2023 Maker Awards

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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

Free entry in all sectors and categories

We know that many small business owners, entrepreneurs and larger organisations don't like to pay up front for awards, where fees range from £99 to more than £250 per category. With us, all your entries are free.

You only pay a fee if you win an award

Unlike other programmes, you only pay a fee if you are selected as a winner. There's only one Award Acceptance Fee to pay regardless of how many awards you win, and 1x personalised Winner trophy is included*!

Publicity Package

As a winner or finalist, you get credible industry recognition & publicity from National press releases, Google and Yahoo! News features, content marketing and case studies.

Social Marketing

Social media marketing is important for all businesses, which is why we announce your accolades on social platforms, and regularly engage with you and your followers.

Interviews & PR

We can create quality, in-depth content with your team, making you a trusted voice in your industry, and highlighting the achievements & success of your business or enterprise**.

Publicity and PR Package


Was £425
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£375 +VAT
(Award Acceptance Fee)
(Free Forever)
£99 +VAT
(per additional trophy)

* Trophy included: The Award Acceptance Fee includes 1x Winner’s trophy only. If you win multiple awards, additional trophies may be purchased at £99 +VAT.

** Interviews & PR: We will contact you regarding all publicity and PR opportunities based on the options you select in the entry form

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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.

Our Judges

Maker Awards Categories

TypeCategoryDescription / Criteria
PrimaryFastest Business GrowthCelebrating a maker business that has achieved rapid and remarkable growth, demonstrating exceptional entrepreneurial prowess, innovation, and market success within a short period of time.
PrimaryTriumph Over Adversity AwardHonouring 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.
PrimaryMost Positive Community ImpactRecognising 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.
PrimaryBest Not For Profit BusinessCelebrating 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.
PrimaryBest Customer FocusHonouring 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.
PrimaryBest Customer ExperienceRecognising a maker business that consistently delivers exceptional customer service, providing personalised, engaging, and memorable experiences, fostering customer loyalty and satisfaction in every interaction.
PrimaryBest Digital CreationCelebrating 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.
PrimaryFastest Growing TeamRecognising 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.
PrimaryBest Training & DevelopmentHonouring 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.
PrimaryDiversity and Inclusion ChampionRecognising 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.
PrimaryBest Youth DevelopmentCelebrating 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.
PrimaryMost Eco Friendly BusinessRecognising 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.
PrimaryBest UpcyclingCelebrating 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.
PrimaryLone Wolf Maker of the YearRecognising an exceptional individual maker who has achieved remarkable success as a solo entrepreneur, demonstrating exemplary craftsmanship, innovation, and dedication in their craft.
VerticalBest Use of TechnologyHonouring 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.
VerticalBest Artisanal BusinessCelebrating 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.
VerticalOnline Marketplace Maker of the YearRecognising 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.
LocationBest Local FocusCelebrating 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.
IndividualsBest LeadershipHonouring 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.
IndividualsBest Company to Work ForRecognising 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.
IndividualsRising Star AwardRecognising 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.
IndividualsIndustry Leader AwardHonouring 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.

Entry Form

Maker Awards

Entries Closed: Deadline Reached

If you need any assistance completing this form, please contact us:

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.