Meet our 2021 finalists!

Nominations & Referrals

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Official Nominations Campaign Partner

The deadline for nominations has now been extended!

Nominating is for the BBBAwards is easy and straightforward. All you need to do is follow the steps below. Entrants can either nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
Download the Nominations Process and Guidance for more information.
The deadline for nominations is 23:59 GMT 12 April 2021
There is no charge to enter the BBBAwards. 

2021 nominations will be opening next week!

 If you would like to refer a candidate for 2021 before the official launch, please use the referral link below. Referrals can be submitted at any time. 

There is no charge to enter the BBBAwards. 

2021 Nominations are now closed!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year's Awards!
If you have submitted a nomination, please ensure that you are available for the key dates as outlined below.
If you missed the deadline and would like to refer a candidate for 2021, please use the link. Referrals can be submitted at any time.
There is no charge to enter the BBBAwards. 
Nominations Process & Guidance
Submit a Referral


Determine if the nominee is a Rising Star or Senior Leader


Determine which category best fits the nominee's career


Is the nominee an entrepreneur or a professional?


Submit a Nomination! Use the PDF forms for guidance

Watch the video below for top tips on submitting your nomination

Please note that this video was recorded last year and any dates highlighted in the video are not applicable. Please refer to the documentation for key dates and deadlines


Awards Categories and Key Dates

Rising Star 

A black professional that is under 35 and under (at time of application) and is excelling in their pursuit of a business career, exceeding expectations – the one to watch.

Senior Leader

An outstanding black senior executive with over 10 years’ experience. Expert in their field, manager of significant population or projects or budget(s) or strategy – an inspiration and game changer.

Arts and Media

includes all media, design, fashion, performance art, publishing and advertising

Consumer Luxury

includes food, beverage, household goods, retail, leisure, cosmetics and luxury goods


operating their own business or social enterprise for over 18 months as at 12 April 2021

Financial Services

includes banks, brokers, payment services, insurance companies, credit card funds and regulators

Professional Services

includes law, accounting, management consultancy and in-house professionals


includes health, industries, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy

Judging Day
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Finalist Reception
Mid-July 2020

Awards Ceremony
Thursday, 7 October 2021

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Download the Entrepreneur Nomination Form
Download the Professionals Nomination Form
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"The BBBAwards show that if diversity is harnessed well, the reach of what can be achieved is monumental."
Roy Appiah, 2019 Finalist
"I became a BBBAwards judge because it’s important to give back and help stars find their way in life. The candidates inspire me to go further in life and career."
Donna Herdsman, BBBAwards Judge
"Being a winner of the 2018 BBBAwards was life changing. It allowed me to connect with peers in my industry and be recognised and celebrated by all."
Selma Nicholls, 2018 Finalist
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