shared family values. The judges will be looking at how you can grow your business while still keeping your core family values at the centre of everything you do.

Entry Deadline: 15th Sep

Awards Ceremony: 2nd Dec


BIG Awards for Business

Organised by The Business Intelligence Group, the BIG Awards for Business offers companies, their products, their people and their tactics a chance to be globally recognized by panels of business veterans and leaders. They’re open to companies of various sizes in all major industries, and they strive to offer increased exposure for extraordinary accomplishments by women, small businesses, and those working to reduce the impact on our environment. 

Entry Deadline: 14th Oct

Awards Ceremony: 22nd Nov


Business Champion Awards 2023  

The Business Champion Awards are back in 2023, showcasing businesses that have shown significant evolution or development in 2022. If your small family business has done exceptional work in exceptional circumstances, or especially if you’re a new business, this one’s for you.

Entry Deadline: 29th Nov

Awards Ceremony: 2023 (TBC) 

Family Business Of The Year 2023

The Family Business of The Year Awards 2022 are now closed for nominations, but the 2023 awards will be open again towards the end of 2022 – so keep an eye on this one. To be considered for an award, family firms can either enter themselves or be nominated for the awards. Entries are free.

Entry Deadline: 30th Nov

Awards Ceremony: 23rd Jun 2023


Red Rose Family Business Awards 

The Red Rose Awards return in 2023 to share even more business stories from family businesses, with the Family Business Award category open to all businesses where majority ownership remains within a family, and where more than one generation contributes to the success of the business.

Entry Deadline: 9th Dec

Awards Ceremony: 9th Mar 2023

Please note, our list of family business awards isn’t exhaustive. If we’ve missed any great ones, please let us know as we will be updating this awards list regularly. Do also check out local awards in your region too.

Tillie Holmes

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