In 2020, we’re celebrating the 10 year anniversary of WeDO Scotland Business Awards. Our Awards rank in the most highly respected accolades for the entrepreneurial and business communities in Scotland.  With 9 Awards categories, this year we’ve introduced 2 new Awards: Eco Entrepreneur of the Year and Employee Owned Business of the Year.

The application process is comprehensive and 2 finalists in each Award category are interviewed by our Judging Panels.  The Awards are open to both members & non-members of WeDO Scotland, there is no charge to enter the 2020 WeDO Scotland Business Awards. 

We welcome direct applications as well as nominations.  To apply or nominate someone, please click on the images below.

The 2020 Awards categories are as follows:

New Start Business of the Year

Business which has been trading for 2 years or less.  No age limits.

Scottish Product of the Year

Any product manufactured in Scotland.  No age nor time trading limits.

Best Use of Technology

Self-developed or acquired technology which has maximised the performance of a business.  No age nor trading time limits.

High Growth Company of the Year

A company which can demonstrate exceptional levels of sales growth. No age nor trading time limits.

Employee Owned Business of the Year

A business which has successfully transitioned to employee ownership.  No age not trading time limits.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 

35 years and under – no trading time limits.

Eco Entrepreneur of the Year

Can demonstrate a substantial contribution to environmental sustainability.  No age nor trading time limits.

International Entrepreneur of the Year

Has built a global business & is importing or exporting products or services – no age nor trading time limits.

Entrepreneur of the Year 

No age not trading time limits.

The Awards process entails 3 stages:

STAGE 1 – Deadline 5th March at 5pm

Complete the application form and return it to us.

Shortlist applicants announced on 19th March.

STAGE 2 – Deadline 16th April at 5pm

Complete the stage 2 application form and return it to us.  Applicants are also required to submit a 3 minute video introducing themselves and their business to support their application.

Finalists announced on 7th May.

STAGE 3 

2 finalists for each Award are shortlisted by the Judges and are required to attend a panel interview lasting 30 minutes.  Finalists will also be filmed introducing themselves and their businesses;  these films are played at the Awards Ceremony. 

FINALISTS INTERVIEWS – Monday 18th May 2pm – 5:30pm

Venue:  Akva,129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QG

Finalists are welcome to join the Judging Panels for drinks following on from the interviews at 5:30pm.

You can find out more about who’s on the 2020 Judging Panels by clicking HERE.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets, half tables of 5 and tables of 10 are now on sale.  These are sold on a first come, first served basis and once the allocations have been reached, tickets will revert to standard prices.  Find out more & book HERE.

Take a look at the video highlights from our 2019 Awards Ceremony & Dinner below to find out why our Awards are an event you won’t want to miss!

 

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