The 2021 Buckinghamshire Business Awards are open for entries!

Showcasing Buckinghamshire

Due to the pandemic, we very sadly took the decision to postpone the 2020 Buckinghamshire Business Awards. We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 Business Awards and look forward to celebrating the achievements of our county’s businesses.

The Buckinghamshire Business Awards is an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their leadership and entrepreneurial vision. Each winner and finalist embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship which is the foundation of Buckinghamshire’s success. Together, they all show that nobody does business like Buckinghamshire. Entries for the 2021 Buckinghamshire Business Awards are open from 26th November 2020 and winners will be announced in May 2021.

What you need to know


Buckinghamshire’s most prestigious business awards are open for entries, so if you are looking to showcase your business as the best of the best, make sure you are ready to enter.

Key dates for your diary

26th November 2020 Open for entries
31st of January Closing date for entries
Mid February to Mid April 2021 Judging visits by sponsors (in person or online)
29th April 2021 Finalists announced
May 2021 Winners announced

Despite not holding a ceremony in 2021, we will still be making a splash when announcing the worthy winners in May 2021!

Terms and conditions

Please click here to download the terms and conditions.

Frequently asked questions

Below are the most commonly asked questions. Click on a question to expand. 

The deadline for entry is midnight on 31st January 2021

All entries must be made online using our new online entry system.

The awards are free to enter.

  1. Entry is via our online entry system only, from which shortlists will be decided.
  2. Shortlisted organisations will be visited by a judge at their premises if possible, or via an online platform.
  3. From the shortlist, finalists will be selected after a review by our panel of independent judges.
  4. Finalists will be notified on 15th April 2021.
  5. Winners will be announced in May 2021

Any registered private sector organisation or company of any size located within Buckinghamshire which has been trading for at least 12 months is eligible to enter the awards. If your organisation is part of a larger business or a franchise, your organisation must function as a separate business unit in the county of Buckinghamshire. 

All entries are confidential and will only be viewed by the judges and Buckinghamshire Business First. All judges sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to judging and any paper copies of entry information will be confidentially destroyed after the awards ceremony. 

The Buckinghamshire Business Awards are organised by Buckinghamshire Business First and any questions should be directed to the team at or on 01494 927130.

Due to the pandemic, we have made the decision not to hold an awards ceremony in 2021.  We will be announcing winners in May 2021 and will make the most of all PR opportunities in press, social media and radio to raise the profile of the winners across the county. 

Winners will all receive a bespoke trophy and certificate.

2021 Award Categories

There are 9 categories to enter and a business can enter up to two categories. The prestigious Company of the Year Award will be awarded to a company chosen from all of the finalists across all of the awards.

Apprentice and Young Person Employer – Sponsored by Buckinghamshire Council
Corporate Social Responsibility – Sponsored by Chandler Garvey
Covid Innovation Award – Sponsored by Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Excellence in Customer Service – Sponsored by Cube Video
Family Business – Sponsored by Ashridge Group
Growth Business – Sponsored by Richardsons Chartered Accountants
New Business – Sponsored by Bucks New University
Small Business – Sponsored by The University of Buckingham
Young Entrepreneur – Sponsored by The University of Buckingham

Useful resources

You may like to read through ‘Your Guide to Entering the Buckinghamshire Business Awards’ along with the ‘Category Guide’ and also a playlist of Top Tips videos to ensure that you make the most of this opportunity.

2021 Sponsors

Recommend a Business

Do you know a great Buckinghamshire business that deserves recognition? If so please let us know who they are by filling out this form here and we will contact them and encourage them to enter the awards!

Sponsoring the 2021 Buckinghamshire Business Awards

Interested in sponsoring this year's awards?

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2019 Awards Round-up

Whether you missed out on the 2019 event and want to see what the fuss is all about, or if you were there but your memory is a little hazy (perhaps related to the amount of champagne drunk on the night), then you can get an overview now.

Check out a selection of the professional pictures taken on the night >

See some of the Twitter highlights from awards night >

Previous Award Winners

Take a look at our previous award winners below: