2023 Maker Awards
Craft your success with the 2023 Maker Awards, hosted by Business Awards UK. In the imaginative and hands-on world of makers, recognition from our panel of esteemed experts can mould your brand into an industry standout, differentiating you in this realm of innovation. A shortlisting, or possibly becoming a Winner or Finalist, can carve out your reputation and emphasise your dedication to creativity and quality. Showcase your achievements and your commitment to mastering the art of the possible. Make your mark; enter the 2023 Maker Awards today.
Before You Enter: What You Need To Know
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UK Business Experts
Our judging panel are business experts with a wealth of knowledge in various industries. They lend their experience and business acumen to the many award sectors we cover.
Our panel consists of dozens of private & public guest judges; below are a few of our business experts who will be selecting shortlists, winners and finalists in our awards!
Interested in being a guest judge? Contact us here.
LinkedIn | Enesco
LinkedIn | Circus
LinkedIn | Albion Street Studios
LinkedIn | Sculpt Digital
LinkedIn | Velocity Academy
Maker Awards Categories
|Type||Category||Description / Criteria|
|Primary||Fastest Business Growth||Celebrating a maker business that has achieved rapid and remarkable growth, demonstrating exceptional entrepreneurial prowess, innovation, and market success within a short period of time.|
|Primary||Triumph Over Adversity Award||Honouring a maker business that has shown exceptional resilience, determination, and success in overcoming significant challenges or setbacks, demonstrating unwavering commitment to their craft and achieving remarkable progress.|
|Primary||Most Positive Community Impact||Recognising a maker business that has made significant contributions to its local community or a specific cause, using its craft to create positive social change and uplift the community through various initiatives or philanthropic efforts.|
|Primary||Best Not For Profit Business||Celebrating a maker organisation that operates with a mission-driven approach, using their craft to create a positive impact and serve the community while prioritising social, environmental, or cultural causes.|
|Primary||Best Customer Focus||Honouring a maker business that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to understanding and fulfilling the unique needs and desires of its customers, creating tailored experiences and products that exceed expectations.|
|Primary||Best Customer Experience||Recognising a maker business that consistently delivers exceptional customer service, providing personalised, engaging, and memorable experiences, fostering customer loyalty and satisfaction in every interaction.|
|Primary||Best Digital Creation||Celebrating a maker business that showcases exceptional creativity and innovation in the realm of digital creations, such as digital art, designs, or virtual experiences, pushing the boundaries of craftsmanship in the digital domain.|
|Primary||Fastest Growing Team||Recognising a maker business that has experienced rapid expansion in its workforce, demonstrating remarkable team growth, and effectively managing the scaling process while maintaining a cohesive and collaborative culture.|
|Primary||Best Training & Development||Honouring a maker business that excels in providing comprehensive training and development opportunities to its staff, empowering them with the skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the craft.|
|Primary||Diversity and Inclusion Champion||Recognising a maker business that actively promotes diversity and inclusion, fostering an environment that celebrates individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities, ensuring equal opportunities for all.|
|Primary||Best Youth Development||Celebrating a maker business that demonstrates outstanding dedication to nurturing and empowering young talent, providing mentorship, education, and opportunities for skill development, ensuring a vibrant future for the craft.|
|Primary||Most Eco Friendly Business||Recognising a maker business that demonstrates exceptional commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, implementing eco-friendly practices, materials, and processes to minimise its ecological footprint and promote a greener future.|
|Primary||Best Upcycling||Celebrating a maker business that excels in transforming discarded materials into unique, high-quality products, showcasing creativity, innovation, and a commitment to sustainable practices in the art of upcycling.|
|Primary||Lone Wolf Maker of the Year||Recognising an exceptional individual maker who has achieved remarkable success as a solo entrepreneur, demonstrating exemplary craftsmanship, innovation, and dedication in their craft.|
|Vertical||Best Use of Technology||Honouring a maker business that showcases exceptional utilisation of technology, such as 3D printing, laser etching, or other cutting-edge tools, to push the boundaries of craftsmanship and create innovative, precision-crafted products.|
