The Awards Process

Enter the Awards

Tell us about your business or business idea through our online entry form. Simply type USW exchange into the ‘Register’ box and then enter your details. Once registered click on the Making Business Happen 2018/19 challenge to start your entry.


Showcase Event

If your entry is short listed, you/your team will win a place at a special showcase event in early July 2019. The event will provide entrepreneurial workshops and interactive activities, plus vital industry mentoring support and networking opportunities.

The event will also include the chance for all short listed entrants to pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win prizes of up to £3,000, as well as packages of professional enterprise mentoring and support.


Awards Ceremony

The judging panel will assess the pitches given by all short listed teams/individuals during the showcase event before making their final decision.

The Award winners and runners-up will then be announced and presented during an official ceremony that will take place at the end of the showcase event in early July 2019.


Awards Timeline

Award entries open:  Monday 3 December 2018 – Monday 29 April 2019

Entry review and selection: Tuesday 30 April 2019 – Monday 13 May 2019

Award short list announced: No later than Wednesday 15 May 2019

Making Business Happen Showcase: Early July 2019 TBC

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a great business idea? You can enter the Making Business Happen Awards.