Nomination Entry Rules for the Women's Awards

The Women’s Awards are open to all women across:

  • the East Midlands Region (which covers the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland),
  • the West Midlands Region (which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and West Midlands).
  • the National (Open) Women’s Awards (which covers all other UK regions, except East and West Midlands).

Entries are sought from, or on behalf of, women who have made an outstanding impact in their field of expertise, in relation to the categories listed.

Join us in recognising, celebrating, and raising the profile of truly worthy women in the Midlands.


The Women’s Awards will continue to follow UK Government guidelines on Covid-19 pandemic.

This may affect some of our activities going forward.


  • Nominations for 2023 will open on Monday 2nd January 2023
  • Nominations will close on Friday 30th June 2023
  • Shortlisting will take place the week commencing 3rd July 2023.
  • Judging will take place the week commencing 17th July 2023.  
  • The Women’s Awards Gala Presentation and Dinner for the East and West Midlands Awards will take place on – Date and venue to be Confirmed. Official start time 7pm.

Please note the following rules when making your nominations:

  1. Individuals may be nominated by someone else or may nominate themselves.
  2. All entries will be treated confidentially.
  3. Nominations for each nominee are limited to a maximum of two categories only. Separate supporting information must be provided for each nomination category.
  4. If you wish to be considered for or to nominate an individual for, more than one category, please submit one separate nomination form per category.
  5. Nominees will be contacted and offered the opportunity to provide additional information to support their nomination.  The Women’s Awards reserve the right to withdraw any nomination where either the nominee has not responded to the request for additional information, it is felt the information provided is insufficient or the nomination information submitted does not meet requirements.  Such nominations will not be shortlisted.
  6. Shortlisted nominees for some categories may be asked to provide additional information relevant to the award category.  For example, the categories of Outstanding Female Entrepreneur, Professional Services, and Education.  This will be clearly explained when the nominee is contacted.
  7. Nominees for any category for the East Midlands Women’s Awards must live and work within the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire or Rutland and have done so for the past 36 months.
  8. Nominees for any category for the West Midlands Women’s Awards must live and work within the counties of Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire or West Midlands and have done so for the past 36 months.
  9. Nominees for any category for the National (Open) Women’s Awards must live and work within the other counties of the United Kingdom, not including the East Midlands or the West Midlands, and have done so for the past 36 months.
  10. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
  11. Nominees, shortlisted candidates, and winners must consent to press and media coverage, and promotion for all Women’s Awards used in sponsorship/promotional materials by the organising organisation, sponsors, and all media streams.
  12. Nominees must not have any pending or ongoing legal proceedings that will bring the Women’s Awards into disrepute.
  13. Nominees for the East Midland Women’s Awards must be available to attend The Women’s Awards Gala Presentation and Dinner for the East Midlands Awards will take place on – Date & Venue to be confirmed. Official start time 7pm.
  14. Nominees for The Women’s Awards West Midlands and The National (Open) Women’s Awards must also be available for the respective presentation. Further information on these events will be provided as soon as available and both Nominee and Nominator informed.
  15. Nominations from sponsors or employees of sponsoring organisations will not be accepted during the period of their individual and/or organisational sponsorship. This is to maintain the integrity of the awards.
  16. Unfortunately, entries cannot be returned so please keep a copy of your nomination for your own records.
  17. Entries can be made using the online entry form or emailed to info@thewomensawards.com
  18. Strict compliance with word count must be maintained in the nomination form, although there is the facility to upload additional documentation and provide URL links to further information.
  19. All nominees must be aged 18 or over on the date of their nomination.
  20. All nominees must be female (with exception of the Inspirational Male Supporting Women Leaders category, in which case the nominee must be male).
  21. The Women’s Awards welcome nominations from members of the LGBTQIA+ communities.
  22. Winners will be announced at the gala dinner which will take place on the dates, as noted above.