|Vertical||Best Artisanal Business||Celebrating a maker business that embodies the essence of traditional craftsmanship, demonstrating exceptional skill, attention to detail, and a commitment to preserving and promoting time-honoured artisanal techniques in their creations.|
|Vertical||Online Marketplace Maker of the Year||Recognising an exceptional maker who has achieved outstanding success through online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon, or Etsy, demonstrating entrepreneurial prowess, craftsmanship, and business acumen in reaching a wide audience and generating significant sales.|
|Location||Best Local Focus||Celebrating a maker business that exemplifies a strong commitment to its local community, actively listening to the needs and preferences of the area, and creating products or services that resonate with and support the local community’s values and aspirations.|
|Individuals||Best Leadership||Honouring a maker business leader who exemplifies exceptional leadership qualities, inspiring and guiding their team to success, fostering a culture of creativity, collaboration, and continuous growth in the craft.|
|Individuals||Best Company to Work For||Recognising a maker business that prioritises employee well-being, fosters a supportive and inclusive work environment, and offers opportunities for growth, creativity, and work-life balance, making it an exceptional place to work.|
|Individuals||Rising Star Award||Recognising an emerging maker business that shows remarkable potential, innovation, and promise, with a clear trajectory for growth and a strong foundation for continued success in the industry.|
|Individuals||Industry Leader Award||Honouring a maker business that sets the standard of excellence within their industry, demonstrating exceptional craftsmanship, innovation, and influential contributions that inspire and shape the future of the craft.|
Entries Close: Wednesday 18th October 2023
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Award winning entries typically provide over 500 words providing meaningful and relevant details related to the categories they have entered. Telling us why you are entering these particular categories tends to help. Be specific: for example, if the category is Fastest Growing Company, provide details of how your company has grown and include basic revenue figures (eg. YoY £/%) so we can get a feel for the business growth you’re experiencing. Where possible and relevant to do so, including links to reviews/testimonials and digital assets to support your entry will also help.
Example Entry in Travel Awards:
Best Travel Company – Adventure Holidays
Excursionists UK is a travel company that specialises in adventure holidays designed to challenge and inspire our customers. Our range of adventure activities, including mountaineering, trekking, skiing, and scuba diving, are carefully curated to offer unique and unforgettable experiences.
At Excursionists UK, we believe that adventure holidays should be about more than just adrenaline-fueled activities. Our approach to adventure travel is to provide immersive and authentic experiences that connect our customers with local communities, cultures, and environments.
One of our standout adventure holiday packages is our Everest Base Camp Trek. This 14-day trek takes you through the stunning Khumbu region of Nepal, with expert guides and porters on hand to help you navigate the challenging terrain. Along the way, you will experience traditional Sherpa culture, visit ancient monasteries, and enjoy panoramic views of the world’s highest mountain.
Another popular adventure holiday package is our Arctic Expedition Cruise. This 8-day cruise takes you on a journey through the icy waters of the Arctic, with opportunities to see polar bears, walruses, and other Arctic wildlife up close. You will also have the chance to visit remote Inuit communities and learn about their way of life.
At Excursionists UK, we are committed to providing high-quality adventure holidays that are safe, sustainable, and responsible. We work closely with local communities and conservation organisations to ensure that our activities have a positive impact on the environment and the people who live there.
Our commitment to providing high-quality adventure holidays has been recognised with previous accolades including the Best Adventure Travel Company award at the 2020 British Travel Awards and the Best Small Tour Operator award at the 2021 Adventure Tourism Awards.
Rising Star Award:
Samantha Jones, Sales Manager at Excursionists UK
Samantha Jones is a dynamic and innovative sales manager who has helped to establish Excursionists UK as a rising star in the travel retail industry. Her commitment to personalised travel planning and sustainable travel has set her apart and made her a strong candidate for the Travel Retailer Rising Star Award.
Samantha’s innovative approach to travel retail, including her personalised travel planning service, has helped to increase revenue for Excursionists UK. By offering tailored travel solutions that meet the specific needs and interests of our customers, Samantha has been able to drive repeat business and attract new customers, ultimately contributing to our bottom line.
Maker Awards 2023
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