Business Women Scotland and WES Scotland Awards 2017

26.10 .2017 – Grand Central Hotel Glasgow

Our first ever collaborative Business Awards for Women, with Business Women Scotland (BWS) is now live! We are delighted to have the support of the Federation of Small Businesses, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Business Gateway and the Grand Central hotel. The awards are important to celebrate and recognize women in business achieving great things. We know that there are many inspirational women in local communities and we would love to mark all their achievements, so if you are a woman in business or know a woman in business, enter the awards today and join in the celebration. Tickets for the dinner are also on sale, so book now and get the date fixed in your diary. Our MC for the evening is journalist and broadcaster Rachel McTavish. In the last 15 years Rachel has worked for ITV, BBC, FIVE, GMTV, STV, ITV London and can be seen reading the news on STV. We have some exceptional speakers lined up, so stay tuned for more news.

Awards Categories

Best Use of Social media – sponsored by Grand Central

An award for the most successful or innovative use of a social media campaign to promote a company, brand, event, or information.

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This award will recognize the development and growing success of an SME, looking at business growth and strong financial performance, profitability, and brand awareness achieved in relation to the number of employees and budget.

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Employer of the year

This award recognizes a return on investment in people, the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice.

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Growth business of the year – (company up to 3 years old) SPONSORED BY RBS

This award celebrates Scotland’s highest performing new companies and recognises those that have exceeded initial targets for growth and financial performance. It recognises the companies who have best demonstrated an understanding of their competitors, customers, and markets they operate in; and have the foundations in place for continued commercial success.

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Mentor and mentee of the year

This award acknowledges the crucial relationship between a mentor and mentee. We are looking for a business mentor who has been inspirational and provided her knowledge, expertise and advice to others, free of charge. The mentor will have worked closely with a mentee, supporting her as she takes her business to another level due to receiving knowledge and advice from her mentor.

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Start up of the year – (up to 18 months old)

This award celebrates the entrepreneurial aptitude, vision, ambition, drive and commercial acumen to build a successful enterprise from start-up.

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International Growth of the Year

Recognizing Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. This award focuses on all aspects of growth – including sales, profit, geographical expansion, and acquisition.

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This award recognises a woman who has made an outstanding impact on the business landscape in Scotland. Overcoming challenges and adversity to build a successful business or community enterprise and providing inspiration for others including the next generation of businesswomen.

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How To Enter

The BWS awards are open to ALL business women– whether you are an employer, employee, sole trader or work for a charity.

You can enter yourself, or nominate someone else who you think deserves this award and it’s FREE to enter!

Nominees must be female, and their company registered in Scotland.

How do you enter?

To nominate yourself or someone else, you simply have to:

  • download and read the notes for the award category that you want to enter

  • complete the form stating the category you are entering, your company details, and tell us why you should win

  • email the completed form to

  • 4TH September 2017: closing date for completed entry forms

  • 18th September 2017: shortlist announced

  • 26th October 2017: awards presented at BWS Awards ceremony

Award entry should be emailed to

Our Judges

We are delighted to have Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne and Prof Lesley Sawers as judges, both ladies who know what it takes to be a success in business.

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne – Founder, Genius Food Ltd

Scottish chef and writer who specialises in cookery and food allergies.

Judge – Prof Lesley Sawers

Lesley Sawers is Vice Principal & Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor for Business, Innovation and Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University. She was previously Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) for 5 years, joining from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce – where she was the first female Chief Executive in its 230 year history. She has held senior appointments in Scotland, London and internationally in Royal Mail Group, Scottish Power, CACI and Management Horizons. She is also an non-executive director at Scottish Environmental Protection Agency(SEPA), Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

How to attend:



TABLE OF 10 - £900 + VAT TOTAL = £1080


TABLE OF 10 VIP TICKETS - £1200 + VAT TOTAL = £1440

VIP ticket includes a bag of luxury gifts for your guests

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