The search has started for this year’s Meat Business Woman Of The Year, as part of the annual and highly prestigious Women in Meat Industry Awards, with the opportunity to nominate candidates online.

Recognising the important and varied contributions that women make to the UK meat sector, the Women In Meat Industry Awards is a unique initiative driven by nominations and votes in the following categories.


  • Meat Business Woman Award: Foodservice
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Retailing
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Manufacturing / Processing
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Craft Butchery
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Trade Body
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Wholesaling
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Industry Supplier
  • Meat Business Woman Award: Training & Education
  • The Rising Star Award
  • Meat Business Woman of the Year Award

An expert judging panel will select the overall Meat Businesswoman of the Year which is presented to one of the ‘other’ category winners.

Commenting on the 2020 nomination process, Graham Yandell the publisher of Meat Management magazine, who organise the initiative, said: “Given the impact of the pandemic it seems even more poignant to recognise the wide ranging and important contribution made by women to the success of the UK meat industry. This is what our awards are all about.”

The dedicated website is now open for nominations which are then followed with voting for the finalists.

Yandell added:  “It’s full steam ahead with finding our finalists and winners. However, we also appreciate the current situation with Covid-19 may have left some sponsors, partners and businesses uncertain as to whether the Women in Meat Industry Awards Ceremony will take place this autumn as scheduled.

“I can say that plans are already well progressed, but of course right now we are simply unable to answer that question with total certainty. However, the organising team continues to plan towards and is looking forward to staging another successful event, and naturally we will continue to monitor Government guidelines and advice, and adapt accordingly.”

The voting response from previous years has been phenomenal, with almost 7,000 votes cast in 2019 and given the impact of the virus on every sector of the meat industry, organisers hope that nominations and votes will be maintained at that level. Key workers and management teams have all played a tremendous part in keeping the nation and their businesses running.

To nominate your choice or choices visit the website

“If you have a colleague, manager, chief executive, butcher or anyone you’d like to see acknowledged for their contribution then get voting before the final deadline of 6th July,” Yandell concluded.

The 2020 Awards partners:

Event date is subject to ongoing Government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue at their absolute discretion.