Management Today - Inspiring Women in Business Awards

From our regular Inspiring Women conferences in Edinburgh and London and annual 35 Women Under 35 campaign, to profiles, advice, opinion and analysis online and in print, Management Today is dedicated to championing the country’s brightest businesswomen – and helping the next generation of female talent to reach the top. We believe that equality for women is progress for all.

The Inspiring Women in Business Awards recognise the country’s remarkable, talented, visionary and ground-breaking businesswomen of all ages, at every level and across all sectors, and those companies and colleagues that are helping them to succeed.

Why Inspiring Women in Business Awards

The awards are for inspirational women and forward thinking businesses that are enabling and championing gender equality.

For Individuals

Regardless of the stage you are at in your career, there’s an opportunity to be honoured for the ways you are having a positive impact within your industry.

  • Raise your profile: Winners will be profiled in Management Today, the country’s longest-running business title.
  • Be recognised: This is your chance to highlight your work and celebrate your achievements.
  • Inspire others: Showcase your work and be a role model for the next generation. You can’t be what you can’t see.
  • Be part of Management Today’s Inspiring Women network. Receive discounted rates to our conferences and events, meet like-minded businesswomen, boost your network and share tips.

For Businesses

For businesses to truly be seen as leaders in their field, it is crucial they successfully address the issue of gender equality. Equality in business is more than just a worthy goal. It is a way to get the most out of your staff and build a more competitive business. Winning an Inspiring Women In Business Award will;
  • Position your business as a leader on the issue of gender equality.
  • Gain recognition for the game changing initiatives your company has implemented to drive equality in the workplace.
  • Showcase your business as an equal opportunities employer to attract the very best talent.
  • Boost your company profile and credibility by increasing your exposure - you will be promoted to Management Today’s audience including 135,000 monthly users and 13,000 online bulletin subscribers. 
  • Demonstrate your quality - entering these awards will boost your place within the market, making your company stand out from competitors.
  • Recognition: Get your company's efforts recognised on a national scale. Motivate and retain the talent you have - and attract potential new employees.   


Mentor of the Year
This award pays tribute to the female and male role models who generously support, mentor and sponsor women, using their skills to help others flourish.


Champion of Change
Honouring those women and men who are constantly pushing the boundaries of equality and gender balance and making dynamic and brave changes within their workplace or industry.


Entrepreneur of the Year
Showcasing the female entrepreneurs who are building UK-based businesses - and have the ambition, energy, skill and vision to scale the heights. Entrants must demonstrate their impact on business performance and/or revenue growth.


Rising Star
We want to shine a spotlight on Britain’s female rising stars by honouring those showing great promise in the first three years in their role (at any level). Nominees must demonstrate impact and ambition.


Director of the Year
This award celebrates the female directors leading and supporting Britain’s businesses. Judges will look at how financial targets and KPIs have been met/exceeded, the vision for growth, innovation and the leader’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.


CEO of the Year
This award honours the outstanding, ambitious and visionary female leaders that are helping to build and grow world-class firms. Nominees must provide evidence of business performance, leadership and growth, development of company culture and sector impact. We welcome entries from businesses of all sizes.


Flexible Working Initiative of the Year
Showcasing a flexible working initiative that has helped to attract and retain staff, improve staff wellbeing and company culture, and had a positive impact on business performance.


Key Information

Key Dates
Winners revealed: Thursday 4 June 2020