About Business Book Awards

The Business Book Awards celebrates the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.

The global business book market is growing faster than ever before, with millions of titles being sold in the UK every year. This is partly due to changes in business itself: at the end of 2017, 5.7 million SMEs made up over 99% of all businesses in the UK. While a selection of the big names of big business continues to publish high profile books, it is entrepreneurs – the founders and owners of these burgeoning small businesses – and other experts who are writing books in ever greater numbers.

This has been supported by developments in both the publishing industry and consumer interest. With more budding entrepreneurs the consumer demand for business books has risen, resulting in a 7% increase in the sale of business books and 18% increase in self-help last year. Readers of business and self-development books have an ever-increasing choice of titles, as authors who might not have been offered contracts by traditional publishers (once a barrier to entering the publishing market) are now easily able to self-publish their works or use the services of hybrid publishers to produce and distribute their books in print, e-book and audio formats.

The considerable growth of the business and self-development market has also fuelled business book publishing. Business consultants, executive coaches, life coaches and business mentors have recognised that publishing a book extends their reach by demonstrating their authority in their own field, and brings them impact, income and influence. Significant business accelerators, courses and experts advocate a published book as an important business or brand asset. Equally, business people have an ever-growing thirst for information, and are keen to improve their commercial and personal skill sets and knowledge through reading.

The Business Book Awards highlight the quality and variety of business books in the market. They offer industry-wide recognition to new and established authors writing on a multiplicity of subjects for a diverse readership, with no barriers to entry; we welcome entries from publishers and all authors published in the UK.

The Business Book Awards give every publisher, regardless of size or type, and author, regardless of experience or route to publishing, of a business book the opportunity to participate in a high quality, impartial judging process.

The Awards allow all authors that enter, are short-listed or win to publicise and sell more books; the event instils aspiration in entrants and pride in winners; and the ongoing process inspires other budding writers to come forward and publish their work.

Entries, Judging & Awards

Participants will be required to complete a form which will be used to assess their application, provide four copies of the book they would like to enter, and pay a £20 per entry administration fee. It will be permissible to submit more than one book per author (if they have published more than one within the publication deadlines), but each book can only be submitted in one category.

Entries for the 2019 Business Book Awards open from August 2018, and close on 31st December 2018. Judging takes place in January 2019.

The Judging Panel is made up of experts from business, writing, publishing and other related fields, with expertise in their relevant category. Three judges per category with no financial commitment or other interest will ensure that the process is completely impartial. The Panel will make decisions based on clear judging criteria, monitored by the Head Judge who will review all the applications.

The entries will be judged individually in line with the category specifications.

The three Judges per category will consider factors such as content, market, writing style and originality into account, as well as focusing on innovation and creativity.

Short-listed books for each category will be announced in January, and publishers/authors will be able to display ‘stickers’ on covers, websites, social media, advertising etc, from that point.

Winners of each of the six categories will be announced at the Event in March and presented with a trophy. ‘Winner of…’ stickers will be available to display on covers, websites, social media, advertising etc from that date. BBA will support the winners with as much PR and social media promotion as possible.

A new category – An Exceptional Book by a Woman – will be picked from the shortlists across all categories.

Winners of each category will be put forward for the ‘Business Book of the Year’ award. The winner of this award will be decided by the Head Judge.

Quote from the Founder

Lucy McCarraher

“Over the last few years, I’ve worked closely with hundreds of UK entrepreneurs, as a mentor and publisher of their books, and I’ve seen businesses flourish and grow, and great books being written and published.

I founded the Business Book Awards in 2017 because it’s important that the full range of business authors are celebrated for the knowledge and expertise they make available through their books. Some of them make a huge impact in a highly niche market; others present a compelling vision that changes the way we all work.

The range of routes to publication for business and self-help books all have their merits. At the Business Book Awards, we welcome every good book and all methods of publication. I want to recognise business book writing in all its forms and bring the top authors of this valuable genre to public recognition.”

Lucy McCarraher is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Rethink Press; Global Publish Mentor for the Key Person of Influence programme; and the author of nine non-fiction books and three novels. She is a writing coach, mentor and public speaker.

ThinkFest Event Organisers

Recognised for hosting ‘Simply Great Events’, We at ThinkFest are an awards and events management organiser with a difference operating in niche specialist areas, and having a collaborative approach to working.

With over 12 years’ experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on true partnership working with an understanding of the “end in mind”. We do take things personally and of course offer professionalism, quality, and credibility at the heart of what we do as well an innovative approach.

Currently, our team operates four annual awards: the Asian Apprenticeship Awards, the Adoption and Foster Care Awards, the Intrapreneur Awards, and the Business Book Awards. We also operate one of the fastest growing business networking brands, Pathway2Grow, and run the “Coffee and Natter”, “Chutney and Chat”, “Samosa Saturday” and “Peer Meetup” formats, which host over 100 successful events a year for business owners and professionals to ‘network, learn and grow’.

We believe that Awards are the single most effective means of inspiring excellence and sharing best practice as well as creating more opportunities for those involved. We want to expand our reach and will consider other market areas if the vision meets our values and we can we can add value.

We pride ourselves on professionalism and the ability to provide the best quality service. Unlike many of our competitors in the awards industry, there are no fees for the judges. We believe credibility is the most important element of our organisation and this is difficult to maintain where there is an exchange of money.

We are seeking conversations with:

  • Experts, Thought Leaders and Influencers interested in supporting our events as a Judge or Ambassador
  • Commercial teams such as media, marketing and communications where we can discuss sponsorship packages individual to specific corporate agendas for increased and strategic exposure
  • Results-oriented individuals looking to develop a new concept for a B2B event that has a basis for differentiation and where there is potential for growth